Punishments will be handed down for the A's-Houston Astros brawl that took place Sunday in Oakland. And they're expected to be long.
A's outfielder Ramon Laureano isn't the only one expected to serve a long suspension. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron also will be suspended as well.
Oakland #Athletics Ramon Laureano is expected to receive a lengthy suspension as early as this afternoon by #MLB, but so will Houston #Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron for provoking the bench-clearing melee.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 10, 2020
Laureano, after being hit by a pitch for the second time Sunday and third time in Oakland's series against Houston, charged after the Astros' dugout when Cintron provoked him and instigated what turned into a benches-clearing brawl.
Laureano charges the Astros dugout and the brawl breaks out pic.twitter.com/CQ2K8kFnlb— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) August 9, 2020
According to former Astros beat writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz, what sparked Laureano's anger was Cintron mentioning the A's outfielder's mother in a negative way. A's manager Bob Melvin also blamed Cintron for causing the fight.
“I think the league will know who it is, and that person should get suspended,” Melvin told reporters after the game. “Hopefully that’s the case, and nowadays without fans in the stands, and mics everywhere, my guess is they know who he is.”
Melvin also didn't know why any Astros players were ejected. A's catcher Austin Allen, along with Laureano, was ejected from the game. But Cintron was not. Neither was former A's catcher Dustin Garneau, who tackled Laureano when the outfielder charged the dugout.
“I don’t know how we ended up getting a couple guys kicked out and it kind of came out of their dugout and I don’t understand it, it’s just how it worked out,” Melvin said.
Losing Laureano will be a big blow. The A's have won nine games in a row, and Laureano is hitting .278 with three homers this season. It doesn't fix everything, not at all, but A's fans will be happy to see Cintron also punished.
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