Six players, two managers suspended for their role in Reds-Pirates brawl on Tuesday

Three Cincinnati Reds players, three Pittsburgh Pirates and the managers of both teams received suspensions Thursday for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

All six players are appealing the suspensions.

» DAYTON DRAGONS: Walk-off hit by Rey wins game Wednesday

“The incidents between these two Clubs remain a source of concern,” said Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball in a press release, “and it’s reflected by the level of discipline we are handing down today. Everyone on the field should be aware of the example they are setting for fans, particularly young people. I firmly expect these two managers and all others to hold their players accountable for appropriate conduct and to guide them in the right direction.”

Reds reliever Amir Garrett, who started the incident by charging the Pirates dugout, was suspended eight games.

» TRADE DEADLINE: ‘Quite the whirlwind’ for Reds

Reds manager David Bell was suspended six games in part because he returned to the field after already being ejected and also for escalating the incident. He will start serving his suspension Thursday.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle received a six-game suspension and will start serving it Friday.

Reds reliever Jared Hughes and former Reds right fielder Yasiel Puig, who was traded to the Cleveland Indians just before the brawl began, each received three-game suspensions.

Pirates pitcher Keone Kela was suspended 10 games, according to Major League Baseball, for “intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of Derek Dietrich of the Reds in the bottom of the seventh inning and for his role in instigating the bench-clearing incident.”

Pirates infielder Jose Osuna was suspended five games, and pitcher Kyle Crick received a two-game suspension.

All the suspended players were also fined undisclosed amounts. Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams, Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Reds outfielder Phillip Ervin.also were fined.

About the Author