Inspired by the recent bench-clearing brawl in the MLB, here is a look back at one of the worst CPBL bench-clearing brawl incident, from game one of the 1999 Taiwan Series between the Wei-Chuan Dragons and the Chinatrust Whales (Koos Group Whales).
There were so much bad blood, two full scale bench brawls broke out from that particular game. Several players were suspended and fined over this incident.
Come to think of it, this is the only case of a full scale brawl in 29 years of CPBL history. Bench-clearing brawl hardly ever happen, because Taiwan is a small country and all the players are all friends with each others off the field.
Generally speaking, push and shoves are as bad as it gets when the benches were cleared in the CPBL. But every now and then, the situation will get escalated.
Bench Brawl Round One – Fifth Inning
The whole incident started with a home plate collision in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Dragons’ Bernardo Tatis ran over the Whales’ catcher 王光浩 (Wang Kuang-Hao) while trying to score on a shallow hit to the center field.
The instigators Bernardo Tatis, 王光浩 (Wang Kuang-Hao) and 黃自強 (Huang Tzu-Chiang) who rushed with a baseball bat were ejected immediately after the brawl.
*Note: You can see Huang attacked the Whales’ players with a bat around 4:56 mark.
Bench Brawl Round Two – Ninth Inning
Things did not stopped there, in the bottom of the ninth, both teams were at it once again. The Dragons’ Carlos Sievers went out of his way to intentionally hit the Whales’ catcher 黃鈞瑜 (Huang Chun-Yu) in the face as he crossed the home plate.
The Aftermath – Suspensions, Fines and Hugfest
The following four players received a ten games suspension and a $3,500 USD fines, apart from missing out the entire Taiwan Series, the ten games suspension will carry over to the next season.
- Bernardo Tatis – Wei-Chuan Dragons
- 王光浩 (Wang Kuang-Hao) – Chinatrust Whales
- 黃自強 (Huang Tzu-Chiang) – Chinatrust Whales
- Carlos Siever – Wei-Chuan Dragons
The following two players received a three games suspension and a $1,700 USD fine.
- 洪啟峰 (Hung Chi-Feng) – Chinatrust Whales
- Mike Iglesias – Wei-Chuan Dragons
Just before game two of the Taiwan Series, the league made both teams gathered in the middle of the infield and apologised to the fans for setting a bad example.