Angels’ Wantz, Mariners’ Winker suspended following bench-clearing brawl

Major League Baseball handed out suspensions to 12 members of the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners a day after a wild bench-clearing brawl.

The discipline, handed out by senior vice president of on-field operations Michael Hill, was as follows:

• Angels manager Phil Nevin has received a 10-game suspension for the intentional throwing by pitcher Andrew Wantz while warnings were in place.

• Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker has received a seven-game suspension for actions that caused the incident and for fighting.

• Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon has received a five-game suspension for his actions
during the incident and for leaving the dugout while on the Injured List. His suspension will be
served when he returns from the Injured List. In addition to the suspension, Rendon is prohibited from sitting on the bench for the Angels’ next seven games.

• Angels assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti has received a five-game suspension for his actions
during the incident.

• Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford has received a five-game suspension for fighting.

• Angels pitcher Andrew Wantz has received a three-game suspension for his intentional throwing at Jesse Winker of the Mariners while warnings were in place. Wantz is not appealing and will begin serving his suspension tonight.

• Angels pitcher Ryan Tepera has received a three-game suspension for his actions.

• Angels pitcher Raisel Iglesias has received a two-game suspension for his actions.

• Mariners outfielder Julio Rodríguez has received a two-game suspension for his actions.

• Angels bench coach Ray Montgomery has received a two-game suspension for his actions.

• Angels Major League Interpreter Manny Del Campo has received a two-game suspension for his actions.

• Angels catching coach Bill Haselman has received a one-game suspension for his actions.

A Mariners fastball came close to hitting Angels star Mike Trout in the head Saturday night and tensions spilled over into Sunday’s matchup.

The Angels opted to open with Wantz, normally a reliever, who threw a pitch behind Julio Rodriguez’s head during the first inning, and things reached a fever pitch in the second when he plunked Winker in the hip.

Mariners manager Scott Servais immediately called for Wantz to be tossed. As umpires attempted to hold a fired-up Winker back, the benches cleared with players on both teams throwing punches amid the brawl. Winker made obscene gestures toward the Angels Stadium crowd as he returned to the dugout.

Wantz, closer Raisel Iglesias and reliever Ryan Tepera were thrown out of the game on the Angels’ side with the Mariners losing Winker, Rodriguez and J.P. Crawford. Servais and Angels manager Phil Nevin were also both tossed.

“That probably shouldn’t happen in the game, what happened out there today,” Servais said told reporters after the game. “Emotions running high, but it was pretty clear what was going on. They switched, put an opener in there to throw some balls at us. Got out of hand from there, and kind of a black eye.”

Wantz denied the pitch behind Rodriguez was the in retaliation for the near-miss on Trout from the day before.

“I was pretty amped up for my first start, and the first one just got away from me,” Wantz said. “It was sweaty. I was sweating. First day game I’ve pitched in (in the majors), and that’s that. Second one to Winker was a cut fastball inside and (I) just yanked it. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

Winker apologized for giving the middle finger to fans after he was tossed.

“The only thing I’m going to apologize for is flipping the fans off,” Winker said. “That’s it. As fans, they’re spending their hard-earned money to come watch us play a game, and they didn’t deserve that, so I apologize to the fans, especially the women and children.”

The game resumed after an 18-minute delay and without any further incidents as the Angels avoided a sweep with a 2-1 victory.

The AL West Division rivals, who have faced each other eight times in less than two weeks, don’t meet again until Aug. 5 in Seattle.

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