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MLB Suspends Rougned Odor, Jose Bautista, Others in Rangers-Blue Jays Brawl
It took a couple of days, but the MLB has finally handed down suspensions and fines for those involved in Sunday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The largest punishment goes to Rougned Odor, who was suspended 8 games and fined $5,000 for socking Jose Bautista in the face following his hard slide into second base in the top of the eighth inning. As for Bautista, he was suspended one game as a result of his conduct on the field and his comments to the media after the game.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was suspended three games for returning to the field during the brawl after being ejected earlier in the game (for arguing balls and strikes). Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus received a one-game ban for aggressive behavior, and Jays first base coach Tim Leiper received one game for returning to the dugout after being ejected.
As for Jays pitcher Jesse Chavez, who plunked Prince Fielder with his first pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning, he was suspended for three games.
Those receiving fines include Jays 3B Josh Donaldson, outfielder Kevin Pilar, Rangers pitchers Sam Dyson, Matt Bush, and A.J. Griffin, catcher Robinson Chirinos, and bench coach Steve Buechele.
Bautista and Odor plan on appealing their punishments. The rest seem content with their penalties.