Work in Sports
Commissioner's office to review tape of brawl
Posted: Sunday April 23, 2000 08:44 PM
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago reliever Keith Foulke sported a swollen and discolored left eye from a punch. Detroit manager Phil Garner's voice was hoarse because someone had grabbed him around the throat.
Those were some of the scars Sunday from a brawl a day earlier that will likely lead to suspensions after the melee is reviewed by the commissioner's office.
Eleven people were ejected Saturday and the benches emptied twice -- first for 13 minutes in the seventh inning when Detroit's Dean Palmer charged Chicago starter Jim Parque after being hit with a pitch. And then a second time for eight minutes in the ninth.
"I've never seen a fight so dangerous," Tigers hitting coach Bill Madlock said.
Umpire Jerry Crawford's crew will issue a report to Frank Robinson, who is vice president of on-field operations for baseball. Robinson will likely ask to review the tapes before determining penalties.
"I'm sure Frank Robinson will study the tape and make his decisions accordingly. He's been involved in more than a few (brawls)," Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said Sunday.
The teams, after ending their three-game series Sunday, meet again next weekend in Detroit, so if there is carryover, it will come quickly.
Foulke had one of the biggest wounds after being popped from behind during a skirmish in right field. He needed five stitches to close the cut.
"It's very obvious from the video who got the eye and all you have to do is watch the tape," said Foulke, as "Rocky II" was playing on a big TV in the clubhouse Sunday.
Garner declined to name the person who had him around the neck as he was trying to pull players out of a pile .
"I was trying to pull Frank (Thomas) back and someone had me around the throat and was choking the hell out of me," Garner said.
Palmer charged the mound in the seventh and was ejected following a rumble that started in the infield and spread to right field. Parque hit Palmer one inning after Detroit's Jeff Weaver had plunked Chicago's Carlos Lee, prompting an angry staredown.
Palmer, even though he'd been tossed, returned to the field when a second brawl erupted in the ninth, moments after Chicago's Bobby Howry hit Shane Halter with a pitch. Earlier in the same inning, Sox reliever Tanyon Sturtze hit Detroit's Deivi Cruz.
"You going to sit there and watch it?" Palmer said. "I'm not. Maybe some people do, I'm not. My team's out there battling, I'm going to be there. I don't give a hoot if I'm out of the game or not."
Five Tigers were ejected: Doug Brocail, who led the charge out of Detroit's dugout in the ninth; Palmer, Weaver, Rob Fick and Danny Patterson. The White Sox lost six: Manuel, bench coach Joe Nossek, Howry, Simas, Sturtze and Magglio Ordonez.
Manuel, Nossek, Howry and Sturtze were all automatic ejections following an umpires' warning.
"A lot of the stuff was in retaliation for what was going on," Garner said.
Fick was seen taunting fans in the visitor's bullpen, and fans doused him with beer.