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Clayton Kershaw on Carlos Quentin: “If he’s smart, he’ll take the suspension”

Apr 13, 2013, 9:25 AM EDT

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We learned yesterday that Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin was suspended eight games by MLB and fined an undisclosed amount for charging the mound against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke on Thursday and inciting a benches-clearing brawl. Quentin has already appealed the suspension, which means that he could be potentially be active on Monday when the Padres begin a three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw believes that Quentin should just accept the punishment and move on.

“If he’s smart, he’ll take the suspension,” Kershaw said after Friday’s game vs. the D-backs. “Eight games is not nearly enough. For what he did, he should be OK with that.”

Regardless of where you stand on Quentin’s actions from Thursday night, he has every right to an appeal. Still, there’s no question that Monday in Los Angeles has the potential to be a very uncomfortable situation. However, barring a change of heart or a speedy hearing, he should be in the there.

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  1. djpostl - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    It amazes me how much of a free pass that douchenozzle Kemp is getting for that day’s events.

    Dude had an 0-2 pitch buzz him, clearly not because it was with any intent to hit him, and he acted like a little bitch…getting both teams all irked in the process. There was a lot of yapping and posturing from that clown and the fuse was lit.

    Fast forward to the point in the game where Quentin gets hit and the powder keg Kemp had put in place blew up on everyone.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Don’t you know that the only acceptable respone around here is Carlos Quentin is stupid and deserves to be kicked out of baseball forever, Zack Greinke is completley innocent and everyone should feel sorry for the Dodgers and their fans? Geesh.

      • rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:20 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.

      • stercuilus65 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        Brewcrewfan you hate the Dodgers since your boy got busted for roids, we get it. But your constant butt-hurt act towards all things Dodgers is embarrassing. Give it a rest bro.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        I hate the Dodgers because Braun got caught roiding? That doesn’t even make any sense. And I don’t hate the Dodgers. I actually don’t care about the Dodgers at all but a large part of this story is because of the huge deal he got and who he now plays for. That’s just a fact.

      • bigleagues - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        I only wish that you could view a list of who has given “thumbs” because the comments of brewcrew and rohlo have successfully separated out the Greinke fantasy baseball owners from the rest of us.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      It amazes me how many chumps are going out of their way to defend Quentin’s actions. Kemp got buzzed and whined about it. Big deal. Quentin got plunked (nowhere near his head), lost his cool and ended up injuring another player. An actual big deal, yet true douchebags like you keep focusing on the unimportant non-issues while purposefully ignoring that half a year of a player’s career has been ruined by a non-baseball act of idiotic aggression. Nice.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        For a non baseball act it sure seems to happen a lot on baseball diamonds.

      • saints97 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        Yeah, Greinke was totally innocent. You could tell that he was just playing peace-maker in all of it.

      • bigleagues - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:24 AM

        It amazes me how many casual baseball fans color that pitch as anything other than UP and IN.

        Clearly they (you) have never stood in a batters box with a 90+ MPH fastball bearing in at you on an up-and-in trajectory from less than 60 feet away. You have LESS than a second to react.

        Pitch F/X cleary shows that pitch was UP and IN and the video clearly shows that the ball was inline with Quentin’s body, landing on his left upper arm.

        To describe a pitch traveling at that rate of speed, on a trajectory that is right at the player, and that lands less than a foot below the base of a players skull “no where near his head” is kinda dumb.

        You’ll also note (most won’t bother) that Kemp was the one closer to the plate in his 1st Inning AB vs. Marquis.

        Whereas, Quentin was standing about a full 2 feet off-the-plate, positioned at the center/back of the box.

        YET, ALL of the Quentin bashers keep claiming that he was hanging over the plate. You also claim that he turned into the pitch, when, in fact, he began to turn away when he was hit.

        And again, Quentin didn’t turn to charge until Greinke dropped his glove and challenged Quentin.

        Also, it was dipshit Greinke that lowered his shoulder to receive the impact of a former D-1 college football player.

        If Greinke cared less about proving he’s a toughguy and more about his team, he would NOT have dropped his glove, NOT challenged Quentin to charge him and then NOT lowered his shoulder down in an attempt to stop a charging bull.

        Did Greinke want to get his collarbone broken? Of course not. But the injury could have easily been prevented if he was less of a tool and took some actual evasive action … ya know by like, NOT challenging Quentin to fight.

        But that very simple point is lost on all you Grienke fantasy owners and LA fanboys.

        And yes, MLB should be, at a minimum, handing down hefty fines to Kemp AND Greinke for provoking and instigating, respectively.

    • donkaminski - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      How many times has Grienke hit Quentin? I think that not only should Quentin not have to serve the suspension but after Grienke gets healthy and comes back he should be suspended for one month for his repetitive hitting of Quentin

      • stercuilus65 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        What nonsense. Queintin has been hit 116 times. Last year he was hit 17 time in 86 games. He gets hit, he leans into pitches. That’s his sole value as a player.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Kemp didn’t respond to his over-the-head pitch until after Quentin broke Greinke’s collarbone, so that’s something to think about.

      But, yes:

      All Dodgers and their fans = Evil Empire Too; Let’s Bust All Their Arms

      Dodgers Bashers w/ poor $9 million outfielders who can’t stay on the field more than 100 games = So Downtrodden They’re Cute and Adorable; Give ‘em Respect!

  2. Marty - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I appreciate this distraction to the Dodgers. 8 games is appropriate for charging the mound. Just because Greinke took the brunt means nothing. Greinke escellated the situation and it blew up in his face. The Dodgers should take the result like men. If Kershaw plunks a Padre I haveno sympathy if he gets ruffled.

    • stercuilus65 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      What nonsense.

      • Marty - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:17 AM

        What , the part about Greinke not being mother teressa and Kershaw not being Nelson Mandela?

      • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Marty, you ain’t an Einstein.

  3. rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:09 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.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      I agree with you somewhat. Yeah technically it did end his career but he was old, nothing more than a backup and admitted he already suffered several concussions throughout his career so his career may have been over anyways. I agree though that the only reason this is a big deal is its Greinke who just signed a huge deal with the Dodgers. If he was still pitching under the contracts with KC or Milwaukee it wouldnt be nearly as big a deal.

  4. rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    post from an MLB 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.

    • pappageorgio - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Holy cow!!!!!

      You’ve got 1 picture from twitter as evidence that Quentin doesn’t crowd the plate.

      This changes everything.

      It was Kemp’s fault

    • stercuilus65 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Kemp was not “restrained” by police after the game. They were called to de-escalate a confrontation between him and Carlos. No hands were laid on anybody.

      When you have to resort to bald faced lies it ruins your credibility bucko.

      BTW: The pitch was nine inches inside according to fangraphs. If you can’t get out of the way of a pitch nine inches inside you are either crowding or not trying, which has been CQ’s modus operandi his whole career.

    • stercuilus65 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      To suggest that Greinke was throwing at light hitting Carlos on a 3-2 count in a one run game shows stunning ignorance of baseball.

      • speedel - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        that’s not even the issue. if you hit someone you don’t then start talking shit. otherwise you get what’s coming to you.

        in football you hit someone right near the whistle but the play is obviously dead, it’s part of the game. but if you then talk shit about it, then you deserve what’s coming.

      • bigleagues - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:13 AM

        The ‘light hitting” Carlos?

        Surely you can’t be referring to the same Carlos we’ve discussing ad nauseam since Thursday?!

        Cuz that Carlos has a Career .490 SLugging percentage to go along with a Career .839 OPS.

        Also, the Carlos we’ve all been talking about has 3 HR in 26 AB’s to go along with .577 SLG and .932 OPS VERSUS GREINKE.

        And of course that same boy scout Greinke that you mention, ya know, the same guy that threw at Quentin’s head in 2009 after Quentin hit one of those HR’s off of him? Of course, he wouldn’t throw at him again. And he surely wouldn’t challenge him to a fight after doing it.

        Oh snap!

        A fact bomb!

        Now what?!

    • greysolon - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Bingo.

    • bigleagues - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      Don’t try and discuss the facts with the Greinke Fantasy Owners and LA Fanboys. They are punch drunk on reality.

      Funny thing I just posted all the same thoughts in response to someone above, then continued scrolling down and am pleased to find someone else using their own noggin and not just puking back up the kneejerk Baseball Tonight and fantasy baseball analyses.

      BTW, Kemp was also positioned closer to the plate.

      And it’s a complete joke that, at least to this point, Kemp and Greinke, at a minimum, haven’t been fined.

      • Marty - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:13 AM

        So true. I am perplexed how so many think Greinke is a sympathetic character. 3 plunks in 8 games!

  5. speedel - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I don’t see the controversy. you hit a batter, talk shit and then step up to someone 60lbs heavier then you and then complain about getting hurt.

    • greysolon - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      That’s not controversy you smell– it’s panic. Dodger fan has seen the 3rd place finish flash before his eyes.

      • bigleagues - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:55 AM

        and fantasy baseball owners (the wolves in sheeps clothing around here) are choking on the $38 they allocated for Greinke.

        But what do you expect when shit-stirer national columnists, like John Paul Morosi for example, are feeding them mindless insanity:

        Here, Quentin injured an opponent when it was obvious to everyone else that Greinke’s pitch wasn’t on purpose. Even more incriminating was the premeditated component to Quentin’s actions.

        After the benches cleared, Oney Guillen — son of Quentin’s former manager in Chicago, Ozzie Guillen — tweeted: “greinke has hit carlos many many times. look it up. told me long long time ago. if he does it again im going for him. that was like 09”

        Moro(n)si, of course, omits the part of the incident where after Quentin has dropped his bat, and begun moving toward first base, Greinke drops his glove and challenges Quentin to come at him – that’s when Quentin charges out to the mound.

        Apparently MLB has missed this as well. Or they are just playing PR games with the way they dole out suspensions and fines.

        Nahhhh.

        http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/carlos-quentin-padres-worthy-lengthy-suspension-zack-greinke-collarbone-dodgers-041213?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxsports%2Frss%2Fsoccer+%28FOXSports.com+News+for+SOCCER%29

  6. ch0psuey - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Holy shit Quentin charged the mount and broke Grienkes collarbone. What an A-hole, he is a POS……… Lets throw at his or any Padre’s Head…………. Kershaw deserves to be on the Deuschelist.

  7. ch0psuey - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Kershaw needs a fastball to the side of the head…. This is comparable to what the Dodger fans say a Padre Derserves. Is this kosher or not…….. lmao at Dodger fans thinking its okay to throw at a Players head. Scumbags.

    • josephdj9 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:51 AM

      Well these are the same guys that almost beat a Giant fan to death…..and thought that was cool.

  8. onbucky96 - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    I think the Code Red has been ordered.

  9. pdubskidaman - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    You stupid ass queers keep invoking Brian Stowe’s name in association with your disgust of Dodger fans and all i can say is SO WHAT ! Brian Stowe should have shut the fucc up and went on about his business and he wouldnt be a veggie today. I would love to ” Brian Stowe ” a few of you bitches with one of my ” D ” Batteries soon to be designated for a Padre melon on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. I invite ANY Padres fan to say something stupid and get their asses knocc’d the fucc out.

  10. oldpaddy - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    So are c’s or d’s better?
    I would guess d’s, but you could probably throw a c easier.

  11. calicokiller49 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Pdubskidmark, you are a lowlife scumbag, Internet trash talking probably wanna be gang banger, I’m sure if you come on down to s.d. And huff and puff like the sensitive little dodger fan tha you are, you will probably find somebody to entertain your temper tantrum, but I kind of have a hunch that a guy who is talking about throwing batteries at people’s heads, or knocking people out, on a sports blog, probably isn’t as tough as he is leading on. However seeing how you are a dodger fan, I doubt you fight one on one, maybe you have some tough friends, wich I doubt, but maybe that’s why your such a loud mouth.

  12. redbirdfan81 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I don’t have a dog in this fight, just pure entertainment! My opinion is 3-6 games is plenty for Q and Greinke is a fragile human being – both mind & body! He gave the shoulder block that broke his collar bone instead of swinging, so he’s also an idiot fighter!

    As far as Johnny Cueto kicking Jason LaRue & ending his career, Cueto got off way too easy! He should have gotten 20 games for kicking a dude in the head. I let Cueto know what I think of him every time I see him at a game. He’s a boy, not a man. Johnny es caca!

  13. gibbskins9 - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    His suspension should be the same lenght that Zack is out, but the only BALLS that MLB has are all on the field

  14. ridgeavenuehr - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    The 2-1 game argument is bull crap. Greinke hit him on purpose sure as you are Ron. He is the bad guy in all of this. He knows it.

  15. pdubskidaman - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Im callin off my goons, Carlos Quentin dropped his appeal. I can resume thug livin and dealin wit these streets instead of trippi. on da Blue Crew and queers like calicokiller. This is our year !!! Dodgers Ese

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