August 3, 2002

Major League Baseball came down hard on the Red Sox for an epic beanball brawl they had six days earlier with the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway and all of the Boston personnel who were punished, to degrees large and small, appealed.

They would include manager Grady Little ($1,000 fine), pitching coach Tony Cloninger (two-game suspension), pitcher Derek Lowe (five-game suspension), catcher Jason Varitek (four games) and second baseman Rey Sanchez (three games), plus Shea Hillenbrand, Carlos Baerga, Doug Mirabelli and Ugeuth Urbina (all fined $500).

Orioles pitcher Willis Robinson got seven games and infielder Melvin Mora got four games.

For those who saw it live, it truly was one of the more memorable beanball brawls on record as the scrum meandered, en masse, around the infield and into the outfield for a good 15 minutes.

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