Dodgers, D’Backs Players Take To Twitter To Protest MLB Brawl Suspensions

  • Rick Chandler

Major League Baseball dealt out a stack of fines and suspensions today connected to the big Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl on Tuesday, and D-Backs Ian Kennedy and Eric Hinske got the largest dings: 10-game and 5-game suspensions, respectively. Kennedy was suspended for throwing at Zack Greinke’s head in the bottom of the seventh, and as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports notes, it’s the first time a pitcher has been suspended for 10 or more games since the Royals’ Runelvys Hernandez in 2005, who hit three batters, including the Tigers’ Carlos Guillen in the head. Still, the penalty seems kind of light.

Hinske, meanwhile, was not amused:

Watch the video (below). Hinske seems to have a point.

In all, eight players and/or coaches drew suspensions, and four were fined. None seemed happy with the news.

The rundown:

Ian Kennedy (Arizona), 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.”

Eric Hinske (Arizona), five-game suspension “for leaving the dugout and for his aggressive actions during the incidents.”

J.P. Howell (Los Angeles), two-game suspension “for aggressive actions during the incidents.”

Skip Schumaker (Los Angeles), two-game suspension “for aggressive actions during the incidents.”

Mark McGwire (Los Angeles, hitting coach), two-game suspension “for conduct during the incidents.”

Ronald Belisario (Los Angeles), one-game suspension “for aggressive actions during the incidents.”

Don Mattingly (Los Angeles manager), one-game suspension “for actions of his Club and for his conduct during the incident.”

Kirk Gibson (Arizona, manager), one-game suspension “for the intentional actions of Kennedy after a warning had been issued.”

Undisclosed fines: Zack Greinke (LA), Yasiel Puig (LA), Miguel Montero (Ariz), Garardo Parra (Ariz).

Mattingly (@Pirates) and Gibson (@Padres) are serving their suspensions tonight.

As of Wednesday, it had all gone down in baseball lore (see photo above of two kids play-fighting at game 2 of the series).