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Exchange between Bruce Rondon, baserunner in winter ball leads to punches, brawl

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Well, this doesn't look good.

Another angle:

You'd think by now lessons would've been learned and maturity would have taken over. Yet, here we are again. At 25 years old, Bruce Rondon has had seven years' worth of time in the Tigers organization to learn from mistakes. But as you can see from the above video, Rondon's desire to turn things around is essentially non-existent.

In 2015, Rondon was told to go home and think about what he'd done after his "effort level" was less than satisfactory to the Detroit Tigers. General manager Al Avila has since said the team wanted the youngster to work on improving himself -- both on and off the field. Clearly, Rondon hasn't taken any of it to heart.

The confrontation begins in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 4-4 game, with a runner on first base and no outs. The baserunner, first baseman Jose Osuna (a Pirates prospect) clearly points at Rondon and a heated exchange between the two takes off.

Without video to show what had been developing prior to the start of the viewed exchange, there's no way to know what led to the disagreement. However, what is clear is that Rondon didn't let it go. In fact, he egged the runner on to escalate matters, resulting in the benches clearing and punches being thrown between the two. Whatever the reason, it's not a good look for him.

Rondon may be able to throw triple-digit fastballs, but the attitude issues he has is only straining the Tigers' relationship with him for the future. A player's abilities aren't going to mean much when the player is a cancer to a team.

Eventually, the Tigers are going to have to make a decision regardless of how hard he can throw a baseball. He's shown a blatant disregard to control his attitude or obey instructions during regular season games for the sake of proving a point.

Neither Avila nor manager Brad Ausmus have considered Rondon a lock for the 2016 season, saying that he has a lot to prove before he can take another step forward. Not long ago, Avila had said he saw video of Rondon, who looked to be in shape and doing well. However, his most recent actions are showing that the only direction he's going is backward and that's not a good sign for his future.