Aaron Judge critical of Josh Donaldson’s ‘Jackie’ comment

Aaron Judge criticized Yankee teammate Josh Donaldson for calling Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson “Jackie,” the reference to Jackie Robinson that value Donaldson a one-game suspension and a effective. 

“It’s a tricky one,’’ Judge mentioned after Monday’s 6-4 loss to Baltimore of the incident on Saturday in The Bronx that led to the suspension. 

“Joke or not, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do there,’’ Judge said of Donaldson repeatedly calling Anderson, who is black, “Jackie,” in what Donaldson mentioned was an try to diffuse tensions between the 2 after they practically got here to blows when the groups met in Chicago final weekend. 

“Given the history, especially the series in Chicago and the little bit of beef between Anderson and [Donaldson],’’ Judge said. “Anderson is one of the best shortstops in the game and is a big part of MLB and how we can grow the game. [Donaldson] getting a one-game suspension … I don’t know. He made a mistake, owned up to it and we’ve got to move on.” 

Aaron Judge, Josh Donaldson
Aaron Judge, Josh Donaldson
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Judge mentioned Donaldson spoke to the crew in an try to clarify his habits, referring to the 2019 Sports Illustrated article by which Anderson mentioned “I kind of feel like today’s Jackie Robinson.” 

But whereas Judge appeared ready to go away the controversy up to now, it gained’t be forgotten. 

“He’s a pro,’’ Judge said of Donaldson. “He talked to all of us and filled us in on what he was referring to. But still, I don’t think it was the right move at all.” 

Judge added once more, “it’s time to move on.” 

“We’re grown men,’’ he said. “He owned up to what he did. That’s all you can ask, especially when we’re playing games every day. Can’t sit here and linger on a lot. … You learn from it when you make a mistake.” 

Aaron Boone mentioned he disagreed with MLB’s determination to ban Donaldson, though he revered the league’s course of. 

“They did their due diligence and made what was a tough call,” the supervisor mentioned. “I don’t agree with it. I don’t think it warranted a suspension.” 

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