Earlier this season, former MVP Miguel Cabrera was upset with the White Sox. On Monday reigning MVP Jose Abreu was upset with the Tigers.
After being plunked on the elbow by reliever Alex Lange in the ninth inning of Chicago's 8-7 win over Detroit at Comerica Park, Abreu slid hard into second and exchanged words with Tigers shortstop Niko Goodrum, prompting both dugouts and bullpens to spill onto the field.
The two teams converged at second base and Abreu had to be restrained by teammates and coaches before things settled down.
It was Abreu's 21st time being hit by a pitch this season, fifth most in the majors. But it was his first time being hit by the Tigers, and it didn't seem like Lange's intent on an 0-2 pitch in a one-run game.
The White Sox dugout appeared to feel otherwise, with manager Tony La Russa coming onto the field to engage the home plate umpire. That didn't sit well with Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, who voiced his displeasure from Detroit's dugout.
One pitch later, the two teams were enjoying a good old-fashioned fracas on the infield, with Hinch and La Russa exchanging more words. They they all went back to their dugouts, and the pitchers went back to their bullpens, and the game moved on.
Baseball being baseball.