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BaseBrawl is Back

Multiple Brawls Breakout as Baseball Is Officially Under Way

April 13, 2018 - 10:37 am

By Austin Medina

With the 2018 MLB season in full swing, a different feel is in the air. Teams genuinely do not like each other and understand the importance of every game, even in April. Tensions flare and brawls breakout. The boys of summer started early.

Two different brawls broke out on Wednesday in both the Padres-Rockies game as well as the Yankees-Red Sox game. Earlier in the day, Rockies star Nolan Arenado took exception to a fastball thrown behind him. Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo threw his glove at a charging Arenado’s face.

The brawl that most cared for was between the greatest rivals in sports. Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin attempted to break up a double play with a questionable slide. Austin ended up sliding into Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt below the knees, which Boston took exception to. A few innings later Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly beamed a 98 mph fastball into the ribs of Austin, inciting another bench-clearing brawl.

Kelly and Austin were both ejected and received suspensions. Kelly is suspended for six games as Austin is suspended for five games. Suspensions for the Padres and Rockies players are still to be determined, though a similar fate should follow for them.

Though the brawls and suspensions are bad for the respective teams, this chaos is great for baseball fans around the globe. Fans seeing the emotion between the teams benefits everybody involved. The fights in baseball are typically never too severe, as both brawls would show.

As if it ever wasn’t, the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has now been revived. Both teams have extreme offensive firepower and championships aspirations. The significance of each head-to-head game goes without saying.

With both games being between division opponents, there will be many more opportunities to see what happens next!