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Nick Massett suspended three games, David Carpenter fined as a result of that Braves-Rockies plunk war

Jun 17, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT


You’ll recall last Thursday that things got chippy between the Braves and the Rockies. This after Corey Dickerson accidentally hit Gerald Laird with his backswing, knocking him out of the game. Braves pitcher David Carpenter took offense to that accident for reasons known only to him and hit Dickerson. After that both sides were warned, though plunkings and ejections still continued.

Today, discipline:

Nick Masset of the Colorado Rockies has received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Evan Gattis of the Atlanta Braves, with a warning in place, in the top of the ninth inning of the Thursday, June 12th game at Coors Field in Denver . . . In addition, Braves pitcher David Carpenter has received an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at Colorado’s Corey Dickerson in the bottom of the eighth inning, which resulted in warnings for both sides.

Small sanctions, especially for pitchers, but the league has to do something in situations like this. I would have liked to see Carpenter suspended, however. Even if his throwing at Dickerson was pre-warning, it was clearly premeditated. And uncalled for, even under the dumb unwritten rules.

  1. emdash01 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Yeah, not suspending Carpenter was bad judgment. It sends the message that you can start conflicts all you want and the other side will be punished when they respond.

    • bravoschop88 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Carpenter has just been put on the 15 day DL. Suspending him would do no good

      • emdash01 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Then he should be suspended for a few days whenever he gets activated – MLB does not and should not care about the health status of the player under discipline.

  2. tbird05 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I typically can understand most of the policing the Braves do, but this one was beyond me. There is no way he meant to hit Laird with his follow through. Unless he said some things to Laird or Carpenter (which I doubt), the plunking by Carpenter was REALLY uncalled for. Should have gotten a suspension, but at least his fine will hurt some…after all, he isn’t a big money guy.

    • baberuthslegs - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      They hurt your guy, you gotta hurt their guy. Simple as that. It should end at that point.

      • emdash01 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        Yeah, no, no one ever retaliates for accidental hits like that. The only case I’ve ever heard of, with Machado and the A’s, happened at the end of a whole weekend of Machado acting like a jerk and after an A got plunked seemingly on purpose. I’ve never heard of another case of plunking someone for hitting a catcher with a backswing before that. So unless they had a history with Dickerson, this was just bizarre.

  3. metalhead65 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    wait nick masset and his bum shoulder are still in the league? what a waste his time with the reds were, well at least for the reds anyway he still got paid for doing nothing.

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Once again, MLB completely wiffs at the opportunity to stop this sort of headhunting behavior. It’s OK to assault someone you feel slighted you, but it’s not OK to retaliate or defend yourself.

  5. nolasoxfan2012 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Absolutely idiotic that Carpenter gets off with a fine. That was as obvious an intentional HBP as you’ll find. If MLB demonstrated that the instigator would be the most severely punished, this would stop. Instead they’ve punished the victim team. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

  6. mikhelb - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    So… McCann is not there anymore and the Braves are still being “enforcers of the unwritten rules”, then maybe it has to do more with their manager and coaches instilling in them that way of thinking than on players taking exception to protect their teammates… though it was known that in NY, McCann refused to ask Aceves for pitches because McCann did not like that every pitch he asked Aceves in the middle of the plate was hit for a HR and Aceves shaked the signals when he was asked to pitch there (McCann does not like to be shaken)… ultimately Aceves got the signals from the dugout.

  7. mikhelb - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    suspending a pitcher most of time will result in a day off, if any, because in some instances they are suspended WITH PAY, they should institute that any pitcher suspended should receive at least 10 games an nothing less, something that their teammates feel like a real punishment for those actions, and in a way they would have to police themselves to avoid hurting their team.

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