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Why Fighting In Major League Baseball Needs To Stay

Updated on May 20, 2017
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Matthew DeWitte is a current student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeking a triple major, and plans to attend graduate school.

Barrett landed a huge blow on the Sox catcher as he rounded third and tried to score.
Barrett landed a huge blow on the Sox catcher as he rounded third and tried to score. | Source

"The Punch Heard Around Chicago"

It was exactly 11 years ago yesterday when Michael Barrett's fist connected with A.J. Pierzynski's face. "The punch heard around Chicago," as many fans called it, was just one of many acts of emotional showcases in the MLB. Aggression amongst ballplayers is a staple in baseball. Tensions flare, pitches are thrown at each other, benches clear, and players exchange fists. Personally, these quarrels between players make the game more interesting, intense, real, authentic, and any other positive connotation you can come up with. Without the ability to express emotions and display the true tenacity of the game, baseball loses an edge.

Joey Bautista and Rougned Odor exchange fists.
Joey Bautista and Rougned Odor exchange fists. | Source

Fighting Is In Baseball's Nature

It is reasonable to some degree with the MLB that rules need to be intact to prevent injuries to middle infielders such as Chase Utley's slide on Ruben Tejada, but as of recent, discussions have been made to prevent balls being intentionally thrown at opposing players. This retaliation move has been a tradition by ball clubs since what seems like the beginning of time. No sensible ball player ever has the intention to cause serious injury, but a slow fastball to the thigh is sure to let the other team know exactly how they feel. Pitchers already get ejected for this move, and batters or any player for that reason gets ejected in the event they charge the mound or exchange hands. If you take away the emotional aspect of the game, you lose a certain feel. Their is no greater feeling of passion and intensity you have for your team and guys when another team throws a fist or a ball at your star player. It creates a feeling of passion for fans that just would not be the same without it.


Ask any Chicago Cubs or Sox fan who happened to be around during that infamous moment, and you'll most likely start a cross-town argument about "Who really won that fight." ( Michael Barrett did for those asking.) They will remember it like it was yesterday. However it is certain no one can tell you the score of that game, let alone who even won. The only thing that stuck was the emotion and pure display of passion that makes the game of baseball what it is today.



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    • Fullerman5000 profile image

      Ryan Fuller 

      19 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      I remember the most epic fight I got to see, and is also quite a famous one was the Nolan Ryan and Robin Ventura fight. I enjoy bench clearing brawls if they happening for a reason. I just hope they do not try to continue to change the greatest game by adding yet another dumb rule. Bring back take out slides and charging the catcher. That's Baseball

    • BLACKANDGOLDJACK profile image

      Jack Hazen 

      19 months ago from Blitzburgh area

      Entertaining fight today between Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Hunter Strickland of the Giants. The Giants have some big bruisers. I'll take them in a rumble. I like the fights as long as nobody on my fantasy team gets hurt.

    • Angel Guzman profile image

      Angel Guzman 

      20 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I strongly agree!

    • Matthew DeWitte profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew DeWitte 

      20 months ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Fights are definitely some of the most memorable baseball moments in a fan's life. Thanks for reading!

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      20 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      My younger brother came to town on Mother's Day, and we all went out to have a nice lunch. After lunch we went to the parent's house to visit and watch the Texas Ranger's game.

      My brother and I were huge baseball fans, and played some in school. The brother had two shirts to show off, one had Nolan Ryan with Robin Ventura in a head-lock as he rared back to deliver another punch. The other was the now infamous Rougned Odor smashing Bautista's face.

      Wish I had those shirts. I was watching both of those games live on television when the incidents happened.

      We had Pierzynski for a season. I wish we'd kept him longer.


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