What started off as a normal NL West game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be remembered because of Ian Kennedy’s stupid actions that led to a bench-clearing brawl. Yes, Dodgers’ pitcher Zach Greinke hit two Diamondback batters, but he did it smartly and harmlessly, while Kennedy did not.
Kennedy hit not, one but two Dodgers batters above the shoulders around the face. Of all the players Kennedy could hit, he chose to plunk rookie sensation Yasiel Puig in the face. The pitch could have seriously injured Puig and ended his season.
But he didn’t just hit Puig in the face, but also hit Greinke high and in.
I understand pitchers hit the opposing team to say what is on their mind, but Kennedy could have easily ended the season, if not the careers of Puig and Greinke. If I was running MLB, Kennedy would be hit with a heavy fine and at least a 25-game suspension. His actions were stupid, careless and should be punished accordingly.
Greinke isn’t fully innocent either, but he at least hit the opposing batters in smart locations. If you are going to hit someone, hit them in the mid-section, which is what Greinke did.
The bench-clearing brawl that occurred would not have happened if Kennedy didn’t throw at two Dodgers’ heads. But he did, and he should be prepared for a hefty fine and major suspension from the MLB front office.