Last night in Chicago, the Royals and White Sox engaged in a benches-clearing brawl, which left five total players ejected. Thankfully no one was injured in the incident, but that doesn’t mean it’s justified. This is fourth time in this three-week-old season that the Royals have been involved in a brawl, the second caused by young flamethrower Yordano Ventura.
While bench-clearing brawls are exciting to some fans, normally the intoxicated ones, many fans including me are sick and tired of it. I understand that tensions are high and sometimes it is hard to control your emotions, but these guys are professional ball players and, bottom line, this shouldn’t happen. Major League Baseball players get paid millions of dollars to play the game they love. They are idolized by millions, kids look up to them as their role models, and yet they still set a terrible example when they decide to fight on a diamond and disrespect the game we all love.
Aside from just disrespecting the game, the whole injury concern is a major factor in a brawl. Who knows what will happen when two teams clash with spikes, baseballs, bats, helmets and fists flying in close proximity. Players have suffered season- and career-ending injuries while participating in a brawl, all of which could have been prevented.
Personally, I wish that Major League Baseball would do something to prevent brawls from happening again in the future. Yes, players will get tossed from the game and maybe get hit with a small suspension of a few games or a small fine, but that doesn’t stop them from engaging in another fight when it is presented. Players have no problem sitting out games because they will still collect a paycheck regardless if they play or not. New Commissioner Rob Manfred needs to hit these players’ wallets if he wants this to end.
If I were in Manfred’s shoes, I would issue high fines to players if they started a brawl or were engaged in a brawl that happened on a diamond. Obviously the more severe the brawl and participation of a player, the larger the fine. I feel this would limit the amount of times you see a batter charge the mound and times you see a pitcher jawing at a hitter, if players knew they were going to be fined prior to the fight starting. If they have that much tension towards one another, go to a boxing ring or an octagon after the game and settle it there. It isn’t needed on a ball field in front of thousands of fans.