Minnesota Twins’ Miguel Sano has been suspended for one game, as well as being fined by Major League Baseball for what the appears to have been “aggressive actions” that caused the benches to clear during a game against the Detroit Tigers last weekend.
It all started after Detroit’s JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch from Twins pitcher Justin Haley in the third inning of the Tigers’ 5-4 victory. When two innings later, Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd threw a pitch behind Sano, who pointed his bat at Boyd and yelled out to him on the mound. Tigers catcher James McCann stepped in between the two to intervene, by putting his mitt in the face of Sano. Miguel Sano then reacted immediately and grabbed McCann’s mask.
MLB’s chief baseball officer, Joe Torre, announced Sano’s suspension earlier this week (April 24). The players’ association appealed, which allowed Sano to continue playing until the decision was made.
Boyd was fined as well after MLB concluded that he intentionally threw a pitch at Sano.