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Dodgers' Greinke out with broken collar bone following brawl
THE MASTERS, Rd 2
By Joe Quinn - @joequinnshow
There's just no place for this in baseball.
Don't get me wrong, I'm as much of fan of a good fight as the next guy, but if I want to see a knock down, drag out brawl, I'll flip on the UFC or a hockey game.
What makes this instance to appalling is the fact that no pitcher, not even the dirtiest of them all, is going to intentionally hit anyone in a tie game on a FULL COUNT. Clearly, the ball got away from Greinke, and he ultimately paid the price with a broken collarbone.
Did Greinke say something to Quentin to set him off, as a lot of people have suggested? Probably. Greinke isn't exactly known as a guy who always has both feet firmly on the ground, if you catch my drift.
Jay Mohr made a great suggestion on his show today - anytime a player takes a step toward the mound like this, its an automatic 10-game suspension without pay. Regardless of the outcome.
Now, I'm not stupid- baseball's players union would never let this happen, which brings up another point. Is the union preventing the game from being better? Tough to make an argument against it, with the insane contracts and outdated rules.
On another note, just how severe is the injury to Greinke? Hard to say - there's not much precedent for broken collar bones among pitchers in MLB. Initial indications say a couple of months. Should it matter in the overall punishment Quentin receives?
I'd argue yes, absolutely! If I walk up and punch you in the face, and you get a broken nose, I'm looking at an assault charge. If I punch you in the face and you die from a brain hemorrhage, its a much more serious case. My intent was the same. The outcome if different. Regardless of whether Quentin directly caused the injury to Greinke or if it was the ensuing scrum, if he goes to first base LIKE HE'S SUPPOSED TO, this never happens.
As it turns out, Quentin will likely get a five or six game suspension, while Greinke, and the Dodgers ultimately, will be stuck with a $140 million dollar bench warmer for several months (if not the whole season).
Where's the justice in that?