Cuban baseball player Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees in action . / Tannen Maury / Archive
New York, Nov 20 . .- The suspension of Cuban closer Aroldis Chapman, of the New York Yankees, for throwing near the head of Mike Brosseau, of the Tampa Bay Rays, was reduced from three to two games, because he appealed the Major League Baseball decision.
Chapman will serve the suspension early next season.
The Cuban threw a 101 mph fastball near Brosseau’s head on his first pitch to the pinch hitter with two outs in the ninth inning of a 5-3 victory over the Rays on Sept. 1.
The umpires met before issuing warnings to both benches and Rays manager Kevin Cash was ejected after entering the field to argue.
Chapman struck out Brosseau to end the game, and Brosseau started walking toward the visiting dugout before turning to exchange words with someone from the Yankees.
The benches were cleared and the players gathered near home plate, but mostly kept their distance before dispersing to their respective clubs.
Brosseau got his revenge in the postseason, hitting Chapman with a home run in the eighth inning of Tampa Bay’s 2-1 victory in the decisive fifth game of the American League Division Series on October 9.