Earlier this week, a contest between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals turned ugly when a brawl broke out.
New York's J.D. Davis got hit earlier in the game on an unintentional pitch, but everyone knew retaliation was in store. In the bottom of the eighth, Mets reliever Yoan Lopez fired back, buzzing St. Louis designated hitter Nolan Arenado up-and-in.
Arenado immediately challenged the Mets to come and get him - which the Mets dugout obliged to. Eventually, both benches cleared and Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was even tossed to the ground.
After taking a few days to look at the fracas, the MLB made a final decision on punishments. Arenado received a two-game suspension, while Genesis Cabrera earned a one-game suspension.
Several other players were fined.
"MLB gave a 2-game suspension to Nolan Arenado and a 1-game suspension to Genesis Cabrera for their involvement in the Cardinals-Mets hostilities," Sherman reported. "Yoan Lopez and Taijuan Walker of the Mets received fines, as did Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals."
The Mets have reason to be a little angry as Mets batters had been hit a league-high 18 times entering the game.
Hopefully both sides learn from their mistakes.