Brad Keller hit Tim Anderson; Royals, White Sox clear banks

Reals pitcher Brad Keller talks about the start and the altercation with the White Sox.

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller talks about his start against the Chicago White Sox and the bank-cleaning altercation that began when he hit Tim Anderson with a pitch at the Guaranteed Rate Field on April 17. of 2019.


Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller talks about his start against the Chicago White Sox and the bank-cleaning altercation that began when he hit Tim Anderson with a pitch at the Guaranteed Rate Field on April 17. of 2019.



The altercation of the bench between the Royals and the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at the Guaranteed Speed ​​Field can be seen by some viewers as obsolete or barbaric. If you believe that, it was also completely predictable and possibly inevitable.

The Royals (6-12) managed a 4-3 win in 10 innings to avoid being swept in a three-game series, but the part of the day that left the biggest mark came in the middle of the sixth inning.

The most shocking thing about Brad Keller's fastball that landed squarely on Tim Anderson's bad was that the White Sox acted as if he did not see him after Anderson celebrated demonstratively after a two-run homer.

"I'll just say that that's not the player that I am," said Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier. "I mean, I know he's an emotional player, I think the whole situation: when you do something like that, you know they're going to hit you, once they hit you, just deal with that, go to the first one. see him."

Keller, the Royals starting pitcher, gave Anderson a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Anderson took the opportunity to throw the defiant bat into his dugout and let out a roar as he looked at his own bench after his home run sailed high and far to the left-field bleachers.

The bat traveled a little shorter than the home run and earned Anderson a look from Real catcher Martin Maldonado when Anderson crossed the home plate.

A Maldonado, a native of Puerto Rico, was asked after the game if he noticed the bat hit. His eyes widened before answering: "I think my mother saw him from his house, everybody saw that."

Maldonado also said that the somersault from the bat did not bother him as much as Anderson who took the time to yell at the dugout.

"I understand if he hits him that way for a pbad," Maldonado said. "Fine, but you know, it was very early in the game, I know that everyone reacts differently, but at the same time you have to respect the game."

The next time Anderson reached the plate, in the sixth inning, Keller's first pitch, a 92 mph fastball, crashed into the back of Anderson. Anderson proceeded to shout at Keller before heading to first base. Maldonado interposed between Anderson and the mound. Once that happened, the banks emptied and the launchers left their bullpens.

"Keller did the right thing," Dozier said. "It pointed to the lower part of the body. Beat him. It should be like OK, go first and move on. It should not have been as big a situation as it was in my opinion, but I could be wrong. I do not know."

It is worth noting that the line of the company pronounced by the manager of the Royals Ned Yost, Maldonado and Keller was that the shot that hit Anderson "ran away" from Keller when he tried to pitch inside.

Yost's answer to a question about Keller's actions was: "What, did you miss a tone?"

Keller, who walked with four batters in the game, said he was disappointed by the shot that made Anderson hit for home run and left the ball in the middle of the plate.

As for the launch that hit Anderson?

"I was trying to get in with him," Keller said. "My order was not the best today, I missed a ball, I'm not trying to put a player in a 2-2 game, especially the player who leaves first."

Royals coach Dale Sveum, White Sox manager Rick Renteria, Keller and Anderson saw the end of the game from clubhouses after they were all sent off. The expulsion of Keller was his first, while Sveum marked the 16th of his career, including his sixth as a coach (10 as a coach, one as a player).

Sveum had to be restrained at a time when the players and staff were on the field screaming from side to side as he pushed and pushed.

"The ball moves away from the pitcher, just take your base," said Sveum. "I'm an old-school kid and if you take your base and everything will be fine."

Once the altercation seemed to have subsided, Renteria apparently opposed some of the talks he heard from the players in front of the Royals' dugout and Yost held Renteria, pushing him towards the mound and shouting for him to calm down.

"What happened was that (referee and team leader) Joe West was trying to get everyone back to the dugouts," Yost said. "So I turned around to get my team back and Rick started screaming and yelling at my boys, and I'm like," No one's going to yell at my team. "I have no problems (with Renteria) but No one is going to yell at my team … That's not going to happen, you know, just give me a second and I'll get them back. "

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Lynn Worthy covers the Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball for The Star. Born in the Northeast, he has covered high school, college sports and professionals for The Lowell Sun, Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin, Allentown Morning Call and The Salt Lake Tribune. He has won prizes for sports features and sports columns.

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