Baseball fans were given more for their money on Sunday when the Texas Rangers hosted the Toronto Blue Jays. In the eighth inning of the game on Sunday, a brawl broke out between Jose Bautista the Toronto DH and Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor.
Bautista made a rough slide into second base attempting to break up a double play and that set off the brawl. During the brawl, Odor punched Bautista in the face leading to an immediate ejection, which will be followed today or Tuesday by a number of suspensions of players as well as fines.
In the top of the eighth inning, Bautista was intentionally hit by Matt Bush the Rangers pitcher to open the inning. Umpires then warned both teams about hitter the batter intentionally.
However, later in the inning Justin Smoak grounded to third base. Adrian Beltre the Rangers third baseman threw to second. Odor caught the throw and began to turn a double play when a late sliding Bautista appeared to try to take Odor out.
The throw by Odor to first was wide and he immediately confronted Bautista. As other players started to run toward Bautista and Odor, the Rangers second baseman connected with a right cross to Bautista’s face.
The punch’s force knocked the sunglasses of Bautista off his face and prior to him having time to retaliate, Beltre tackled him. Both benches cleared and the situation became even worse on the field.
Umpires ruled as well that Bautista interfered with Odor during the play and resulted in a double play that ended the inning.
In the play, Chavez and DeMarlo Hale the bench coach for Toronto were ejected.
Major League Baseball has to sort out the incident and will likely be handing down a number of suspensions. Odor could be suspended the longest for the vicious punch he landed.
Social media had a field day with the brawl with a number of Rangers fans saying Bautista deserved it. They had been referring to Bautista’s flip of the bat last season during the playoffs that has not been forgotten by Texas fans or players.
Many are trying to determine the penalty Odor will face with some believing it could be as high as a 10-game suspension.