Carlos Quentin is a disgrace to baseball. He’s an idiot and should be punished for his childish behavior that resulted in a brawl during the San Diego Padres‘ 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. The pitch from Zack Greinke that hit Quentin was not intentional. Period. If you believe that it was, you’re as moronic as Quentin is.
The fact he charged the mound like a maniac is absolutely ridiculous and now Greinke has a broken collarbone that will cost him six weeks of the season. It was a 3-2 count and Quentin was crowding the plate (what else is new?) so Greinke obviously didn’t mean to hit him. The pitcher was upset with himself as soon as he let the ball go and slapped his glove against his leg in frustration. Quentin simply has anger management problems and decided to throw a tantrum.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly‘s suggestion for Quentin’s punishment is right on the money: he should not be allowed to play until Greinke is able to pitch again. It’s a great way to show Quentin that behaving like an undisciplined child is not acceptable because no little fine or small suspension is going to do any good. In fact, MLB should employ this standard suggested by Mattingly for every similar situation from now on.
Look, Quentin got hit more than any other batter in baseball last season despite only playing 86 games. His “skill” of crowding the plate means he’s simply asking to get hit, even if the pitcher doesn’t mean to do it. This is the third time Greinke has hit Quentin and it’s easy to see why — the strike zone disappears when the Padres’ immature outfielder leans out over the plate like an intoxicated man trying to intimidate a batter. It’s no wonder he got pegged and Greinke should have landed a left hook right on Quentin’s jaw when he charged the mound. It’s things like this that give professional athletes a bad rep and it won’t change unless something is done to actually make Quentin regret his poor decision.