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Russell Martin challenges Martin Maldonado to fight

Joe Sargent

Russell Martin has challenged Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado to a fight after Maldonado punched Travis Snider on Sunday.

"I’d be fun to see how Maldonado acts if it’s a one-on-one-type situation to see if he’s the same type of guy," said Martin.

"We can raise some money for charity and we can battle it out, me and him, you know? No teammates around for protection. I’m throwing it out there." ...

Martin, who will be a free agent at the close of the 2014 season, said the timing would be perfect for a celebrity scuffle for charity.

"If he wants to do that, he wants to go and have a fight for charity in the offseason? My contract comes up at the end of the season, so before I sign a contract I can do whatever I want," said Martin. "I’d be completely willing to do that. If he’s up for that I’m down."

This has to be the most sober-sounding invitation to fisticuffs I've ever heard. Martin is offering to punch Maldonado's lights out, but only after considering the timing of his impending free agency. It's like a prenuptial agreement in reverse. I haven't been in a fight since I was in the fifth grade, though. Maybe this is just the way people do things now.

Anyway, we'll probably hear something about suspensions today.