Most of you have probably seen the highlight clips of Tuesday night’s brawl at Dodger Stadium, as tempers erupted between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It all started when Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy drilled Dodger rookie Yasiel Puig in the face with a 92 MPH fastball. Dodgers starter Zack Greinke responded by plunking Miguel Montero, which caused benches to clear as heated words were exchanged as well as a few shoves. Then a few short innings later, Kennedy fired the final shot when he hit Greinke. That caused the benches to clear a second time, as a near-riot ensued.
Below is the list of suspensions handed down by Major League Baseball on Friday morning, for 12 players involved in the exchange.
- Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy – 10 game suspension
- Arizona infielder Eric Hinske – 5 game suspension
- Los Angeles pitcher JP Howell – 2 game suspension
- Los Angeles outfielder Skip Schumaker – 2 game suspension
- Los Angeles hitting coach Mark McGwire – 2 game suspension
- Los Angeles pitcher Ronald Belisario – 1 game suspension
- Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly – 1 game suspension
- Arizona manager Kirk Gibson – 1 game suspension
In addition to the eight suspensions handed down by Major League Baseball, four players were also fined for their actions in the game. The amount of the following fines have yet to be disclosed.
- Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke
- Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig
- Arizona catcher Miguel Montero
- Arizona outfielder Gerardo Parra.
ESPN analyst Buster Olney took to Twitter after the announcements were made, and offered his thoughts on the disciplines that were handed down on Friday.
– MLB’s suspension of Ian Kennedy went beyond established precedent for this kind of action, so the appeal (if it happens) will be interesting.
– MLB was probably more tolerant about Yasiel Puig’s actions in the second bench-clearing situation because he got hit in the face previously.
– Eric Hinske got five games because the perception was, based on review, that he was an instigator in the second bench-clearing thing.
This is Greinke’s second incident already this year. Several weeks ago, he hit Carlos Quentin during a game against the Padres, and suffered a broken collarbone while defending himself as Quentin charged the mound.
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