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There was a brawl in an Arizona Fall League game

Yes, really.

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This is not a headline you likely expected to read here, or anywhere else. The Arizona Fall League is a developmental league, with a relaxed atmosphere and players performing in front of small gatherings that include a lot of family members and scouts.

One of those scouts recorded this video of a brawl at an AFL game between Peoria and Scottsdale Saturday afternoon at Scottsdale Stadium:

Well, that’s pretty ugly. Why did that happen?

Josh Winckowski is a Red Sox prospect and Canaan Smith-Njigba plays in the Pirates system. Here’s a bit more detail:

Let’s hope this brawl was a typical baseball fight with a lot of milling around and no one getting hurt. Both players were ejected by umpire Nestor Ceja. Ceja did some fill-in work in MLB games during the 2021 season.

This all happened in the ninth inning of the game:

Scottsdale won the game 11-7. Here’s hoping for no more of these the rest of the AFL season.