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MLB suspends Martin Maldonado, Carlos Gomez, Travis Snider, and Russell Martin for Easter brawl

Apr 22, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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MLB has handed out suspensions for the Easter afternoon brawl between the Brewers and Pirates. On the Milwaukee side Martin Maldonado gets five games and Carlos Gomez gets three games. On the Pittsburgh side Travis Snider gets two games and Russell Martin gets one game. And they were all fined.

Maldonado receives the biggest punishment–including a $2,500 fine–after punching Snider in the face, resulting in a black eye and a large cut for the Pirates outfielder. Gomez got the whole ruckus going by admiring what he thought was a home run before sprinting for a triple, while Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole avoids a suspension presumably because MLB believes his involvement consisted of screaming at Gomez rather than, say, helping to incite the whole thing.

No word yet on which players plan to appeal the suspensions and/or fines. Martin has challenged Maldonado to an offseason fight in the name of raising money for charity, but Maldonado declined. As a backup catcher a five-game suspension really only means missing one game for Maldonado, who plays sparingly behind Brewers starter Jonathan Lucroy anyway.

  1. mikhelb - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    And last year MLB didn’t suspend Puig for his sucker punch to the back of Hinske’s head, but Hinske was suspended 7 games for not throwing a punch but receiving one from Puig, his penalty was later reduced to 1 game.

    But as in other instances, pitchers who incite a fight are not being penalized, I suppose MLB doesn’t suspend players when they do it “the right way”.

    • holz16 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Argue all you want about who was at fault, the real problem are the benches. If MLB really wanted to stop brawls, all they would have to do is make it an automatic 7 game suspension for anyone who leaves the bench. Not only would batting teams be less likely to act stupid, the ridiculous dance that they call fighting would be just a guy or 2 duking it out. I find it silly that people will excuse Cole for “just talking’. If it were alleged that he used a racial slur, this would be front page news. Thank goodness he did not, but words incite fights. Ignoring their power is just as stupid as throwing the first punch.

  2. hoopmatch - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    It was a dumb move by Maldonaldo, but at least he actually made contact with someone’s face in a fight. Usually these guys just push and shove.

    • apkyletexas - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Craig is not reporting it correctly – Maldonado pushed Snider’s sunglasses into his face, causing a laceration around his eye and the black eye. The Pittsburgh newspapers are reporting it correctly. There was no wicked punch by Maldonado.

      • sabatimus - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        What? That was an absolute smash of a punch. Tie Domi would be proud.

      • apkyletexas - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Craig also hasn’t bothered to report that Snider was being bear-hugged by a Brewer at the time that Maldonado took his cheap shot. Probably why Maldonado got the longest suspension.

        All this is made clear in the Pittsburgh papers.

        Also, here is Hurdle’s take: “Sometimes in this game we do lose respect for the opposition and we lose respect for the game. I think that’s when it can get complicated. Our guys showed the fact that they are going to play with intensity. The games matter and they count now. They will support and back up teammates when called upon to do so.”

        Clearly Hurdle wasn’t impressed with the “respect for the game doesn’t matter” arguments being advanced by Craig and others the past couple of days.

      • clemente2 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Please don’t point to Hurdle as an authority on anything.

  3. maddog11896 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Gerrit Cole weaseled his way out of this? Not only was he not ejected yesterday, but he started the whole thing. So what you’re saying is, don’t blame Cole for starting the forest fire, blame the trees for burning?

    • jjschiller - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      That’s a good one! Blame the trees for burning!

      Because it’s the most natural thing in the world to act like Gomez did when someone talks trash.

    • billybawl - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      No, it means don’t suspend and fine Cole for yelling “I hate you, you stupid f***ing tree!” then walking away.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Cole gets nothing because he didn’t get violent.

      If we’re going to suspend players for yelling at other players, we’ll need to expand the 25-man roster to, say, 125…

    • tysonpunchinguterus - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      There’s not much precedent for suspending or fining a player for yelling during a game. Now, should Cole decide to get revenge by throwing at Gomez the next time he takes the mound against the Brewers, it’s a safe bet that some sort of fine and/or suspension would come his way.

      • vanmorrissey - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        Now see, if Cole had any brains and could have just walked around and said nothing, then he could have taken care of it himself the next time he faces Gomez probably without a suspension. Now, if he does anything like throw at his head, he’s gone and should be suspended. Think, just a little.

  4. MattJanik - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Only two games for Snider is, compared to some of the other decisions, a total joke. Dude wasn’t even IN the game, and the brawl was basically finished, until he came out of the dugout acting like a jackass.

    You never want to be advocating in favor of a dude getting punched in the face, but there was some definite karma behind that punch.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Yeah Snider should have gotten the same as Gomez.

    • sabatimus - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      I guess Gomez got more games because he was the first person to get violent. But Snider either punched Gomez or elbowed or forearm shivered him to the ground. His suspension ought to at least equal Gomez’.

  5. jre80 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Dead on billybawl

  6. mvp43 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    What a complete joke MLB!

    Cole starts it by barking at Gomez and he gets nothing? great message you’re sending.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      He didn’t get violent. Gomez did. It’s consistent.

  7. ranoversquarells - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Snider got pwned with that punch. Quite the beautiful site

    • Wesley Clark - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Sight. Unless you are referring to the actual physical place where the punch took place.

    • tuberippin - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      It is a pretty great website.

  8. mvp43 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Well, if Cole was upset that Gomez took too long to get out of the box, he better not show any emotion after a big strike out. That’s essentially the same thing.
    .

  9. senioreditor2 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    They’ll all be watching the postseason on TV anyways…………….

  10. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Gomez did nothing wrong at first, Cole did nothing wrong yelling at Gomez for doing nothing wrong. Gomez started it all when he tried to fight Cole for yelling at him. Walk around the bases, yell at each other it’s all in good fun. But Gomez acted like an idiot when he didn’t like what Cole said to him and tried to start a fight.

    • mvp43 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Gomez did act like an idiot, but how is it that Cole gets no suspention for starting it in the first place by barking at Gomez? …….. that make no sense at all.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        Because words are not fights. Bat flips are not fights. Flip a bat, that is not starting a fight. Yell at a player – also not starting a fight. Throw a punch – that is starting a fight

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        Because (as Drew states above)…
        If we are going to start suspended players for yelling at one another the rosters are gonna’ need expanded drastically. In Drews words…”from 25 to 125.” Lol!

  11. lanflfan - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    I would have gone with:
    5 games
    Cole (cause 1)
    Gomez (cause 2)
    Maldonado

    3 games
    Martin (and more if he doesn’t stop mouthing off)

    2 games
    Snider

    Nothing happens if Cole doesn’t yell, but Gomez has cemented his reputation (deserved or not) as a hothead, so I would not be surprised to see more pitchers try and get a reaction from him. Both are equally at fault (both could have prevented it all with different choices) so they should have the same penalty.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Gonzalez threw a helmet – no chance he gets the same as Cole.

      Who started what can go in circles for ever. Bottom line is the bat flip and the words would have been barely noticed had OTHERS not thrown punches. And after the punches started, Gonzalez got into it – which is what he is suspended for.

      • beermakers - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Yeah!!!! That helmet toss was SOO erroneous, and actions were SO distasteful that you can’t even get his name right.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Auto-correct….and…uhhh…try decaf, spaz boy

  12. beermakers - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    If the Pirates bench didn’t have to run out to the field, after Cole had to chirp about something he had no business to. This brawl wouldn’t have happened.

    It was pretty obvious the Brewers were going to get the tougher end suspension, mostly because they know how brawls work.

    The Pirates were upset about losing close games they shouldn’t have, more so than than Gomez I would hope to assume, because the pirates were equally “excessive” watching their fly balls, and had no business getting upset.

  13. johngaltwho - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Snider deserved the biggest suspension – not only did he join the melee from the dugout but he was actually the first one to get physical – he tackled Gomez, then grabbed his leg and twisted while Gomez was on the ground. The only reason he got a lesser suspension is cause he blocked that punch so effectively with his eye that they gave him credit for time served. Cole better remember that he plays in the national league – where pitchers get up to bat so he better not start throwing at people – whiny brat started the whole thing.

  14. johngaltwho - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Gimme a break, how many times do pitchers pump their fist or point to the sky after a critical strike out? Thats fine – but delay a second before running to first and you’re disrespecting the game, you’re taunting the poor pitcher. In no other sport do players cry about excessive celebration – if its excessive, the oversight committees can exact penalties whether they be fines or suspensions and thats that. The next football game where the quarterback sprints down the field to high five his receiver after a touchdown catch will be followed by a bench clearing brawl because the cornerback verbally attacked the tight end who cheered just a little too loud after the game winning score. Seriously – as they said in Miracle – Cole needs to “worry about his own game – plenty there to keep him busy.”

    • Wesley Clark - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      What are these Quarterback and Reveiver things you are referrring to?

      • renaado - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

        Quater change with a name in the back…? Probably, reciever. Change the receiver? As a fan of Baseball living in a different country, this is highly confusing.

  15. mvp43 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Here’s what will happen:

    The next time these 2 teams play, the Pirates will get revenge by throwing at Brewers batters. Somehow this practice does not disrespect the game?? what a joke.

  16. seanwasamarine - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Gomez is a punk bitch

    • sabatimus - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      This is Gomez’ MO. He’s done this before. And he’s totally unapologetic about it even though he was the one who started the violence. Sure Cole chirped at him. But it was Gomez who started the fight.

      He honestly sounds like Milton Bradley–a guy who blamed everyone but himself for his issues.

      • uwsptke - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Please don’t compare Gomez to a guy with actual mental issues that continualy crop up in his personal life. Gomez is a passionate baseball player, but that energy isn’t misdirected into off-field shenanigans.

        He’s unapologetic about this instance, because he believes he was in the right. He apologized and accepted his suspension last season against the Braves, because he knew he started it. McCann was the one who started the melee by physically blocking the plate after his homer, but Gomez knew he put things in motion by opening his mouth and shouting at players as he ran around the bases . Cole is the one who put everything in motion in this instance, so Gomez believes he did nothing wrong. He does the “bat flip” after every time he puts the ball in play, and the expression on his face is clearly “where is the ball?” and not a look of admiration.

    • shaggytoodle - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Why, because someone popped off at him, so he stood up or himself, then a group of people piling out towards him from 10 yards or so away? I understand people say just let it be, and some people are better at it than others, but I won’t judge someone for responding in that situation either, people are going to react different when stuff like that goes on.

      If you want to call Gomez and his style of play “punkish” so be it, I would rather have a guy that acts and plays like Gomez, then a pitcher that nearly gets taken yard, and has to wine about something Gomez did in the box the Pirates were just as bad if not worse as “showmanship” goes, but Cole is a young guy hopefully he will wisen up.

  17. kevjones75 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    No big whoop. Nice right job from Maldonado. Brewers won the fight and the series. I’ll take it.

  18. ranoversquarells - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Arms-Pittsburg is a joke of a hillbilly town and even more so of a franchise

  19. moogro - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    The wealthy sure get trivial punishments in the USA.

  20. disgracedfury - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Martin is a hypocrite as they showed he did the exact same thing as Gomez but Gomez made it to third.

  21. northernredneck758 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    This just in Milwaukee Brewers make it four dollar beer night when the Pirates come to town. That should be fun. With fans tossing one dollar hot dogs at Cole if he pitches.

  22. weeniss - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    I’m so sick of this talk about him admiring his thought to be homer. Players do it all the time!! Big f—ing deal! David Ortiz does it all the time. They might as well say the giving high fives is showing off.

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