San Diego Padres’ Carlos Quentin Deserves More Than Eight-Game Suspension
San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin has been suspended eight games for charging the mound in Thursday’s loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers. I have to imagine everyone outside of San Diego agrees that the amount of games Quentin was suspended for is nowhere close to what it should be.
Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke beamed Quentin on a 3-2 pitch in the sixth inning. Obviously, Quentin believed the move to be personal. However, it was quite clear Greinke did not intentionally put the tying run on base in a 2-1 game. It is simple baseball logic. Greinke is a professional and understands that giving Quentin first base does not help his team in any way.
“I never hit him on purpose,” Greinke told ESPN.com after the game. “I never thought about hitting him on purpose. He always seems to think that I’m hitting him on purpose, but that’s not the case. That’s all I can really say about it.”
The aftermath of the brawl saw four players get ejected. However, the worst part about the incident is Greinke suffered a broken collarbone, which could have a huge impact on whether Los Angeles makes the postseason.
It was irresponsible for Quentin to attack Greinke, a gesture that has players on both teams upset. The Padres knew Greinke was a little inaccurate with his throws, which is why a majority of the team did not believe the pitcher meant any harm.
Even though there was no way this could happen, Quentin deserves to be suspended as long as Greinke misses time on the disabled list. The 30-year-old should not be allowed to step foot on a baseball field until Greinke is capable of throwing off of the mound in a regular season game.
Granted, an eight-game suspension is more than most people thought Quentin would get, it is still not a harsh enough punishment. Even though it was Greinke’s left collarbone that was broken, the right-hander may never be the same pitcher again.