LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2013 — Ian Kennedy ended up on the business end of Major League Baseball, receiving a ten game suspension on Friday as a result of his actions that led to a bench clearing brawl between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. The suspension ensures that Kennedy will miss two starts for Arizona.
Eight people were given suspensions of various lengths. Eric Hinske received a five game suspension for his role. He also received a punch in the back of the head that night from Dodger rookie, Yasiel Puig. For his actions, Puig received no punishment.
Dodger players, J.P. Howell and Skip Schumaker, each will sit out two games. Ronald Belisario, who said the feud with Arizona was still not over the following day, has a one game suspension.
The foundations for the brawl were laid when Puig took an Ian Kennedy fastball to the face, sort of. The ball grazed his helmet and nose, but there was no blood and Puig stayed in the game. Later, Zack Greinke threw three pitches at Miguel Montero trying to avenge the pitch the earlier hit Puig in the face. All three missed. He finally succeeded on the fourth pitch, hitting Montero in the back.
The actual Brawl started after Ian Kennedy went after Greinke.
The interesting part here is that Puig was not suspended, but even more interesting is that Zack Greinke was given no punishment.
The punishment for Ian Kennedy was so harsh because he threw at Greinke’s head, hitting him in the shoulder, after both benches had been given a warning.
Both managers, Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson, received a one game suspension, while Dodger hitting coach, Mark McGwire, will have to sit out two games.
This is the second brawl that has involved both the Dodgers and Zack Greinke. Earlier in the year Greinke hit Carlos Quentin with a pitch that started a bench clearing brawl in San Diego. That altercation left Greinke on the disabled list with a broken collar bone.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 8 ½ games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. The teams will next face each other on Monday, July 8 in Arizona. The two team will have a total of ten more games against each other this season.
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