One pitcher hits the same guy with a pitch twice, and he has a reputation for hitting people in the past instead of intentionally walking them. And, he receives no punishment.
One pitcher throws it over a player's head to show that he has his batters' backs and gets a six game suspension.
I agree that AJ Burnett should not have thrown at Nelson Cruz's head; whenever a pitcher is trying to hit someone to send a message, it should be in the lower back.
This is the thing that bothers me, though. No one has defended Padilla's pitches, or said that they just slipped. Even his own catcher said that Burnett had a right to do what he did.
The umpires handled the situation the right way. After Burnett's pitch, both sides were warned and that was the end of it. No suspension should be given at all here, and if there had to be one, they gave it to the wrong player.
AJ Burnett is a new pitcher on this team and he wants to show everyone in the clubhouse that he has their back and that if you throw at his hitters, then he's going to throw at yours harder.
If the league is punishing AJ Burnett for throwing at Cruz in retaliation, the league is pretty much telling people, "If you throw the first punch, they won't be able to hit back or they will get with a six-game suspension."
Padilla is the one who should be suspended. He purposely hit Tex the second time and it led to all of this. I'd say AJ's suspension would be more rationalized if an equal suspension had been given out to Padilla.