Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pirates and Brewers Brawl Over Carlos Gomez

Say what you will, but Milwaukee Brewers star Carlos Gomez is a talented guy. A fantastic baseball player, who hits for power, has speed to spare and can go get them in centerfield.

But Gomez also seems to be a lightning rod for trouble because he shows off.

In 2013, he set off a bench clearing situation with the Atlanta Braves on a home run when Braves catcher Brian McCann wouldn't let him cross the plate.

Sunday afternoon, his casual bat flip after hitting a ball off the wall in dead centerfield during a game with the Pittsburgh Pirates set off a wild scene that saw punches fly, Gomez get tossed around and Pirates outfielder Travis Snider get his hat knocked off by an attempted punch.

After the bat flip, Gomez eventually ran full speed before beating the throw to third with a headfirst slide. Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole who went to back-up the throw began shouting at Gomez, who shouted back and the chaos ensued.

Gomez and Snider were ejected along with Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron. Nobody appears to have been injured and you can expect the fines to begin rolling in on Monday.

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