Dodgers Infielder Guerrero Loses Part of Ear in Tyson-Like Tussle

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Things are not so great in the land of the Los Angeles Dodgers, not even when their players aren’t playing for them. During a 7-4 loss to the Salt Lake City Bees, a game in which, according to Fox 13, “Thousands of fifth and sixth-grade students were in attendance at the game as a reward for their participation in the ‘Prevention Dimensions’ program,” designed to help students prevent substance abuse and violence, an argument between Alex Guerrero and teammate Miguel Olivo escalated to fever pitch, ultimately culminating in a Mike Tyson-esque bite to Guerrero’s ear.

Scott Boras, Guerrero’s agent, told ESPN that “Olivo bit off part of Guerrero’s ear and Guerrero was having plastic surgery on his ear.” Salt Lake City Detective Veronica Montoya offered her opinion on the incident to Fox, saying, “Whether it be boxing, Little League Baseball, professional baseball — you have to respect the ear.”  The bite, which landed Guerrero in the hospital, is the first widely reported-on biting incident since Tyson fought Holyfield in 1997 in a match that was originally billed as “The Sound and The Fury.”

The altercation seems to have stemmed from an argument the two were having in the seventh inning, and by the eighth it had escalated from taunting to chewing. Guerrero, who started his season with the Los Angeles Dodgers before being moved down to the Albuquerque Isotopes when the Triple-A season got underway, struggled in the majors but has picked it up after being sent down. One assumes that his current injury would delay any kind of return by some time, though.