Top 5 Fights in MLB History
Baseball may be considered a non-contact sport, but that does not stop the best players in the world from starting a brawl if they get upset. Playing the same team multiple times over the course of a few days allows rivalries and tensions to build up quickly in the MLB. This hatred can fester for months or years before exploding in an epic bench-clearing brawl after an errant pitch or dirty slide. These are the five best fights in MLB history.
5. Yankees vs. Red Sox (2003 ALCS)
The biggest rivalry in professional sports has been relatively quiet recently, but that did not stop the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox from clearing the benches during the 2003 American League Championship Series. Tensions started to rise when Karim Garcia slid hard into second base after getting hit by Pedro Martinez. Roger Clemens responded the next inning by throwing right at Manny Ramirez. The actual fight was relatively calm until Martinez threw 72-year-old Don Zimmer to the ground.
4. Mariners vs. Orioles (June 1993)
The chaos all started when Mike Mussina beaned Bill Haselman after he hit a home run in his previous plate appearance. A massive brawl broke out that lasted nearly 20 minutes. Once one small scuffle broke up, another one would quickly start in a different location on the field. Chris Bosio of the Mariners ended up suffering a broken collarbone due to to the fight. The very much reserved Cal Ripken Jr. also injured his knee in the skirmish.
3. Orioles vs. Yankees (May 1998)
Armando Benitez thought it was a good idea to drill Tino Martinez immediately after giving up a go-ahead three-run home run to Bernie Williams. Martinez was willing to calmly take his free base, but the that did not stop the entire Yankees' roster from rushing the field. The Orioles tried to contain the madness, but Scott Brosius, Graeme Lloyd, Darryl Strawberry and Jeff Nelson all managed to throw punches at Benitez.
2. Nolan Ryan vs. Robin Ventura (August 1993)
Large fights may be fun to watch, but it is hard to top a good one-on-one skirmish on the baseball field. Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox got angered after getting hit by a hard fastball by Nolan Ryan. Ventura was quickly put into a headlock after he charged the mound. Ryan then proceeded to land several good shots to Ventura's head, despite being 20 years older than the young third baseman.
1. Braves vs. Padres (August 1984)
If you want mayhem in your baseball brawls, then it's hard to top the fight between the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres on August 12, 1984. Braves starter Pascual Perez started the game off by hitting the first hitter. The Padres responded by throwing at Perez four times throughout the game. The benches finally cleared for a massive brawl and some fans in the stands even joined in on the fun after jumping onto the field. Local police finally restored some order to the game, but that did not stop 13 players from getting ejected.