Former Red Sox first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, a member of the 2004 World Series championship team, was involved in a benches-clearing brawl Saturday during a Single A minor league game, according to the News-Press out of Fort Myers, Fla.
Mientkiewicz, 39, is the manager of the Fort Myers Miracle, a Single A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and his team was playing the Bradenton Marauders, affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates, when Mientkiewicz stormed out of the dugout in the fourth inning and locked arms with Bradenton manager Frank Kremblas, who had allegedly been yelling for Mientkiewicz to come out after one of the Bradenton players was buzzed with a high pitch by a Fort Myers pitcher.
Both benches cleared as players were attempting to pull the two managers off one another. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he would leave it to the Florida State League to discipline Mientkiewicz, according to the New-Press’ David Dorsey.
Bradenton went on to beat Fort Myers, 3-2, in 12 innings. Mientkiewicz declined to comment after the game. Mientkiewicz will continue to manage the Miracle as his case is reviewed by the Florida State League.
Read more from News-Press reporter David Dorsey's article here. Video is from the News-Press.
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