Rougned Odor will forever live on in the hearts and minds of baseball fans for his overhand right to the jaw of Jose Bautista. Former New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, meanwhile, will forever live in infamy for his actions in the Venezuelan Winter League on Saturday night.
It all began when Carlos Castro belted a home run against Cabrera’s Caribes de Anzoategui. He slowly walked down the first base line watching the ball leave the yard before flipping his bat and chirping at the Anzoategui dugout, angering the former two time All Star. Cabrera then headed towards first, meeting Castro with a clothesline that knocked him down and touched off one of the wilder brawls in recent memory.
Former New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera facing long ban in Venezuela
As bad as Cabrera’s actions were, they were just the beginning. Former Phillies reliever Edubary Ramos fired a baseball into the melee, striking pitcher Liarvis Breto in the face. Cabrera appeared set to kick Castro in the ribs or midsection before he was shoved out of the way by his own pitcher.
Maybe this was a matter of frustration for Cabrera. Castro had hit three homers on the night and was essentially the reason why the Caribes ended up losing the game. As Cabrera’s most memorable highlight in the majors was his own bat flip to celebrate a walk-off victory for the Mets, it is sort of laughable that he would take offense to anything Castro did. However, Cabrera is known for his temper issues, something that he struggled to keep under control in the majors.
It is clear that his career is now over. Although he was unable to find a job for the 2022 season, a strong showing in Venezuela could have earned Cabrera a chance somewhere next season. Now, he has ruined any chance of that happening and could be facing a long banishment, if not expulsion, from the Venezuelan Winter League.
Former New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera attempted to channel his inner Rougned Odor. In doing so, he may have ended his career.