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Chipper Jones chimed in on the Carlos Gomez incident

Apr 20, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

The benches were emptied on Sunday afternoon during the Brewers-Pirates series. Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez hit a 400-foot triple off of Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, and he admired it while slowly making his way to first base. When he noticed the ball was not, in fact, going to leave the ballpark, Gomez turned on the afterburners and scurried to third base. Cole barked at Gomez, and Gomez didn’t take too kindly to it. A fracas ensued.

It’s not the first nor the last time that we will see pitchers being sensitive to hitters acting cocky after crushing one of their mistake pitches. Likewise, we’ll continue seeing players defending their honor when called out.

Former Baseball Police Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, also a former teammate of Baseball Police Chief Brian McCann (a participant in last year’s incident with Gomez), decided to chime in on the matter on Twitter:

Someone responded to Jones, suggesting that Jones himself has admired his own baseball work.

So, remember kids, if you want to stare, don’t misjudge a 400-foot fly ball by a couple of inches. That’s just rude.

111 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. wahoo21 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    It becomes more evident everyday that players only play for the name on the back of the jersey than the name on the front.

    Just a guess that when these two teams meet again…..gomez gets earholed

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      This is only becoming clear to you now? Oh, and not for nothing, why shouldn’t they be?

    • nmatteoli - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Maybe you just started watching Baseball, but thats its beauty. It is the most selfish team sport. Its all about getting YOUR numbers. And the very best are the absolute most SELFISH

  2. jackburtonsmullet - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Basically, Chippy and Cole got their feelings hurt by someone staring at a fly ball to long.

    • rrsm53 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:31 AM

      you are taught from a young age hit the ball and run let it do what it will do. The guy is a hot dog for sure someone is going head hunting on him and it wll result in something wrong happening.

      His manager and Gm should get on his ass about it even his own teammates should pull him aside. Hit the ball and run, you can admire it once it clears the fence by doing the slow trot around the bases or whatever.

      Time to grow up. You obviously never played competitive sports your probably just an athletic supporter…………………………………..

      • jackburtonsmullet - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Hahahahahaha!!! You’re even more sensitive than Chippy and Cole. You got your feelings hurt by a comment on a blog.

      • brianthab - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        And let me guess. Travis Snider and Russell Martin did nothing wrong running out to fight him when they were in the lineup Sunday.

        What a two-faced comment.

  3. musketmaniac - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    The fat and bloated beer bellied babe, hit 650 of his home runs to right field exclusively. considering how small those ball parks were and yankee stadium having one of the shortest right field porches playing against watered down segregated teams. He was AWESOME. that’s how little I know of the game. THE DEFINITION OF MORON SHOULD BE SHEEP BEING FED BULLSHYT THERE WHOLE LIFE AND DIETING ON FECES BECAUSE THEY THINK IT TASTES LIKE CAVIAR.

    • yahmule - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      You are grotesquely stupid.

    • nobs3 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Maniac — If you really believe what you wrote, you need to read the book, “The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs”.
      NO — it does not try to say that he actually DID that, but it points out the rule differences and the extreme differences in ballpark dimensions between Ruth’s day and the present era. In just one season (1921, when Ruth hit 59 HRs), he “lost” 45 more that would have been HRs today, had he played in today’s average ballpark and with today’s rules.
      The author points out that in the 1920’s, a ball hit down the line that left the playing area in fair territory was ruled foul, if it later curved foul before it hit something. Ruth lost several HRs as a result of that rule difference. But by far, the biggest difference was the dimensions of the parks. Ruth hit a number of fair balls to both power alleys and to center field that would have easily cleared today’s fences. Some of those fell for doubles and triples, but others were just long outs. many of the fields back then had center field dimensions well exceeding 500 feet.
      The author shows field dimensions for every park, as well as a hit-by-hit description of Ruth’s “104 Home Runs”, including the length of those hits and where they landed. He did hit a few to left, but MANY of his “long hits” were to center or to the power alleys. They did NOT all go to the short fence in right field.
      Please check your sources and you will see that your statement: “considering how small those ball parks were”, is completely unfounded. Find some sources that show the actual park dimensions and see for yourself. You should also read the section in that same book that discusses Ruth’s barnstorming (post season exhibition games). He (and many other Major League players of the time) did play against stars from the Negro Leagues in those games. Fans of that time were able to watch both groups and compare talent. From what I’ve read, the two were pretty evenly matched.

  4. musketmaniac - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    The negro players over rated. You Fuc..ng Moron. Name five from that era. Most non baseball people know ten great yankee players from that era. Most great baseball minds today cannot name five Negro players. yea they were overrated you simpleton

    • jolink653 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      I assume you’re referring to players like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Oscar Charleston, Larry Doby, etc. who were great players, no doubt, but maybe stop to consider the level of talent they were playing against, not to mention that many major league stars such as Babe Ruth and Bob Feller, who organized an entire tour with Satchel Paige, routinely barnstormed around the country playing against stars from the Negro league teams and still were able to hit/pitch at a high level against those stars, who were also really talented. But hey, don’t let facts stop you from your ranting

  5. chpdsgn - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Whoever this smug author is, obviously doesn’t know a damn thing about baseball. I hate these little corporate “blogs”, where anyone off the street can write their “opinion” after stating three sentences. In Baseball (which is the last sport to actually practice sportsmanship) You run until the ball goes over the fence, or at least you are supposed to. If you watch it, it better go over the fence. Chipper Jones is a HALL OF FAMER (first ballot in a couple of years, he only hit over .300 for his career, from both sides of the plate, only watched over 400 homers clear the fence) and he knows what he is talking about; “Hardball Talk” needs to hire some people who actually know the game.

  6. Gary Trujillo - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    The negro league players were “overrated!” You, sir, are a goddamn moron. Ssatchel Paige was pitching in the big leagues (when he finally got the chance….no thanks to bigots like you) at the age of 50. Go die!

  7. albithatch12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    “So, remember kids, if you want to stare, don’t misjudge a 400-foot fly ball by a couple of inches. That’s just rude.”

    Here’s the problem, for whoever wrote this article (not interested enough to look it up): Gomez not hotdogging could have resulted in another run and prevented the game from going to extra innings – Milwaukee is lucky they ended up winning. Why all the focus on this being “rude”? Chipper’s exactly right – there was a baseball game going on. So remember kids: hustle and play the game the right way, then maybe you won’t have multiple teams going after you. For a good example, see: Derek Jeter.

    • jrbdmb - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      That’s what I don’t get here … the Brewers should be annoyed at him for not hustling, and the Pirates should be thanking for throwing away an inside the park HR.

    • notsofast10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      A triple is all he gets on that hit even if he was running right out of the box. NO WAY does he get an inside the park home run on that! So……he did not cost his team a run and your comment is null and void.

      Everybody is making way too much of a deal out of this, baseball pitchers and some former hitters need some serious sensitivity training!

    • 0fer5 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      LOL. Hate to be the one to make you cry, but Jeter did the exact same thing with a double that hit off the right field wall last week.

      This is the problem, all these “traditionalists” are remembering a part of the game that probably never existed in any real sense.

  8. jesseg53 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    This was my tweet, funny how Chipper never responded to my next tweet when he mentioned not doing it for a triple. I said, well shouldn’t the justice be the fact that Gomez didn’t get an inside the park homer because he was watching it? Why does Cole need to open his mouth after that? Don’t call someone out and call them a hotdog when you have admired your homers before.

    So stupid, just like these so called “un-written” rules.

    • brianthab - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Chipper is just mad cause half his career he could not run that fast to get a triple.

    • nobs3 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      I’m old enough to have seen guys like Berra and Mantle play in person (at the old Griffith Stadium in Washington, DC, before the Senators moved).
      NO WAY those guys would have “admired” a home run. Those were the days before huge contracts, so players were (with a few exceptions) “expendable”. If a guy had the nerve to stand and watch a HR, or flip his bat on his way to first base, he would have had his next pitch aimed at his ear. Teams — pitchers in particular — wouldn’t tolerate that behavior. But with the multi-million dollar guaranteed contracts of today, the owners want their investments (in players) protected, so the umpires won’t tolerate a “high hard one” thrown at a hitter.
      Guys played the game as it was supposed to be played. It was a sport and a game — not an exhibition for the benefit of TV. I remember reading that as a rookie, Ty Cobb got the sign for a sacrifice bunt in the 9th inning of a tie game. The pitcher threw a fat pitch, which Cobb hit over the fence for a game-winning walkoff HR. His manager then fined him for not following the bunt sign. The TEAM result, not that of the individual player, was the object of the game. It SHOULD still be that way today, but most players (and their agents) would probably argue otherwise.

  9. davenurd64 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Okay, I dont usually chime in on much, but this is to much. First of all I am a avid baseball fan and 49 yrs old. I grew up watching the likes of Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Andre Dawson, Dave Parker and Jim Rice hitting real home runs. Then the steroid era came with Mark McGwire and Jose Conseco, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds. Regardless of who they were, when one of them smashed a towering home run they would watch its majestic flight. If only for a moment or for a few seconds. These guys hit towering shots measuring into the 500 foot range at times, certainly something to stand and admire. What I saw this past Sunday goes to show what baseball is now giving us…..prima donna punks who talk trash and yell at opposing pitchers and players when they hit homer runs no more than 400 or so feet. Carlos Gomez is nothing but a classic case of this. Twice in the past 2 years he has been involved in bench clearing brawls that could easily have been avoided. Do pitchers over pump there arms and talk trash to hitters when they strike them out ? Or position players talking trash when making a great fielding play ? What makes it worse is that yesterdays hit wasn’t even a home run. Be real, if this punk had to stand toe to toe with a pitcher without the aid of 50 plus teammates coming to your rescue, I am sure it would make for better baseball. In both brawls you can see Gomez act like he wants to fight yet ends up the furthest person from the carnage he created. That’s a punk ass move. In every sport if you leave the dugout of bench, sidelines or whatever you are suspended and fined. Baseball needs to implicate this rule also. I like the NHL rule…..2 people have a beef over something and want to throw hands, let them until there’s a clear over kill happening and stop it before severe injury may occur. I bet if Brian McCann had punched Gomez in his grill last year and busted out a tooth or two, Gomez would have thought twice about his actions yesterday. But no. McCann would have been looked at as the aggressor and severely fined and suspended if he took that stance. Yet you can clearly see Gomez talking trash all the way around the bases from the second he hit the ball. And if the pitcher retaliates and throws at the hitter his next time up he is then tossed from the game. Yet some two bit punk like Gomez can hit a triple and admire it and then over react to the pitcher saying something about it is okay?? MLB needs to take a look at this and set a NEW precedence.

    • pcoffey49 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I would love to see Mr. Gomez step into the batters box and face a gentleman named Bob Gibson. case closed!

    • wirtzluke - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      hey buddy…. the guy that started it was pirates pitcher Cole. and where was Cole when the benches cleared? he stirred up things and left the scene, retreating back to the pitchers mound. So before you start calling Gomez a little baby, look at Cole. Gomez is a high energy guy who is a spark plug for the Brewers. I did not hear about a single player on the brewers who was not ready to back him up.

  10. shyts7 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    I see we have a new contender for dumbest blog writer. Chipper has earned the right to speak his mind. Gomez couldn’t even hold Chipper’s jock strap. Chipper was totally on the money. Had Gomez not looked at the ball, he could of had an inside the park jack. Gomez is also wrong by totally blowing up for a little bit of nothing. Gomez now has the reputation of being a hot head. If I were he manager and my player stood there looking, he would be benched for at least a game of two. No excuse for watching when you should of been running.

    • brianthab - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      How come you never mention Snider and Russell in all of this? They were trying to fight and were not even in the lineup.

      Even Cole admitted Sunday night he was wrong for doing this.

      I just laugh at many who think Gomez was solely at fault. It is like you had something in your eye anytime it was a Pirate doing something.

      • shyts7 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        What are you even talking about. The article is about Chipper and Gomez. Yes those guys were wrong but just watch at how fast Gomez blows up. I have no problem with people jawing at one another but Gomez goes from 0 to 10 in a heartbeat. Btw I’m not a Pirates fan.

  11. southernmaster - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Gomez is more than a hothead – he’s a psycho.

  12. chauncey12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I actually agree with the point the author is trying to make, but does he really have to be so douchey?

  13. realgone2 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Gotta love jerk off bloggers who never played a game out outside of a beer softball league telling future hall of famers what to think

  14. s0krat3s - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    When it happens once you can call “baseball police.” When the same player is doing it time after time after time after time, that is not an issue of “baseball police.” It is an issue with the player being an arse. Hit a HR off other people, so what. But don’t act like an arse every time you do it.
    You’re right, their is an unwritten rule in baseball, its called don’t act like a complete arse to your opponent.

    If this was A-Rod or Braun doing this after each HR everyone would be attacking them for their actions, but somehow Gomez gets a pass?

  15. tb00mke - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Gomez doesn’t get a pass on any of this, he started an altercation and will probably face a suspension for it. A batter is going to watch what they think is a home run the same way a pitcher is going to fist pump and jump around after striking out the side. Not only was the ball NOT a homerun, Gomez got a little too hot headed and will pay the price for it. The only shame here is that Pittsburg couldn’t capitalize on it and lost the game anyways. Boo hoo for them.

  16. musketmaniac - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    jolin every idiot has the internet, and you googled and got the top five. good boy I’m out treats though!

  17. charliealphabravo - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Can we please stop making excuses for Carlos Gomez’s classless behavior?

  18. sgtcook1959 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Its much ado about nothing. One, it was a divisional game (the teams naturally don’t like each other.) Two, players have long memories. Who knows, maybe Cole threw one under the chin of Gomez the last time they faced each other, or maybe he struck him out and did the fist pump… it doesn’t matter. This stuff happens all of the time in baseball. Is it right, who cares, get on with the game.

  19. rythestunner - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Hey Bill Baer, take off your homer glasses and try to write an objective article next time.

  20. musketmaniac - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    most baseball expert’s are completely convinced that ty cobb threw many baseball games to pay off his enormous gambling debt.

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