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Yasiel Puig punched during Venezuelan winter league brawl

Yasiel Puig appeared to be caught in the middle of a major brawl during a Venezuelan winter league game.

The benches-clearing incident followed a home run by Tiburones de La Guaira shortstop Maikel Garcia, which gave his team the team a 10-8 lead against Cardenales de Lara in the bottom of the eighth. Garcia took a slow trot around the bases and pointed at the Cardenales dugout and said something as he ran the bases. 

He slowly stepped on home plate, and that’s when the two teams began to get into it. The scrum initially started as just a bases-clearing incident, but eventually led to players being shoved and punches being thrown. It appeared Cardenales de Lara catcher Carlos Narvaez threw a punch at Puig, which further incited the brawl.

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The bases-clearing incident lasted for around six minutes before the teams went back to their dugouts. There were no ejections from the game. Here’s footage of the entire incident.

After the game, Puig criticized the coverage of the incident, saying that he tried to “keep everyone calm” before he was struck in the head out of nowhere.

“But my agent shows all videos and yet I see now what they show back in USA somehow is me starting fight which is not true. I play today, I no get punished because I do nothing wrong,” Puig said on X. “No man. Enough. I can’t anymore. Please stop. I not this guy you want me to be. Pick someone else already you have destroy me enough. I bat over .400, hit a homerun every 9 at bat and I is taking my team to 1st championship in 37 years. But yeah, Puig trending for a fight.”

Puig has been in the middle of a few benches-clearing incidents in the past. While with the Dodgers, he had a verbal disagreement with Madison Bumgarner, a pitcher for the rival Giants. And on the day he was traded from the Reds to the Guardians, he and the rest of the Reds got into a heated brawl with the Pirates.

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