Sucker punch at home plate results in wild brawl in Australia

Down in Australia, a wild brawl erupted between the Sydney Blue Sox and Brisbane Bandits over the weekend. Brisbane's Patrick Leonard smashed into Sydney catcher Daniel Arribas (which would be disallowed under the new collision rules instituted for the 2014 season), resulting in both men facing off and jawing at the plate. All of a sudden, Leonard's teammate Joshua Roberts ran onto the field from the bench and smoked Arribas with a punch to the face, leading into both benches completely emptying and a brief fracas erupting.

Roberts was given a six game suspension for his role in the incident, the largest suspension in the history of the Australian Baseball League. Really, just six games for coming off the bench and attacking the catcher?

It's also worth noting that this is the field the Diamondbacks and Dodgers will be playing on during their season-opening series in March. It's not as if there's any bad blood between those two clubs, right?


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