There are baseball fights and there are baseball brawls. What happened last night with the Chico Outlaws and Yuma Scorpions would definitely fall into the latter.
Tony Phillips, Scorpions third baseman, was having all kinds of problems with what the Outlaws were doing and saying when he was at bat in the third inning. Apparently, he was biding his time, waiting for the perfect moment to attack.
Outlaws manager Mike Marshall was coaching third when Phillips came storming out of the dugout and started swinging away. Both benches ran toward third base, and the riot ensued.
It really was a sight to be seen.
Canseco, who also plays for the Scorpions in addition to managing the team, wound up pulling his team off the field and they forfeited the game.
That's really a shame because I would have liked to have seen Canseco reignite his boxing career and challenge Marshall to a 12-round fight that could be broadcast on FOX.
It was Canseco, surprisingly, who was the voice of reason. Fearing that another brawl was likely to break out because emotions were running high, he wanted to get out of there.
It is not often that the North American League is going to get national attention, and when it does, it is only because something like this happens.
On the base-brawl meter, this one deserves a 10. You had all the action and drama that you expect from a brawl—plus, the managers getting physical with the players makes it that much better.
Major League Baseball should take note that this is the proper way to conduct a brawl when you lose your temper.