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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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Cubs prospect Jorge Soler reportedly went after opponents with a bat

Jorge-Soler-CubsChicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler may have a slight anger management issue to deal with before he makes his way to the Big Leagues. Soler plays for the team’s Class-A affiliate, the Daytona Cubs. On Wednesday night, Daytona lost 14-9 to the Clearwater Thresers in extra innings, but the thrill of extra frames took a backseat to the commotion Soler caused with his outburst in the seventh inning.

According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal (via the Chicago Tribune), the 21-year-old outfielder charged toward the Threshers’ dugout with a bat in his hand following the seventh. Prior to that, Soler had been involved in a confrontation with Clearwater’s Edgar Alonso after Soler slid into second base. The two reportedly exchanged words and had to be separated by teammates, but Soler apparently never cooled down and went after Alonso wielding a bat. Daytona manager Dave Keller said it was “kind of like a nightmare.”

“I think that he was frustrated by some things and there was some emotional things he was fighting with,” Keller said. “Why he did that, I don’t know. I think he was frustrated by what happened. When he slid into second base, (Alonso) ended up laying on top of him. He was laying on him so (Soler) pushed with his arm to get him off him, and I think the second baseman interpreted that the wrong way like he wanted to fight or something.”

Keller went on to describe the scene, which sounded like something straight out of Hollywood.

“There were two separate incidents, and there was really no fight,” he said. “But because nobody was around him when he was running across the field with a bat … that makes things a little bit crazy.”

Baseball fights like this and bench-clearing brawls like this are all part of the game, but running after someone with a bat takes things to a dangerous level. There’s no telling if Soler was actually going to to something with the bat, but the league has to assume he planned on using it as a weapon when deciding his punishment.

Mexico-Canada fight after 9th-inning bunt; Larry Walker saw Satan (Video)

Mexico and Canada got into a big fight during the ninth inning of Canada’s 10-3 victory in Pool D play of the World Baseball Classic Saturday at Chase Field in Arizona.

The benches-clearing brawl resulted in eight ejections. The fight began after Canada catcher Chris Robinson bunted for a base hit with his team up 9-3 in the ninth. Mexico third baseman Luis Cruz felt Canada bunting with a six-run lead was disrespectful, so he encouraged pitcher Arnold Leon to hit the next batter.

In the video below, you can see Cruz make a gesture that appears to instruct Leon to hit the next batter:

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