If you think the Harper-Strickland brawl was bad, get a load of this


Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper gave us one of our more memorable brawls in recent memory, but there was one that was even more messed up down in the minor leagues over the weekend.

The brawl took place between the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Dayton Dragons of the Class-A Midwest League. It got started when Whitecaps shortstop Danny Pereria appeared to step on the foot of the Dragons’ Jose Siri, who had just stolen second base. Siri got up and shoved Pereria and the benches cleared.

Where it got messed up was when Whitecaps reliever Eduardo Jimenez came onto the field with a baseball in his hand and threw it into the scrum. Watch for the guy in the dark sweatshirt who comes in from the left and unloads near the middle of the frame, with the throw coming at around the 25 second mark:


Pereria and Siri were ejected, but Jimenez was not. He’ll likely be facing a suspension and/or a fine, however, as you . . . just can’t do that.

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law


The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.