Fantasy football dispute leads to on-field fight between MLB players

USA Today

Fantasy football is a popular pastime in Major League Baseball clubhouses, but a dispute in a baseball players’ fantasy football league led to an on-field fight between the Cincinnati Reds’ Tommy Pham and the San Francisco Giants’ Joc Pederson yesterday.

According to Pederson, Pham hit him in the face during batting practice before the game, all because they’d had words about Pham’s accusation that Pederson broke the rules of their fantasy football league.

“We were in a fantasy league together,” Pederson said. “I put a player on injured reserve when they were listed as out and then added another player. And then there was a text message in the group saying that I was cheating because I was stashing players on my bench. Then I looked up the rules and sent a screenshot of the rules, how it says that when a player is ruled out, you’re allowed to put him on the IR. That’s all I was doing. It just so happened that he had a player, [49ers running back] Jeff Wilson, who was out. He had him on the IR. I said, ‘You literally have the same thing on your team, on your bench.’ Then I guess he was in two leagues and one of them he was on the IR and one of them he wasn’t, so maybe that was the confusion, but the ESPN league we were in he was listed as out, so it feels very similar to what I did. And that was basically all of it. There’s not much more to it.”

Pham was pulled from the lineup just before the game. Pederson played as usual. Several players from both teams got involved in the fracas between Pham and Pederson, but Pham’s slap appeared to be the only instance of physical contact. Major League Baseball announced an investigation.

“MLB is investigating the incident that occurred before the game involving Mr. Pham,” said an MLB statement. “Mr. Pham agreed to not play this evening, pending the results of MLB’s investigation.”

12 responses to “Fantasy football dispute leads to on-field fight between MLB players

  1. Now children, if you can’t play nice you’ll have to put the game away.

  2. I was once in a league where the league commish son went to the SB against my buddy. The kid “forgot” there were Saturday games and one of his players playing on Saturday went off but he wasn’t a starter in his like up. Kid lost to the SB to my buddy then complained that if he had known there were games on Saturday – he would have put this guy in and won. The league commish actually allowed a vote (all his friends) and they said the kid wins the SB after all! Suffice to say my friend and I quit that league and never talked to those guys again. I no longer play.

  3. I haven’t played FF for about 20 years, so maybe someone can answer a question. It is the off-season for the NFL, so how is this Fantasy League being played with zero NFL games? Probably a dumb question for fantasy players, but I really have no clue how NFL Fantasy Football is played during the summer.

  4. Wanruss – Please think just a little. This was an argument carried over from 2022 NFL season. They play on different teams, in different states and different divisions.

    This is probably the first time they’ve seen each other in person since the initial altercation.

  5. Pham is an idiot and clearly doesn’t understand the roster rules. The sites won’t let you stash a player on IR unless it is in your league’s rules and the player is eligible to be put there. It’s literally impossible to cheat in the way he accused Pederson of doing.

    Maybe the Reds can put Pham in one of those spots to teach him about roster management. But not IR, a suspension designation without pay. Assaulting a guy before your game because you’re too dumb to understand how fantasy football works… just, wow…

  6. Fantasy football is exponentially more exciting than actual baseball.

  7. You would think MLB players are adults but adults dont act like children.these children are stupid and harmful.

  8. I knew baseball was going down hill, but this is a new low even for them. Also, fantasy Football is so dumb on so many levels. Congrats to those who have cashed in on the stupidity of others.

  9. billh1947 says:
    May 28, 2022 at 11:47 am

    You would think MLB players are adults


    If you’ve ever watched baseball you wouldn’t think that MLB players are adults.

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