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Strange Fight from the Pecos League

Strange Fight from the Pecos League

From the files of “What was he thinking?” comes a fight from the newly formed Pecos League.

In the 7th inning of a game between the Roswell Invaders and the Las Cruces Vaqueros, a Vaqueros player was picked off of first base. The third base coach then ran over to argue and wound up pushing the umpire. Things from there got a little out of control.

The benches cleared as the arguing continued. No punches were thrown and no one was hurt. But as the players were on the field a strange thing happened. Roswell Invaders owner and league commissioner Andrew Dunn ran out onto the field holding a metal folding chair above his head.

Dunn has since apologized for the incident. No one was hurt or hit with the chair. It seems to have been a spur of the moment things as he was getting a chair the fight broke out and he ran out to break it up. As owner and commissioner he knew that fighting at a game was bad for the team/league. In a written apology he writes, “In no way shape or form, was I trying to use the chair to harm anyone. I sincerely apologize for the actions I might have brought about because of my poor judgment, but I want to make clear that I do not condone any fighting on or off the baseball field.”

The Las Cruces coach has been suspended and several Vaqueros players released from the incident. The league has also changed their rules regarding players entering the field during a dispute. They must now stay in the dugout and maintain a certain distance during any disputes.

The Invaders are holding a “Bring your own chair night” on June 11. Any fan who brings a lawn chair to the game will get $2 off general admission tickets.

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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