Yankees’ Josh Donaldson suspended one game and fined by MLB for comments to White Sox’ Tim Anderson

Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his inappropriate comments toward Tim Anderson during Saturday’s game against the White Sox, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

“There is no dispute over what was said on the field,” said Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president for on-field operations. “Regardless of Mr. Donaldson’s intent, the comment he directed toward Mr. Anderson was disrespectful and in poor judgment, particularly when viewed in the context of their prior interactions.

Hills said Donaldson’s remarks contributed to a bench-clearing incident “and warrants discipline.”

Multiple times during the Yankees 7-5 win over the Sox Saturday, Donaldson said “What’s up Jackie” to Anderson, a reference to Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

Donaldson, playing third base, also pushed Anderson off the bag while making a tag in a game May 13 at Guaranteed Rate Field, and he had a verbal spat with Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito last season.

Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz said Donaldson’s penalty was too light.

“Just one game. We all saw his malice at third a week ago, then this comment with the ridiculous excuse that followed,” Katz said on his Twitter feed. “What’s the point or message behind a 1-game suspension? This is incredibly disappointing and plain frustrating.”

With tensions mounting Saturday, benches cleared during the fifth inning after Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal confronted Donaldson at home plate.

Donaldson’s suspension was Monday night when…

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