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Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez got his jaw broken in a bar fight

Jan 31, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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As a wise man once said, “no one ever wins a fight.”  But whether you believe that or not, this is a good way to not to impress your employer:

Tony Sanchez, the Pirates’ top catcher prospect, again got into hot water with the team when he sustained a broken jaw in a bar brawl earlier this offseason.

Sources told the Tribune-Review the fight happened about three months ago while Sanchez, 23, was participating in the Florida Instructional League. No police charges were filed.

This is neither the first time Sanchez has (a) done something dumb; or (b) broken his jaw.

The dumb came last May when Sanchez ripped umpires on Twitter. But at least he apologized for that.

The jaw came in 2010 when he missed tons of time after being hit by pitches.  Of course the previous jaw break wasn’t his fault. Unless he taunted the baseballs and they thought he was asking for it.

The linked article says that Sanchez appears to be healthy now and will be ready for spring training, where he will be a non-roster invite by the Pirates.  No word on what the Pirates are going to do to him for the fisticuffsmanship, because no one is commenting.

  1. hushbrother - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    That’s one of my favorite movie quotes of all time. “In a fight, no one wins.”

    • kopy - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      There’s that and, “Never argue with an idiot, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

      • badmamainphilliesjamas - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:07 AM

        And let’s not forget, “Never . . . wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”

      • cur68 - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        That’s an absolute gem. Consider it ripped off.

      • kiwicricket - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        This could mean several things you know….

  2. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Just wondering, can he play hockey?

    • jwbiii - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      He went to Boston College, so maybe so.

  3. phukyouk - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:49 AM


    nothing to do with nothing, but this is for you sir

  4. toegoat - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    I believe the saying goes “Never argue with a fool, cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who”

  5. drewzducks - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    He must know how KG feels.

  6. dcfan4life - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    The pirates always trade there talent so if he is that troublesome they will just trade him earlier than normal thats all. Lots of teams need a catcher.

  7. realgone2 - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    The curse of the Orioles. Anyone remember Glen Davis? Pretty good with the ‘Stros. O’s traded Schilling, Finley and some others for him. In that off season he got his jaw broken in a bar fight and was never the same. Only played 3 years more.

  8. kiwicricket - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    The Pirates are even losing bar fights now?

  9. rambodiaz - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    As the token Pirates fan on HBT, I feel I must comment on this. So I will.

    Focus on baseball Sanchez. You have quite a bit to prove, son. You got your money when you signed. Now, earn it.

  10. ridgeavenuehr - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    I predict the Pirates will lose between 90 and 100 fights this year.

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