Saturday’s Bench Clearing- Rangers vs. Astros

Did anyone else see this on Saturday’s game? I got to see it, it was something. Big boy Prince was first to the plate to be there for his boy Odor, as he was on deck to bat next. Here is what Prince Fielder had to say about the incident:

“I look up and I see somebody bigger than my teammate standing over him and I just wanted to make sure, in that situation, we were all part of the conversation,” Fielder said. “That’s my teammate. If you are going to get in his face, that’s what I’m supposed to do. When I was a rookie, if somebody did that to me, that wouldn’t have flown. To get right back in somebody’s face is the normal reaction – and probably the right one – but I didn’t want him to end up with a fine or a suspension.”

Fielder praised Odor’s approach to the situation, which began when Conger started yelling at the second-year player to get in the batter’s box. When Odor responded with a “what?” Conger stood up. That led to Fielder rushing from the on-deck circle and led to Astros rushing on to the field.

The situation escalated when Houston pitcher Collin McHugh yelled at Fielder and Houston manager A.J. Hinch grabbed Fielder by the shirt to pull him away. That’s when Rangers manager Jeff Banister jumped into the argument with Hinch. On Sunday, the two managers said there were no lingering issues.

Fielder said he was a bit perplexed by what made Conger decide to police the speed of the game. Fielder theorized the Astros may have been a bit frustrated by Odor’s big game at the plate and hard play in the field.

“If they don’t like him getting hits, that’s their problem,” Fielder said. “Then get him out.”

In another article I read where Prince said Odor was a bigger person than he was because as a rookie he wouldn’t have let someone get in his face.  For some reason I could actually see that.  If you saw the incident you probably saw both coaches going at it pretty good too.  That was one hell of a screaming match.  Banister was all for protecting his boys, just and Hinch was.   But the good news is there isn’t any bad blood between the two.

 No bad blood between Hinch, Banister

Astros, Rangers managers put incident behind them

HOUSTON — A.J. Hinch and Jeff Banister reiterated their friendship and respect for one another Sunday, a day after the two had to be separated in a benches-clearing incident in the Rangers’ 7-6 victory over the Astros.

“Jeff’s a good man and a good baseball man,” Hinch said. “He was defending his team just like I was. I don’t think there’s really anything to talk about, and I think both teams are going to come out with the same intensity to try to win the series.”
The fracas started when Astros catcher Hank Conger asked Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor to step in the batter’s box quicker to begin the ninth inning. The two exchanged words before both benches and bullpens emptied, leading to the issues between Hinch and Banister.
“We are friends and I like A.J.,” Banister said. “What happened [Saturday] night has nothing to do with that. We all have grown-up disagreements. It just happened to be he and I had a 14-year-old disagreement in the middle of the field. That’s what we do. I respect A.J., I respect him more today, really. It is in the spirit of competition and you’re out there leading your guys, plain and simple.”

The incident was just the beginning of a tension-filled, late-inning rally by both teams that featured an Odor standup triple in his at-bat just after the incident and a Conger two-run home run in the home-half of the inning to cut the Astros’ deficit to one.
Hinch called the entire game a “fun display of emotion and care,” dispelling a notion that July baseball doesn’t carry the same weight as August or September.
“Obviously sometimes stuff boils over and it can get a little crazy,” Hinch said. “July baseball turns quickly into sort of pennant race, end of the season type of emotion. Both teams displayed pretty good will to want to get the upper hand [Saturday].”
Banister, who spent 29 years in the Pirates’ organization, is no stranger to heated rivalries. He cut his teeth in the National League Central, where he said a tough brand of baseball manifests into multiple rivalries.
After Saturday’s game, Banister thinks this Lone Star Series could head in that direction.
“I believe it can be that type of rivalry as long as it is hard-nosed baseball and a good brand of baseball,” Banister said. “I like the fact that Houston is extremely competitive and playing hard and winning. I love the fact our ballclub is right there with them, playing the game hard and the right way. I [get mad] when baseball is not played in an urgent fashion.
“You have two teams representing the state, playing hard to the bitter end. That is certainly good for Texas baseball.”

Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Author: Dana Gidner-Kristal

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