You want answers, I’ve got answers, courtesy of sources familiar with the suspensions that baseball issued Friday for the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl. • Why only 10 games for Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy? Kennedy threw at Zack Greinke’s head after the umpires issued warnings to both clubs. It’s certainly fair to ask why Kennedy’s penalty likely will amount to him missing only one start. Baseball, however, follows precedent in such matters, knowing that appeals are inevitable. And based on precedent, 10 games for a pitcher actually is quite harsh. The last pitcher suspended for 10 games was the Diamondbacks’ Miguel Batista in 2003. Batista earned his discipline by throwing a baseball at the Cardinals’ Tino Martinez as Martinez charged the mound. • Why five games for the Diamondbacks’ Eric Hinske? This one is interesting. Hinske was not ejected. On initial viewings of the video, he appeared to be a victim, getting struck with an overhead right hand from the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig. The news release from baseball said Hinske was suspended for “leaving the dugout and his aggressive actions during the incidents.” Hinske said he will appeal. “Unreal, I can’t believe it,” he told me in a text message after learning of his suspension. According to a source, however, Hinske hit Puig first. 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. Puig was ejected for being an “instigator” in the brawl, the umpires said. But he did not make contact with Hinske, his punch getting blocked by another Dodger after his arm started forward, the source said.
Dodgers-D-backs' discipline explained
Fox Sports | Jun 14