Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) -- Fort Myers Miracle manager Doug Mientkiewicz will be fined "a hefty"
amount," as will Bradenton Marauders Frank Kremblas following their
roles at the center of a bench-clearing brawl Saturday night at Hammond
Florida State League president Chuck Murphy
announced the fines this morning after reviewing video footage of the
end of the brawl, reading the umpire report and interviewing the minor
league directors for the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates, the
parent clubs of the Miracle and Marauders.
substantial fine," said Murphy, who declined to reveal the amount but
said Mientkiewicz would be fined more than Kremblas.
the players from both teams will be fined $50 each for leaving the
dugout or their positions on the field. The fine money will be donated
to the Florida State League scholarship fund.
Neither manager will be suspended after each left the dugout in the top of the fourth inning Saturday.
emerged from the dugout first, motioning to Mientkiewicz to come after
him, which Mientkiewicz did, locking arms with Kremblas and taking him
to the ground while surrounded by players, who then separated the men
amid pushing and shoving.
The brawl began after a Miracle
pitcher brushed a Bradenton pitcher in the back with a pitch, a day
after that same Bradenton pitcher had collided hard with a Miracle
catcher, knocking him out of the game.
Murphy said he did not talk to Mientkiewicz or Kremblas in making the decision.
didn't need to," Murphy said. "I saw what I saw on the video. I saw
what they did. The umpires gave me a good description of what happened."
81, has been the FSL president since 1990. He said he had never seen or
heard of a brawl like the one that happened Saturday in which a manager
went after another manager that way.
Murphy said he stood by his decision not to suspend either manager.
"I didn't want to take the managers away from their teams," Murphy said.
39 and four years removed from his career as a player, said he would
issue a statement after receiving the official word of his fine from the
Murphy said one thing troubled him about the video he watched of the brawl: the crowd cheering in the background.
"The fans were cheering," Murphy said. "You can hear them in the background. It's like everyone wants to see them brawl.
"But nobody got hurt. That's the main thing. And it helps the scholarship fund."