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MLB investigating Fielder's clubhouse charge

Aug 5, 2009, 8:09 PM EDT

princefieldernothappy.jpgCraig documented earlier today the story of Prince Fielder losing his mind and trying to go after Dodgers pitcher Guillermo Mota following last night’s game in Los Angeles.

Fielder had been plunked by Mota with the Dodgers leading 17-4 in the ninth inning. It may have been a retaliatory move by Mota, as L.A.’s Manny Ramirez and Juan Pierre had both been plunked earlier in the game.

Now from the Los Angeles Times comes a report that MLB is investigating the incident.

MLB spokesman Pat Courtney told the Times that Bob Watson, who is essentially the league’s vice principal, could announce any potential fines or suspensions by the end of the week.

“It’s usually pretty quick,” Courtney said. “They get the umpire report, Watson talks to whoever he feels is necessary and gets video of it if it’s available and then makes a decision.”

Interesting that he should mention video, because there is some here.

The video is kind of ho-hum, actually. Just a lot of words bleeped out and a bunch of Brewers milling around outside the Dodgers’ clubhouse. For sheer entertainment value, I wish the incident had gone down the way the Sporting News envisions it. Click here. It’s worth it.

  1. Mota needs to die - Aug 6, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Mota is a bum, plain and simple, remember when he fled off field after hitting Mike Piazza in the head? He’s a coward and a maniac. I wish Prince had beat the hell out of him. He deserves much worse.

  2. John - Aug 6, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Fielder made an ass out of himself – this says it all:

  3. Stanley Marks - Aug 6, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Goes to show … can’t take the jungle outta these boys. Morons pay big bucks to view, thus support this lifestyle. Dumbasses!!!

  4. Steve T. Sobel - Aug 6, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Professionally, both players need some coaching here. Prince needs not to take law into his own hands. The pitcher, Mota, MLB should look into his record regarding hitting way too many batters and get this resolved before someone really gets hurt. As for fines, that’s up to the MLB investigators. From what I read, Mota is the instigator here and this must stop NOW

  5. Tim - Aug 6, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    That is the most racist remark I have heard in awhile. You are an idiot.

  6. Carl Meyer - Aug 6, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Baseball needs to put a halt to all these intenional beanings. Sooner or later someone is going to nailed in the head and killed/ This will result in a law suit filed by the victims family. And when it happens the pitcher in question is going to have a hell of a time trying to prove it wasn’t premeditated. This of course is going to result in a first degree murder charge. And a black eye for baseball that they will never be able to recover from

  7. Jeramy Turner - Aug 6, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Yes, Fielder should not have stormed outside of the Dodgers clubhouse. Fielder and the Brewers organization will make that a learning experience for the young (yes, sometimes immature) players. However, to purposefully hit a player, when winning by 13 runs and 2 outs nobody on in the top of the 9th, is assault with a deadly weapon. If you threw a baseball 90mph at a stranger on the street, you would be arrested. You would not be blamed for running after them, the cops would have let you off. I hope Torre and Mota get what they deserve. Can’t say it was not intentional when there was a pitcher warming up in the bullpen and Mota walked immediately off the mound and Torre never argued. Maybe some of the players in the Dodger’s organization need to take some of Manny’s female horomones so they can calm down.

  8. Checking - Dec 7, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    dang that’s crazy

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