Finding any positives about the effect of COVID-19 on Major League Baseball is a near-impossible task, but many figured it could help with limiting any on-field brawls between teams so as to keep distance from one another.
But when the Astros, fresh off their sign-stealing scandal, get involved, everything goes out the window. That was the case in a game featuring the Athletics -- the team for which whistleblower Mike Fiers pitches -- and the visiting Astros.
Another angle shows Laureano sprinting toward the Astros dugout after shouting at hitting coach Alex Cintron from first base.
This brawl follows the late July incident between the Astros and the Dodgers, when tensions raised to an incredibly high level after questionable Dodgers pitching. Reliever Joe Kelly was viewed as a cult hero to many after the affair, though several others saw his actions as dangerous.
This time, however, it was an Astros pitcher -- reliever Humberto Castellanos -- that threw at the opponent. Ramon Laureano was the recipient of the HBP, which was the second one he endured in Sunday's contest. It was Laureano, however, who was thrown out of the game due to his charge toward the dugout. A's catcher Austin Allen was also ejected, while no Astros were.
After the game, both managers spoke on the fight that broke out. A's manager Bob Melvin didn't necessarily defend Laureano's actions, though he did pin the blame on whichever Astros bench coach may have provoked Laurenao.
"I think the league will know who it is, and that person should get suspended," Melvin said to reporters (via Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports Bay Area). "Hopefully that's the case, and nowadays without fans in the stands, and mics everywhere, my guess is they know who he is."
Neither he nor Oakland first baseman Matt Chapman know exactly what was said. Rumors are circulating, however.
MLB has not yet announced any disciplinary action.