Decisions today on Dragons' brawl fines
Midwest League official says suspensions also coming related to July 24 fracas at Fifth Third Field.
By Marc Katz
Thursday, July 31, 2008
DAYTON — Midwest League president George Spelius said suspensions and fines for last Thursday's Dayton-Peoria bench-clearing brawl will be announced today, July 31.
"I don't want to talk numbers right now," said Spelius, mindful that eight Dragons, seven Peoria Chiefs and both managers were originally ejected from the game, although all were reinstated pending Spelius' investigation.
He did say Peoria pitcher Julio Castillo would not be banned for life, as some have suggested.
"I can't do that," said Spelius, who has been studying umpire reports and tapes of the brawl at Fifth Third Field. "I'm just a Class A president. I don't have the right to suspend for life."
Spelius made it clear, however, that Castillo probably would not pitch in the Midwest League again this season. During the brawl, Castillo threw a ball allegedly aimed at Dayton second baseman Angel Cabrera. However, the aim was poor and the ball hit a fan in the stands.
Castillo was arrested and stayed in jail until he made $50,000 bond. He was also taken off the Peoria roster by the parent Chicago Cubs and put on the organization's rookie team in Arizona.
Meanwhile, the Dragons and parent Reds released Cabrera on Monday, with farm director Terry Reynolds stating only that Cabrera was not a prospect.
The Dragons had outfielders Justin Reed and Denis Phipps ejected along with second baseman Kevyn Feiner, catcher Devin Mesoraco and pitchers Henry Arias, Jeremy Horst, Jeff Jeffords and Luis Montano.
It is believed they and probably a few more will face penalties.