Professional baseball games usually plod along at a methodical pace, and it’s not uncommon for players to seem fairly bored over the course of nine innings. But with long-running regular seasons and so many meetings between teams, rivalries can develop and tensions can simmer beneath the surface. Usually, all it takes is an errant pitch and a retaliatory strike from the other team before both benches clear.
The seventh-inning brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks was one recent example of this baseball reality, culminating in Ian Kennedy (D-Backs) drilling Zack Greinke (Dodgers), leading to a bench-clearing bout that resulted in punches thrown, several ejections, and an especially heated battle between Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell and D-Backs coach Turner Ward. Still, thiout s one probably won’t be discussed much past this season. The brawls that we’ll talk about for years to come (like what we’ve presented here) need to present the kind of brutality, chaos, and confusion that makes everyone watching say, “What the hell just happened?” These are the biggest, baddest, and most infamous brawls in the history of Major League Baseball.