Most notable brawls in baseball history
Michael Barrett vs. A.J. Pierzynski
Chicago Cubs' catcher Michael Barrett took exception with a slide by A.J. Pierzynski, and voiced his displeasure with a straight right to the grill which started a bench-clearing brawl on May 20, 2006. Barrett was suspended for 10 games.
Jose Offerman vs. the Bridgeport Bluefish
Bridgeport, Connecticut sees its share of violence from time to time, but even locals were surprised when former major leaguer Jose Offerman charged Bluefish hurler John Nathans with a bat after being hit with a pitch in the first inning of an August 2007 game.
Battle of the Sox
During a Sept. 6, 1993 game, White Sox slugger George Bell charged the mound after being hit by an Aaron Sele pitch. For his troubles, he ended up deposited on his head by Mo Vaughn and others.
White Sox vs. Tigers
What's better than a game with one brawl? How about a game with two brawls! These fights were so good even a hockey player (Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood) commented on their vicious nature. In the end, 16 players and coaches were suspended for their role in the fun, err, fiasco.
Kyle Farnsworth vs. Paul Wilson
During a June 2003 game, Wilson got upset when Farnworth buzzed him inside while attempting a sacrifice bunt. The two exchanged words until things escalated to a physical confrontation. Farnsworth then employed a takedown and ground-and-pound attack that was straight from Randy Couture's playbook.
Frank Francisco vs. Section 104
If it wasn't for the "Malice at the Palace" NBA incident, this might still go down as the worst incident between a player and fans, as Rangers' reliever Frank Francisco went wild and threw a chair into the stands, breaking a woman's nose. Francisco was eventually arrested and suspended for his actions.
Bud Harrelson vs. Pete Rose
Charlie Hustle instigated a major brouhaha during Game 3 of the 1973 NLCS when he took out Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson trying to break up a double play. The two went at it, and both benches cleared.
Juan Marichal vs. Johnny Roseboro
Juan Marichal was selected to the Hall of Fame because of his pitching, but it's an incident with a bat that earns him a spot here. During a game against the arch-rival Dodgers, Marichal felt catcher Johnny Roseboro was throwing the ball back to the pitcher too close to his head. When Roseboro got up out of his crouch to defend his actions, Marichal took a swing with his bat at Roseboro's unprotected head.
New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs
John Franco Day was certainly a memorable one in 1996, but not for reasons you'd expect. After Terry Adams threw behind Mets pitcher Pete Harnisch in retaliation for an earlier incident, Harnisch decked Cubs catcher Scott Servais, prompting both benches to clear. The fight lasted an astounding 16 minutes and flared up four different times.
Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres
It all started on the very first pitch, when Atlanta's Pascual Perez hit San Diego's Alan Wiggins. In the second Perez had a ball whiz by his head courtesy of Ed Whitson. When Perez waved his bat at Whitson, the benches cleared, and the first fight of the game took place. That would be followed by brawls in the fifth, eighth and ninth innings, most of which were started by the Padres continuing to throw at Perez every time he came to bat. When it was all said and done, 14 had been ejected, including Braves manager Joe Torre and Padres manager Dick Williams.
Nolan Ryan vs. Robin Ventura
During a game between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox in 1993, Nolan Ryan hit Robin Ventura of the White Sox with a pitch. Ventura charged the mound trying to fight the older Ryan. However the 46-year-old Ryan showed that age didn't matter as he put the young whipper-snapper in a headlock while delivering the mother of all noogies, with six shots to the dome before catcher Ivan Rodriguez was able to pull Ventura free.
Yankees vs. Orioles
In 1998 after Baltimore Orioles closer Armando Benitez gave up what turned out to be the game-winning three-run homer to New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams in the eighth inning, he took out his anger by drilling Tino Martinez between the shoulder blades. Yankee pitcher Graeme Lloyd was so angered that he ran in from the bullpen to fight Benitez. The fight moved toward the O's dugout, with Darryl Strawberry throwing a punch at Benitez. Then Alan Mills pounded Strawberry, bloodying his face.
Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting
The play started innocently enough. Chan Ho Park laid down a bunt which Angels pitcher Tim Belcher fielded before tagging Park out. But the Dodger hurler, a tae kwon do, practicioner, suddenly freaked and delivered a martial arts kick straight out of Steven Seagal's playbook.