ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- From the ear-biting to a full-scale brawl. The Isotopes have now made national news twice this season and, both times, for all of the wrong reasons. In the wake of that ugly melee in Reno over the weekend, the Isotopes GM met with media Monday, and he’s not proud of the example the team has set this year.
The Isotopes General Manager says he’s been in the business for 30 years and he’s never had anything like this happen before, especially twice in one year. First Miguel Olivo bit off part of teammate Alex Guerrero’s ear and now this near riot on the field.
“We’re not happy about it. The team knows we’re not happy about it. The Dodgers know we’re not happy about it and you know what? They’re not happy about it either,” says Isotopes GM John Traub.
Traub says sometimes things happen in heated competition but when it escalates to the point it did Saturday night, it looks bad for everyone; the team, the organization and the industry.
The fight broke out Saturday when Isotopes infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena pushed the Aces catcher and then threw his helmet at a different player.
Things only got more heated from there when words turned into punches.
The fight has not only garnered national attention, it’s getting international attention, too, with headlines like “Take me out to the BRAWL game.”
Traub says, for the most part, they have a good track record and says the players will have to work hard to move past this and be good role models.
“Things do happen on the field from time to time. I don’t condone it, it makes me sick to my stomach. It’s part of the game sometimes but it doesn’t mean we have to like it,” says Traub.
Ten players were ejected from the game due to the fight, including four ‘Topes. The Dodgers quickly demoted the Isotopes infielder who started the fight to single A. There’s no word yet on whether the other players will face any further punishment.
The Reno pitcher brushed Arruebarrena back earlier in the at-bat before the brawl. The Los Angeles Times reports that the brush-back pitch was payback for Arruebarrena showboating the night before after hitting a home run.