As expected, Major League Baseball has handed down their suspensions and fines for Saturday evening's brawl at Progressive Field.
Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez will be suspended three games in addition to being fined for fighting while Chicago's shortstop Tim Anderson received a six-game suspension and was also fined. This makes sense when taking into account that these two were the catalyst for what transpired and actually threw punches, with Ramirez being the only one to make contact.
Receiving a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine is Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase. He was quite active during the fracas on the field, receiving the suspension and fine is indicative of that. Clase will serve his suspension Monday,
The managers of both ballclubs, Cleveland's Terry Francona and Chicago's Pedro Grifol, also received a one-game suspension and fine. The same also applies to Guardians third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh. Francona has chosen to serve their suspension Monday while Sarbuagh will miss Tuesday's game.
There were two players who were fined and not suspended, Guardians infielder Gabriel Arias and White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech. Their actions were deemed worthy of some sort of punishment, but not enough to actually miss any games.
As far as the two receiving lengthier suspensions are concerned, Ramirez and Anderson are both choosing to appeal the decision. Keeping in mind the severity of the situation and how things unfolded, those in charge of handing out the suspensions may not feel all that inclined to change their initial decision.
In fact, Ramirez and Anderson should be happy with the suspensions being only three and six games respectively. It would not have been surprising to see Ramirez get double the amount he did and Anderson could have received an even lengthier suspension as six games does feel quite light in the grand scheme of things.