MLB Hands Out Suspensions in Dodgers/Diamondbacks Brawl
Chris Cournan Reporting
Major League Baseball's senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. delivered a total of eight suspensions to members of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks today for their actions during the teams' brawl during their game this past Tuesday. Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy received ten games for intentionally throwing a pitch at Zack Greinke after he had already was given a warning earlier that night. Eric Hinske, also of Arizona, received five games for leaving the dugout and aggressively participating in the brawl. D-backs' manager Kirk Gibson was given a one game suspension.
Members of the Dodgers that received suspensions include infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker, pitcher J.P. Howell, relief pitcher Ronald Belisario, hitting coach Mark McGuire, and manager Don Mattingly. Schumaker and Howell recieved two games each for their "aggressive actions" but have told the press that they'll appeal the suspensions. Belisario was given a one game suspension for "aggressive actions" but said he won't appeal it.
The brawl broke out after Kennedy struck Greinke in the shoulder that deflected off his helmet in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Both benches cleared and a heated scrum erupted. Mattingly was rejected after going after Gibson which then developed into a war of words. McGuire was also tossed after him and Diambacks' third base coach Matt Wiliams grabbed each others' jerseys and yelled at each other.
On top of the suspensions, all eight members were fined as were Greinke, Dodger's outfielder Yasil Puig, Arizona catcher Miguel Montero, and Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra.