In case some of you on the East Coast, like myself, missed last night's West Coast exploits from Major League Baseball, you missed quite the controversial bench-clearing brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
In the sixth inning, Dodgers starter Zack Greinke plunked Padres slugger Carlos Quentin, and all hell broke loose around the pitcher's mound of Petco Park.
The clear loser in the brawl was Greinke, who broke his left collarbone in the fracas (via Los Angeles Times).
Now, on the day after the Dodgers' 3-2 win over their NL West rival, the outcry for how long Quentin should be suspended is widespread.
There is no doubt that Quentin will be suspended for partaking in the scrum, but it is unknown how long the league office will ban the outfielder.
Despite the outcry of Mattingly, a suspension that would last four to six weeks depending on how quick Greinke heals is just absurd.
A player has to do much more than charge the mound in the middle of a game to earn a monthlong suspension. If we were talking about Cubs prospect Jorge Soler and his bat-wielding incident earlier this week, a monthlong suspension may be more realistic (via USA Today).
In all honesty, what Quentin did does not differ much from what other players have done in the past. The only major difference in this case is that the opposing pitcher came out of the brawl with a long-term injury.
The likely disciplinary measure that Quentin will face is something along the lines of a five- to 10-game suspension. Most players involved in brawls earn somewhere from a three- to five-game suspension depending on the severity of the incident.
Quentin's unexpected charging of Greinke—that looked more like a middle linebacker busting through a gap in the offensive line in football—warrants at least a five-game suspension. Add on the fact that Greinke came out of the scrum injured, and it is likely that Quentin's suspension will be closer to the double-digit range.
Whenever Quentin's suspension is announced, the soap box known as Twitter will surely erupt like it did after the brawl occurred Thursday night.
Here is just a sampling of how fans and those associated with the game reacted to the actions of Quentin; all of those people also let it be known how long the Padres outfielder should be suspended for.
Carlos Quentin makes me sick. Derails Dodgers season. Should be suspended 30 games, minimum. No place for that garbage. And good for Donnie.— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) April 12, 2013
May the baseball gods come down on you Carlos Quentin. Damn it.— Travis Forbes (@TravisForbes) April 12, 2013
Carlos Quentin should be suspended until Zack Greinke's shoulder heals. It was a 3-2 count, knucklehead.— Greg Anrig (@GregAnrig) April 12, 2013
What suspension should Carlos Quentin get? I've got 15 games.— danny rouhier (@funnydanny) April 12, 2013
How long do you think Carlos Quentin should be suspended?
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