We saw a lot of things in the wild afternoon brawl between the Yankees and Tigers as the clubs wrapped up a three-game set. Gary Sanchez looked like a jerk throwing punches at players who wrestled on the ground. On the mound (though he’s been wild all season), Dellin Betances picked the wrong time to lose his control, drilling James McCann in the head. Meanwhile, home plate umpire Carlos Torres went missing when the field needed order restored.
All three deserve some blame for what happened. However, on the Tigers end, we saw frustration boil over in the worst way. Starter Michael Fulmer ignited (re-ignited, maybe) the animosity by plunking Sanchez, who homered earlier and dominated the series (7-16, 4 HR, 9 RBI). Afterward, Miguel Cabrera started a fight after a pitch sailed behind him. Once that scrum subsided, Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez decided to have their own altercation in the Detroit dugout.
Then, when you thought everyone had enough, Tigers reliever Alex Wilson intentionally hit Todd Frazier, clearing the benches once more. (Wilson seemed happy to admit his intent later.) So for Detroit, you have two hit batters, one fistfight, and several teammates squabbling amongst themselves. In yet another embarrassing season, the Tigers reached a new low on Thursday, and the future looks bleaker than ever.