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Russell Martin challenges Martin Maldonado to charity fight

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Russell Martin is talking tough one day after the Pirates-Brewers brawl.
Russell Martin is talking tough one day after the Pirates-Brewers brawl. (USATSI)

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The Pirates and Brewers got into a rather nasty brawl on Sunday afternoon after Gerrit Cole and Carlos Gomez directed some bat flip-related chirping at one another. Brewers backup catcher Martin Maldonado was right in the middle of the brawl appeared to land the biggest punch in the skirmish.

On Monday afternoon, Pirates catcher Russell Martin challenged Maldonado to a charity fight in the offseason to settle the score:

This isn't going to happen for obvious reasons. One, it's stupid. Two, neither player is going to risk injury and a boatload of potential future salary. Martin knows that, so now he comes off looking like a tough guy. Plus he's deflecting attention away from the fact that his team lose three of four to Maldonado's Brewers.

I don't know, promoting fighting and brawling is not something a baseball player should be doing. It's not something the league should want either. Travis Snider, who has a black eye after the brawl, gets it:

See? That's all you need. This charity fight stuff is just nonsense. Maldonado will be suspended and fined and that should be the end of it, but we all know it won't.

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