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Eric Hinske, Brandon McCarthy speak out on MLB suspension rulings

Jun 14, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

Clayton Kershaw, Kirk Gibson, Clint Fagan AP

As you learned earlier this afternoon, Major League Baseball doled out suspensions as expected for the Dodgers’ and Diamondbacks’ participation in Tuesday night’s fracas. There weren’t too many surprises, though as Craig noted, Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke were not suspended at all, receiving only fines. On the D-Back side of things, Eric Hinske received a five-game suspension, which was shocking both to Hinske himself and to teammate Brandon McCarthy, who tweeted about it:

As for Hinske, he maintains his innocence. Via Nick Piecoro:

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Can’t this really be described as Hinske being suspended for 4 at bats?

    • drone501 - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM


  2. stabonerichard - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Ian Kennedy was firing fastballs at guys’ heads so whatever whining the dbacks have to do at this point is completely secondary.

    And McCarthy should understand this better than anybody.

    • DJ MC - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Great point. Or, it would be if he were talking about Kennedy.

      • baseballer28 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Kennedy should be banned for life. There’s know place for that. Ross didn’t even get touched by that ball, so retaliation to the face? That’s just wrong. He’s is a fuck individual who must have something wrong upstairs. Shouldn’t be allowed to throw another ball in the Majors. Fuck that guy, he should catch a charge for attempted murder.

  3. stabonerichard - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Hinske was suspended as part of the ensuing melee after Kennedy had fired another fastball at another guy’s head.

    But yeah, they should whine about Eric Hinske getting a raw deal.

    • DJ MC - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      So they can suspend anyone who was in that crowd simply because they wore a Diamondbacks jersey and a Diamondbacks’ pitcher made the stupid decision to bean a guy?

      • stabonerichard - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        If Hinske had been in the clubhouse taking a dump to earn his suspension, it would still be completely secondary–and not worth whining about–when a Dbacks’ pitcher was firing fastballs at opposing hitters’ heads.

        And Brandon McCarthy should realize this better than the rest of us.

      • DJ MC - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        Again, a guy should be punished for something that could range from a greater crime than that he committed to actually being innocent, just because of that tenuous connection?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        Hinske couldn’t have been in the clubhouse taking a dump.

        Ian Kennedy was busy hiding in the stall.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Hinske should be happy that because of this news at least people know he’s still playing baseball.

      I saw him out there and thought “Wait, is he coaching first or something?”

      This could lead to a lucrative Long Island Ducks contract next season.

  4. stabonerichard - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    A starting pitcher was firing fastballs at opposing hitters’ heads and in the resulting brawl a bench scrub in the twilight of his career got hit with what might have been a tough-luck suspension.

    From my lens the former far outweighs the latter, to the point of making it virtually irrelevant, but you keep on fighting the good fight for Hinske.

    • Tim OShenko - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      If Hinske had been the one aiming fastballs at opposing batters’ heads, then yes, it would make sense to suspend him. But this “guilt by association” nonsense is a load of bull****. Wearing a Diamondbacks uniform is not grounds for a suspension.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      Your handle has the word “boner” in it. Is this by design?

  5. desertpirate1146 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    “Great” comments from people that didn’t watch the entire game. All of you only saw the replays of the fight. Guess you missed the previous at bat for Puig. Kennedy pitched him high and inside because Puig swings at that pitch and can’t hit it. Of course on the entire site, no mention of another display of total incompetence by the umpires. Puigs at at bat before getting hit: Swing – foul, Swing – miss, Wild pitch (outside and low). Umpire decides that the count is 2 -1 instead of 1 -2. Puig still strikes out on 2 more high and inside pitches. Just took 4 strikes to get him out.
    Suspensions are justified all around. Only one they missed is suspending the idiot behind the plate.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      In Puig’s defense….

      It is kind of hard for a rookie to hit a pitch that is directed right at your face.

      In fact, I bet most guys have a hard time with that specific pitch.

      So you’re saying Ian deserves praise for figuring out that guys have a hard time hitting pitches that are thrown right at their fucking face?

  6. senorsharkfin - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Who ever thinks Kennedy was really trying to throw at heads didn’t watch the game. He was throwing high and tight to Puig all night long and actually stuck him out with pitches close to the same area earlier in the night. (4-stirke strikeout). Did Kennedy deserve what the suspension he got, yes… but Puig made more contact in the brawl to Hinske’s head than the ball made with his nose. Who really gets hit in the nose w/ a 92 mph fastball and doesn’t get a bloody nose?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      He was throwing high and tight all night long and couldn’t control it. Because he hit one guy in the freaking face, and then he decided to do it again after his catcher got hit in the freaking ass.

      A good pitcher can aim at a hip. A headhunter aims at the freaking head.

      Is not being able to grasp this a reflection of dry heat?

    • baseballer28 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Puig had every right to hit who ever he fucking wanted to on the douchebacks. Fuck that team.

      • sfgiantsfanforever - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Wow, what an amazing insightful, articulate and intelligent comment. Oh, and just because your comment screams that you have an IQ of a 4 year old- I probably need to add that I my comment is dripping with sarcasm. Oh yeah, I suppose i’ll need to define that for you:.
        Definition of SARCASM

        : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain

  7. acgonzales - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I have a feeling (and would hope) Hinske will at the very least get a reduced suspension when he appeals.

  8. Walk - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Must be an unwritten rule, take a fastball on the nose without bleeding and you can do what you want on the field and not get suspended. Just one more thing puig has in common with superman. Yep that’s a thing now. I think ill go draw a superpuig design and get it put on a tshirt.

  9. dkphilly1122 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I’m not a fan of either team or what happened, but Hinske got a raw deal. Five games for absolutely nothing and Kershaw and the other guilty parties get fines. Whether Hinkse’s career is over is irrelevant, still bull for never throwing a punch or insinuating the fight. MLB needs to reevaluate there processes and re watch the video. That’s why they are paid the big bucks, to screw stuff up.

  10. senorsharkfin - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I think the term you were looking for is “mirage” Yes, its flipping hot here right now… but calling Kennedy a headhunter has about as much validity as the person who says Puig is gonna bat .400 for the rest of the season. The thing they both have in common… out of the mouth of a Dodgers Fan.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Obviously, you see an equivalence between a fastball to the head and a fastball to the ass. That doesn’t surprise me.

  11. Samuel - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Reblogged this on But at the end of the day… and commented:
    And somehow, Yasiel Puig gets no suspension from this.

    • 2077james - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      What’s with all the people advertising their blogs on here recently? No one cares and it’s really irritating.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        As if this site’s any better, since they just regurgitate content from elsewhere as well, along with some overanalysis.

      • jwbiii - Jun 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        It’s a Word Press “feature.” If you reblog from a Word Press blog, like this one, to your own Word Press blog, it throws in a nuisance comment.

      • Samuel - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        It’s called a pingback.

  12. northstarnic - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    MLB screwed this up a bit in terms of who they penalized. However, if viewed simply as the suspensions LA received compared to suspensions AZ received, I have no problem with MLB’s decision. AZ deserved to get slapped in the balls as a team for Kennedy’s head hunting.

  13. northstarnic - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    And the defense that Kennedy isn’t a headhunter, but just a shitty pitcher who lacks control is less than irrelevant.

  14. koufaxmitzvah - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Ian Kennedy is worse than a hockey goon.

    A major league pitcher who can’t hit a hip but goes for the head is a sad sack of headhunting crap.

    That’s my special message to the SenorSharkie and the rest of the Dbags who refuse to see any impression but their own while simultaneously calling themselves game-day knowledgeable.

  15. baseballer28 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Hinske’s just pissed cause his career is about over and he probably still can’t get that Brad Lidge slider out of his mind…

    • drewsylvania - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM


  16. drewsylvania - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I’m laughing. McCarthy is comedy gold. Seriously. He’s spot on with most of his comments and his zingers are top-notch.

  17. thebigtim2012 - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Reblogging isn’t as annoying as using foul language to make a point. I know it’s impossible but I would love to find a site with knowledgable, passionate debates. I know it’s never gonna happen. If you have to resort to cussing to accentuate your point then your point isn’t worth making. Take a minute to think of a retort that is actually thought provoking.” Who f’ing cares f that team” is that really the best you can come up with?

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