Chris Sale’s fashion critique is a costly one.
The Chicago White Sox suspended their ace for five games for, among other things, “insubordination.”
“Chris has been suspended for violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment,” White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “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.”
The suspension, which began Saturday and runs through Wednesday, was prompted with Sale’s decision to express his opinion of the 1976 throwback uniforms with collars by, according to FanRag Sports, cutting them up with a knife so that they could not be worn.
When the situation escalated to a member of the front office, Sale was scratched from Saturday’s start and sent home from U.S. Cellular Field. According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Sale thought the uniforms were uncomfortable and that the team was putting “PR and jersey sales” ahead of victories.
Sale, who is 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA, leads the American League in strikeouts with 274 and was the topic of hot rumors ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline.