Tommy Pham has been suspended for three games for his altercation with Joc Pederson ahead of Friday night’s series opener between the Giants and Cincinnati Reds, MLB announced Saturday.
“There was no real argument,” Pederson said Friday of the moments leading up to the slap. “He kind of came up and said, ‘You remember from last year?’ And I was like, ‘Fantasy football?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah.’ “
Specifically, Pederson said the dispute began by him placing a player who was ruled out for a game on injured reserve, clearing a bench spot to stash another player. Pederson was accused by Pham of cheating despite following the league rules.
On Saturday, Pham addressed the incident and told reporters that Pederson made “disrespectful” comments about the San Diego Padres, where he played from 2020-21. Pham also said Pederson was “messing with my money.”