There are no MLB games being played at the moment, but that's not stopping a couple of AL Central rivals from rekindling their feud.
Appearing on "The Charity Stripe" podcast, Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller recalled the time early in the 2019 season when he hit Chicago White Sox slugger Tim Anderson with a pitch. In an earlier at-bat between the two during the fourth inning of the same game, Anderson hit a home run and celebrated by throwing his bat toward his own dugout.
"It was like the first week of April," Keller said, according to Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports. "I'm not going to say a meaningless game because every game in the big leagues means something. But the 12th game of the season doesn't really define if you're going to make the playoffs or not."
He continued: "It just seemed like, at the time, it was an April home run. Why are you throwing your bat to the dugout or whatever? We had beefs in the past, as far as our teams, and that was just like fuel on the fire, basically, is what it seemed like."
It didn't take long for Anderson to respond on Twitter:
A brawl ensued after the hit-by-pitch. The league gave Keller a five-game suspension for his role in the incident, while Anderson got a one-game ban.