Although it added plenty of excitement to yesterday’s game between the Tigers and the New York Yankees, the rendition of bean-ball and the ensuing mock of the Royal Rumble were not taken lightly by Major League Baseball.
First baseman Miguel Cabrera has been suspended for 7 games, and reliever Alex Wilson received a suspension of 4 games.
The Yanks will be without the services of Gary Sanchez for 4 games.
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) August 25, 2017
The breakdown began in the fifth inning, when Tigers starter Michael Fulmer plunked Sanchez with a pitch, an inning after Sanchez had hit his fourth home run of the series. New York’s Tommy Kahnle then threw behind Miguel Cabrera, which led to an immediate ejection.
Aroldis Chapman entered the game after Kahnle, but before he threw a single pitch to Cabrera, the Tigers slugger had an altercation at the plate with Yankees catcher Austin Romine. Words were exchanged, and Cabrera began throwing punches before being taken to the ground. Both dugouts and bullpens spilled out onto the field, and order was not restored for numerous minutes.
During the scuffle, Sanchez was seen throwing sucker punches at both Cabrera and third baseman Nicholas Castellanos while both were in prone positions.
In the seventh inning, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances drilled Tigers catcher James McCann in the helmet with a pitch, which led to another immediate ejection. While it sounds scarier than it actually turned out to be, McCann came out of the beaning unscathed. Both benches again emptied out onto the field.
The final chapter of the saga was in the eighth inning when Wilson nailed Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier in the thigh with a pitch. Wilson was immediately tossed and later admitted after the game that the plunking was intentional.
Fulmer, Betances, and Yankees reliever David Robertson, who also hit a Tigers hitter in the game (John Hicks), did not receive any sort of punishment as MLB deemed that neither act by them was intentional.
Both Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Yankees manager Joe Girardi were ejected in the contest as well. Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, who was serving as the acting manager when Girardi was ejected, was also later tossed in the game.
In total, eight players and coaches — five Yankees and three Tigers — were given the heave-ho on Thursday.