Yankees’ Aaron Judge slams teammate Josh Donaldson for Jackie Robinson remarks to Tim Anderson
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge has issued a sharp rebuke to teammate Josh Donaldson for an allegedly racist comment the third baseman made to black Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson.
“Joke or not, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” Judge told reporters after Monday’s loss in Baltimore, two days after Donaldson nearly started a fight by making a couple of Jackie Robinson references to Chicago’s Anderson. .
Following a Major League Baseball investigation, Donaldson was later fined and suspended for one game, though the third baseman plans to appeal, according to multiple reports.
It’s true that he called Anderson ‘Jackie’ twice during Saturday’s win at Yankee Stadium, comparing the All-Star shortstop to Robinson, who broke the MLB color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Donaldson , who is white, said he made the comment to Anderson on previous occasions after a 2019 Sports Illustrated piece in which the shortstop compared himself to the civil rights icon.
Although Donaldson has denied any racist intent behind the comment, instead saying he was trying to defuse tensions with Anderson after the two fell out in Chicago on May 13, White Sox manager Tony La Russa described the comment as racist and Anderson has done so ever since. agreed.
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge (left) says it’s time to move on after Josh Donaldson’s controversial ‘Jackie Robinson’ comment to Chicago’s Tim Anderson, but reprimanded his teammate (right) .
Jose Abreu #79 stops Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox after a dispute between Yasmani Grandal #24 of the Chicago White Sox (not shown) and Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees (not shown). shows) during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. It’s true that Donaldson called Anderson ‘Jackie’ twice during Saturday’s win at Yankee Stadium, comparing the All-Star shortstop to Robinson, who broke the MLB color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Donaldson , who is white, said he made the comment to Anderson on previous occasions following a 2019 Sports Illustrated piece in which the shortstop compared himself to the civil rights icon.
The judge said the comment was a poor choice, “given the history, especially the [May 13 game] in Chicago and the little conflict between Anderson and [Donaldson].
“Anderson is one of the best shortstops in the game and he’s a huge part of MLB and how we can grow the game,” Judge continued. ‘[Donaldson] get a one-game suspension… I don’t know. He made a mistake, he admitted it and we have to move on.
According to Judge, Donaldson addressed the comment with his teammates, saying he was referencing the SI article from 2019 in which Anderson said, “I feel like the Jackie Robinson of today.”
“He’s a pro,” Judge said of Donaldson. He talked to all of us and told us what he was referring to. But still, I don’t think it was the right move at all.
“We are grown men,” Judge continued. He recognized what he did. That’s all you can ask for, especially when we’re playing every day. I can’t sit here and take too long. … You learn from him when you make a mistake.’
Major League Baseball issued a one-game suspension to New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson (left) for his allegedly racist reference by Jackie Robinson to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (right) during Saturday’s game.
Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox walks the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning of Game 2 of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 22, 2022 in the Bronx.
Donaldson said he was trying to defuse the situation. The benches also emptied on May 13 after Anderson pushed Donaldson following a tough tag in Chicago (pictured)
Yankees manager Aaron Boone (right) said he spoke with Donaldson (left) after Saturday’s game and believed his player’s explanation for why he made the ‘Jackie’ comment, but also said he thought Donaldson should not have used the term.
Although Yankees manager Aaron Boone condemned the comment, he said he did not believe Donaldson had any racist intent and has since added that he does not agree with the one-game suspension.
“They did their due diligence and made what was a tough decision,” Boone said. I do not agree with that. I don’t think he deserved a suspension.
White Sox manager Tony La Russa said he believes Donaldson’s comment was “racist.”
Anderson did not speak to the media Sunday after hitting a home run in Game 2 of a doubleheader in the Bronx.
Following ‘Jackie’s’ comments on Saturday, White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal confronted Donaldson in the fifth inning, causing both benches to clear, though no punches were ever thrown.
“In this clubhouse, we have TA’s help with everything,” said White Sox closer Liam Hendriks, who was once Donaldson’s teammate in Toronto. “And that was completely unacceptable.”
Hendriks, who is white, made no secret of his contempt for Donaldson’s comment.
“Usually you have inside jokes with people you get along with, not people you don’t get along with at all,” the White Sox closer said Sunday. ‘So that statement right there was complete nonsense.’
Another White Sox reliever, Joe Kelly, also criticized Donaldson for the comment.
“The guy is a jerk,” Kelly told Chicago sports radio station 670 The Score. ‘This is horrible. That is not tolerated in any type of sport… Whatever it was, it was not with good intentions.’
On Saturday, White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal faced Donaldson before a fifth-inning at-bat, leading to a bench-clearing incident in which no punches were thrown and no one was ejected.