Milwaukee Brewers star Carlos Gomez has been suspended three games for his role in a benches-clearing brawl during Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Updates from Wednesday, May 13
The Brewers provide an update on Gomez's suspension:
Carlos Gomez has dropped his appeal and will serve his 3-game suspension starting tonight. He was suspended for the incident on 4/20 at Pit.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 14, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 9
MLB.com's Adam McCalvy has an update on Gomez:
Gomez said his appeal lasted about 90 mins today. Felt good about telling MLB his side of the story. Now, he waits for ruling.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 9, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 2
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Todd Rosiak had an update on Gomez's appeal:
Carlos Gomez says he learned after last night's game that his appeal of his three-game suspension will be heard this coming Monday, May 5.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) May 2, 2014
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on the center fielder's punishment, along with that of Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, Pirates right fielder Travis Snider and Pirates catcher Russell Martin:
The Brewers' official Twitter feed later confirmed the suspensions:
MLB announces suspensions after Sunday's incident in Pittsburgh: Maldonado (5g), Gomez (3g), Snider (2g) & Martin (1g). All fined. #Brewers— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 22, 2014
Gomez confirmed he would appeal the suspension, via Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, and is in the lineup tonight, via the Brewers' feed:
Carlos Gomez is appealing suspension.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 22, 2014
Gomez smashed a triple off Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole and took a long time exiting the batter's box, leading to an argument once Gomez arrived at third base. Things escalated when the two marched toward each other, causing tempers to flare and both dugouts to clear.
The scene got ugly when a visibly angry Gomez ripped off his helmet and appeared to start throwing punches. Both he and Snider, along with Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron, were ejected from the ballgame.
Maldonado was also part of the skirmish, throwing punches as the benches spilled onto the field, ultimately earning him the harshest punishment of all parties involved.
After the game, Gomez felt as though he had done nothing wrong, via Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com:
Gomez said he flipped his bat out of frustration because he thought he'd made an out -- not because he'd homered.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) April 20, 2014
No apologies this time from Carlos Gomez. Said Cole started it with a word beginning with F and Snider escalated things by charging.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 20, 2014
Gomez clearly thought that Snider, who wasn't playing in the game at the time, was responsible letting things get out of hand, via Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Carlos Gomez on Travis Snider: "I thought it was over ... But some guy, idiot, come out and do stupid stuff. ... like he's a big deal."— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 20, 2014
Cole had a different take, per Sawchik:
Cole:"I didn’t curse at him. I didn’t try to provoke a fight. I was frustrated. I let my emotions get the better of me.— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 20, 2014
Gerrit Cole:"I said 'If you are going to hit a home run you can watch it. If you are going to hit a fly ball to CF don’t watch it'"— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 20, 2014
Tensions can rise and lead to confrontation, especially between two National League Central division rivals, but there was bound to be some sort of disciplinary action taken after Gomez took part in the brawl. The fact that he got violent and showed no remorse afterward certainly couldn't have helped his cause with the MLB front office when this incident was reviewed.
How do you feel about Carlos Gomez's suspension?
Gomez, 28, is batting .313 this season with five home runs and 12 RBI in 20 games. Having been an All-Star selection and Gold Glove award winner last year, there is no question that he is coming into his own as one of the better outfielders in the game.
His production won't easily be replaced, but the Brewers have been playing some excellent baseball early in the 2014 campaign, so they should be able to get by if he is forced to miss action.
This mishap is something Gomez—and everyone involved—can learn from. As long as Gomez doesn't lose his temper in similar fashion in the future, he should continue to be productive on the field and make a run at a second straight All-Star selection this season.