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.”

Baseball star Noah Syndergaard quarantined after catching hand, foot and mouth disease

23 Jul

Baseball star Noah Syndergaard has been sidelined in a bizarre incident after contracting hand, foot and mouth disease at an educational camp for local children.

The 25-year-old New York Mets pitcher, who can reach up to 100MPH with his flamethrowing right arm when healthy, is the latest in a long line of injuries for the club, who are having a horrendous season.

Syndergaard’s pitches were far slower than usual in his first start after returning from the youth camp

Syndergaard, nicknamed ‘Thor’ for his appearance and the strength of his pitching arm, was working at the camp during Major League Baseball‘s All-Star break last week.

One of the hardest-throwing starting pitchers in the sport, he will now sit out at least the next ten days as he recovers from the condition, known as Coxsackie viral infection.

The disease causes sores on the hands and feet, while fevers and sore throats are also common, resulting in the player being told to stay away from the clubhouse.

Syndergaard pitched against cross-city rivals the Yankees on Friday but appeared tired and his team picked up a noticeable drop in speed as he lasted just five innings before being replaced.

The 25-year-old has been ordered to steer clear of the clubhouse until he recovers
Syndergaard is known in the game as ‘Thor’

Mets head coach Mickey Callaway, in his debut season with the club, told reporters of his frustration, saying: “I put my hands on his legs to talk to him when he came out, I felt his legs shaking.

“This is maybe the first DL (Disabled List) stint in major league history with hand, foot and mouth. Maybe a record or something.”

The Mets have been decimated by injuries to their key players in 2018 and sit bottom of their division with a woeful 40-56 record, the second-worst in MLB’s National League.

That puts the futures of star names such as Syndergaard, who missed seven weeks earlier this season with finger ligament damage, at risk as trade rumours grow.