Dodgers-Rangers Benches Clear After Matt Kemp Runs over Robinson Chirinos

Ruben Hill
June 14, 2018

Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos and Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp were ejected from Wednesday night's game following a collision at home plate that led to both benches clearing. The former All-Star went old-school and sent his forearms crashing into Chirinos in an attempt to score a run on a single by Enrique Hernandez. But with Chirinos receiving the throw well ahead of him, Kemp lowered his shoulder and barreled into him. Chirinos' helmet flew off as he got knocked over and Kemp fell, too.

Notice also in the above video that after Kemp shoved Chirinos hard, Chirinos didn't want any part of the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, who looked ready to clean house.

The result: Pushes and shoves after the play, followed by the benches and bullpens emptying. Kemp was restrained by Rangers starter Cole Hamels.

No punches were thrown.

Kemp and Chirinos were ejected for their roles in the fracas.

Rules have been put in place to outlaw runners from plowing into catchers, and catchers have to give runners a lane to the plate in most cases.

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