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Dodgers release ear-biting catcher Miguel Olivo

May 22, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT

Miguel Olivo

It turns out biting a co-worker’s ear off while at work is frowned upon, even in baseball. Who knew?

Triple-A catcher Miguel Olivo, who bit off part of teammate Alex Guerrero’s ear during a dugout altercation Tuesday, has been released by the Dodgers.

Olivo spent a couple weeks with the Dodgers earlier this season and was hitting .368 with a 1.013 OPS in 20 games at Triple-A, so there’s a decent chance he’d have been back in the majors at some point again this season if not for the fact that he’s insane.

Presumably no other teams will sign the 35-year-old Olivo, although you never know when it comes to veteran catchers/cannibals. In the meantime Guerrero needs plastic surgery and could miss more than a month recovering.

  1. thetxhammer - May 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    They sign wife beaters and drunk drivers, what’ll it hurt to bring on an ear biter?

    • sabatimus - May 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Yeah, and Josh Lueke is still in the majors too.

      • stabonerichard - May 22, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Hey, you didn’t include a comma before the word too, so I had to read your comment without the preferred dramatic pause just before the end.

    • rite99 - May 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Might have got some lessons from Mike Tyson.

  2. squakdawg - May 22, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    here’s hoping this is the last we read on this topic and player

  3. El Bravo - May 22, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I don’t believe it. He looks pretty cute and cuddly to me and I’m always spot on with personality profiles of ballplayers based upon random in-game photos.

  4. chinahand11 - May 22, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    It is really difficult to get a job when you have “cannibalism” on your resume. Ask ol’ Iron Mike.

    • proudlycanadian - May 22, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Is it legal in the US to discriminate against Cannibals?

      • wiscotom - May 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Didn’t they just legalize that in Colorado and Washington?

      • Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        Cannibalism has always been legal in Washington.

        Oh…you mean Washington state?

      • proudlycanadian - May 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        At times, I am a bit confused by the US legal system.

      • jerze2387 - May 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        These comments are leading toward a “meat eating” joke that will probably get somebody banned…

    • grumpyoleman - May 22, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      He’s already up for a role in the next Hangover movie.

  5. stabonerichard - May 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Assuming nobody picks him up, the poor fella is gonna fall a bit short of reaching $20M in career earnings.

  6. billybawl - May 22, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    If he was on 40-man roster, wasn’t he member of MLBPA? If so, is there any contractual basis for the union to grieve releasing him for a disciplinary action?

    Not asking whether a grievance would be meritorious or the union would be well advised to pursue it, only if they can file a grievance.

    • paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      You can release a player for any reason, you just have to pay the rest of his contract. The MLBPA will only get involved if the Dodgers try to not pay him.

    • wiscotom - May 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      A team can release a player for whatever reason they want. If they tried to suspend him without pay, then there probably would have been a grievance.

    • Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      And besides, given what Olivo did, the MLBPA would probably just turn a deaf ear to him.

      • jerze2387 - May 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        …theyd turn an ear that would be rendered deaf in the very near future

  7. nbjays - May 22, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    “A teammate once tried to test me. I ate his ear with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”

    • Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      More like black beans and a nice sangria.

  8. nottinghamforest13 - May 22, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Had he not been a minor league catcher, it’s doubtful he gets released. Think about it.

  9. yahmule - May 22, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Didn’t this lunatic also piss out a kidney stone during a game?

    • tfbuckfutter - May 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Yeah, and he’s such a badass he picked it up, and jammed it right the hell back in there afterward.

  10. tfbuckfutter - May 22, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Sign him, Diamondbacks.

    That dude has to be the grittiest sumbitch out there.

  11. rdillon99 - May 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    What’s the world coming to when a man can’t engage in a little cannibalism without everyone getting upset and over-reacting. The darn politically correct crowd have ruined it for everyone.

  12. digbysellers - May 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    At least he got a meal on his way outta town…dummy.

  13. johnnycantread - May 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Dodgers give Olivo the heave ho.

  14. gloccamorra - May 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Let’s keep it accurate. He bit only part of the ear off, not all of it, so it’s not quite a Van Gogh Moment.

  15. savior72 - May 22, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    The government can’t discriminate against cannibalism, but employers can.

  16. vincentbojackson - May 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Guerrero was asking for it by constantly slathering his ears with BBQ sauce.

  17. denny65 - May 22, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Guerrero must have really been talking some smack. Still, is what Olivo did a felony or a misdemeanear? Curious.

    • rbts2014 - May 22, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Apparently neither felony or misdemeanEAR. – the latest report I saw was that Guerrero isn’t pressing charges.

  18. rbts2014 - May 22, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Strange but true, Miguel Olivo’s favorite music group growing up was Fine Young Cannibals. HIs favorite song? “He Drives Me Crazy”.

    can’t blame Miguel for taking a chomp – the game started about 10:30am so by the 7th-8th innings, he was hungry and it was almost time for lunch.

  19. don444 - May 23, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    I imagine the Dodger organization is encouraging Guerrero to keep his mind right and to focus on baseball while moving on from this goofy episode as soon as possible, but if I were him ol’ Miguel would answer for this if took a decade to set things straight and this whole saga would be far, far from over.

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