Watch: Absolute carnage at Major League Baseball game as Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds clash in bench-clearing brawl

31 Jul

Things got heated in Major League Baseball on Tuesday night as the entire Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds teams were involved in a huge brawl.

Now, we might not know a lot about the American pastime over here in the UK, but if there’s something all sports fans love it’s a good old-fashioned fight on the field.

And the Pirates and Reds sure delivered as a bench-clearing brawl broke out in the final inning of Tuesday night’s game after a mad moment from Cincinnati relief pitcher Amir Garrett.

Amir Garrett (#50) of the Cincinnati Reds fights with Pittsburgh Pirates players
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The clash between the two rivals had been brewing since the midway point of the game, when a Pirates pitcher tossed a fastball directly at the batter’s head – which led to a heated exchange between the teams at the changeover at the end of the inning.

Players and coaches then began to be ejected from the field after a number of fiery moments.

But they soon all entered the fray again when Reds reliever Garrett rushed the Pirates dugout and threw a number of wild punches and was then floored by essentially half of the Reds’ team – in what can only be described as a mass playground-style bundle.

In a report on MLB.com, several Pirates players claimed the first thing Garrett did when he took the mound was look directly at Pirates baseman Josh Bell and say: “F**k you.”

The fight was just dying down when Cincinnati’s Yasiel Puig (#66) reignited it with more shoving
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The managers of both teams then had to be forced apart by their teams as they hurled abuse at each other. Reds coach David Bell – ejected by umpires earlier in the game – has apparently got a reputation and is seen (see 1:00 in the video below) trading insults with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle after coming back on the field and shoving him.

Pittsburgh ended up 11-4 winners on the night, but the scoreline has already faded into memory after this almighty tangle between the two sides.

Watch the incredible moment in full in the video below!

Major League Baseball: Los Angeles Angels pay emotional tribute to late team-mate Tyler Skaggs, following death at age of 27

3 Jul

Major League Baseball team Los Angeles Angels paid their respects to team-mate Tyler Skaggs, following his death at the age of 27 on Monday.

Skaggs was found unconscious in his Hilton hotel room in Texas, with no foul play suspected, Southlake Police said.

Los Angeles Angels paid tribute to Tyler Skaggs before their match against the Texas Rangers
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The Angles recorded a 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers, just 24 hours after the pitcher’s passing.

Skaggs’ number 45 was drawn on the pitch and his jersey was displayed in the dugout during the game on Tuesday.

The Angles were meant to play the Rangers on Monday, but the match was postponed.

Club officials insisted to play the day after because they believed the 27-year-old would have wanted that.

Tyler Skaggs was the Los Angeles Angels’ star pitcher
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Team-mates Andrew Heaney and Cam Bedrosian brought Skaggs’ shirt on to the pitch as the team paid their respects with a moment’s silence.

Heaney said: “It was something unplanned. The jersey was hanging in his locker. We wanted to take him out there with us one more time.”

Eppler added: ”For some reason that is incomprehensible to all of us, he lives on now only in our minds and our hearts.

“Our team will never be the same without him, but forever we’ve been made better by him.”

Angles manager Brad Ausmus, who coached Skaggs from October 2018, broke down in a press conference.

He said: ”Today is one of the hardest days. I know it gets easier, but it’s difficult.”