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Monday, June 13, 2022

MLB fining parent clubs for minor-league brawls, bench-clearing incidents: Sources

Major League Baseball is trying to crack down on brawls and dust-ups in the minor leagues. The commissioner’s office this season has instituted a fine of the parent club of any minor league team that has a bench-clearing incident, sources told The Athletic. The fine starts at $500 and doubles with every subsequent incident, one club source said, leaving a parent club that has two or more incidents in its farm system with at least a four-figure bill.

“If they leave the dugout or the bullpen, the organization gets fined,” said another club source.

MLB declined comment.

The commissioner’s office overhauled minor league baseball ahead of the 2021 season, including scheduling. Teams now frequently play each other for six or seven straight games. Having the same teams play each other repeatedly and consecutively might raise tensions and encourage the age-old trade of hit batsmen in the sport: you hit my hot prospect, I’ll hit yours.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2022 at 11:29 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: June 14, 2022 at 10:15 AM (#6081655)
4 figures, huh?
   2. Cris E Posted: June 14, 2022 at 10:43 AM (#6081660)
Well I'm glad to know that's been dealt with. I was concerned some stressed out 17 year old, away from home, facing the loss of his new career and the chance to play the game he loves best, was going to find himself in a tight spot without the guidance of Manfred to help him through. But that heated taunting and HBP must now be set aside because of the threat of a half-thousand dollar fine, levied against an organization so poor it cannot pay a living wage to its minions. Good work, MLB. Do domestic violence next.

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