MLB suspends Reds’ Tommy Pham 3 games for slapping Giants’ Joc Pederson

CINCINNATI — A day after San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson was slapped by Tommy Pham of the Cincinnati Reds, Pham was suspended three games “for inappropriate conduct.”

The Major League Baseball-imposed suspension started Friday, the day Pham hit Pederson and was strongly encouraged by MLB not to play that night’s series opener.

“I think anytime one individual strikes another individual, it’s serious,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said, “and it’s just something we all know can’t happen in a workplace.”

A video circulated Saturday showing Pham taking a mighty swipe at Pederson’s left cheek and Pederson not fighting back. Quickly, coaches and players from both sides rushed to the scene.

Tommy Pham slapped Joc Pederson across the head and was suspended for three games because lingering resentment from a rule regarding IR designation in their fantasy football league spilled over into real life and led to Pham’s attack.

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Pederson said after Friday’s night’s opener that the incident resulted from a fantasy football beef in which Pham accused him of cheating with a player transaction, though Pederson suggested it wasn’t cheating and that Pham had done something similar.

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Saturday, Pham spoke to reporters and said he didn’t appreciate Pederson’s text about the San Diego Padres, Pham’s former team, and “(messing) with my money.”

“Yesterday, man, I slapped Joc,” he said. “He did…

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