Mar 10, 2013 / 9:23 pm
World Baseball Classic officials say fighting has no place in baseball, but they are hoping players involved in an ugly brawl between Canada and Mexico have learned their lesson.
Officials decided not to take any further action against three Canadian and four Mexican players ejected in Canada's 10-3 rout of Mexico on Saturday, though the organization was expressed their distaste for the chaos that marred the ninth inning of the game.
"We are extremely disappointed in the bench-clearing incident that marred the conclusion of (Saturday's) game between Canada and Mexico. The episode runs counter to the spirit of sportsmanship and respectful competition for which the World Baseball Classic has stood throughout its history," World Baseball Classic, Inc., said in a statement.
"Because at least one club, and potentially both, will not advance to the second round, WBCI has determined that disciplinary measures would not have a meaningful corrective impact. Thus, discipline will not be imposed beyond today's seven game ejections. It is our firm expectation that the members of Team Mexico, Team Canada and all the tournament's participating teams will learn from this incident and set a better example, one that befits the sport they share, in the future."
Canada was sent home Sunday after a 9-4 loss to the United States. A win would have moved Canada into the second round of the WBC for the first time.
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