The Texas League has suspended Rangers outfielder Engel Beltre for 15 games following his role in an incident in Tuesday's game between Double-A San Antonio and Frisco.
The details of Beltre's role in the altercation aren't clear, but Frisco players allegedly threw bats and trash cans from the dugout into the stands. The San Antonio Express-News has the details:
By the time the dust had settled, at least three fans were handcuffed and detained by police. The fans were subdued and detained by San Antonio police officers, including officers called to the scene to back up off-duty police working as security, but a department spokesman could not confirm whether charges were filed.
Missions president Burl Yarbrough was nearby when the melee broke out.
“I was standing there, and all of a sudden, a trash can came flying out of the dugout,” he said. “I've been here 24 years, and I've never seen anything like this.”
Frisco players were upset over a ninth-inning ruling by umpires that wiped out a potential go-ahead three-run home run by RoughRiders designated hitter Michael Bianucci.
Frisco manager Steve Buechele and pitching coach Jeff Andrews were ejected for arguing the call. The home run, which was changed to a ground-rule double by the umpires, would have given Frisco a 7-6 lead.
It's the second year in a row that Beltre will serve a suspension. He missed time last year after he instigated a brawl following a walk-off home run he hit for high Class A Bakersfield against Visalia last June. Here's video of what got Beltre in trouble last year:
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