It's been four years since former major league first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz played the final game of his career. Now he's a manager for the Fort Myers Miracle (Twins' Single-A affiliate). During a game on Saturday, he got a little upset with the opposing manager.
In the fourth inning, Mientkiewicz charged out of the dugout, ran toward Bradenton Marauders (Pirates affiliate) manager Frank Kremblas and brought him to the ground, according to the Fort Myers News-Press. Benches cleared and both managers were ejected following the melee.
WATCH VIDEO ABOVE: Mientkiewicz is wearing No. 16 in the white jersey above. Video does not show the beginning of the altercation.
The incident happened after a Marauders player was plunked, according to Fort Myers play-by-play broadcaster Brice Zimmerman. The announcer also said the hit batter may have been retaliation to a collision at the plate during the game on Friday.
After the hit batter, Kremblas popped off the top step of the dugout and Mientkiewicz ran out and they met behind home plate.
Mientkiewicz then locked up with Kremblas, rolled around on the ground, and players came together. Fracas lasted about a minute.
After it settled down, Mientkiewicz and Kremblas talked it out, patted each other on the back and seemed to settle the issue.
"Doug knows that's not the example we want him to set for our players," said Brad Steil, the Minnesota Twins director of minor leagues, per wtsp.com. "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 Minnesota Twins."
Here's another video with a different angle of the fight.