No, Mike Tyson is not playing minor league baseball. However, thanks to a move reminiscent of the ear-chomping incident from 1997’s Tyson-Holyfield fight, Tyson’s name will likely be bouncing around social media today.
The incident occurred during a minor league game between the Salt Lake City Bees and the Albuquerque Isotopes. The Bees were hosting the Isotopes at Smith’s stadium and it was also “Prevention Dimensions Kids’ Day,” with a reported 12,000 middle school children at the ballpark.
The ear-biting incident started in the 7th inning after a botched play. Isotopes shortstop Alex Guerrero was seen arguing on the field with his own catcher, Miguel Olivo:
While the argument appeared to end on the field, it flared up in the dugout during the top of the 8th inning. As the scuffle escalated beyond shouting and shoving, teammates tried to break up the fight. However, the battle did not end until Olivo actually took a bite out of Geurrero’s left ear.
Reportedly, the piece of the ear fell from Olivo’s mouth and onto the dugout floor. According to Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boros, the piece was retrieved and surgically reattached at a hospital after the game.
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The dustup caused a slight delay in the game and both players were removed from the lineup. Los Angeles Times writer Dylan Hernandez reported that the LAPD has interviewed Guerrerro and he had not yet decided to press charges against his teammate.
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