The Diamondbacks-Dodgers brawl on Tuesday has resulted in eight players getting suspended, with ten games for Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy being the harshest punishment. Eric Hinske of the Diamondbacks got five games, while managers Kirk Gibson and Don Mattingly each got a game.
JP Howell and Skip Schumaker of the Dodgers each got a pair of games, as did Los Angeles hitting coach Mark McGwire. Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario also got a game off. Fines were also issued to all of the suspended parties as well as Zack Greinke and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers, and Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra of the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers organization was also fined by the league after players on the DL left their bench during the brawl, and neither the Diamondbacks nor Dodgers will be allowed to have players on the DL on their benches through this weekend's games.
There's a bit of a controversy brewing online about Puig and Greinke not getting suspended, but reportedly, MLB passed on a suspension for Puig because they felt that Hinske escalated the conflicted with him. As for Greinke, various fans are citing his throwing at Montero the half inning before the brawl erupted as the reason he also deserves a suspension. But if you want to dredge up the unwritten rules of baseball, a player is allowed to retaliate once a teammate is hit, which is what Greinke did after Kennedy hit Puig near the face in the sixth inning. Then again, those same unwritten rules state that a pitcher gets one shot to retaliate, and Greinke missed hitting Montero twice before succeeding in plunking him.
The ten game suspension for Kennedy seems justified to some, ludicrous to others, and flat out bizarre to people like Dave Cameron of Fangraphs, who explains that because of appeals and offdays, Arizona won't miss a beat due to Kennedy's suspension. The logic is that he'll appeal the suspension, make his scheduled start on Sunday, then drop the appeal and begin serving his suspension. Because Arizona has offdays on both next Thursday and the Monday following that, the Diamondbacks can simply use a four man rotation for the 10 games Kennedy will miss and not miss a beat.
At any rate, while it's good to see MLB getting a little more harsh with their discipline, there's still a lot more work that needs to be done here.