White Sox suspend All-Star pitcher after clubhouse incident involving throwback jerseys. The ace of the White Sox starting rotation cut the 1976 throwback uniforms on Saturday as he didn’t want to wear them during his start.
The White Sox announced on Sunday the suspension of Chris Sale for five days due to a clubhouse incident on Saturday. Sale, who was scheduled to pitch against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday reportedly was upset about having to wear the 1976 throwback White Sox uniforms during his start.
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Although the White Sox wore these uniforms last season in a game against the Seattle Mariners, Sale didn’t start that game. Unfortunately for Sale, his refusal to wear the uniforms on Saturday led to his suspension. Sale cut multiple throwback uniforms on Saturday.
The White Sox released a statement on Sunday stating Sale had been suspended for violating team uniform rules, insubordination and destroying team equipment.
The suspension of Sale comes amid constant speculation regarding the potential trade of the All-Star pitcher. Sale, like many other White Sox players could be traded near the trading deadline with the team is quickly falling out of contention. However, according to Dan Hayes at CSNChicago.com, Sale didn’t ask to be traded after being sent home on Saturday.
The White Sox didn’t need this kind of publicity, especially with the team struggling to begin the second half. The White Sox are not only in the national spotlight in regards to trade speculations, but now this recent issue puts even more negative press on the franchise.
Sale’s refusal to wear a uniform he felt was uncomfortable may be justifiable for him, but he is an employee of the White Sox and there are uniform codes in place he must follow. The All-Star pitcher should make his next start on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs. Sale appears to still have some maturing to do, and the White Sox certainly need to address clubhouse incidents much better than they have been doing recently.