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Report: Martin Maldonado suspended five games for brawl

Apr 22, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

Travis Snider black eye AP

No official word from MLB yet, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado has been suspended five games and fined $2,500 for his role in Sunday afternoon’s brawl with the Pirates.

There will be more news of suspensions coming, likely later this afternoon, but Maldonado was front and center by landing a punch to the face of Travis Snider that resulted in the black eye shown in the accompanying photo.

Pirates catcher Russell Martin said yesterday that he’d like to fight Maldonado during the offseason to raise some money for charity. Maldonado declined.

Maldonado is a backup catcher, so being suspended for five games likely only means he’ll sit out one more game than he would have under normal circumstances.

  1. renaado - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Holy Jesus… Is that Travis Snider? Haven’t watch the recap about that game yesterday, can’t believe I witness back to back brawls here.

    • rocketsteadman - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      I know its hard to tell that this is Travis Snider, with that mustache of his already in midseason form and all

    • apkyletexas - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Craig is over-dramatizing the Travis Snider photo. He didn’t get the black eye from a wicked punch – he got it from the fact he was wearing sunglasses and they got smashed into his face. The Pittsburgh newspapers are reporting it correctly. You can see the ring they left around his eye.

      • thomasmccabe - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        “he was wearing sunglasses and they got smashed into his face.” …from a punch, right?

  2. Jeff - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    I guess when you leave the dugout to go into a rumble to push down the baserunner you got to be ready to get popped. Memo to Russell Martin, getting punched straight on in the middle of a fight isn’t a sucker punch

    • notsofast10 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      A fight???? Since when do fights occur on the field? Almost all the time there is pushing and shoving but no punches thrown…..and by the way in this “fight” there was only one punch thrown and it was a cheap shot!!!!

      • Jeff - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        how is it cheap? Snider could have punched Gomez instead of pushing him down. guys were defending their teammates with their chosen tactics

      • notsofast10 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        It is a cheap shot when you are being held by someone else and looking in a different direction and the punch comes from a different direction from someone you are not engaged with or even looking at. Why is that so hard to understand???????

      • Jeff - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        LOL if Snider wanted to avoid being held, maybe next time not rush the field and push the baserunner. He accepted the risk the second he left the dugout. It’s not a cheap shot because he acted first. Why is THAT so hard to understand?

      • robertb655 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        They’re all p*****s. I’ve heard of fake hustle, this is all FAKE tough guys. Yes, even Gomez

    • jrob23 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      idiot. Maldonado hit him from behind. A total bitch ass move. Hope he gets beaned in the temple. Guys like him are the scum of the earth

      • jm91rs - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Yeah, I hope he gets hit in the temple and never plays again. And maybe dies. Because that’s part of baseball. /S

      • Jeff - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        “hit him from behind” you definitely didn’t see the video, or evidently, the picture posted above

      • uwsptke - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Watch the tape again, jrob. You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

      • endzonepete - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        How do you hit someone from behind and give them a black eye? Quit making excuses for the guy. He had it coming and he got popped.

      • jrob23 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        folks, when you are being held and you are not looking in the direction a punch is coming from, getting sucker punched is akin to getting hit from behind. Sorry Brewers fans. You are defending a scumbag coward

    • kylewo - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      I’m not a fan of either of these teams, so no dog in this one. Snider was punched while being held by two guys. Come on. People let their homerness get in the way of their senses, like vision…

    • rohlo - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      it wasnt straight on , he sucker punched him!

  3. notsofast10 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Sorry, should have been longer, it was the cheapest of cheap shots! With only 5 games, Snyder should be able to take an unsuspecting shot at his mug!!!

  4. therealbigben - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    That shiner actually improves the look of Snider’s face. #Rosacea

    • downvotesforeveryone - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Sweet hashtagging skills, douchenozzle.

      • therealbigben - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Sweet commenting skills, brosef. Maybe Pitt should try to win a game against Milwaukee before they run up on GoGo.

        This aggression will not stand man

  5. jm91rs - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    This is the Pirates, it’s not over. They hold grudges and hit batters for seemingly no reason.

  6. drewsylvania - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Too light. This guarantees retribution.

    If MLB wants to emulate the NHL’s spectacularly ineffective suspension system, they’re on the right track.

  7. icanspeel - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Wonder what Brewers will do for backup catcher since for 5 games they will have a 24 man roster so if they want to call up a backup catcher someone needs to get demoted

    • uwsptke - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      First, I believe you can call up players to replace those on suspension. Second, they have Herrera, who can play pretty much all positions and is the emergency catcher. Lucroy is just going to have to start 5 games in a row (Maldonado started yesterday).

      • icanspeel - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        “An MLB player on the Suspended List counts against both his club’s Active List (25-man roster) and Reserve List (40-man roster), while a minor league player on the Suspended List counts against his club’s Reserve List but does not count against his club’s Active List.”

        So technically they will have 24 players since he will count.. I was just more-so curious if Lucroy got hurt or something who was next in line and maddog11896 answered that.

    • maddog11896 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Elian Herrera actually was a catcher back when he started playing, he’ll start a game maybe.

  8. skipperxc - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Maldonado started yesterday in anticipation of a suspension, and Milwaukee has an off day on Thursday. He probably isn’t going to miss any real playing time.

  9. endzonepete - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Snider should be pissed at his pitcher for starting the thing in the first place. Imagine if everyone that struck out acted the same way Cole did after being hit hard to center. He’s just a big baby. Nobody seems to care when its David Ortiz that flips his bat or watches his home runs.

    • jjschiller - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      “Nobody seems to care when its David Ortiz that flips his bat or watches his home runs.”

      See, the error in your logic here is, you’re assuming no one has ever said anything to David Ortiz. And that’s because you’ve never seen David Ortiz take his helmet off and try to bash anybody’s brains in. This assumes that the natural and appropriate response to trash talk, is to take your helmet off and try to bash somebody’s brains in.

      Almost certainly, especially early in his career, players said something to David Ortiz about bat flips and slow jaunts around the bases. He never exploded like a crazy person in response, so you don’t know about it.

  10. johngaltwho - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Pirates manufactured the melee and got what they deserve on the field (literally) – a loss and a black eye. They should also share in the punishment off the field – just because they lost the fight, doesnt mean they should be absolved of the fact that they started it.

  11. pappageorgio - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    I hardly see this as the “cheap shot” people are calling it. Snyder rushed out there and threw himself into the middle of a fight, pushing down Gomez. We all have the benefit of watching it on replay in slo-mo and saw what happened.

    News to people here who have never been in or around a fight before: It all happens really fast.

    Maldonado saw his teammate go down and retaliated against the guy who did it. Snyder was being a tough-guy by planting himself in the middle of the action and he got popped. This is what happens when men fight.

    If one of the the guys not really doing anything around the edge of the fight got pooped like that it would be a cheap-shot….but when you willfully plant yourself in the middle and take an active role in a fight you have to take the good with the bad.

  12. maddog11896 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Of course this is bias coming from a Brewer fan, but I can look at it both ways. When Gomez hit that ball, he did leave the box slowly but that was because he thought it was either a homerun or a fly out. When he realized it wasn’t going to go out, he sprinted. Also, everyone talks about this bat flip he did… are you kidding me? If that’s considered a bat flip nowadays then the Pirates should pay Big Papi a visit (no offense, I love Ortiz.) Now, Cole could have been the better man. He could have realized he made a bad pitch, accepted what happened and respond by striking out the next guy. But what does he do? Start barking at Gomez for watching a fly ball! News flash Gerrit: the difference from that ball being a fly out and a homer was about 12 inches at the most. Now as you can see if the video, the umpire restrained Gomez. But Cole kept running his mouth and before Gomez even made a move towards Cole, the benches began to clear. Now everyone saying Gomez threw his helmet, that is false. He actually swung with his helmet in hand before dropping it and being tackled my Snider. Now this is where I have an issue. Granted it was a cheap shot, but Snider was literally all over Gomez, and Maldonado is being punished for helping a teammate.

    At the end of the day, I do believe Gomez, Snider and Maldonado deserve suspensions. But if Gerrit Cole gets out of all this without punishment, there’s something seriously wrong. I don’t see how anyone can argue that he didn’t start that whole ruckus because he was absolutely 100% without a doubt responsible for it. The fact he wasn’t ejected from the game baffles me.

    • billybawl - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      You kind of had me until the end there. I think Cole escapes because he mouthed off, then walked away. Pro athletes say stuff to each other all the time and don’t get run out of the game. Not a smart move on his part, and regrettable in hindsight, but it’s the getting physical part that needs to be punished.

      • maddog11896 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        I agree 100% but the fact is he started mouthing off, started a brawl on the field, and just walked back to the mound and watched. The right thing to do, but he deserves some sort of punishment for what he said. His job is to pitch, not tell batters what to do.

    • bh192012 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Who did Gerrit Cole hit?

      • johngaltwho - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Football is actually a far more physical and aggressive sport than baseball and you dont see guys complaining every time an opponent takes advantage of their mistake and scores. Its just not done. Guys spike the ball in the endzone, dunk over the goalposts… Football players understand that the best revenge is superior play, go out and win the game, thats a statement. Cole is a wuss, a poor sport, and should have shared in the suspension.

  13. mvp43 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I hope Cole never shows any emotion after a big strike out because he’ll be showing up the batter. Maldonado deserves 5 games, so does Snider. Gomez did nothing wrong until he responded to Cole. Gomez and Cole should receive the same suspention, otherwise there’s something wrong.

    • jjschiller - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      You’ve lost your ever loving mind.

      Gomez is going to get 10 games and Cole a fine.

      • pappageorgio - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Gomez deserves a fine and no suspension IMO. If he didn’t have his reputation people wouldn’t see as much wrong with what he did.

      • jjschiller - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        “If this guy wasn’t such a redass, nobody would even know what a redass he was. It’s not fair.”

      • clemente2 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Gomez 3 games; Cole none. Bet on it.

  14. tomtravis76 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Pirates should just hire Alan Mills as a bench coach, then nobody will mess with them. Darryl Strawberry can attest to that.

  15. canadiansportsfan77 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Funny thing about this is the two guys who started the whole thing ran as fast as possible in the opposite direction once the “fight” began.

    On another note, Maldanodo can count his blessings he got a sucker in to Travis and gets to look tough while Travis never got to get ahold of him. Lunchbox would have ate him up out there.

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