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Thursday Night Fights

by Ryan Hudson

Here's the story and video everyone will be talking about today. To say that a fight broke out in last night's minor league baseball game between the Peoria Chiefs and the Dayton Dragons would be somewhat of an understatement.

The first inning alone featured two hit batters, one of which was beaned in the head, a broken leg, a third hit batsman and a verbal confrontation. And that was all before the actual fight. The brawl eventually began when Dayton's Angel Cabrera - who was hit-by-a-pitch from Chiefs' pitcher Julio Castillo - slid spikes-high into second base. That began some more jawing. Eventually, the coaches got into it with each other, and then the benches cleared.

The thing that really set it off was Castillo, who threw a ball toward the Dayton dugout. Unfortunately, he missed, striking a fan, and the pitcher is now facing assault charges after he was taken to jail.

In all, both managers and 15 players were ejected. After about one hour, though, those ejections were overturned. "The reversal came after the Reds and Cubs — parent teams of the Dayton Dragons and Peoria Chiefs — indicated they didn't want pitchers playing in the outfield, which is what each team would have needed in two spots."

After the jump, a couple more videos of the fight.

This next one is about six minutes long, and features some strong language and lots of annoying jumps, but it does a good job of showing how out of control things got.

The Week of the Brawl - Fan IQ
Brawl erupts at Dragons game, fan struck by ball - Dayton Daily News
WNBA Game Breaks Out At Minor League Stadium — The Whole Story + Fan Video Of The Incident - Bugs and Cranks