Ejected Giants Coach Antoan Richardson Explains It Started With Comments from Mike Shildt That, “Reeked Undertones of Racism”

So, it turns out that there’s a part of last night’s really good story that’s a really bath story.

As you may have seen, Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken became the first woman to coach on field in an MLB game when she took over at first base for ejected coach Antoan Richardson. I don’t want to lose sight of this as a really important and positive story, though there’s more context that now merits discussion:

But why was Richardson ejected, anyway? What exactly happened to lead to a first base coach being ejected from the dugout? That’s pretty unusual.

Well, here’s Richardson explain what happened between him and Padres acting third base coach (and former St. Louis Cardinals manager) Mike Shildt. It sounds like, according to Richardson, Shildt escalated things to an unnecessary level and the undertones there were ugly:

If that’s what Shildt said, it would strike me in a very similar way. Maybe he would think he didn’t mean it that way, but it just sounds so bad. It’s just not the way to speak to anyone, let alone in a way that has those undertones.

This is unlikely to just go away, as Shildt is going to have to answer for what Richardson says happened, and Richardson is certainly going to get support from his manager on the matter:

More to come, presumably from Shildt, the Padres, and probably Major League Baseball.

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