The MLB has issued suspensions and fines for two coaches and five players involved in the brawl between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals that took place during their game on Tuesday, August 10 in Cincinnati.
Major League Baseball suspended Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto for seven games. Reds manager Dusty Baker and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa were suspended for two games each.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Russ Springer and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Chris Carpenter were fined by the MLB.
So what started this brawl? Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips did some serious trash talking before the game:
“I’d play against these guys with one leg. We have to beat these guys. I hate the Cardinals. All they do is b**** and moan about everything, all of them, they’re little b****es, all of ‘em.
“I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear: I hate the Cardinals.”
Phillips’ not-so-kind words fired up the Cardinals, which caused Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina to heckle Phillips when he came up to bat. That’s when fists started flying.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue was injured in the figh, suffering a mild concussion and bruised ribs. The injury is severe enough that the Cardinals are replacing LaRue for the time being with a 25-year-old minor league player Steven Hill from Double-A Springfield.
The Cardinals got revenge by winning the game 8-4 in Cincinnati, giving the Cardinals the lead in their division.