Zack Greinke and the 10 Best MLB Bench-Clearing Brawls
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Greinke will be out for at least eight weeks with a broken collarbone (via ESPN).
Baseball has been famous over the generations for brawls and fights that happen over a fastball inside, or a hard slider that seems to just get away from the pitcher. Sometimes it is nothing more than bad blood between two players.
While fans may enjoy seeing the occasional fight, the ramifications are too huge with how valuable these players have become.
Regardless, here are 10 of the best bench-clearing brawls you will see in Major League Baseball. Mostly, the only thing hurt in these fights were the players egos, which is more than we can say for Greinke and the Dodgers.
Honorable Mention: Zack Greinke Tries to Avoid Carlos Quentin
As stated in the opening slide, there were severe ramifications for both of these teams, with the Dodgers getting the worst of the deal.
This will prove that no pitcher is built like a linebacker and should never lower his shoulder while fending off a rushing mad man.
Honorable Mention: Minor League Mayhem
Izzy Alcantra Kicks the Catcher
Although this slideshow happens to be about major league bench-clearing brawls, I just couldn't pass up this major league move by Izzy Alcantara as an honorable mention.
It's never a good idea to kick the catcher in order to get a head start to the pitcher.
Izzy must have been dizzy performing the karate move, but I must admit, it was definitely worth showing once again.
No. 10: Giants vs. Cards 1988
Giants-Cardinals Fight 1988
This was considered one of the most memorable bench-clearing brawls in San Francisco Giants memory. Bad blood between the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals was reincarnated after Will Clark barreled into Cardinals shortstop Jose Oquendo.
What started with a slap on the head by Oquendo launched into an all-out brawl.
No. 9: Marlins and Nationals Get It on
Marlins-Nationals 6th Inning Brawl
No. 8: Nothing Like a Good Old-Fashioned Yankees vs. Red Sox Brawl
Yankees/Red Sox 2004
No. 7: Tim Teufel Challenges Rob Dibble
Tim Teufel-Rob Dibble 1989
No. 6: Did We Mention That the Yankees Love to Brawl?
The New York Yankees have such a rich history that it is inevitable that they have been involved in their share of bench-clearing brawls.
In this 1998 version, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Armando Benitez is escorted to the dugout by Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry in what turned out to be quite a lengthy melee.
No. 5: Indians and Tigers Join the Fray
Indians-Tigers Brawl 2008
It took a while for this fight to develop, but Detroit Tigers outfielder Gary Sheffield might look back and come to the conclusion that he should have stayed at first base.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona might have been taunting him and wound up getting the better of the easily antagonized Sheffield.
No. 4: Another Yankees vs. Red Sox Classic
Yankees/Red Sox 1976
The pure love between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox was in full swing when Lou Piniella hauled himself through catcher Carlton Fisk while trying to score from second.
Bill Lee separated his shoulder after Craig Nettles slammed him into the ground. There are so many fights between these two teams that I could have come up with a slideshow all for themselves.
No. 3: Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson
Rose/Harrelson 1973 NLCS
This is an earlier version of no love lost between the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets, circa 1973 in the NLCS.
After Pete Rose tried to break up a double play by dropping Buddy Harrelson to the ground, an all-out brawl ensued. Mets fans showed Rose some love in the following frame when they peppered the field with debris, causing manager Sparky Anderson to take his players off the field.
The real showcase was when Reds pitcher Pedro Borbon actually ripped apart a Mets cap with his own teeth (not shown). Now that's entertainment!
No: 2 Juan Marichal and Johnny Roseboro
Usually fights happen because of a player rushing the mound in some capacity. This bench-clearing brawl would begin a bit differently, however.
L.A. Dodgers catcher John Roseboro tried to entice Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants by throwing a ball back to the pitcher which was too close for comfort. The second time he tried it, the result was not what he had expected.
Marichal struck Roseboro with a blow to the head with his bat, opening a wound that would require 14 stitches. A 14-minute brawl followed, and Marichal was suspended for eight games and fined a whopping $1,750.
No. 1: Braves and Padres Take It to the Next Level
This was the typical case of an all-out brawl being interrupted by a baseball game.
Benches cleared in the second, fifth, eighth and ninth innings after Padres pitchers threw four times at Braves pitcher Pascual Perez after he hit Alan Wiggins in the first. This was not just any brawl, this had to be where Vince McMahon got the idea for WrestleMania, which began in 1985.