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Zack Greinke thinks Carlos Quentin’s eight-game suspension for charging the mound was fair

Apr 17, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters in the aftermath of last Friday’s benches-clearing brawl that Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin should be suspended for as long as it takes Zack Greinke to fully recover from his fractured left collarbone.

Greinke, though, says that would be “pretty crazy.”

This is from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times:

Quentin was suspended eight games, a penalty Greinke said he believed was the maximum ever levied by Major League Baseball against a batter charging the mound.

“Right there, that says a lot,” Greinke said. “To expect the league to do more than that would be pretty crazy.”

Greinke would not say whether he had heard from Quentin since the incident. Greinke also would not comment on Quentin’s contention that the pitcher yelled an expletive at him before he charged the mound. “It just isn’t anyone else’s business,” Greinke said.

The $147 million man will be sidelined for at least six more weeks. Ted Lilly is taking his rotation spot.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Once regulated, I have no doubt greinke will realize and subsequently, take responsibility, for the unfortunate incident he caused.

    • gigab0t - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      say what now?

      • dondada10 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        How nefarious of him to throw two strikes first…

        Come on, let’s give this dead horse a rest.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      Grenke is a head case, and has a temper. That said – that pitch was simply inside. Watch the tape, is is right over the line of the batter box.

      Chase Utley has been plunked many time – probably cost him the 2007 MVP award. That is what happens when you are up tight on the plate

    • lncrprl - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM


    • manchestermiracle - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      From the “regulated” (what the hell does that even mean?) to the assertion Greinke did anything except hurt poor Quentin’s feelings, your post is about a wild a pitch as has ever been thrown. They’re still combing the parking lot for it.

    • stercuilus65 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      One day, I have no doubt randygnyc will realize and subsequently, take responsibility, for being an idiot.

      • abaird2012 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        Only once he’s been regulated.

  2. theaxmancometh - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Really looking forward to when Greinke beans him again. On purpose this time.

    • djpostl - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Why? So the guy with the fragile psyche and clavicle can shatter into pieces from a harsh stare?

      • Alex K - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        How, exactly, is Greinke’s psyche fragile? Oh, nevermind! I get it! You’re saying that because some years ago he admitted to having a social anxiety problem. I’m glad that you are so up to date on his mental health. There is no way you are completely stereotyping something that you don’t know anything about, right?

  3. barroomhero80 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Quenten is a bitch. End of story

    • kollin7 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Matt Kemp?

    • lncrprl - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Your bitch?

  4. card0109 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    “Greinke also would not comment on Quentin’s contention that the pitcher yelled an expletive at him before he charged the mound. ”It just isn’t anyone else’s business,” [he] said.”

    I understand where he’s coming from in this statement, but if he did yell something, he did it in front of the players on the field, the fans and the people watching on TV. That makes it a lot of people’s business, especially if he’s going to include them all in an altercation of this magnitude.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      Right. Because, once again, a word is sufficient reason to instigate a brawl.

      • blacksables - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        A word got Roger McDowell suspended. Words got Ozzie Guillen suspended. Words got John Rocker suspended.

        Why does Greinke get a free-pass?

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        I’d point out that a broken bone is hardly the equivalent of a suspension, but I think I’m wasting my time here…

    • forsch31 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Sticks and stones….being on the receiving end of an expletive is zero justification to bull rush a guy. The fact that’s all Quentin has said about it doesn’t help him, because if he honestly believes that was worth trying to take out another player and start a brawl because Greinke swore at him after hitting with a pitch, then he’s a thin-skinned idiot.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        If a dude drilled me…THEN started running his trap to me you can bet your ass I would have been fired up enough charge the mound.
        That stated…I am really starting to become a Zack Greinke fan. I like the kid. I like his blunt, straigtforward attitude. This right here says it all…

        ”It just isn’t anyone else’s business,”

  5. jimmylegz - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    This “well, he’s a total head case” bullshit has gone far enough. If you actually believe that having a condition as prevalent and manageable as social anxiety somehow makes a grown man non-credible or incompetent, then, well, you have far more serious mental issues than Zack Greinke. Whom, I might add, hasn’t seemed to have any problem pitching, quite successfully, on a national stage. Grow up or stay out of the conversation.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Quite agree, but good luck with that last sentence. The irony are the cowards on this site talking smack and endorsing someone injuring another person for word(s), something they wouldn’t do anywhere other than the anonymous internet for fear an everyday thug much like Quentin would punch their lights out.

  6. manchestermiracle - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    At least Greinke is being realistic about the whole thing, considering he’s the one who took the brunt of what amounts to a bone-breaking mugging for having the poor taste to curse at someone.

    Based on a number of moronic posts on here regarding this incident it should always be acceptable to physically hurt someone because they called you a name. After the ambulance is called for whoever you pounded be sure to whine about being arrested and let the judge know what a horrible thing that person said to you resulting in their very-deserved injury.

    • ctony1216 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Similar incident occurred in 1960: After a brushback pitch, Billy Martin punched Cubs pitcher Jim Brewer and broke Brewer’s cheekbone, hospitalizing him for two months. The Cubs sued Martin for $1,000,000 for the loss of Brewer’s services, then eventually dropped the suit. Brewer, however, also sued Martin and won a $10,000 payment from Martin.

  7. irishdodger - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    No offense Zack but you’re destined to be a bust. It’s just not in the cards for u in LA.

    • stercuilus65 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:06 AM

      The Cards are in St. Louis.

  8. surefooted1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Only 8 games? OMG Greinke will miss 8 weeks and Quentin is only suspended for 8 games. How unfair!!!

    Until you stop and think for a minute. Greinke is a pitcher and will probably miss 8 or starts. So yea, his punishment is equivalent to the amount of time Greinke will miss.

    • obpedmypants - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      jfc. please say you’re trying to troll everyone here.

    • Robert Dobalina - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Except it will probably be closer to 10 starts(56 days) and that’s almost 1/3 of the season for Greinke. Whereas 8 games for Quentin is closer to 1/20th of his season.

      Big difference.

  9. steve7921 - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Someone needs to tell Carlos and Zach…welcome to the NL, where pitchers have to bat. No need to charge the mound.

  10. golfrangeman - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I guess the big question is if a pitcher hits a batter on purpose and the batter is out should the pitcher be suspended for the duration.

  11. greysolon - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    This is Greinke’s way of publicly acknowledging that he was at fault. Both teams know it.

    • bigharold - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Reading between the lines are we?

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        Yeah, between the lines he chopped up on the coffee table…

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