Watch: Tigers' Rondon in middle of bench-clearing brawl

The Detroit News
Bruce Rondon

Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon was in the middle of a bench-clearing brawl while pitching during a Venezuelan Winter League game on Saturday night.

Rondon, pitching for Navegantes del Magallanes, reportedly hit Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jose Osuna of Bravos de Margarita with a pitch in the seventh inning.

After Osuna took first, Rondon threw to the bag to keep Osuna close, Osuna barked at Rondon, and the two began exchanging words as Rondon walked toward Osuna.

Umpires and players attempted to separate the two as they got closer, but a bench-clearing brawl soon ensued with Rondon and Osuna in the middle of it.

As baseball fights go, it was fairly spirited. A video of the incident is above and HERE.

Rondon, 25, armed with a high-90s fastball, was once considered the Tigers' closer of the future. He might yet become the Tigers' closer, but last September the Tigers suspended Rondon for the balance of the season for lack of effort.

Rondon has pitched in five Venezuelan games this season. He is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA over four innings, with six strikeouts and four walks.

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