MLB Announces Bogus Punishments for Diamondbacks-Dodgers Brawl

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Yasiel Puig throwing a punch to the back of Eric Hinske's head.
Major League Baseball announced its lopsided punishments for the brawl involving the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy is suspended for 10 games for throwing a pitch at Zack Greinke's head, and the D-backs' Eric Hinske was suspended for five games for "aggressive actions" -- which apparently includes being punched in the back of the head by Dodgers punk Yasiel Puig, who was not suspended.

See also:
Massive Brawl Erupts During Diamondbacks' 5-3 Loss to the Dodgers

If you focus on Hinske throughout the entire video of the brawl, you can see nothing, really, other than Puig punching him in the back of the head.

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Eric Hinske's "aggressive actions."

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Eric Hinske "aggressively" falling to the ground after Yasiel Puig lands his punch.


Again, Puig was fined, not suspended.

While Hinske got five games, J.P. Howell -- who "landed two of the best punches," according to the hometown paper, the L.A. Times -- got a two-game suspension. Howell's also the one who tossed D-backs assistant hitting coach Turner Ward onto a railing à la Wrestlemania. The Dodgers' Skip Schumaker also got two games.

Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who looked like a cross between an amateur MMA fighter and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle as he swung wildly at anyone and everyone involved in the brawl, got a one-game suspension.

Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who looked very, ahem, juiced during the brawl, got a two-game suspension for his fit of rage.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who tackled D-backs bench coach Alan Trammell, received a one-game suspension, the same as D-backs skipper Kirk Gibson, who tackled nobody.

Greinke received a fine, as did D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, and outfielder Gerardo Parra.

You can judge the appropriateness of those suspensions by watching the video of the fight, below:



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21 comments
Ruben DeClay
Ruben DeClay

The Diamondbacks threw at his head PERIOD!! End of story!! There is no place for that career ending behavior. at the very least he deserved a good punch in the face!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Charge them all with Assault, Battery and Fighting in Public.


Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

If only we had the celebrities of LA. Alas, we're stuck with Arpaio, Pearce, Brewer, Babeu, Jeff Flake, Trent Franks, and the like. Have fun watching your TMZ.

Robert Parish
Robert Parish

Puig was throwing punches and he doesn't get anything, deserved my butt

Laura Linger
Laura Linger

The Dodgers started the whole thing and I saw at least three players of theirs throwing punches and continuing the fight after it was dying down. They look like a bunch of Roid Rage cases, frankly. Our Diamondbacks got screwed.

Thomas McGrath
Thomas McGrath

And MLB fails again. The list should be much longer. The suspensions should be much longer. How about a 1 game per every 10 feet you moved from where you should be. If you committed a felony, your suspension should be at least as long as your jail sentence should be if not being just fired. And, of course, if anyone was injured, your suspension starts once they return (and you don't play until that time either).

Colin Conner
Colin Conner

No one is talking about the punch Kershaw threw. No fine or suspension for him.

Laura Dippold Negrete
Laura Dippold Negrete

Arizona has Diamonback fans, not baseball fans. Everyone got what they deserved. Get over it.

wackus4
wackus4

What's hilarious is the Dodgers are in last place!!!

Mike Kyle
Mike Kyle

And on the count Puig had, it was obvious the hit wasn't intentional.

Brad Wayne
Brad Wayne

Puig was hit in the nose, fools. He barely just came into the league and had no cause for beef with the diamondbacks. Just an an inch or two could have blinded him and ended his career. It has happened before. It would be nice if our town's "Alternative Newspaper" didn't try to appeal to the already abundant "mine team good, your team bad" mentality. It extends to politics also.

Gabriel Sanchez
Gabriel Sanchez

Lol at all these dbacks fans cryin bout a fight they started....all the la bashing in az is hillarious too me... Get over it

Sandy Yost
Sandy Yost

LA teams, whether Lakers or Dodgers never get hit hard by the leagues...just the way it is.

Mike Kyle
Mike Kyle

As an Arizona sports fan, I don't expect much else when it comes to punishments for our teams. If you're not in one of the "holy markets" prepare to be sh*t on.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

I've stopped trying to make sense of any forms of authoritative bodies, baseball, or otherwise.

David Gowey
David Gowey

Big market team like LA = big butthurts for Selig if the LA players got the punishments they deserved. As for the D-backs, maybe letting Kennedy cool off on the bench for 10 days isn't a punishment after all.

Sneekr
Sneekr

@Brad Wayne The punishments were lop-sided. All D'backs fans are asking for is that equal punishments be handed out.

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