Canada and Mexico were involved in a brawl during the World Baseball Classic.
Tensions ran high after Canada’s Rene Tosoni was hit by a pitch. The incident started when the Mexicans were upset because Canada running up the score. During replays, it showed Mexico third baseman Luis Cruz telling pitcher Arnold Leon to throw the ball at Tosoni, who was next up to bat.
Leon then threw the ball at Tosoni twice. Both teams were warned by Umpire Brian Gorman while Tosoni began shouting at Leon. After Tosoni was hit again, the verbal argument became a bench-clearing fight that included Tyson Gillies, Jay Johnson and Pete Orr.
Officials for the World Baseball Classic decided not to take further actions against the players. The three Canadians and four Mexican players were ejected in Canada’s 10-3 rout of Mexico on Saturday.
But the organization did not let it go without expressing their disappointment with the players.
In a statement, the World Baseball Organization said:
“We are extremely disappointed in the bench-clearing incident that marred the conclusion of (Saturday’s) game between Canada and Mexico. The episode runs counter to the spirit of sportsmanship and respectful competition for which the World Baseball Classic has stood throughout its history.”
“Because at least one club — and potentially both — will not advance to the second round, WBCI has determined that disciplinary measures would not have a meaningful corrective impact. Thus, discipline will not be imposed beyond today’s seven game ejections. It is our firm expectation that the members of Team Mexico, Team Canada and all the tournament’s participating teams will learn from this incident and set a better example — one that befits the sport they share — in the future.”
The decision declining further actions was good news for the Canadian team. They are set to play the United States in a do-or-die game on Saturday. Canada could move into the second round of the WBC if they win this weekend.
“I think they did the right thing,” Canada manager Ernie Whitt said. “There’s still a game to be played today and again. It was an unfortunate incident that happened yesterday, but I think they did the right thing by looking at it. We had a meeting last night with them.
“So we’ll just go on and play the game today.”
The brawl looking like something out of a hockey game. It was unlike any Baseball bench-clearing incidents before. This actually had real punching happening between players.
Players even pulled jerseys over their opponents heads, which is very much like a hockey fight.