SEATTLE – A brawl involving several players broke out in the Seattle Mariners’ clubhouse Tuesday afternoon several hours before a game against Baltimore at Safeco Field.
Shortstop Jean Segura, catcher Mike Zunino and other players were involved in the fighting.
Moments after center fielder Dee Gordon politely asked reporters to leave the locker room, the double doors burst open with players shoving and shouting.
“Things happen in a clubhouse,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Our guys are working through it and talking through it. It’s unfortunate, but it happens.”
Servais, who normally meets media members in his office before each game, spoke in the dugout before the game against the Orioles.
“It happens a lot more than you know. Almost every year you see it. Sometimes it brings teams together,” he said. “Things reach a boiling point and you have to get it off your chest.”
“With how our season has gone, the frustration mounts. Along the way, there are bumps in the road,” he said.
The Mariners have gone through a rough three months.
Seattle was 46-25 on June 16 and 11 1/2 games ahead of Oakland in the wild-card standings. The Mariners entered the day 77-61 and 5 1/2 games behind the A’s in the chase for the second American League wild-card spot.