Jun 26, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Jesse Winker (27) engages with Los Angeles Angels Anthony Rendon (6) during a benches clearing brawl in the second inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels took on the Seattle Mariners on Sunday in what has been a chippy series so far. It got a lot chippier on Sunday.

In the 9th inning of Saturday night’s game, Mariners relief Erik Swanson nearly hit Angels star outfielder Mike Trout with a fastball near the head, which garnered some strong reactions from the Angels’ slugger during his postgame press conference.

“I get that you are trying to throw up and in, but not at the head,” Trout said. “If you can’t pitch inside, don’t pitch inside. If you’re gonna hit me, hit me in the ribs, don’t hit me in the head. I don’t know if that was the intent, but anything at the head, you don’t do that.”

It only got uglier between the Angels and Mariners on Sunday.

Angels pitcher Andrew Wantz didn’t waste any time in sending the Mariners a message on Sunday, throwing a fastball near Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez’s head during his at-bat in the first inning.

This got the Mariners dugout yelling, clearly upset with the Angels and Wantz for this dangerous pitch. Both teams were issued a warning following Rodriguez’s at-bat.

With emotions running high, it was only a matter of time until things boiled over, and that occurred in a big way when Wantz hit Mariners outfield Jesse Winker in the second inning.

The Mariners dugout called for Wantz to be ejected after throwing at yet another player, and Winker then lost his cool and went at the Angels dugout in what became a wild melee with both benches and bullpens clearing.

Winker proceeded to give a parting gift to the Angels fans in attendance, flipping the double bird to those in attendance.

The brawl went on for over three minutes, which is an extremely long time compared to other recent fights we have seen in the MLB.

This wild brawl drew a ton of reactions from the MLB world, with many understanding the perspective from both sides.

Many agreed that Winker needed to do something after the second time that a player was thrown at in the game.

Others believe that the Angels were just standing up for Mike Trout after Saturday’s events.

Among the players that were ejected following this crazy event were Jesse Winker, Julio Rodriguez, J.P Crawford, and manager Scott Servais from the Mariners, and Andrew Wantz, Ryan Tepera, Raisel Iglesias, and interim manager Phil Nevin for the Angels.

It was a wild start to the day for both teams, and it will almost certainly result in suspensions coming on both sides.

[Bally Sports West]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.