Major League Baseball has suspended New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman three games and an undisclosed fine “for intentionally throwing a pitch at the head area” of Tampa Bay Rays pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau on Tuesday.
MLB has also suspended Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Rays manager Kevin Cash one game apiece — Boone for Chapman’s actions and Cash for his ejection and post-game comments.
Chapman threw a 101 m.p.h. fastball near the head of Brosseau while closing out his first save of the season, prompting the benches to empty after New York ended a six-game losing streak against Tampa Bay with a 5-3 victory.
“Somebody’s got to be accountable,” Cash said after the game. “And the last thing I’ll say on this is I got a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 m.p.h. Period.”
Chapman’s first pitch to Brosseau with two outs in the ninth inning whizzed past Brosseau’s head. Umpires convened before issuing warnings to both benches, and Cash was ejected after coming onto the field to argue.
Chapman struck out Brosseau to end it, and Brosseau began walking toward the visiting dugout before turning back to exchange words with someone on the Yankees. The dugouts and benches emptied and players gathered near home plate, but they mostly kept their distance before dispersing to their respective clubhouses.
— With files from The Associated Press