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Alex Guerrero could miss five weeks after having part of his ear bitten off by Miguel Olivo

May 21, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT

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Danny Knobler of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero could miss five weeks following yesterday’s dugout altercation in which Triple-A teammate Miguel Olivo bit off part of his ear.

According to Knobler for now at least Guerrero has chosen not to file formal charges against Olivo, but he’s currently hospitalized and needs plastic surgery. And how exactly did an argument that led to someone’s ear being bitten off by a teammate begin?

Well, agent Scott Boras told the Los Angeles Times that “Olivo became steamed after his team allowed a stolen base in the seventh inning” and “blamed Guerrero for failing to tag the baserunner in time.”

So, you know, a perfectly reasonable justification for biting off someone’s ear.

Olivo apparently punched Guerrero in the dugout and then, according to the newspaper, “when players pulled off Olivo, he had a piece of Guerrero’s ear in his mouth.” Yeesh.

Guerrero signed a $28 million deal with the Dodgers this offseason after defecting from Cuba and is hitting .376 with 10 homers and a 1.152 OPS in 33 games at Triple-A, so if not for having an ear-biting maniac as a teammate he likely would have been in line for a call-up soon.

  1. kcroyal - May 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    I don’t think he should be able to decide to press charges or not. His ear was bitten off by a millionaire. I’m guessing Olivio’s expansive bank account could persuade him from filing charges, and I don’t agree with that. HIS EAR WAS BITTEN OFF!! this aggression will not stand. Good people are doing hard time for smoking an herb that is completely legal in certain parts of the country, and Olivio might not get charged for biting someone’s ear off. Jesus.

  2. gmfw7 - May 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    10 years from now we’re going to wake up to a headline that Guererro is in police custody on murder charges. something along the lines of….”last night, during a steamy session of foreplay, the victim nibbled on guererro’s ear. police alledge that guererro beat her to death in a fit of PTSD induced rage stemming from an ear biting incident early in his career…such a sad way to see a once promising career come to an end”

    • kcroyal - May 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM


  3. elmo - May 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Congratulations, Miguel Olivo: over 1100 major league games, and this is the thing you’ll be remembered for.

    • billybawl - May 21, 2014 at 4:14 PM


      -Marv Albert, in response to your post.

  4. johnnycantread - May 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I won’t be surprised if Olivo gets the heave ho.

  5. mikhelb - May 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    What I heard happened is a bit different:

    Olivo was angry for the style of play Guerrero displays, he asked Alex to cut the crap, Guerrero did not like that because he, after all, is the Dodgers next golden boy and either threw a punch at Miguel or tries to headbutt him; in the altercate, Olivo resorted to biting him.

    But… gotta remember: Olivo is expendable in the Dodgers organization, Guerrero is the next big thing in Dodgerland and is represented by Boras, guess who will be the player to get all the blame.

    • kruegere - May 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Who bites someone? Really?

      Olivo deserves all the blame.

    • blabidibla - May 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM


      • koufaxmitzvah - May 22, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        It’s one of the many voices in OP’s head.

    • indaburg - May 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      If roles were reversed, I think people would still be horrified. Biting someone ears off is just a line civilized people don’t cross.

      • jimeejohnson - May 21, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Exactly. Only uncivilized brutes like Mike Tyson resort to that crap. Tyson, of course, is a loser’s loser!

    • notsofast10 - May 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Guess who is going to get all the blame?????

      Um….my guess is the guy who bit off the ear will get the blame….did I get it right oh wise one?????

    • raysfan1 - May 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      Earlier in the game Olivo got mad at Guerrero about something and waved his arm and ranted at him, then lunged at him when Guerrero jawed back at him. Teammates held them apart then. There is video of that on Boras and his mouthpiece Heyman were very clear that Olivo also initiated the fight in the 8th in which Guerrero’s ear was bitten. There is video on Fox Sports which shows a series of stills that make it seem pretty clear that Olivo jumped on top of Guerrero from the dugout steps. It’s really hard to see how your scenario is at all likely, to put it mildly.

      Regardless, biting someone’s ear, and causing then to need reconstructive surgery is unjustifiable even if Guerrero had swung first. Olivo should find himself unemployed, at minimum.

  6. 4d3fect - May 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM


  7. ejheim62 - May 21, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    maybe they need to upgrade the clubhouse buffet before games….just saying, might stop these kind of incidents

    • jimeejohnson - May 21, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Maybe some pig’s feet, although that might not quell a yearning for ears.

      • masher1965 - May 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        Hey, go to a pet store and get pig’s ears, they have those for dogs , as a treat. That should fix that, right ??

  8. renaado - May 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    A veteran biting an ear off a rookie cause he failed to apply the tag a baserunner? Just horrible. Olivo’s suspension is likely, and hope disciplinary actions come to him.

    • masher1965 - May 22, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Actually , a suspension is just the beginning . He should be heavily fined and then cut . Guerrero should file charges against him as well. There is no reason for Olivo to go “Tyson” on Guerrero , it shows a lack of restraint .

  9. freddsox - May 21, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Good thing Handley was running out grounders when Olivo was up. I hope they gave Guerrero a tetanus shot

    • renaado - May 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      Or anti-rabies.

  10. pookiepez - May 22, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    owwww… the nut job should be fined and fired

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