Former MLB player Alex Romero was just hit with a 20-game ban for attacking a catcher with his bat this month … the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League announced.
As we previously reported, Aguilas del Zulia and Caribes de Anzoategui were involved a heated match on Jan. 8 … where pitchers were throwing at batters all night.
But tensions spilled into an all-out riot in the 8th inning … when Romero — an ex-Arizona Diamondback — was nearly plunked in the back by an Angel Nesbitt fastball.
The video of what happened next is shocking … ’cause Romero took two big hacks at the opposing catcher with his bat right on the diamond!!
A brawl ensued … and MULTIPLE players were ejected.
Now, the league is handing down punishments … hitting Romero with a 20-game suspension — while banning Nesbitt for the rest of the Venezuelan postseason for his role in it all.
Nesbitt is already appealing the suspension … but it’s unclear if Romero will follow suit.