Riggleman has interesting idea to prevent bench-clearing brawls

Reds against the Brewers on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
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Reds against the Brewers on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Reds, Brewers involved in tame bench-clearing incident

Jim Riggleman knew when the benches cleared Thursday — as players responded to an argument between Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz at home plate — it was going to be a minor incident.

“Very few of them ever turn into much more than that,” Riggleman said.

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The Cincinnati Reds interim manager has an interesting idea to make sure bench-clearing brawls — a baseball tradition that dates back decades — become even rarer. He thinks baseball should adopt the hockey rule, which forces players not engaged in the fight to retreat to the bench or stay on the bench.

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“With four umpires, they could stop anything that’s going to happen between two guys,” Riggleman said Friday before the second game of the series. “Once it gets to be a bunch of guys out there, if there really is some animosity between clubs, there’s no way they can stop it. I really would like to see it. Because you would just know, hey, you’ve got to sit there and watch them. If two guys really want to fight, not much is going to happen because four umpires should be able to get in there pretty quick.”

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