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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Tim Anderson says Donaldson tried to provoke with ‘Jackie’ remark

CHICAGO ( Associated Press) – Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said Tuesday that Josh Donaldson was clearly trying to rattle him when the New York Yankees third baseman referred to him as “Jackie,” a comment that led to Donaldson was suspended one game by the Major Leagues. Baseball.

Anderson and White Sox manager Tony La Russa previously stated that Donaldson was racist when he mentioned Anderson, who is Black, as the man who broke baseball’s color barrier.

Donaldson has appealed the suspension and denied that he had any racist intentions. He said the comment was a reference to a 2019 Sports Illustrated interview in which Anderson said he sees himself as the modern Robinson.

“He was trying to provoke me,” Anderson said Tuesday before the White Sox faced Boston. “But he knew what he was doing.”

The bench and bullpen were vacated after Donaldson’s remarks.

Anderson said he did not have a strong opinion on MLB’s decision to suspend Donaldson and fine him an undisclosed amount. Anderson confirmed that they had a brief conversation in 2019 in which Donaldson called her “Jackie”.

“He said so,” Anderson said. “I told him, ‘We don’t need to talk to you again. I won’t talk to you, don’t talk to me if you’re going to refer to me that way.’

“I know he knew what he was doing. I already told him. He went to Minnesota 2-3 years ago, and he didn’t say anything to me because he knows I already addressed it.” And we get into it (May 13th). He slammed back, so I took him away from me. So what? He felt the need to say it again.”

Anderson pushed Donaldson on May 13 in Chicago after a hard tag, which also left the bench empty.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone and team leader Aaron Judge have both said that Donaldson was wrong to taunt Anderson in this manner.

Donaldson tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, shortly before being suspended and has been away from the Yankees. Boone said he hoped Donaldson was reflective of a lot, and that the comments would not cause tension in the New York clubhouse, where many of Donaldson’s teammates are Black.

“I think people always change and evolve and hopefully get better,” Boone said. “Some people are more excitable than others. Some people are calm, some people are outgoing, everyone is a little different, but to say that people can’t grow and change and grow, No, I don’t think so, I never close the book with anyone.”

Anderson admitted he got extra satisfaction from hitting home runs in Sunday night’s win at Yankee Stadium, where he was booed, and claimed he heard “Jackie” calls from fans.

“That was good,” Anderson said. “It helped motivate me a little more. We’ve seen what happened. But it’s cool. I’ll take what he told me. It’s good.”

“I need something to keep me motivated.”

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Anderson’s homer was the best response “you could possibly have.”

As for Donaldson’s claim that the “Jackie” reference was an inside joke, Anderson replied: “I know the truth. I know what it is.”

Associated Press Baseball writer Jake Sener in New York contributed to this report.

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