Astros’ Hitting Coach Alex Cintron Gets 20-Game Suspension for Instigating A’s Fight

By SportsRadio 610

(SportsRadio 610) -- Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron has received a 20-game suspension for instigating a bench-clearing fight between Houston and the Oakland A's on Sunday.

Cintron's suspension, according to MLB insider Bob Nightengale, is believed to be the largest levied agianst a Major League Baseball coach:

On Sunday, A's outfielder Ramon Laureano was hit with a breaking ball for the second time in the game and third time in a weekend series against the Astros.

While Laureano walked to first base, he demonstrated to Astros rookie pitcher Humberto Castellanos how to properly throw a slider. 

Then Cintron, from the Astros dugout, started chirping at Laureano. 

The two exchanged words and video shows the Astros hitting coach challenging Laureano to approach the dugout.

Laureano obliged, sprinting toward Cintron, when his former teammate and current Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled him to avoid an even uglier confrontation.

Laureano told ESPN that Cintron said something offensive about his mother, though Cintron denied the claim.

Laureano received a a five-game suspension for his role in the altercation.

Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday he'd talked to Cintron about the incident, though he would not detail what was said. 

According to Baker, Cintron expressed remorse for what happened.

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