Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) -- A day after the bench-clearing brawl in which Fort Myers Miracle
manager Doug Mientkiewicz raced out of his home dugout and took
Bradenton Marauder manager Frank Kremblas to the ground, leading to
their ejections, both men managed their teams against one another again.
time, the Miracle played Sunday evening in Bradenton in a game that was
eventually suspended in the third inning after torrential rain.
39 and in his first season managing the Miracle, said in a text message
to "ask their manager" as to what angered him to the point of leaving
the dugout. Mientkiewicz declined any further comment and instructed his
players not to talk about the brawl as well.
46, is in his first season managing the Marauders, the Class A
affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He could not be reached for
comment, as the Marauders public relations staff did not return phone
that's not the example we want him to set for our players," said Brad
Steil, the Minnesota Twins director of minor leagues and Mientkiewicz's
boss. "He is a very competitive guy, and he let his emotions get the
better of him. "He was very apologetic for what happened, both to me and
to the team. He realizes that's not how we want him to represent the
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he would leave it to the Florida
State League to discipline Mientkiewicz. League president Chuck Murphy
could not be reached for comment Sunday.
A suspension could be in order for Mientkiewicz, Steil said, but not until after the league reviews what happened.
trouble perhaps began brewing Friday when Marauders infielder Dan
Gamache collided with Miracle catcher Jairo Rodriguez at home plate,
knocking Rodriguez out of the game.
the fourth inning of Saturday's scoreless game, Gamache was brushed in
the back by a pitch thrown by Miracle starting pitcher Jason Wheeler.
pitch prompted Kremblas to step out of the dugout and shout at the
umpire and at Mientkiewicz, urging him to come out of the dugout.
obliged. He sprinted out of the dugout in anger, looking reminiscent of
former Kansas City Royals first baseman George Brett 30 years ago, when
he charged after an umpire in what became known as the "pine tar game."
Instead of charging the umpire, Mientkiewicz locked arms with Kremblas and brought him to the ground as the benches cleared.
Players from both teams surrounded and separated the two managers.
from both teams then were pushing and shoving Mientkiewicz, trying to
keep him from getting to Kremblas again. The intensity then began die
down, with Mientkiewicz and Kremblas meeting near the Bradenton dugout.
Kremblas lightly patted Mientkiewicz's side before they left the field.
went on to defeat Fort Myers 3-2 in 12 innings. The Miracle have a 5-10
record in August and return home at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday against the
Charlotte Stone Crabs. The Marauders return to Hammond Stadium at 7:05
p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.