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Carlos Gomez suspended, Brian McCann goes unpunished

Sep 26, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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MLB apparently felt that Carlos Gomez‘s postgame Twitter apology wasn’t enough following his incident with the Braves last night, so they’ve suspended the Brewers center fielder for tonight’s game against the Mets.

Gomez homered off Paul Maholm–continuing what has been a longtime quasi-feud–and took his sweet time going around the bases. He then started yelling back and forth with Maholm and first baseman Freddie Freeman. And finally when he reached home plate Braves catcher Brian McCann physically prevented Gomez from scoring, although the umpires counted his run via an interference ruling.

Benches cleared, Gomez was ejected, and now he’ll have to sit out one of the Brewers’ final four games. Braves outfielder Reed Johnson was also suspended for one game, but McCann will apparently go unpunished except for an undisclosed fine, which Freeman also got.

Here’s video of the entire thing, from

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  1. hersheysquirts588 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Great insight

  2. tomnickle - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Wow. Brian McCann has now been at the center of incidents with the Marlins and Brewers in the last six weeks but neither situation escalating was the result of his extraordinarily huge mouth. Okay.

    • km9000 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      And as far as I know, the other parties were the only ones to publicly apologize. I guess if they say they’re sorry first, you’re off the hook?

  3. jpat2424 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Who cares the Brewers suck anyway. Gomez D Bag

    • manitou2 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      Poor baseball Police Atlanta. Got sent home early, and Keystone Cop McCann had to watch 3 homeruns while he went O for…, striking out 4 times. Maybe there is justice after all.

  4. bmoreravens1012013 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Wtf? this is why baseball has issues getting casual fans like me. I thought Gomez shouldv decked Mcccan when he ran the bases….the fact that there r unwritten , stupid rules like this.

  5. grumpyoleman - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    We don’t need casual fans or ped apologists. All you that quit playing t ball when you got the wrong color juice box can leave too. The game was fine before you came along and will be fine when you go back to your video games.

  6. sdemp - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Can someone please tell me when it’s OK to intentionally throw at a batter without expecting some kind of retaliation?

    If you have played baseball you can understand that throwing at someone is “part of the game”, but you also understand there is going to be retaliation.

    Maholm intentionally hit Gomez TWICE. . . which the non-educated folk seem not to realize.

    Ask Hayward how getting hit feels, I’m sure he trade a broken jaw for a jacking jaw.

    McCann should have got ran over and if all went well been know as the next Ray Fosse.

  7. misterj167 - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    The Braves’ announcers tonight made the point that the only people who said Mac screwed up were journalists (and I would add, fans). So far, I haven’t seen another player say what Mac did was wrong.

    Gomez was looking for trouble and he got it, and I bet he got screamed at more in private by Ron Roenicke than by Mac. My only regret in the whole thing is that the Braves didn’t respond by scoring a bunch of runs in response.

    • clemente2 - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      You should consider that the players are on the whole macho rubes. We have been trying for three millenium to all act not like macho rubes. That macho rubes stick together should not persuade you of anything.

  8. grumpyoleman - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Clemente – you are right that Gomez should have backed up his yapping and planted him. Would have had more respect for him

    • wkb2003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Gomez shouldn’t have been yapping to begin with. Play the game and keep your mouth shut.

      • bh192012 - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        So let me get this unwritten rule straight, fielders and guys in the clubhouse can yap, but if you’re a batter or baserunner you cant? Or is it only during homers? Or are they just limited to postivie yapping, nothing negative or ?

      • manitou2 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:17 AM

        Yea, like McCann did tonight in game 4 against LA. He kept his mouth shut, and his bat impotent. Happy Winter, choker.

      • maddog11896 - Feb 2, 2015 at 10:52 AM

        What… did you even watch the video wkb2003? Yes, Gomez admired that homer for far too long, but he did ZERO yapping. It wasn’t until half of the Braves Infield Police force of McCann, Freeman, Johnson and Maholm were yelling at Gomez that he started yelling back.

  9. JP - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    McCann and his teammates are such delicate flowers. Someone needs to knock his teeth out.

  10. nbjays - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    If Lady Karma has her way here, McCann, Freeman and the rest of the “Waaa! You showed us up!!” crybaby Braves will be booted in the first round. And I couldn’t be happier. For a franchise with so much regular season success in the last two decades (meaning they at least got to the postseason, even if they sucked at doing much while they were there), they have been showing themselves lately to be pretty low class.

  11. spacemaker101 - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    “Did you even watch the video” blah blah blah that’s what’s wrong with everyone on here.. Watching highlights and then trying to talk ab it come on watch the game nigga then try and talk. Gomez is a joke yeah McCann could of handled it better but you don’t let someone disrespect the pitcher like that…. That’s your brother on the mound man.. Gomez shoulda got dropped.

  12. crnvic847 - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Lots of fans in the stands for this one! But when the playoffs start then come all the bandwagoners. Smh. Way to support your team Atlanta.

  13. brooklynboy48 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    McCann, Freeman and Maholm should have been booted just for being babies. Gomez should have smacked McCann for being a jerk and that should have been it. And now McCann is hurt. That’s justice! Screw the Braves!

    • wkb2003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Gomez should’ve been smacked for runnin his yap.

  14. scdocal - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I don’t get how people say that Mac started this. Gomez was running his mouth to every player on the infield so Mac stepped up and put an end to it. He got fined so let’s not act like he wasn’t punished. A slap on the wrist of course but he was disciplined.

    • byjiminy - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      This is just wrong. The classy thing to do when intentionally hit is keep your mouth shut, don’t complain, and take the guy deep. That is exactly what Gomez did. He was much classier than Maholm. He took his time, but he didn’t “stand and watch it.” Watch the video. Freeman aggressively gets in his face and starts yelling at him before Gomez says a word. Only then does Gomez yap back. Blocking the plate and starting a confrontation is just infantile. According to the unwritten rules of baseball, he should have been decked. But Gomez doesn’t lift a finger, he just yells back, with his arms at his side. Then Johnson runs in and tackles him. For Gomez to be ejected and McCann not is a joke. The Braves are a joke. What a bunch of whiners. Your pitcher can physically assault someone, and that’s fine, but a response of mere words makes you start a fight. Lame, lame, lame. I can’t wait for them to get crushed in the playoffs.

  15. scdocal - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Some of these comments are laughable. Some of these people are casual fans but think they know what they are talking about, others say Mac instigated this when Gomez was talking shit from the on set. Maholm hit Gomez with an 80 mph pitch and Gomez gets his undies in a wad. Those who say freeman is a tool doesn’t know shit. Stand up guy who got ejected for a inadvertent elbow while shoving with everybody else. Gomez can stare down his bomb all he wants but don’t talk shit when you are a bottom feeder in the central as your rounding the bases. I think it should be noted that every person that I have heard that has played the game that has spoken about this says that Mac stood up for his teammates. If you don’t like the unwritten rules then don’t watch. Anybody who has played any level of baseball knows that some shit like disrespecting the opponent is just not tolerated. I don’t think anybody should have been suspended or fined. No punches were thrown so if Gomez wants to act like that so be it. Lets get off this thought that the Braves are babies because if you had the best record in the NL and somebody came into your park and pulled that shit you don’t know how your team would react and I would bet that most teams would want their catcher to do exactly what Mac did. Everybody’s all pissed that Mac stood in Gomez’s way. Who gives a shit. His run would obviously have counted.

    • wkb2003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:59 PM


    • clemente2 - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      No. You cannot initiate physical confrontations contrary to the written rules to back up your feelings about breaches of the unwritten rules. McCann should have been planted by Gomez and his teammates. McCann should have been suspended.

      People who worry about respect have not earned it.

  16. jdhein22 - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    My interpretation is that this is Selig’s way of endorsing the Brewers to plunk McCann on the first pitch he sees from them in 2014.

    • clemente2 - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      We can hope.

  17. racksie - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Go-go wasn’t dubbed loose cannon for nothing while he was in Minnesota. That said, how McCann didn’t get suspended is a little bizarre.

  18. louhudson23 - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    I love watching Gomez backing up as fast as he can while he waits for a teammate to hold him back…then when someone finally does at the backstop,he starts to swing elbows at them….chump actions from start to finish…..

  19. djohnson11882 - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    @louhudson23: that’s not as funny as Reed Johnson throwing a couple sucker punches and then literally pulling one of his coaches in front of him and acting like he was still trying to get to Gomez!!! Who’s the one pulling chump moves???

  20. chrisernst82 - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    These “unwritten rules are a joke”. You get millions for playing a game and whine everytime someone looks at there homerun for a half a second to long, but intentionally throwing a 90+ mile an hour baseball at someone is cool because “it happens”. Its so annoying all the whining. I can tell you at any other job throwing something like that with intentions of hurting someone will get you jail time. Its called assault with a deadly weapon. But people think its cool so it slides. How could anyone even put running your mouth in the same category? Which McCann did too with his #@$^% run comment. How many people have had their career ended by someone talking?

    Grow up, you play a game for millions of dollars. While I get to sit in the stands and listen to all kinds of stuff worse than that. Do I get the right to start a fight with everyone saying stuff I don’t like? Do I get to chuck something as hard as a rock at their head because I didn’t like what they said? Hell no I don’t because im not a rich crybaby. I love baseball more than I can even put into words its the greatest game ever invented. But I am so tired of these people and there unwritten rules. I played baseball from 4 to 19 and not once were these rules ever brought up. EVER. So do these rules only apply to rich people. Cause ive sure as hell never seen them brought up once in my 15 years of playing. How about ditching these “unwritten” rules and act like adults, everybody else does.

    Im not Gomez fan, and im sure not a fan of officer “crybaby” McCann after these last few incidents. But if someone hit me TWICE with anything let alone a baseball at those speeds. I would be entitled to do a lot more than yap about it. Its called the unwritten rules of the world! I wish Fernandez would have blasted McCann in his jaw when he pulled the same crap not long ago.

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