Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguers Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo were involved in a dugout altercation during their game Tuesday with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes.
Being that this is Minor League Baseball, all the details don't travel as quickly as they would if two teammates fought during an MLB game. Here was the initial report from the scene:
Cue your favorite "that escalated quickly" meme, because here's what we learned later. It is a doozy.
Woah there. This is Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield territory, with the added intrigue that the ear-mangling scuffle happened between two teammates. Buuuuut wait, there's more.
Word about the encounter made its way to the Dodgers, who opened a series Tuesday in New York against the Mets. Team officials were asked about the incident, but sounded like they were still in fact-gathering mode.
According to the Sting 'Em Bees blog, which covers the opposing Salt Lake City Bees, the incident began when the Isotopes infielders weren't communicating with Olivo. Sting 'Em Bees has a number of photos that somewhat show the scuffle and another that shows Guerrero covering his ear with a towel.
Before the dugout altercation, Guerrero and Olivo almost got into it on the field. Check this out.
If one of these guys has to go, it'll be Olivo, a 35-year-old who is a 13-year veteran. He's bounced around the league playing for seven teams in that time. He was backstop insurance while catcher A.J. Ellis was injured, and demoted to the minors when Ellis returned.
Guerrero, meanwhile, is a Cuban import the Dodgers signed during the winter for four years and $28 million. The Dodgers are trying to season him for the big leagues and figure out where he best fits in their infield.
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