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Michael Bruce Fiers

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Pitcher Mike Fiers was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 22nd round of the 2009 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Charlie Sullivan and made his pro debut that summer.

Fiers reached the majors as a September call-up in 2011, making his debut for the Brewers on September 14th. Facing the Colorado Rockies that game, he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over a scoreless inning of relief work. he only pitched twice for the Brewers, giving up no runs in his two innings of work.

Michael picked up his first career victory on May 29, 2012, on the day of his call-up from the AAA Louisville Bats. He started the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium and did very well, giving up only one run over 7 innings; Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in the 1st, and John Axford picked up the save to lock up a 2-1 win.

Fiers started the 2014 season in the minors, before being called up a first time in June, when he made four appearances out of the Brewers' bullpen, going 0-1, 2.57. He came back to the majors in August, this time as a starter and pitched extremely well as the rest of the pitching staff seemingly unraveled and the Brewers fell from first to third place in the NL Central. He was 6-1 over his first 7 starts as the staff's only consistent winner over the period. On September 11th, he was at the center of a scary incident in a game against the Miami Marlins, when 0ne of his fastballs struck star OF Giancarlo Stanton in the face in the 5th inning. Stanton lay motionless at home plate for several minutes, bleeding profusely, and had to leave the game with multiple facial fractures and broken teeth, his season seemingly over. However, he had swung that the pitch for strike two, and a pinch-hitter, Reed Johnson had to complete the at-bat. Fiers struck him out on a pitch that also hit him, prompting a bench-clearing brawl that led to marlins manager Mike Redmond and 3B Casey McGehee both being ejected for arguing home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn's decision to call both pitches strikes. Fiers left the game after those incidents, having having completed five innings, he received credit for Milwaukee's 4-2 win. Visibly shaken, he immediately issued an apology to Stanton over the incident and explained to reporters:

"It was very tough. I've never in my life experienced something like that. It was very hard for me to take in everything at the moment and come back and throw another pitch. I just want to send my thoughts and prayers and everything to Giancarlo Stanton. You never think of throwing at somebody like that. Never in my life has that happened. I just feel very, very sad that I hit him. I'm sorry to their teammates, their fans, his family. It is just tough."

He was issued a fine by Major League Baseball for his role in the fracas, while the Marlins' Anthony DeSclafani was suspended for three games for throwing a retaliatory pitch at Carlos Gomez.

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