The Chicago White Sox have suspended star pitcher Chris Sale for five days for “insubordination” after the left-hander destroyed a commemorative uniform he refused to wear.
Sale was pulled from his scheduled start and sent home on Saturday after he allegedly expressed his disgust at having to wear a 1976 uniform, cutting it to shreds during batting practice before the game.
“Chris has been suspended for violating team rules, insubordination and destroying franchise equipment,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement Sunday.
“We all appreciate Chris’s talent and passion, but there is a right way and a wrong way to express concerns about team rules and organizational expectations,” he added.
Sale is involved in a great season, going 14-3 with a 3.18 earned run average, which earned him the All-Star Game start for the American League.
He has also been the subject of trade rumors, with the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox showing interest in acquiring his services. (AFP).