Former MLB player Asdrubal Cabrera throws sucker punch at Venezuelan winter league, sparks controversy

Asdrubal Cabrera, a two-time All-Star and veteran of 15 big-league seasons, made headlines for the wrong reasons on Saturday after inciting a brawl between his Caribes de Anzoategui and Tiburones de la Guerra during Venezuelan Winter League competition.

Cabrera reacted poorly to a home run celebration by Carlos Castro, which saw him turn toward the Caribs dugout and say something that caused several players to walk or jump onto the field. Nevertheless, Cabrera inexplicably escalated things by sucker punching Castro as he rounded first base.

Afterwards, former big-league pitcher Calvin Escobar took to Twitter to express his disappointment in Cabrera. Escobar tweeted the following message in Spanish: “Asdrubal Cabrera you went too far brother… don’t you see all the stupid things Estudillo does.” (Williams is a partner of Astudillo Cabrera.)

Cabrera was not the only former big leaguer to be treated poorly during the controversy. Former Philadelphia Phillies reliever (and currently a member of the Tiburones) Adubari Ramos was caught on camera dodging a baseball that hit Learvis Breto (a pitcher on Cabrera’s team) in the face. Again, here’s the video:

Cabrera suited up for eight teams during his time in the majors, spending parts of eight seasons with Cleveland. He last appeared in 2021 with both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. It’s probably fair to write that his big-league career was over despite this act, but it remains to be seen how much action he missed as a result of his sucker punch.

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