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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. stratomaticfan - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Wow! McCann’s actions (blocking plate) escalated the whole thing…and he gets off Scot free? Not right to give the Braves a free pass for their involvement just because they’re in a race for playoff seeding. Is this another Classic Bud Selig screw up? #joke

    • drewsylvania - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      McCann didn’t escalate the whole thing–Gomez po’ed the entire infield on his way around the bases–but he should have been suspended as well.

    • voidhelix - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      What a freaking disgrace. Selig needs to retire yesterday, he`s an idiot. What McCann did was disgusting, to allow such an act of aggression`s intolerable. The meat-head needs to pull his head out of his ass & let the ump officiate the game. Clown.

      • chc4 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        Did you watch the video? I have to think you didn’t if you don’t put the overwhelming majority of the blame on Gomez.

      • clemente2 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        chc4—no. Gomez was yapping. McCann interfered with his progress on the basepaths intentionally. McCann 100%.

      • wkb2003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        Clemente….right, Gomez was yapping. Should’ve kept his mouth shut. He takes most of the blame here.

    • okwhitefalcon - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      You just hashtagged a message board entry.

      That’s as goofy as hashtagging a text message.

    • forsch31 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      My guess? Because the MLB views McCann’s actions as the result of what Gomez did.

      Back in 2010, Yadier Molina was simply fined for confronting Brandon Phillips after Phillips kept tapping his shinguards with his bat. Molina stood up, stepped on home plate (thus stopping play), and got in Phillips’ face the same way McCann got into Gomez’s. That sparked the brawl that led to Johnny Cueto kicking Jason LaRue’s head and giving him the concussion that would end his career. You could argue the same…that Molina’s actions escalated the whole thing, but his only punishment was a fine. The only player suspended was Cueto, who actually injured a player.

      After watching the replay, it’s pretty obvious to me that Gomez wasn’t pushed to act the way he did. After he hit the home run, he watches it for a second, then begins glaring at Maholm, who has his back turned the entire time, as he slowly walks. McCann yells at Gomez to “bleeping run,” and Gomez begins to trot, but also chirps at Maholm, who hadn’t said anything at that point. That prompts Maholm and Freeman to yell at him, and Gomez continued his tirade around the basepaths.

      Gomez meant to go after Maholm the entire time, and admitted as much after the game. I’ve never seen anybody trash talk on a home trot before, and I’m pretty sure MLB doesn’t ever want to see that again. Thus, the one-game suspension.

      • km9000 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        It probably happens all the time. The other team just squawks back, or takes the high road. They don’t blatantly get in the way of someone circling the bases.

        If McCann does nothing, Gomez probably doesn’t get suspended. Fernandez didn’t.

      • spudchukar - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        What? Never seen anyone trash talk after a homer? Especially after getting plunked. Sorry Forsch, you always seemed to make sense to me before, but this is ridiculous.

        Gomez is a punk, and his antics are nothing new. However, talk is one thing and obstructing the basepaths is an act of violence. How McCann escapes punishment escapes me.

      • dadaubs - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        The result of what McCann did was escalate the situation to a brawl. How is that not worthy of a suspension?

      • clemente2 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        spud and dadaubs are right. Do you want each player deciding what the unwritten rules are and then taking the progress of the game into their own hands?

      • okwhitefalcon - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        I don’t buy the McCann “he should get suspended for escalating” (not narrative) angle – a fine is fine. Not condoning his goofyness but not getting all sanctimonious either.

        Gomez started the douchbaggery with the glare and stare horseshit, his agenda was set long before he stepped to the plate – dude freely admitted he was already bent.

        I find the moral outrage of the blogosphere beyond hysterical, it’s becoming as predictable as Brian Kenny blowing a gasket when someone bunts.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      You know Selig doesn’t handle discipline right? I believe tht’s Torre’s job.

    • moogro - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Unlike the first post on this issue, the sportz tawk radeeeo crowd has totally taken over. Nicely played, Craig.

  2. flickflint - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    They better suspend McCann too

  3. grumpyoleman - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    McCann did nothing wrong other than let Gomez know he was being a dbag

    • kirkmack - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Which he could have easily done standing behind home plate as Gomez crossed and not going up the baseline and blocking his path. Takes one to know one.

      • Otto S. - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        @kirkmack no one is gonna take your side when you throw out the ‘takes one to know one’ line. why don’t you start making mom jokes.

      • kevinbnyc - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Please do Kirk, I’d love to hear a mom joke.

      • ae02437 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        So does your mom.

    • clemente2 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      grumpy—wrong. He could have told Gomez that as he went by—instead, he walked up the basepath and stopped Gomez. Gomez should have planted him. I hope the Brewers pitchers do next year.

      • wkb2003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        McCann would’ve cleaned his clock…

    • nbjays - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Let me fix that for you, Grumpy…

      “McCann did nothing wrong other than let Gomez know he (McCann) was being a dbag”

      • aquaria40 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        McCann was as a worse scumbag. What he did was in violation of a WRITTEN rule, moron, specifically a note to rule 7.06(b), which deals with obstructions:

        “The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.”

  4. flamethrower101 - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I found nothing wrong with what McCann did. Gomez started it all with the way he was screaming at Maholm and Freeman during his trot. I don’t blame McCann for anything he did, I think he was in the right. If anything I think one game for that is a little lenient for Gomez, though admittedly I didn’t expect him to get anything at all.

    • voidhelix - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Because you`re an idiot. And Maholm & Freddie were jawing with Gomez you tool.

      • vanmorrissey - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        Exactly. Why is it MLB network can bring up the entire history going back 3 years ago when Maholm initially plunked Gomez, then the ensuing back and forth including jawing by Maholm and hitting Gomez in the knee, and no one seems to have watched, all they see is this one home run and are quick to judge not knowing history between the two? Please, do your research first before making stupid statements. Freeman at first is a tool also, and McCann, well, he can block the line all he wants, but take off that gear then we’ll see. I imagine it doesn’t matter but McCann standing in the base line like he owns it? He needs to be fined and suspended both.

      • wkb2003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        Gomez started the jawing. Maholm said NOTHING until Gomez just kept running his yap…you tool.

    • clemente2 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      JUst leave it at “because you are an idiot”. That explains flame’s comment.

    • aquaria40 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      What McCann did was in violation of a written rule, moron, specifically a note to rule 7.06(b), which deals with obstructions:

      “The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.”

      I know that not all Braves fans are stupid and low-class; it’s just that all stupid and low-class people are Braves fans.

  5. chacochicken - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Only people throwing punches should be suspended. Poor Brian’s feelings may have been hurt but I doubt it warrants a suspension for Gomez. That was a mean home run an he may have used foul language!

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      I was so offended. Yeah, right!

  6. kirkmack - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    McCann better not dig in his first at bat, because if the unwritten rules tell us anything, it means that he’ll be dusting himself off from a few very deserved inside fastballs.

    • paperlions - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      …from the Phillies?

      • someguyinva - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        I hear Cole Hamels likes to police the game, too, so you never know.

      • paperlions - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM


      • kevinbnyc - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        Pretty sure Cole is OK with what McCann did. He’s Old School.

      • aquaria40 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        I’m almost certain that Cole Hamels isn’t fine with McCann blatantly breaking one of MLB’s rules, and getting away with it.

  7. fahmundamahbalsaq - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Because of Gomez & McCann’s actions Bud Selig declares the game a tie.

  8. yahmule - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    What total bullshit, which we totally knew would happen.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Gomez wasn’t even on McCann’s lawn!

  10. jimeejohnson - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Hey clemente!

  11. pappageorgio - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Awful ruling.

    Braves apparently get a free pass to do whatever they want

    • km9000 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Apparently the Braves are MLB’s version of The Shield. Break out the flak jackets.

      • rodtorfelson - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        God forbid someone flip a bat and jaw after a home run if McCann (who has become the sole arbiter of baseball’s unwritten rules) was suspended. If McCann wasn’t around to enforce the correct way to conduct yourself after a home run, I’m sure anarchy would ensue. ANARCHY!

  12. titansbro - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Are people serious with thinking McCann did the “right thing?” You fraudulent blow hards. They were all trash talking. ALL of them. And then Gomez gets the last laugh by jacking a homer & McCann tries to physically block him from scoring? What a d-bag move. If you can’t see that you got your blinders on brother. The ONLY one who deserves a suspension is McCann for escalating a harmless situation. What a petulant baby. Bro he got you all worked up & then homered. Next time instead of mouthing back maybe try a little focus. Maybe he won’t embarrass you. It’s embarrassing that Gomez was suspended & McCann wasn’t. Ulterior motives? (Yes, I said ulterior, read a book.)

    • voidhelix - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Selig doesn`t care he`s too busy making sure SF can`t be sued for libel after ANOTHER beating / stabbing / death / other. He`s also thinking about retirement homes in Florida, Loria`s shown him some really nice gated communities that have their own fish tanks.

    • wkb2003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      You REALLY believe McCann tried to stop Gomez from scoring? REALLY? The homer counted…McCann knew that. Gomez hits the homer then immediately starts yapping at Maholm (who said nothing until Gomez wouldn’t shut up). McCann defended his pitcher. Gomez started all this…he should’ve trotted around the bases and kept his yap shut.

      • aquaria40 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        McCann specifically broke rule 7.06(b), which deals with obstructions:

        “The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.”

  13. cheesewizz - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Awww, did poor McCann have his feelings hurt? Suck it up and be a man. Perhaps when the Braves get bounced from the playoffs we should give them a trophy just so they don’t cry to momma? Is this what the MLB has been reduced to? Guys crying because someone hit a HR and trotted around the bases? And people getting suspended for a 2 second celebration after dinging a nice home run? Pathetic…

  14. cadillacjosh - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I forget who’s line it is, but it’s something like, “if you dont like people celebrating their homeruns, throw a better pitch.” Maholm doesn’t give Gomez a tater, no one gets suspended.

    That said, blocking home-plate was just as childish. Neither man was in the right.

  15. chukpark - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Agreed. McCann was the most obnoxious and wrong person in the whole episode. Blocking the basepaths after a home run is a completely ridiculous thing to do. I only saw the replay a few times, but the first thing I heard was, “Fucking run, godammit.” Said by a Brave who was probably McCann. I didn’t see or hear Gomez say anything until he rounded first and was being yelled at by Freeman. Gomez showboated for sure. Taking care of it by plunking him or a teammate would have been appropriate. But I’ve never seen anyone do what McCann did. And the benches would not have cleared if he didn’t throw his little tantrum. I guess he is due for some plunkings now.

    • clemente2 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM


    • wkb2003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      uuuuuuuhhhh, no. Gomez starts runnin off at the mouth before he ever got to first…jawing at Maholm. Freeman just reacted to what Gomez spewed.

  16. sdemp - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Maholm is to blame for intentionally hitting Gomez TWICE.

    Does Gomez get a free pass, no. . . but all he did was let Maholm know that he is the DOUCHBAG and don’t ever hit him again on purpose.

    Maholm, Freeman, & McCann escalated the situation knowing damn well the history between Gomez and Maholm.

    McCann should have been told by the ump to get out the baseline and if anything he is lucky Maholm wouldn’t shut up otherwise Gomez could have noticed McCann sooner and ran his azz over.

    I hope the Brewers hit Freeman & McCann opening day 2014. Everyone who says Gomez is wrong better hope Freeman & McCann keep their mouth shut and take their base because you are saying that it is ok to hit players on purpose.

    • linhsiu - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      It has been “Ok” to hit players for quite a long time…

      What is not “Ok” is to act like Gomez did as he rounded the bases…

      • dadaubs - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        But – is it “Ok” to act like McCann did and block the plate in full gear on a player trotting out a HR?

  17. fahmundamahbalsaq - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Gomez is lucky Phil Kessel doesn’t play baseball or he would have taken a bat to his ankle.

  18. bigdaddy44 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    McCann, the big hypocrite, should have been ejected and suspended for the next 10 games, into the playoffs. Although Gomez was also wrong, and deserves some penalty, it has been the constant bullshit antics of other Braves players, that have led to these battles with the Braves. McCann should be barking at his OWN dugout full of ahos, before policing other teams on behalf of “the way the game is supposed to be played”. Most of the people commenting on the subject are basing their opinions on seeing the highlights only, not seeing all the chicken shit crap the Braves have pulled leading up to the highlight. These people are like the ref who calls the penalty for the retaliation punch, without the benefit or knowledge of seeing the first punch that started it. Had another position player stopped someone in his home run trot like McCann did, the punishment would have a minimum of at least 5 games. Even Robby Cano or Dustin Pedroia would have been suspended, even as respected as they are. McCann now has a history of this and be punished further. MLB will prove whether or not they have any cahunas based on whether they deal properly with McCann. The Braves have been my NL team since the days of Henry Aaron, but now they are a disgrace. Now they are just the Atlanta Chicken Shitters.

    • tgthree - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Could you elaborate on these “antics” that you’re talking about?

  19. emdash01 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Gomez today

    “Gomez said he didn’t know why Reed Johnson took particular offense Wednesday night. ‘I didn’t even know he was still playing,’ Gomez said.”

    Troll on, you magnificent bastard.

  20. linhsiu - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    As a long time Anti-Braves fan(dating back to the days when the Braves were in the NL West), going to take this opportunity to defend the Braves’ catcher…

    This was a unique situation, unique in the sense that it is rare to see a batter talk trash and stare down the opposition as much Gomez did during his homerun trot… Those here on HBT know why it is rare… this is baseball, antics like that have consequences.. in this unique instance, the consequences came knocking as soon as Gomez came around to touch homeplate…

    Did McCann perpetuate the incident??? Absolutely… Honestly though, that is the type of reaction I would want to see from my catcher (as a skipper… as a teammate… as a fan) …

    • brewcrewfan54 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      You want your catcher starting fights 5 days before the playoffs start against a team getting ready to go home for the winter because he looked at your guy funny and swore a couple times? Thats not smart.

    • clemente2 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      You want each player to decide what is and is not ‘against the unwritten rules’ and then interfere with and stop the paly of the game? Sure you do.

  21. tgthree - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I’m a huge Braves fan, but I’ll be the first to admit that McCann should’ve been suspended for his role in the incident.

    I just wish that there was a place people were actually having a rational discussion about this, because I’m really trying to process all this as a fan that has long been proud of his Braves affiliation because of the team’s long-standing reputation as a classy organization, from Aaron and Schuerholz and Cox on down. Can’t remember hearing a negative word about McCann’s character prior to the Great Bryce Harper Incident on August 9, either.

    I find it difficult to believe that something in the water six weeks ago has suddenly turned a respected franchise into a bunch of whiny vigilantes, but by the same token, it’s impossible to ignore three separate incidents in such a short span.

    Anyone have any guesses as to what’s going on here?

    • emdash01 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Two possibilities: either Chipper was somehow a mitigating factor in preventing this kind of thing (which is…very difficult to believe), or the team has some kind of massive chip on their shoulder about being disrespected by not being picked to win the division and it’s manifesting on the field now that they don’t have to worry about winning the division.

      Or it’s some kind of might-makes-right thing, that now that they’re in first they get to set the rules.

    • Sign Ahead - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      I think there’s a little bit of the Dark Side going on here. Once you start down the whiny path, it’s really difficult to turn around.

  22. planck16 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Gomez’s teammates were embarrassed for him. Nobody on that field agreed with his actions, which were selfish McCann was just being the Captain of his team, Gomez was being the cancer he is

    • dadaubs - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Captains don’t instigate brawls – that’s NOT leadership.

  23. 13arod - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    stratomaticfan the reason mccain didnt get suspented was he wasnt the one that started it gomez was the one that started that fight gomez should be suspented for rest of season and some of regular season

    • Sign Ahead - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      I think the reason McCain didn’t get suspended is because he’s a senator, not a baseball player.

    • dadaubs - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Gomez may have “started” the incident, but McCann instigated the brawl. By your definition – should he be suspended for that duration?

      • wkb2003 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:17 AM

        Some pushing and shoving does not a brawl make. Big difference between a brawl and an incident.

      • theskinsman - Sep 29, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        What brawl? Mccann should’ve drilled that pea brain before he got to that plate.THAT would be starting a brawl. That little argument was nothing a but little league skirmish.

  24. km9000 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    When McCann blocked the plate, it’s not like the ump gestured to Gomez to simply pass around. The ump knew McCann’s position would lead to a confrontation, so why does he get a pass?

    Plus, the Braves did almost the same thing a couple week ago, so you’d think they would’ve been on a short leash. McCann, or anyone else, could do the exact same thing down the road and be perfectly justified in not expecting a suspension.

  25. hersheysquirts588 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Wow this excites me

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