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:

[Read more...]

UC Riverside, Sacramento State brawl leads to suspensions (Video)

UC Riverside Sacramento State brawlUC Riverside and Sacramento State began their four-game series Friday night with a bang. The teams got into a bench-clearing brawl during the top of the third inning which led to suspensions for three players.

According to NBC Los Angeles, UCR shortstop Eddie Young was caught in a rundown after trying to advance from second to third on a laser to the Sacramento State shortstop. Young was tagged out by Sac State second baseman Andrew Ayers, the reigning WAC player of the year, who appeared to push him after applying the tag. The two exchanged words, and Young retaliated by slapping Ayers in the face. After Young missed on a second punch, he was wrestled to the ground by Sac State third baseman Will Soto Jr. The benches then cleared.

The Sacramento Bee says Ayers, Young, and UCR catcher Drake Zarate will all be suspended four games. NCAA rules state that players ejected for fighting get suspended four games.

UCR won the game 2-1 and is now 2-3 on the season. Sac State is now 1-3.

H/T Kyle Gunther

Royals announcers rip Nelson Cruz after he’s hit by pitch: ‘You’re not that good’

When Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning of the Rangers win over the Royals on Monday, nobody was surprised. Earlier in the game, Cruz hit a towering home run off of Bruce Chen and stood at home plate for a moment to admire it. Opposing pitchers generally dislike being shown up like that, so many thought Kansas City reliever Louis Coleman did what he had to do in plunking the Rangers slugger. Cruz disagreed.

As soon as he was hit in the back, Cruz stared at Coleman and began walking toward the mound. The benches cleared and everything remained under control, but Royals announcers for Fox Sports Kansas City Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler blasted Cruz anyway.

[Read more...]

Spokane Indians vs. Vancouver Canadians Minor League Fight (Video)

When I was a young kid, I used to love going to AHL hockey games for one reason: the fights. The ultimate goal for an AHL player is usually to play in the NHL, so they generally want it more than NHL players.  No aspect of the game is better at highlighting that than the fights.  Apparently the same is true for minor league baseball.

Deadspin called our attention to a great brawl that took place recently between the Class A affiliates of of the Rangers and Blue Jays.  There are two special things about the fight: real punches are exchanged, and the war begins after a grounder to second base.  Have a look at the Spokane Indians and Vancouver Canadians fight video:

If you need a point of comparison, just check out this recent fight video from the MLB.  Told you the minor leaguers want it more.

David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg Fight Video

David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg got into the baseball fight of the season Friday night. The tension began early in the 8th inning at-bat when Ortiz stared out at Gregg after the first pitch was thrown inside. The next pitch was also inside. Ortiz pointed at Gregg and took a few steps towards him, causing both dugouts to clear. After things were settled, Gregg got Ortiz to fly out, sparking this brawl:

Given all the swinging and missing, I’m surprised this didn’t happen at a Padres-Nationals game. Seriously though, that’s easily our best baseball fight of the year (not counting this awesome minor league brawl). Few fights will top the high school football brawl we posted this week, but that is close, in terms of baseball fights.

Kevin Gregg and David Ortiz were both ejected as you could imagine. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jim Johnson also got tossed. Suspensions should be expected as well.

Video via Jose3030

UPDATE: The Orioles players seemed to be most upset by Ortiz swinging 3-0 in a 10-3 game.

Slade Heathcott Incites Incredible Minor League Baseball Brawl (Video)

We’ve seen our share of baseball fights, but this one will be hard to top. Check out the brawl Friday night between the Single-A affiliates of the Red Sox (Greeneville Drive) and Yankees (Charleston Riverdogs):

According to Baseball America, pitcher Miguel Celestino hit Yankees prospect Slade Heathcott with the second pitch of the game. Heathcott decided that a full-on bum rush was the proper response, and things got out of hand from there. Apparently there was some bad blood between the teams from their previous series, so that could explain the all-out fight. Four players (two from each side) ended up ejected.

Heatcott is a former first-round pick by the Yankees who comes from a troubled background. He has been to Alcoholics Anonymous after having issues with alcohol during high school, but he seemed to have been doing well adjusting to minor league life. The 20-year-old center fielder is hitting .312 on the season. Thanks to this fight, he will be a memorable player even if he never makes it to the Major Leagues

Thanks to Ted’s Army for sharing the information behind the story

Ian Desmond: Miguel Batista Throws Like Miss Iowa

There was a benches-clearing incident in Jupiter, Florida during the spring training game between the Nats and Cardinals on Monday. It all started when Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan (he of the legendary fit fame) bumped into Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols while running down the first base line. The Cards thought it was intentional so Chris Carpenter hit Laynce Nix two batters later. In the bottom half of the inning, Nats pitcher Livan Hernandez threw at Colby Rasmus to even the score and admitted it was intentional.

What seemed to throw everything off and cause the benches to clear was when Cardinals pitcher Miguel Batista threw at Nats shortstop Ian Desmond in the 7th. Since the hit batsmen score was 1-1, the Nats felt dosing Desmond was unnecessary. Even if the Cardinals had gone up 2-1 in the hit batsmen score, the Nats ended everything when Ian Desmond dropped the ultimate zinger on Batista. After the game, Desmond said “Yeah, it was intentional, but I mean Miggy throws like Miss Iowa. It’s no big deal.”

[Read more...]