Rougned Odor suspended eight games for punching Jose Bautista
Major League Baseball has suspended Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor eight games for punching Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, triggering a wild benches-clearing brawl Sunday in Arlington, Texas.Major League Baseball announced the suspension Tuesday evening.MLB Network reportedit earlier in the day,citing an unidentified source.Odor plans to appeal, according to Fox Sports.SPECTOR: Bautista-Odor: Two wrongs, one big rightOdor landed a solid right to the jaw following Bautista’s late slide into second base in an effort to break up a double play. Odor told reporters Monday(via https://www.oriolesedge.com/baltimore-orioles/frank-robinson-jersey ESPN) that he didn’t regret his actions.”I can tell when someone is coming hard to second base, so I was just trying to protect myself,” he said in Oakland.The game featuring Bautista beinghit by pitch, the brawl and https://www.oriolesedge.com/baltimore-orioles/dylan-bundy-jersey Prince Fielder being plunkedafter the brawl further heightened emotions between theteams, dating to last year’s AL Division Series, won by the Blue Jays on Bautista’s go-aheadhome run in Game 5. Bautista’sexaggerated bat flip after the homerdrew the Rangers’ ire.Sunday’s game was the last meeting between the teams in the regular season.ENGEL: Baseball needs more guys like Bautista, OdorBautista was called out on the basesper MLB’s new slide rule, ending the top of the eighth inning of a7-6 Rangers victory.Blue Jays manager John Gibbonsalready had been ejected in the third inningafter arguing with home-plate umpireDan Ia sogna but returned to the field during the brawl.Moresuspensionsare po sible when MLB officially announces its punishment for the principals involved.UPDATE: Bautista was suspended for a game for his actions in the fight and his postgame comments. He will appeal.Jays reliever Je se Chavez was suspended three games for hitting Fielder. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus got a game for his part in the brawl (he will not appeal). Gibbons was banned three games for returning to the field. Jays first base coach Dave Leiper was suspended for a game.This article has been updated with MLB announcing the suspensions.Correction: The article incorrectly stated the type of home run Bautista hit. His home run came in the seventh inning and did not Cal Ripken Jersey end the game.