The 8 Most Vicious Brawls In Major League Baseball History
Yippee, baseball season’s back.
And while a moon shot homer is always dope to watch, something that no fan can ever turn away from is when a massive brawl breaks out, causing both dugouts to spill onto the field and leaving everyone wondering what craziness might happen.
With so many nasty MLB brawls over the history of the sport, we figured the only way to truly appreciate the best was by ranking them—so that’s what the hell I did.
8. Pedro Martinez-Don Zimmer (2003)
We all know how heated the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry is, but things got turnt during the 2003 ALCS when Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez tossed the Yanks’ 72-year-old bench coach Don Zimmer to the turf during a bench-clearing brawl.
It all started with a high-and-tight fastball to Boston’s Manny Ramirez at the dish, but ended with one of the most bizarre—and unevenly matched—takedowns in MLB brawling history.
7. Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres (2013)
One of the most recent examples of two teams throwing down, the L.A. Dodgers and San Diego Padres proved they didn’t give two shits about each other during a crazy fight at the beginning of the 2013 season.
After then Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke inked a massive deal with the team that offseason, one would thing he’d get more respect from opponents. Too bad that wasn’t the case here.
After nailing San Diego’s Carlos Quentin, the Padres slugger sprinted towards the mound and speared Greinke, hitting him so hard that it actually broke the pitcher’s collarbone and sent him to the DL for over two months.
Both benches cleared and it was like watching a bunch of kids scrap on the playground at recess before order could be restored.
6. Baltimore Orioles-New York Yankees (1998)
Already testy because they’re AL East rivals, things got straight-up ratchet in 1998 when Orioles reliever Armando Benitez drilled the Yankees’ Tino Martinez, causing the starting bell to ring.
Benitez, looking for anyone he could find to punch, ended up sucker-punching New York’s Dary Strawberry, as both teams took part in the melee.
The fact that one player ended up in the opposing team’s dugout makes this a fight for the ages.