A funny thing happened Tuesday night (6/11/13) I was sitting on my recliner watching Major League Baseball, and an episode of the WWE broke out! All it was missing was some roided out participants, and some folding chairs… wait a minute it was just missing the folding chairs.
Who was in the middle of this non-Vince McMahon orchestrated performance… the L.A. Dodgers, and their “Ace”, Zack Greinke. Greinke you may remember was involved in an incident earlier this season in which the brawl he was in left him with a broken collar-bone.
Suspensions were handed out yesterday by MLB, but first here’s how it transpired in the “City Of Angels”… Diamondback starting pitcher Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the 6th. Puig who is from Cuba, has only being in the league for 12 days and played in 11 games. He is batting .487, with 10 RBI, 4 HR, 2 Doubles, and 7 Stolen Bases…and 3 curtain calls!
Greinke came back in the top of the 7th next and hit Miguel Montero (and later admitted to it). Both teams charged the field, but the scrum broke up quickly with no punches thrown…in the bottom of the same inning Kennedy plunked Greinke…
and then… it was ON! Both benches cleared, and punched were thrown, it was both ugly, and entertaining at the same time.
After it was all said and done there were numerous ejections, and all that was left was to see who was going to get fined, suspended, for how much and how long. That word came down from “Mt.Sinai” (so as not to miss or omit anything the following is directly from the MLB press release)
- D-Backs pitcher Ian Kennedy has received a 10-game suspension for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Zack Greinke of the Dodgers in the bottom of the seventh inning, after a warning had already been issued to both Clubs earlier in the game;
- D-Backs infielder Eric Hinske has received a five-game suspension for leaving the dugout and for his aggressive actions during the incidents;
- Pitcher J.P. Howell and infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker of the Dodgers have each received two-game suspensions for their aggressive actions during the incidents;
- Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire has received a two-game suspension for his conduct during the incidents;
- Dodgers pitcher Ronald Belisario has received a one-game suspension for his aggressive actions during the incidents;
- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has received a one-game suspension for the actions of his club and for his conduct during the incident;
- D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson has received a one-game suspension for the intentional actions of Kennedy after a warning had been issued.
Also, all of those players were slapped with an undisclosed fine. The following players were also fined: Zack Grienke, Yasiel Puig, Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra.
Additionally, the Dodgers have been fined for allowing players on the disabled list to leave the dugout during the brawl — specifically Josh Beckett and Chris Capuano. Neither team is allowed to have players currently on the disabled list in their dugout for games again until Monday.
Anyone suspended can appeal their suspension and play until that appeal is heard.