Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Sale suspended over tantrum

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The White Sox suspended pitcher Chris Sale for five days on Sunday, a day after he angrily cut up the team's throwback uniforms after refusing to wear one during his start.

"Chris has been suspended for violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment," Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager, said. "While we all appreciate Chris' talent and passion, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to express concerns about team rules and organizational expectations."

Before Saturday's game, Sale destroyed some of the 1976 throwback uniforms players were scheduled to wear in conjunction with a promotional giveaway at the park. Sale, 27, reportedly told team officials he found the uniforms uncomfortable.

The suspension comes to $250,000 of his $9.15 million salary. He was also fined about $12,700 — cost of the damaged jerseys — the Associated Press reported. The players union declined comment. Sale could ask the union to file a grievance.

Manager Robin Ventura said Sunday that he hadn't talked to Sale since the pitcher was asked to leave the stadium Saturday. Ventura said he doesn't think the incident will impact whether the team will trade Sale. The trade deadline is Aug. 1.

Ventura said starting pitchers typically are allowed to choose which uniforms the team wears on days they start, but there are exceptions such as promotional days. "Everybody wears a uniform that they don't necessarily like, but you wear it," he said. "If you want to rip it after, you can rip it up after."

Sale's agent, B.B. Abbott, told ESPN that his client "talked at length" with Hahn and believes there will be no long-term repercussions.

Third baseman Todd Frazier didn't directly address Sale's situation but said he has seen his fair share of odd things during his career: "It's crazy. You talk to umpires during games and stuff and it's like you think you've seen it all, baseball-wise. … It's just something different."

Ventura said Sale, who is from Lakeland and starred at Florida Gulf Coast University, might have to mend fences when he returns. "It's nothing that can't be smoothed over," Ventura said. "This is not the first (incident)."

Last season, Sale attempted to gain entrance into the Royals locker room after his ejection after a brawl between the teams. He also left before a game near the end of 2014 after a shouting match with Ventura.

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