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Ex-White Sox infielder Tony Phillips, Mike Marshall in melee

Updated: September 11, 2011 12:46AM

CHICO, Calif. — Criminal charges could be filed after a brawl in an independent North American League game Monday night between the Yuma (Ariz.) Scorpions against the Chico Outlaws.

The nasty scuffle involved former White Sox infielder Tony Phillips and ex-major-leaguer and former Buffalo Grove star Mike Marshall.

Marshall, 51, is the Chico manager and came out of the fray shaken up, according to the Chico Enterprise Record. He was tackled and punched by Phillips, 52, the Yuma third baseman.

KRCR-TV of Redding, Calif., reported Marshall is considering pursuing battery charges against Phillips.

The trouble began when the Chico bench barked at Phillips for calling timeout while batting in the third inning. Before the next half-inning, Phillips was at his defensive position and exchanged words with Marshall, who was in the third-base coach’s box. As the two approached each other, Phillips tackled Marshall and landed a punch.

Scorpions general manager Jose Melendez told the Yuma Sun that Marshall swung at Phillips first and missed, “but Tony did not and it got pretty brutal from there.”

Chico players began approaching the Yuma bench and, according to the Sun, Yuma manager Jose Canseco attempted to act as a peacemaker. Canseco later persuaded umpires to declare a forfeit, giving Chico a 9-0 win.

“I pulled my team off the field fearing another fight would break out,” Canseco said via Twitter. “Emotions were out of control.”

“It all started with one of their guys running his mouth to Tony while he was batting,” Yuma starter Andrew Romo told the Enterprise Record. “There’s not much you can say to a guy like Tony right there. It’s an 18-year baseball vet, and he basically can do what he wants in the box. Obviously, Tony shouldn’t have gone over there, been the bigger man, but he went and we couldn’t leave him hanging.”

Sun-Times wires

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