9 Angels Players and Coaches Suspended for Brawl

By Nhat Hoang
Nhat Hoang
Nhat Hoang
June 28, 2022 Updated: June 28, 2022

The Los Angeles Angels received suspensions resulting from Sunday’s brawl against the Mariners less than two hours before their game versus the Chicago White Sox Monday night at Angel Stadium.

A total of nine Angels players and coaches were suspended by Major League Baseball in varying degrees.

Angels interim manager, Phil Nevin, received the longest suspension of 10 games, in which he began missing Monday night’s win over Chicago.

In Sunday’s victory over the Seattle Mariners based on Nevin’s late decision to start Andrew Wantz instead of scheduled starter Jose Suarez, Wantz threw a pitch high behind Seattle’s Julio Rodríguez in the first inning and proceeded to hit Jesse Winker in the second following umpire warnings.

MLB likely considered these actions as retaliatory as Chicago had thrown high near the head of Mike Trout the night before in the tension-filled series, and suspended Wantz for three games.

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Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels dodges a foul ball against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on June 25, 2022. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Two other Angels players were suspended, including relievers Ryan Tepera out for three games, and Raisel Iglesias to miss two games; both are making appeals to the league as they won’t be allowed to be replaced on the active roster.

The remaining suspensions are among the coaching staff as assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti received five games.

Bench coach Ray Montgomery will miss two games upon Nevin’s return, and interpreter Manny Del Campo also received two games.

Angels catchers’ coach, Bill Haselman will serve his one-game suspension after Chiti returns.

Angels’ third baseman Anthony Rendon, will be suspended five games when he returns from the injured list next year as he is out for the remainder of the season following wrist surgery—he is prohibited from sitting on the bench for the next seven games.

For Seattle, Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker received a seven-game suspension, while shortstop J.P. Crawford received five games.

The brawl may have ignited some camaraderie amongst the struggling Angels as they rallied to score two in the seventh inning Sunday to beat the White Sox 2–1.

The Angels continued Monday with another rally Monday, after giving up the lead in the top of the 7th inning to score two runs in the bottom of the inning to win 4–3. Taylor Ward’s double into right field scored Monte Harrison and Brandon Marsh.

Starter Noah Syndergaard (5–6, 3.86 ERA) ended a four-game slide allowing three runs and six hits in seven innings of work, for his first victory since May 24 against the Texas Rangers; he retired the first nine hitters before Tim Anderson singled leading off the fourth inning.

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Noah Syndergaard #34 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, in Anaheim, on June 27, 2022. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

“Probably one of the best ones [games] I’ve had all year,” said Syndergaard. “Everything’s getting better. I am trusting my delivery instead of just trying to be too fine with things.”

Bench coach Montgomery took over for interim manager Phil Nevin, and stated, “I would like to say it’s just like being in that position when I’m standing there with Phil or anyone else—but it’s not obviously. People are looking to you to be prepared. You have a responsibility to those guys [the players] and want to make sure that they have what they need.”

The Angels have yet to announce a starter for Tuesday’s second-game matchup versus the White Sox, who will start RHP Johnny Cueto (1–4, 3.19 ERA).

Nhat Hoang