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Six players, both managers suspended over Reds-Pirates brawl

Amir Garrett fight

Major League Baseball on Thursday announced the fallout from the ugly brawl that took place between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates earlier in the week, and eight suspensions were handed down in total.

Both managers, Cincinnati’s David Bell and Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle, have been suspended. Bell got six games for coming back onto the field during the brawl after he had been ejected the inning before, while Hurdle got two games for “his Club’s conduct during the incident.” In addition to the managers, six players — Yasiel Puig, Keone Kela, Amir Garrett, Jose Osuna, Jared Hughes and Kyle Crick — have also been banned for multiple games.

Kala got the heftiest suspension, which was 10 games for intentionally throwing at Derek Dietrich in the bottom of the seventh and then instigating when the benches cleared in the eighth. Kala admitted after the game that he went head-hunting. Garrett got eight games, which is no surprise after he sparked the brawl by charging at the Reds dugout and throwing haymakers.

Osuna has been suspended five games for his “aggressive and inappropriate actions” during the melee. Hughes got a three-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Sterling Marte in the ninth inning, and Puig and Crick got three games each for their involvement.

All of the players have already decided to appeal the suspensions, but MLB clearly tried to send a message after the ugliest incident of the season.

Amir Garrett, Yasiel Puig ejected after huge Reds-Pirates fight

Amir Garrett fight

Amir Garrett will be facing some serious discipline from the league after his role in starting a fight between his Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

Garrett was on the mound with his Reds down 11-3 in the top of the ninth. Someone from the Pirates dugout yelled something and got ejected. Garrett didn’t like what was said and ran over to fight some Pirates players. He meant business and threw some big punches. Players from both sides converged and began to fight. Even Yasiel Puig, who had just been traded to the Cleveland Indians, got involved.

Some beef was brewing in the game prior to the fight.

Earlier the Reds were upset about a Keone Kela pitch that went high and in, nearly hitting Derek Dietrich. Joey Votto walked by and said something to the Pirates dugout about it. The benches were warned.

Then before the fight, Jared Hughes was ejected for hitting Starling Marte, as was Freddie Benavides. Reds manager David Bell had been ejected in the 8th.

Later, both Garrett and Puig were ejected for their roles in the fight. From the Pirates’ side, Chris Archer, Kyle Crick and Francisco Cervelli were also tossed.

Reds plan to be buyers ahead of trade deadline

Despite sitting in last place in a crowded NL Central, the Cincinnati Reds are going to try to get better before the July 31 trade deadline.

Reds president Dick Williams confirmed Friday that the Reds, who sit five games out of first place, will be looking to buy prior to the deadline.

“We’re going to look around to see what we can do to make us better, which would put us in the buyer category,” Williams said, via C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.

Williams added that the Reds were unlikely to make major additions, but would try to make minor improvements without mortgaging the future too much.

There are certainly other reasons the Reds might not pursue the likes of Madison Bumgarner, but the approach makes sense. Despite their last-place status, they have a +27 run differential, and the tightness of the Central has ensured that they’re still in it. They might as well see what they can do on the market.

Reds troll Pedro Strop on Twitter over Yasiel Puig comments

Yasiel Puig Pedro Strop

Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop called Yasiel Puig “stupid” after a bench-clearing confrontation on Saturday, but it’s the Cincinnati Reds who got the last laugh on Sunday.

Puig scored the Reds’ fifth run to give them a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth in Sunday’s game, and the team’s Twitter account immediately took aim at Strop’s comments in a clever way.

Strop had a lot to say about Puig on Saturday after a Cubs win. With the Reds on their way to victory Sunday, they had the right to have the last word, even if Strop didn’t feature in the contest. It’s pretty funny, and it’s a nice way to escalate what is turning into a minor rivalry, at least among fans.

Cincinnati Reds tweet support for bat-flipping OSU star Samantha Show

Samantha Show bat flip

The Cincinnati Reds sent a cool tweet of support to Oklahoma State softball star Samantha Show.

Show, who is the Cowgirls’ ace and best hitter, received attention for her bat flip after a home run in a 2-1 win over Florida at the Women’s College World Series on Thursday night.

The Reds learned of her bat flip and reached out with a tweet of support:

The tweet showed a photo of Derek Dietrich, who has been at the center of controversies this season for bat flipping and admiring his home runs.

Show appreciated the support from the Reds:

A big reason why Show transferred from Texas A&M to Oklahoma State was because she wanted to feel like she could be herself. Oklahoma State has more than allowed her to feel that way by embracing her bat-flipping side, and it’s led to Show slugging a school-record 20 home runs this season.

Reds-Giants game delayed by bee swarm

Monday’s game between the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds got off to a late start for a very unusual reason.

The game was delayed by roughly 15 minutes due to a swarm of bees on the field in Cincinnati, making it impossible to play.

At one point, Reds outfielder Derek Dietrich dressed up in exterminator gear and took to the field to try to help.

The game ultimately started after the bees moved, though they remained in the vicinity.

Bee delays happen from time to time during spring training games. It’s a lot rarer for this to take place during the regular season, especially in a northern city, and both teams will be urgently hoping that’s the end of that.

Report: Reds could call up top prospect Nick Senzel this week

The Cincinnati Reds made the controversial decision to have top prospect Nick Senzel begin the 2019 season in the minor leagues, but the former second overall draft pick appears to be getting close to making his MLB debut.

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Reds could promote Senzel as early as Friday, when they return home to face the San Francisco Giants following a seven-game road trip.

Senzel, 23, is an infielder by trade who competed for an outfield spot with the Red during spring training. He batted .308 in spring training and .310 with good power numbers in the minors last season, but Cincinnati chose not to make him part of the Opening Day roster. Senzel’s agent responded to that decision by unloading on the organization for manipulating Senzel’s service time.

Shortly after it was announced that he would begin the season in the minors, Senzel suffered an ankle injury that forced him to sit out several games. He has appeared in just six games at Triple-A this season and is hitting .296 with one home run and two RBI. He has a career average of .314 and OPS of .900 in the minors.

Watch: Yasiel Puig goes after Chris Archer in Reds-Pirates brawl

The first brawl of the Major League Baseball season took place on Sunday, and Yasiel Puig was very much involved.

Things started after Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Archer threw behind Cincinnati’s Derek Dietrich, who admired a home run he hit earlier in the game. The benches cleared, but it was generally a lot of milling around.

That was the case until Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig broke away from those restraining him and tried to seek out Archer.

Five players were ejected from the game — three Reds and two Pirates.

Puig has been involved in his fair share of skirmishes before. It will be interesting to see if any further league discipline comes his way for escalating the incident. It will also be intriguing to see if this is the end of it in Sunday’s game, as the incident took place fairly early on in the contest.

Nick Senzel’s agent rips Reds for sending star prospect to minors

Cincinnati Reds prospect Nick Senzel has had an impressive spring and appears to have done enough to earn a spot on the major league roster, but he was among a group of players that the team reassigned to minor league camp on Friday. His agent is furious about that.

After the Reds announced that Senzel will begin the season in Triple-A, his agent Joel Wolfe ripped the team in some comments to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Wolfe described the situation as “an egregious case of service-time manipulation.”

Senzel is a third baseman, but the Reds said they would give him every opportunity to win the starting center field job after they non-tendered Billy Hamilton this offseason. The 23-year-old has seemed comfortable in the outfield this spring and has batted .308 through 12 exhibition games.

Many believe Senzel is one of the 25 best players on the Reds roster, but keeping him in the minors for two weeks will prevent him from accruing a year of service time and keep him under team control for an additional season.

We’ve seen a similar situation unfold with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays, and the slugger has reportedly considered taking legal action against the organization.

Agent for top Reds prospect rips team for ‘egregious’ service time manipulation

A top Cincinnati Reds prospect will be starting the season in the minor leagues, and his agent is none too happy about that decision.

The Reds opted to send top-ten prospect Nick Senzel down to the minors despite hitting .308 in spring training and .310 with power at AAA last season. This was met with derision by his agent, Joel Wolfe, who issued a scathing statement critical of the Reds for their service time manipulation.

The concept of manipulation service time to gain an extra year of team control is not a new one, but people within the sport are beginning to call it out more and more. Expect it to be one of the central issues that players look to eliminate when CBA negotiations commence.