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Royals' pitcher Yordano Ventura engaged in a wild brawl with Orioles' third baseman Manny Machado in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Ventura took umbrage with Machado's "theatrics" in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Orioles' win on Monday night, when Machado hit a towering home run to left field and took his time to watch the ball leave the field.

On Tuesday night, after the two had already exchanged words during a previous at-bat, Ventura plunked Machado, igniting a brawl.

This is not Ventura's first starring role in a brawl, nor is it the first time he's taken issue with a batter's celebration.

On April 13 of 2015, Ventura got into it with Angels' superstar Mike Trout after he buzzed the A.L. MVP with a high fastball.

Trout laced a line drive single on the next pitch, and when he scored later in the inning, he began exchanging words with Ventura, who was upset that Trout talked back.

Less than a week later on April 18, Ventura was ejected and suspended for a game for intentionally throwing at Oakland Athletics' Brett Lowrie a day after Lowrie was involved in a controversial slide that left Royals' shortstop Alcides Escobar with a sprained knee.

A week later, on April 23, following the one-game suspension, Ventura stoked the flames of an already hot feud between the Royals and White Sox.

 

After Adam Eaton hit a slow dribbler back to the mound, Ventura issued several choice words to him as he made his way to first base.

The benches emptied and when the dust had settled, Ventura was issued a seven-game suspension.

To be fair, Machado does have a temper as well. His ejection on Tuesday night was the fourth of his career.

In June of 2014, Machado was suspended for five games after he intentionally let his bat slide of his hands following a swing. Machado was upset that Athletics' pitcher Fernando Abad had thrown a wild pitch near Machado's surgically repaired ankle, and let the bat fly following the next pitch.

While both players have a history, the blame for this incident is squarely placed on Ventura, who continues to adhere to the archaic and unnecessary "unwritten rules of baseball."

Neither should be celebrated for what took place.

While some would argue that it's not polite to celebrate a home run, it could also be said that celebration is a part of sports and the easiest way to stop it form happening is to not give up a home run. 

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