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Bautista-Odor fight joins memorable basebrawls

Where does the Rangers-Blue Jays bench-clearing fracas rank in terms of all-time basebrawls? From broken bones to bloodied knuckles, here's a look back at some memorable instances of violence on the diamond.

A look back at baseball players behaving badly

San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal (27) swings a bat at Los Angeles catcher John Roseboro as Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, right, tries to break it up during the third inning of a game at Candlestick Park in 1965. (Robert H. Houston/The Associated Press)

Rougned Odor's punch to the jaw of Jose Bautista on Sunday may have been one of the "cleanest" punches ever landed on an MLB diamond, but it's far from the first time baseball players have thrown hands instead of balls.

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Where does the Rangers-Blue Jays bench-clearing fracas rank in terms of all-time basebrawls? From broken bones to bloodied knuckles, here's a look back at some memorable instances of violence on the diamond.

Quentin breaks Greinke's collarbone


After getting plunked, Carlos Quentin charges the mound and meets pitcher Zack Greinke with ... a hard check. The collision resulted in a broken collarbone for the hurler, and earned Quentin an eight-game ban.

Nyjer Morgan gets clotheslined


Nyjer Morgan didn't charge the mound after being hit by a pitch from Chris Volstad. But he did make his way there after Volstad sent a pitch sailing behind the Nationals lead-off man the next time he was in the batter's box.

Unfortunately for Morgan, after charging the mound and connecting with the face of Volstad, he was turned inside out by a clothesline from first baseman Gaby Sanchez.

Zimmer down!


No list of basebrawls is complete without including at least one moment from the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry — like the time Boston ace Pedro Martinez dealt with charging 72-year-old bench coach Don Zimmer by throwing him down by his head. A moment of infamy forever etched into the minds of baseball fans.

Debunking Nolan Ryan's 'win'


In possibly the most widely remembered baseball fight, Nolan Ryan's "old man strength" triumphed over the younger Robin Ventura. But this truther-esque video focuses on the fact that Ventura, who charged at Ryan only to be put in a headlock and fed a few punches, actually held his own in the battle.

Improper bat usage


It hadn't happened before and hasn't happened since (thankfully). During a game in 1965, the San Francisco Giants' Juan Marichal smacked Los Angeles Dodgers catcher John Roseboro over the head with his bat.

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