Chris Sale's White Sox Suspension Is Latest In A History Of Odd Run-Ins
By Stephen Gossett in News on Jul 25, 2016 5:00PM
Chris Sale / Getty Images / Photo: Otto Greule Jr
Chris Sale really doesn’t like throwback uniforms—and now it has cost him.
The Chicago White Sox All-Star starting pitcher was suspended on Sunday for five games after he shredded the retro-style uniforms the team was scheduled to wear over the weekend and argued with team management, ESPN reports.
Sale reportedly thought the collared, cotton uniforms were uncomfortable and the White Sox were prioritizing “PR and jersey sales” ahead of winning. (That wouldn’t be the first time the Sox have been accused of publicity stunting, as a recent anniversary reminded us.)
Sources say: Sale cut up throwbacks during batting practice. Upset that, in his view, PR and jersey sales were more important than winning.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2016
White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said in a statement:
"Chris has been suspended for violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment. While we all appreciate Chris' talent and passion, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to express concerns about team rules and organizational expectations."
Sale has lately been the subject of trade rumors, which one imagines will only intensify now.
As the Tribune points out, the ace has a history of odd run-ins with team management, including his harsh criticism of Executive Vice President Kenny Wlliams following Adam LaRoche’s abrupt preseason retirement after LaRoche’s son was not allowed; attempting to sneak into the Kansas City Royals locker room after a brawl; and shouting with Manager Robin Ventura on the final day of the 2014 season.
By the way, the supposed fashion-monstrosity uni is pictured below, “disco collar” and all. We kinda like it, especially for a sport that never skips an opportunity to valorize the past. But, in all honesty, when it comes to the late ‘70s and anything “disco,” maybe the Sox should just steer well clear.