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Why did Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson get suspended for three games?

The White Sox shortstop will appeal against his ban for apparently maknig contact with umpire Nick Mahrley in Friday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.

White Sox’s Tim Anderson suspended for three games
Quinn HarrisAFP

Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has been suspended for three games for apparently making contact with umpire Nick Mahrley in Friday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. Anderson appeared to make the slightest contact with Mahrley in the seventh inning of the game at Guaranteed Rate Field and was subsequently tossed in accordance with MLB rules, which state that contact with an umpire, refusal to stop arguing and delaying the game are all grounds for ejection.

Anderson will appeal the suspension, making him eligible to play until he has a hearing in the matter with MLB. He was also fined an undisclosed amount.

Anderson and La Russa ejected

During Friday’s game, Anderson was arguing a called strike by Mahrley. He was ejected along with manager Tony La Russa. The tip of Anderson’s helmet appeared to make contact with Mahrley during the argument.

Anderson also was suspended for two games earlier this year for making contact with an umpire in September of last season during an on-field incident with the Detroit Tigers.

Anderson, who was an All-Star in each of the past two seasons, is batting .310 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 71 games. In seven seasons, all with the White Sox, the 29-year-old is batting .288 with 97 home runs and 313 RBIs in 764 games.