Antoan Richardson says Mike Shildt yelled at him with ‘shades of racism’

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s unusual for a first base coach to speak to the media after a game, and probably unprecedented in baseball history for a first base coach to request that the media return to the clubhouse after it closes.

But Antoan Richardson felt very strongly on Tuesday night that he needed to share what was on his mind, and it soon became clear why.

Standing just yards from the Giants clubhouse after a 13-2 win over the San Diego Padres, Richardson explained how he was ejected — for no reason, he says — in the third inning of the game. Richardson, who is from the Bahamas, felt that Padres third base coach Mike Shildt treated him in a way that had “undertones of racism”, but it was Richardson who was thrown out .

Richardson said Shildt was looking into the Giants dugout in the third inning and Richardson asked, “Can I help you? Are you looking for somebody?” Shildt told him he was looking for Giants pitcher Alex Wood, and manager Gabe Kapler came to see what was going on. Richardson said Shildt shouted words he believed were meant for Kapler.

“He yelled, ‘You have to control this mother—-r,'” Richardson said. “At that point, I walked up to the top step and said, ‘Excuse me?’ I couldn’t believe what I heard. At that moment, [Greg] Gibson, the crew chief, decided to kick me out of the game. I think his words were disproportionately unjustified and [had] undertones of racism when he called me “that mother—-r”, as if I should be controlled or good or enslaved. I think it’s really important that we understand what happened tonight.

“The second part that is equally disappointing is that I was thrown out by this referee who allowed this coach to continue having conversations like this with people like me, and it’s such a shame that this either what happened tonight. That being said, I’m really excited about this Alyssa [Nakken] had the opportunity to make her major league debut, and I’m very proud of her. I think she did a really great job and we won, so that’s the most important thing.”

Richardson said he never used foul language and was told he was kicked out for “incitement”. Her ejection meant that Nakken was sent to coach first base, making her the first woman to coach in an infield position in MLB history. It will impact the game as long as it is played, but Richardson’s accusations will certainly have a big impact on this season.

This is the first of six series between the NL West rivals, and even before Richardson ruled, it was clear the Padres were furious at the Giants’ decision to steal a base and fight for a hit. sure with a huge lead.

Kapler defended both decisions. An hour later, he came out of the clubhouse to support Richardson, one of the most beloved members of the staff.

“I trust Antoan’s judgment 100%,” Kapler said. “I trust Antoan’s judgment on the matter and know that Antoan was not out of control at all, and anything said to insinuate that he was is totally inappropriate. He did not caused any part of it.”

Kapler said he didn’t actually hear what Shildt said, but he didn’t think it was appropriate for Richardson to be kicked out. He hadn’t told anyone about the Padres after the game. The teams play again Wednesday afternoon at Oracle Park.

Richardson said he understood his statement would become a story, but he felt it was important to speak out. When Richardson came out to speak to reporters, Giants outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. also came out of the clubhouse and stood a few feet away.

“It’s important that we raise awareness of this,” Richardson said. “Unfortunately, that’s what exists in our world, and I think it’s important that we understand, when we make comments and take actions like this, what that means for communities.

“I’m sharing this story not only for myself, but I’m sharing this story for other people who look like me. I know I had the full support of my teammates and others that I would let them down if I didn’t share. not that story tonight.”

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