Managers brawl, ejected from Ft. Myers Miracle game
AUG 18, 2013 2:26p ET
Think adult Simba against Scar or Aragorn versus that humanoid orc commander thing.
When the leaders from two opposing sides mix it up with each other, you know it's serious.
Such was the scene Saturday night in Fort Myers, Fla., when former Twins first baseman and first-year High Class-A manager Doug Mientkiewicz engaged in a tussle with Bradenton Marauders manager Frank Kremblas behind home plate.
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Fellow broadcaster Adam McDonald said during his call that Mientkiewicz "completely body-slammed" Kremblas, and both benches cleared in a minute-long melee.
In the above video, Mientkiewicz is the guy wearing No. 16 in white. Kremblas, No. 3 in road grey, has the completely-shaved head and can be seen pushing Mientkiewicz into the netting behind the first-base line.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan viewed the footage.
He was far from amused.
"Unfortunate is what it is," Ryan said. "I don't like to see that, frankly. It's not what I like to see. But through the course of seasons, you're gonna run into one or two of those a year. Ten years ago, we wouldn't be talking about it, because no one would've heard about it. But with YouTube and everything that's available nowadays, it's gonna be out there, and unfortunately, I watched it, and it wasn't good."
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It all apparently stemmed from another dust-up Friday night, when Gamache trucked Fort Myers catcher Jairo Rodriguez on a play at the plate. Saturday, Wheeler retired Gamache the first time up, then clipped the back of his jersey with a high pitch.
That, apparently, was enough for both skippers to physically defend their players.
Mientkiewicz was never one to back down during his 12 years in the majors, the first 6 1/2 of which he spent in Minnesota. He was infamous for talking public smack about the Chicago White Sox and held his ground in a dispute with the Boston Red Sox over ownership of the ball he kept from the 2004 World Series' final out.
After retiring early in 2010, Mientkiewicz spent that postseason as an online analyst then joined the Los Angeles Dodgers' farm system in 2012. His first Miracle team won a franchise-record 14 straight games to start this season.
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