MLB Brawl: Toronto Blue Jays takes on Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 15: The Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers clear the bench after Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays was punched by Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May the 15th, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

While it was as entertaining as a baseball game could possibly get, admittedly it was somewhat embarrassing to witness Major League Baseball players act like that on the field.

Toronto had a 6-4 lead until Ian Desmond blasted a three-run homer over left field in the seventh, which came before emotion spilled over in the eighth.

MLB has made some efforts to make baseball safe, such as creating rules on home plate collisions and slides into second base.

"Other than hearing the media talk about it constantly, I didn't really think it would cross their mind to do something like that, but I guess it shows a little bit of their colors", said Bautista, who was 1-for-3 with three RBIs before getting ejected. The ball got away.' The guys who play the game know better.

Chavez was also sent from the field, given that a warning had already been issued after Bush had hit Bautista earlier in the match.

What's more, the Rangers were ahead by just one run when they went after Bautista, and there were no outs in the inning.

Toronto Manager John Gibbons, who was ejected in the third inning over an argument about balls and strikes, came back to the field for the brawl. We played seven games (this year). Odor took offense and punched Bautista in the face.

Bautista's slide, legal or not, was also seen by some as intending to injure Odor - another unwritten rule you shouldn't break in any sport.

Bottom line: The Rangers never had the moral high ground in this case, from the moment reliever Sam Dyson barked at Bautista even before his October home run stopped rattling around the aisles of Rogers Centre.

But all the attention was on second base as Odor and Bautista argued. You may not get the minutes, but you'll get the respect.

The Jays had the last laugh in the playoffs, coming from behind to win the fifth and deciding game of the ALDS, and they just may have done so again yesterday. "Quite frankly, I like it. I think the game is good and the game is fun when the players are levying the legislature and not the people up in the commissioner's office".

 

 

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