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MLB will suspend Carlos Quentin eight games

Apr 12, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

Carlos Quentin,  Zack Greinke AP

The hammer has dropped. Major League Baseball will suspend Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin eight games for charging the mound during last night’s game against the Dodgers, according to Jeff Passan.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco got eight games for throwing at Kevin Youkilis, so the perceived inequality is bound to start some heated debate. Quentin will likely appeal the suspension. Meanwhile, Greinke is expected to miss at least eight weeks after he has surgery to put a rod in his clavicle.

  1. theaxmancometh - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    It’ll be 58 total once he fails a drug test. Clearly that was roid rage.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      he should be beaten with a bat.

  2. blingslade - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Hmm, and 8 game suspension and he cost the Dodgers about 10 million of their 147 million dollar investment, plus a ten or twenty grand surgery to repair the damage.

    That was a very expensive temper tantrum Carlos!

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      somebody will bash Carlos to repair the damage to his brain.

      • rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        In a 2010 game between the Reds and Cardinals, a bench clearing brawl erupted. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto KICKED Cardinals catcher Jason Larue IN THE HEAD. Larue suffered a severe concussion, followed by post-concussion symptoms. Jason Larue never played another MLB game in his career.

        Cueto effectively ended Larue’s career with a kick to the dome. His punishment? Suspended SEVEN games.

        Quentin shoulder bumped and then wrestled with Greinke, who unfortunately happens to be very frail. No punches or kicks were thrown.

        This is a three day suspension, at most.

        Get some perspective Dodgers fans.

    • rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      -post from an espn writer:

      Quentin had been hit Twice in two games this season by Dodgers pitchers and had to sit out a game with a hurt wrist already.

      Greinke, a pitcher known for his exceptional control, (46 HBP in 10 MLB seasons with 21 of those in 2004 and 2005 – TOP 5 in control in MLB over past 8 seasons with 3 HBP per season) has now hit Quentin 3 times in the 8 games they have faced each other lifetime. In 2009 Quentin missed time because Greinke plunked him. Quentin had hit 3 home runs off Greinke prior to this game.

      Then Greinke says something to Quentin after hitting him on purpose. Seriously!

      And to compound that, he tries to throw a shoulder into a 235 lb linebacker looking guy? WTF are you stupid? Guess we know the answer to that one.

      And for Mattingly to even TRY to say that Quentin crowds the plate is ludicrous. Take a look at this photo of the plate appearance – (pic.twitter.com/RYJcXrIkSq)

      Kemp DOES crowd the plate – (pic.twitter.com/LBpG2sHjWA)
      And Kemp got an inside pitch that did not hit him that was a 78 mph CHANGEUP, not a 93 MPH fastball. He should just be glad that was not Cashner on the mound.

      And then Kemp had to be restrained by police after the game.

  3. randygnyc - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    And greinke, who started this, got 8 weeks.

    • beavertonsteve - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      By your brilliant logic Quentin started it when he stepped into the batters box.

      • dondada10 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        How about the fucking prick of an ump who told them to play ball?

    • bigharold - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      “..Greinke, who started this,..”

      I believe the suspension was for rushing the mound. If Quentin acts like a grown up and takes his base he’s not missing 8 games pay.

      • ch0psuey - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        Even ‘tho Grienke looks like he is 16 shouldn’t he act like a grown up as well?

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        This from the guy who thinks a physical attack is an appropriate response to someone who says something you don’t like.

    • louhudson23 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      No. Greinke,didn’t start it. Clearly there was no intent. It’s a baseball game,remember?. Score,inning and count matters. Only an idiot charges the mound in that situation. And when that idiot is a baseball magnet like this yimyap,it only makes it worse.

  4. bigharold - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Mattingly didn’t get everything he wanted but close. Think about it, .. Greinke will miss about 8 starts, .. give or take. Quentin will miss as many games, assuming he doesn’t appeal and get it lowered. Sure, the Dodgers will pay him a lot to convalesce and he’ll likely need some minor league starts so it might work out to more than missing 8 starts. On the other hand Quentin will lose 8 games and the pay too.

    Of course, Carrasco got the same suspension and there was no injuries or brawl so that’s kind of hard to figure.

  5. randygnyc - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Bigharold- it’ll be half of his 30 starts by the time greinke climbs up back on the mound.

    • bigharold - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Assuming he stays out the entire 8 weeks and he took the ball every 5th day and there wasn’t a single rain out he miss 10 starts. That is not half his potential 32 starts. And, since it wasn’t his throwing shoulder he might well be back sooner.

      Had they suspended him 10 games he essentially would miss the same number that Grienke is scheduled to miss which essentially means that he got an equal number of games. Does that take into consideration what the Dodgers will have to pay Greinke, no but other than the Dodgers I doubt anyone truly cares. Does the loss of Quentin equate to losing Grienke no. But, I think the point here is to curb that kind of behavior, .. not a straight up eye for an eye justice.

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:08 AM

        Your argument fails because Greinke is far more important to the Dodgers than Quentin is to the Padres.

  6. sabatimus - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    8 games sounds right. But both Greinke and Mattingly were lying through their teeth during their press interviews. It was written all over their body language.

  7. jdrew506 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    You are correct about the suspension being handed down for the act of rushing the mound, therefore the injury should have nothing to do with how many games he was suspended for. If it did, does that mean when a pitcher hits a batter and the batter gets injured the pitcher should be suspended for that amount of time too?

    • beavertonsteve - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Throwing a pitch that accidentally hits a batter is part of the game. Charging the mound isn’t. Although I do think a pitcher who intentionally drilled a guy in the head and put him out for 2 months should get some extra time added to his suspension.

  8. randygnyc - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Axman- perhaps zack should’ve taken his lithium, to offset Quentin’s Reid rage. Carlos will get it reduced to 5 or 6 games. Greinke, meanwhile, misses 12 starts in 60 days. Then 15 days of minor league starts. So, he misses roughly 15 games, or, half his season.

  9. skavenbrew - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Greinke intentionally hit him? One run game, full count? Think with a baseball mind, that jus doesn’t make sense.

    • gloccamorra - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Dude, they hate each other. Once it got to a 3-2 count with the catcher set up for a low and away pitch where Greinke wasn’t getting the call from the ump, the equation was simpler. Either walk him, or hit the guy you hate, with the same result, a slow running power hitter on first. When hate is involved, it never makes sense.

  10. insidefastball - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    If Quentin wants to show everyone how tough he is why doesn’t he try playing a full season for a change? Few players miss more games for various “ailments” than he does. The guy gives a pushing 40, practically crippled, Chipper Jones a run for his money in that department.

  11. oldpaddy - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Seems a little harsh. 5 or 6 games sounds more reasonable.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      An eight-game suspension for a non-baseball move that would get you thrown in jail in the real world is “harsh?” Let me guess, Marichal attacking Roseboro with a bat is nothing out of the ordinary in your universe, right? All’s fair in love and baseball…

      • oldpaddy - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        You can’t honestly tell me you feel more than 5-6 games is justified.

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        I can honestly tell you that Quentin wasn’t rushing out there to give Greinke a hug. There was intent to injure and that should be considered in the suspension, especially since Quentin accomplished his goal.

  12. thehoagster07 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    It appears that nobody has a chance at more thumbs up than thumbs down in this comment section.

    • ch0psuey - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      It’s actually pretty comical seeing the two sides of this thing, if anything there been some good debating and back in forth.

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        The only “debating” I’ve seen here are those decrying Quentin’s obviously stupid reaction to a pretty normal baseball play and the idiots trying to defend said stupidity. If this is your idea of “good debating” I’d hate to see what you think of Congress.

  13. ch0psuey - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    8 Sounds about right. No more, no less. Quentin F*ed up and Grienke F*ed up, take your licks and get back to playing ball.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Right, because Greinke losing control of the payoff pitch in a tight game certainly deserves a broken clavicle. Oh, that’s right, you’re in the crowd that thinks a physical attack is an appropriate response to getting your poor feelings hurt over words. Never mind.

  14. aaronmushrush - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Quinten is such a baby. Try laying off the roids bro. Try understanding the sport you play. Quit crying. In my opinion he should be done for the year. Fighting is in no way any part of baseball period. He then injures a player he will never be better than. Ever. Quit crying cry baby.

    • ch0psuey - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Gotta love posts like ^^ these.

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        Still better than yours.

  15. lostsok - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    I hope the next time LA faces the Pussies…err, Padres…that Kershaw puts a 98 mph heater in this pathetic excuse for an athlete’s FACE. Maybe a shattered checkbone bone would teach him a lesson.

    At least we’ll never have to worry about Padre fans winning with him. He’s THEIR punishment for being a suckass organization.

  16. manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Eight games for knocking a top-tier pitcher out of action for half a season? Yeah, that’s fair. After the appeal by Quentin it might actually be five or so. MLB’s way of saying that if someone hurts your feelings you can go ahead and attack them. A scrub jackass on a minor league team just put the Dodgers’ season in jeopardy and the geniuses in the league office whiff on a chance to make a defining statement. Typical. Great example for the kids: Watch a grown man act like a fifth-grader and basically get away with it.

  17. louhudson23 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    One more time,with feeling…..Baseball situation clearly shows this was unintentional. What is so hard to understand about that? To place blame on anyone except the batter who charged the mound is to ignore this simple fact.Why ignore facts?

    • gloccamorra - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      One more time, with emphasis: these guys hate each other. The “baseball situation” means nothing when hate is involved.

  18. nofunleague - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    I agree with Mattingly, when his pitcher comes back, rhoid boy comes back. Not until.

    • gloccamorra - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      If he’s on “rhoids” (hemorrhoids or steroids?) why didn’t he charge the mound the first 115 times he got hit?

  19. omniusprime - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    MLB proves yet again it is the most corrupt pro sport ever. Quentin should have been tossed for the season. When will MLB get control of these childish temper tantrums thrown by immature jerky boys? These worthless degenerates are supposed to be role models, no wonder there is so much gun violence when MLB is riddled with it. I guess we should be thankful Quentin wasn’t packing a gun.

    If players are such sissies they can’t handle getting it by the occasional wild pitch then they shouldn’t play baseball.

  20. barroomhero80 - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Like a true padre just wanted to take home to the floor and molest the poor boy

  21. dcarroll73 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Since charging the mound is not a part of the rules of baseball (whereas a batter hit by pitch clearly is) how about the Dodgers sue Quentin for the actual loss they’ll suffer with Greinke plus a large multiple in punitive damages (clearly public policy has in interest in deterring this damage to our National Pasttime)? That is exactly the sort of risk to your entire lifetime fortune that you would take if you attacked someone on the street. Legal-eagle CC, any comment?

    • gloccamorra - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      That was covered earlier in another comment thread. Bringing in lawyers, juries, and politician-appointed judges is the last thing MLB or any pro sport wants. It’s not just a can of worms, it’s a den of poisonous snakes.

  22. rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    In a 2010 game between the Reds and Cardinals, a bench clearing brawl erupted. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto KICKED Cardinals catcher Jason Larue IN THE HEAD. Larue suffered a severe concussion, followed by post-concussion symptoms. Jason Larue never played another MLB game in his career.

    Cueto effectively ended Larue’s career with a kick to the dome. His punishment? Suspended SEVEN games.

    Quentin shoulder bumped and then wrestled with Greinke, who unfortunately happens to be very frail. No punches or kicks were thrown.

    This is a three day suspension, at most.

    Get some perspective Dodgers fans.

  23. rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    -post from an espn writer:

    Quentin had been hit Twice in two games this season by Dodgers pitchers and had to sit out a game with a hurt wrist already.

    Greinke, a pitcher known for his exceptional control, (46 HBP in 10 MLB seasons with 21 of those in 2004 and 2005 – TOP 5 in control in MLB over past 8 seasons with 3 HBP per season) has now hit Quentin 3 times in the 8 games they have faced each other lifetime. In 2009 Quentin missed time because Greinke plunked him. Quentin had hit 3 home runs off Greinke prior to this game.

    Then Greinke says something to Quentin after hitting him on purpose. Seriously!

    And to compound that, he tries to throw a shoulder into a 235 lb linebacker looking guy? WTF are you stupid? Guess we know the answer to that one.

    And for Mattingly to even TRY to say that Quentin crowds the plate is ludicrous. Take a look at this photo of the plate appearance – (pic.twitter.com/RYJcXrIkSq)

    Kemp DOES crowd the plate – (pic.twitter.com/LBpG2sHjWA)
    And Kemp got an inside pitch that did not hit him that was a 78 mph CHANGEUP, not a 93 MPH fastball. He should just be glad that was not Cashner on the mound.

    And then Kemp had to be restrained by police after the game.

  24. ch0psuey - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    @manchestermiracle is an angry dwarf

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      You’re mistaking my disgust for anger. Nobody broke my clavicle. I don’t own the team and have to deal with losing the services of one of my best pitchers. What disgusts me are those that choose to utterly ignore the context and claim Quentin did nothing wrong or even out of the ordinary. That apparent lack of sane reasoning is scary. There’s a reason I live out in the country far from the maddening crowd.

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