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Carlos Gomez and Gerrit Cole exchange words leading to bench-clearing fight (Video)

During Sunday’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates, the scene turned ugly in the top of the third inning.

pirates-brewers-brawlBrewers center fielder Carlos Gomez hit what he apparently thought would be a solo home run. That ended up not being the case as the ball stayed in the field of play, hitting off the wall just out of the reach of Andrew McCutchen. Gomez wound up on third base with a triple.

That’s when Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole had a few words with Gomez and the situation escalated.

Punches were thrown and both Gomez and Travis Snider of the Pirates were ejected for their roles in the brawl.

Carlos Gomez has been known to admire his home runs in the past and on one occasion it led to a confrontation with Brian McCann. This time around, Gomez ended up on the ground thanks to Travis Snider.

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Player swings bat at opponent’s head during Cuban baseball brawl (Video)

A game in Cuba between Villa Clara and Matanzas on Monday night featured a terrifying brawl that could have ended horribly. According to Baseball America, a Matanzas player led off the seventh inning with a home run to give his team a 3-0 lead. Villa Clara pitcher Freddy Alvarez hit the next batter in the head with a fastball and hit another player two batters later.

At that point, the benches cleared. Demis Valdes of Matanzas, who wasn’t even in the game at the time, came charging out of the dugout with a bat in his hands. When Alvarez went after Valdes and threw his glove toward him, Valdes took a full swing at Alvarez’s head with the bat. Fortunately, he did not connect.

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The umpires eventually got all of the players off the field and the game was delayed for more than 15 minutes. Valdes could have literally killed Alvarez. Brawls add excitement to the game and most of us enjoy them, but that bordered on attempted murder.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Report: Baseball agents fight in parking lot over client poaching (Video)

old time boxerMost of the big offseason baseball transactions took place last week, rendering the 2013 winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., pretty disappointing. But a scrap between a couple of agents on Wednesday sure livened things up.

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that two agents fought and hurled confrontational words at each other in the self-parking lot outside the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel. The video is taken from a distance, but you can still see at least one guy take a swing at the other.

According to what witnesses told Passan, the fight was over one agent being upset at the other for (attempted?) client poaching.

“Stay the [expletive] away from my guy!” one of the agents supposedly yelled at the other.

One of the men also supposedly threatened to burn the other guy’s house down. Sounds like a couple of real charmers, huh?

Passan says the fight came to an end when a local sheriff patrolling the area and hotel employees broke it up.

Of course we wish the video of the fight were better but, hey, at least it’s something. And how much money would you have given for one of the people in the fight to be Scott Boras? I’d pay to see that guy in a celebrity death match.

Umpire grabs manager by throat during argument (Video)

An American umpire working in Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League put his hand on the throat of a manager during an argument over a balk called in a game between the EDA Rhinos and Brother Elephants on Thursday.

Umpire Brian Kennedy called a balk on the Rhinos pitcher while the Rhinos were up 4-2 in the fourth inning. The call led Rhinos acting manager Chiung-Lung Huang to come out of the dugout to discuss things. That got somewhat awkward because a translator was needed to interpret the conversation between the ump and the manager.

Umpire Brian KennedyAround the 1:05 mark, Kennedy ejects Huang from the game, and the manager responds by chest-bumping Kennedy. Kennedy reacted by grabbing Huang’s throat.

The China Post says Kennedy was suspended 10 games and fined NT$50,000 for the incident. He will also be relegated to the position of reserve umpire.

Huang was suspended three games and fined NT$60,000.

Kennedy was so upset with the incident he reportedly called police during the game with the intention of pressing charges. Officers showed up and suggested Huang go to the station with them. Kennedy apparently decided not to press charges.

Huang has been the Rhinos’ acting manager. Hsu Sheng-ming, the team’s manager, died at 55 last month after suffering a heart attack.

Good to know crazy baseball fights aren’t exclusive to the US or Venezuela.

H/T The Big Lead via Deadspin

College baseball brawl starts after batter throws bat at pitcher (Video)

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A brawl broke out during a collegiate summer league game between the Humboldt Crabs and California Warriors earlier this week. Like many other baseball fights, it started when a batter was hit by a pitch. What made this one different was the bat that went flying by the pitcher’s head after he drilled the batter.

That’s just plain dangerous. For the most part, baseball brawls are harmless. This one turned into your typical bench-clearing pillow fight after the initial exchange, but what would have happened if that bat drilled the pitcher in the head?

Here’s a video of the melee, courtesy of College Baseball Daily. It contains some NSFW language:

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Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire own D-Backs coaches during crazy brawl (Video)

Six people were ejected from Tuesday’s Los Angeles Dodgers-Arizona Diamondbacks game after the teams got into a massive brawl following three batters getting hit.

Things began in the bottom of the sixth inning when Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy hit Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig on a 1-2 fastball with the D-backs up 2-0. Puig was checked out by the trainers for a few minutes and remained in the game.

In the top of the seventh, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke got revenge by hitting D-backs catcher Miguel Montero to start the inning. After that point, you figure everything was settled. But it wasn’t — Kennedy then dosed Greinke in the head in the bottom of the seventh, leading to the benches clearing. After that point, there were a solid two and a half minutes of fighting that featured some amazing moments.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly took down Arizona coach Alan Trammell; Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire raged on D-backs coach Matt Williams; and Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell nearly tossed D-backs coach Turner Ward over the top rope.

After it was all done, Mark McGwire, Yasiel Puig, Ronald Belisario, Ian Kennedy, Turner Ward and Kirk Gibson were all ejected from the game.

Here are some images and GIFs capturing the wildest moments of the fight.

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Carlos Quentin charges Zack Greinke to incite bench-clearing brawl (Video)

Zack Greinke Carlos QuentinCarlos Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Zack Greinke, inciting a bench-clearing brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Thursday night.

Greinke had a full count on Quentin with the bases empty and the Dodgers leading 2-1 in the sixth when he plunked the Padres outfielder in the left arm. Quentin stared out at Greinke, took a few steps towards the mound, and then decided to charge. Greinke dropped his glove, braced for the contact, and dropped his left shoulder into the charging outfielder. Catcher A.J. Ellis rushed out and tackled Quentin to the ground, and then it was “every man for himself” after that, as announcer Vin Scully said.

Greinke was replaced by pitcher Chris Capuano after suffering an injury, which was later revealed to be a broken collarbone. Center fielder Matt Kemp was ejected for going crazy during the brawl, and he was replaced by Skip Schumaker.

Kemp was likely fuming because he felt the Padres had thrown at him earlier in the game:

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