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White Sox' Chris Sale Clashes With Team Brass Once Again; Are Both Sides To Blame?

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 25 / 16

The White Sox yesterday suspended P Chris Sale for five days and fined him an undisclosed amount after he "destroyed some 1976 throwback jerseys the team was supposed to wear" for his start on Saturday, according to Paul Skrbina of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. White Sox Senior VP & GM Rick Hahn said tha...

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