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#pounditTuesday, February 7, 2023

Josh Donaldson wins suspension appeal over dust-up with Joe Musgrove

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson was involved in a minor scuffle with Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove last Monday. It was so minor, in fact, that you may not have even heard anything about it. Fortunately, the suspension Donaldson was hit with over the incident has been overturned.

Donaldson and Musgrove were ejected along with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle after a bunch of shouting and “what the f— are you looking at?” was tossed back and forth. The exchange came after Musgrove grazed Donaldson with an inside pitch, and the benches cleared over the Atlanta Braves infielder’s reaction.

It was a glorified shoving match, essentially, but Major League Baseball still felt Donaldson should be held accountable for sparking it. The veteran was hit with a one-game suspension, but ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that he won his appeal and the ban has been overturned.

If MLB simply had to do something, a $1,000 fine seems appropriate. Compared to some of the baseball fights we have seen in the past, that was basically a whole bunch of nothing.

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