Friday, July 29, 2016

Featured MiLB Ejection - Brawl in Corpus Christi

A first-pitch hit batsman incited a bench-clearing brawl in Texas during the final game of Frisco's visit to Corpus Christi in the Double-A Texas League on Sunday.

Unusual Sight: Police enter the field.
In the bottom of the second inning of the RoughRiders-Hooks game, Hooks leadoff batter Danry Vasquez was hit by the first pitch thrown by RoughRiders starter Yohander Mendez, immediately charging the mound to confront his fellow Venezuelan-born player and inciting a bench-clearing incident that ultimately resulted in the ejection of Vasquez, Mendez, and Hooks right fielder Ramon Laureano after discussion amongst the umpiring crew of HP Umpire Clayton Hamm, 1B Umpire Jon Felczak, and 3B Umpire Reid Gibbs.

While Hooks skipper Rodney Linares condemned the fight ("I don't condone it"), RoughRiders Manager Joe Mikulik simply said, "It was what you saw. It's baseball...That's just the way it is sometimes." In an unusual step for professional baseball, police officers stepped onto the infield during the bench-clearing incident. Police and security, even those units assigned to the field of play, are generally instructed not to become involved in an on-field incident between the teams unless requested by the umpires, or unless a non-affiliated person (e.g., a fan) is involved.

Frisco and Corpus Christi are the Double-A affiliates of the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros.

Wrap: Frisco Rough Riders vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (TL), 7/24/16 | Video available via "Read more"
Alternate Link: Benches empty and the fight is on as Pitch #1 of inning two hits Vasquez (FRI)


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