Major league baseball has suspended 14 players and staff members following Sunday’s bench clearing brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers.
Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor was hit with an eight game ban after he hit Blue Jays star Jose Bautista with a right cross to the jaw in the top of the eighth inning of Sunday’s game in Texas.
Bautista and Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus were each suspended for one game. The league says Bautista was suspended for his actions on the field and his postgame comments.
Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Chavez was suspended for three games for intentionally throwing at Prince Fielder in the bottom of the eighth inning after the umpire had issued warnings to both benches.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was suspended three games for returning to the field after being ejected earlier in the game.
The altercation started when Rangers reliever Matt Bush hit Bautista with a pitch. Bautista responded by sliding hard into second base, leading to a physical altercation with Odor.
The rivalry between the two clubs dates back to last October when Bautista famously flipped his bat after hitting a dramatic go-ahead, three run home run that helped lead the Blue Jays to victory in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.