Eric Hinske Suspension Reduced to One Game; Yasiel Puig Suspension Remains Nonexistent

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Yasiel Puig (circled, with raised fist) about to punch Eric Hinske (number 22).
Major League Baseball has decided to lighten up on the horse manure of a suspension it gave to D-backs backup first baseman Eric Hinske, after the team's scuffle with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month.

Hinske's suspension is now one game, down from five, but the punk seen punching Hinske, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, in the image above was never suspended at all.

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MLB disciplined 12 players and coaches between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, and the five-game suspension of Hinske that it initially announced was the most ridiculous.

The league said via press release that Hinske was suspended "for leaving the dugout and for his aggressive actions during the incidents." It's not like the team desperately needs Hinske to play, but the suspension made no sense, especially when the video from the TV broadcast clearly shows Hinske getting punched in the head by Puig.

If you trust a "source" talking to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, "The video, when slowed down, shows Puig's head snapping back at least two or three times, as if he was hit by a punch, the source said."

Hinske jabs Puig?

You can judge that for yourself, if you start the video below at around the 5:30 mark. Puig comes in and starts shoving everyone, then gets pushed out by Hinske, and when he tries to come back, and at 5:37, it looks like Hinske may have pushed Puig in the head.

So, maybe the one-game suspension is fair. But Puig's hammer-fist haymaker should have been at least one game, too.

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The McGuire/ Williams lovefest was the most annoying part of that scuffle, as Mcguire was going after Gibby.  Instead of kissing Mcguire's ass, that roid freak Giants trash Williams should have popped McGuire in the puss.


Hey Matthew, I never saw an article here or elsewhere that identified the thug that pushed hitting coach Turner Ward over the dug-out and in the video he is wearing his jacket so I can't get his uni number - do you know what player that was and whether he was suspended?

The entire way that MLB handled the situation was a fucking joke.  To suspend Hinske for leaving the dugout when the entire Dodger organization was parked on top of the D'Backs dugout was bullshit.  And to call his conduct "aggresive" when he was on the receiving end of the punches - give me a break.  MLB demonstrated once again that its head is up the ass of the big market teams and the mid and small market get shafted.


Puig is making a charge to become the Dodgers 17th recipiant of the Rookie of the Year.


@yourproductsucks 1. It's hard to maintain the production he's shown so far over the rest of the season, especially as other teams start to adjust to him, so we'll have to see if his end of season numbers are anywhere close to his current numbers.  2. He did show that he fits right in on a team of punks and thugs that plays in a town of punks and thugs..


@JohnQ.Public @yourproductsucks I agree that his start is most likely unsustainable.  He's a junk ball hitter, however, and that makes him tougher to figure out.  Vlad comes to mind.

...and he certainly fits right in with the has-beens and burnouts that make up the dodger lineup.


@david_saint01 I was making a comment regarding his stellar start in the Bigs rather than making an excuse for his actions during the shoving match...

He probably should have been suspended, yes. 

five games for a position player and ten game (which really means two games) for the very unacceptable fastball to the noggin seems a bit lopsided, however.


@JohnQ.Public This is pretty tame, but to that effect, I was sitting in left field at Chase several years ago during a D-backs/Dodgers game, and some guy in a Dodgers jersey just hopped over the wall and tried to get a high-five from whoever was out there (Manny Ramirez, maybe).


@yourproductsucks and "the could possibly be's" on that 25 man also.  Although I've always like Ethier - he seems to be the exception on that team.

I made the joke after the incident that I don't know what's more dangerous - being an opposing fan in their parking lot or being on opposing player on their field. 

The only thing that bugs me more than the Dodgers are Dodgers fans.  They are as big a bunch of assholes as the Dodgers on the field seem to be.

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