Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura is just 25 years old and in only his fourth major-league season, but he’s been no stranger to controversy.
Here are six incidents involving Ventura during his time with the Royals. Not every one resulted in violence, but it does show that there have been problems.
April 12, 2015 at LA Angels
This was the strangest incident of all. Ventura was unhappy about something that Mike Trout may have said or did, and let him know about it after Trout scored a run. Very odd.
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April 18, 2015 vs. Oakland A’s
One day after Oakland’s Brett Lawrie made a hard slide that injured Alcides Escobar, Ventura plunked him with a pitch and was ejected.
April 23, 2015 at Chicago White Sox
Ventura wasn’t the only one to blame for this benches-clearing brouhaha, but he lit the powderkeg and was ejected.
Aug. 3, 2015 at Toronto
Edinson Volquez was the starter in this game that featured a number of hit batters and a bench-clearing incident. After that game, Toronto’s Jose Bautista criticized manager Ned Yost, and Ventura appeared to tweet a threat to Bautista. Ventura later deleted the tweet.
Oct. 23, 2015 ALCS Game 6 vs. Blue Jays
Ventura was not happy with Troy Tulowitzki, who called timeout before he was about to pitch. Ventura also wasn’t pleased with Blue Jays first-base coach Tim Leiper, who appeared to say something to Ventura. No fighting, but this was totally unnecessary.
Tuesday’s game at Baltimore
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