The Los Angeles Dodgers are still without prize free agent pitcher Zack Greinke and will be for the next month and a half, so they were upset to begin with when San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin only received an eight-game suspension for starting a brawl that resulted in Greinke breaking his collarbone. Then to add insult to injury, Quentin appealed the suspension, which was an absolute bush-league move considering his childish temper tantrum was about the most ridiculous thing MLB has seen in a while. For whatever reason, Quentin dropped the appeal on Sunday, but he never should have resisted the suspension in the first place.
That’s not just because the brawl resulted in Greinke suffering a serious injury; fights in baseball are not completely uncommon, but not ones that are entirely unwarranted. The pitch that hit Quentin was not aimed at him. Period. No pitcher would hit a batter on a full count pitch and Grienke expressed self-disgust as soon as he let it go, knowing he had let it slip. Quentin’s reaction was as immature and childish as it could possibly have been, especially considering he gets pegged more than any other major-league batter because of the way he crowds the plate.
You call it strategy, I call it asking to get beaned, so really and truly, Quentin got what he deserved, even though it wasn’t intended. So the fact he took away six weeks of the season from Greinke should have earned him a suspension that matched the time Greinke will miss as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly suggested. Either way, Quentin will be out for eight games and then life will go on, but he’ll never learn that his moronic behavior isn’t acceptable with this lack of appropriate discipline by MLB.