New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had his four-game suspension reduced to three games following his appeal and issued an apology on Monday for his role in the brawl with the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 24.
"The heat of the moment and my desire to protect my teammates led me to commit some errors during the brawl," Sanchez wrote. "It's an incident I regret and from which I have learned. I know to some these may be mere words, but they are words that I feel the need to express because I sincerely feel this way, and for respect to you, the fans, the Yankees organization, the Detroit Tigers and the game of Baseball."
Sanchez, who was the designated hitter, was hit by a Michael Fulmer pitch in the fifth inning, and in the bottom of the sixth Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle threw behind Miguel Cabrera and was ejected. Before Aroldis Chapman finished his warm-up pitches, Cabrera and Yankees catcher Austin Romine exchanged words at home plate before Cabrera shoved Romine and swung at him, leading to the first of three bench-clearing incidents.
Sanchez ran out of the dugout and punched Cabrera in the scrum and had to be restrained by teammates.
Cabrera's suspension was reduced from seven games to six, and Romine was suspended two games. Tigers reliever Alex Wilson, who threw at Todd Frazier later in the game, had his suspension reduced from four games to three.
The 24-year-old Sanchez, who is hitting .276 with 28 home runs and 79 RBIs this season, will begin serving his suspension on Monday when the Yankees begin a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.
"All games are important," Sanchez said, according to the New York Post. "That series with the Red Sox was highly important. I was glad to participate and help."