Baseball's finest bench-clearing brawls

L.A. Dodgers' Yasiel Puig is restrained by teammates during a benches clearing brawl after Zack...

L.A. Dodgers' Yasiel Puig is restrained by teammates during a benches clearing brawl after Zack Greinke was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Tuesday night. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP)

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As Tuesday night’s brawl between the L.A. Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks suggests, nothing gets a baseball player’s blood boiling faster than a blatant beaning.

Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig was bonked in the face by an Ian Stewart fastball in the bottom of the sixth inning.

A half-inning and another hit-by-pitch later, the benches were cleared.



It wasn’t the most dramatic baseball-related brawl, but it was good enough to prompt the creation of this post.

Here’s some of the game’s best brawls:

Let’s start with a bout between two Intercounty Baseball League teams.


Things get heated at the 1:30 mark, but the best part is the pitcher watching everything unfold around 2:20.



Ever heard of Yavapai College in Arizona? Yeah, me neither. This isn’t a full-on brawl. The benches do clear, though, and there's a flying check from behind away from the huddle.



The minor league shortstop in this clip clearly has some choice words for the runner. Brawls rarely start at second base, it seems, but this is an exception.



In another gem from the lower ranks, the managers really get into it. And then all hell breaks loose.



Now on to the big-timers. The first Major League Baseball fight involves the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles, circa 1993. The bullpens even empty.



This bench-clearer seems to never stop, with a dugout playing host to most of the action.



Some words of advice: do not touch Matt Kemp. It’s from a couple of months ago, meaning the current Dodgers roster is no stranger to confrontation.



Senior Don Zimmer versus middle-aged Pedro Martinez. Enough said to intro perhaps the most memorable confrontation in baseball's modern era.



Aside from the MLB playoffs, the stage doesn’t get much bigger than the World Baseball Classic. The heightened pressure clearly didn’t discourage these trouble-makers. Drama starts at 1:20.



Last, but certainly not least, is a classic. Pay no mind to the poor video quality.




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