The Effects of Suspending Ian Kennedy for 10 Games

Major League Baseball handed down suspensions as a result of the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl on Tuesday night, and Ian Kennedy got the headline penalty, as he’ll be unable to pitch for 10 days after he decides to strategically drop his appeal. And, looking at the Diamondbacks schedule, that will almost certainly happen on Monday, and Kennedy will become the latest starting pitcher to be suspended by MLB without actually being punished in any real way.

Here’s how this is likely to work. Kennedy is scheduled to start for the Diamondbacks against the Padres on Sunday. If I was a betting man, I’d be wagering on an appeal that allows him to make that start, then he’ll inform the league he’s dropping it immediately following that outing, so the suspension will begin on Monday when the Diamondbacks begin their three game series against the Marlins. He wouldn’t have pitched in any of those games anyway, so there’s no real loss there.

Then, on Thursday, the Diamondbacks have a day off, which will allow them to roll their rotation over and just skip Kennedy’s spot in the rotation for their weekend series against the Reds. And then they have another day off following that series, so the rotation shuffling gets even easier. Here’s a look at how Arizona could handle their rotation during Kennedy’s absence:

6/17: Patrick Corbin
6/18: Tyler Skaggs Josh Collmenter
6/19: Trevor Cahill
6/21: Wade Miley
6/22: Patrick Corbin
6/23: Josh Collmenter
6/25: Trevor Cahill
6/26: Wade Miley
6/27: Patrick Corbin
6/28: Josh Collmenter

The original version of this post had Tyler Skaggs in the spot replacing Brandon McCarthy, but he’s been shipped back to Reno and will apparently be replaced by Josh Collmenter in the rotation. The point remains the same, though.

Thanks to the two off days, the Diamondbacks have a nice little 10 game stretch coming where they don’t need a #5 starter; they can throw 10 straight games with their current four starters on regular rest, and then bring Kennedy back on the 29th to make a start when they actually need an arm to take the hill.

Some suspension. There is some cost here, as they could have otherwise given each starter a slight break and let their hurlers go on five days rest, but pitching their normal starters on regular rest in mid-June isn’t exactly a heavy tax. The suspension isn’t completely toothless, but it is about as ineffective as any 10 game suspension could possibly be. Kennedy will miss one start, but the Diamondbacks will barely notice, as they timed drop of the appeal will allow them to simply cover that start by eliminating a rotation spot for 10 days.

MLB has been handing out these useless starting pitcher suspensions forever, so maybe they’re just okay with this, and they don’t really want to put a burden on a team whose pitcher throws at another hitter’s head. But, these lame suspensions that don’t actually do anything are one of the main reasons people still throw at each other. If MLB actually wants to get rid of headhunting, they need to change the way starting pitchers are penalized.

The easiest fix would probably be to take away the right to drop the appeal after it is filed for. If you get suspended and decide you want to fight it, great, you’re fighting it. You do not get to say “just kidding” when it becomes convenient for your team to give you a few days off. Make the decision to appeal binding, and force players to decide whether they actually want to argue their case and serve a suspension at a time of MLB’s choosing.

The other option is to just drastically increase the length of suspensions for starting pitchers in order to account for the number of normal days off those suspensions cover anyway; at 15 or 20 games, all of the sudden there’s no real way to just play with the schedule so that the penalty has little or no effect. If a pitcher is faced with actually missing several starts, and teams will have to call someone up from the minors to make the suspended pitcher’s starts, then you’ll see fewer fastballs aimed at opposing hitter’s heads. Until then, these suspensions will continue to be nothing more than P.R.




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  1. schlomsd says:

    It appears that you are arguing for a greater suspension because of “intent” – Kennedy was throwing at Greinke’s head. Leaving out the fact that Greinke was hit in the shoulder, how exactly is MLB supposed to judge intent? It’s certainly possible that Kennedy was not even trying to hit Greinke (although that’s unlikely) and was just a pitch that got away like the one that hit Puig earlier. It’s also certainly possible that Greinke was the one headhunting when he went after Montero but he simply missed with his location. But I’m not sure there is any way for MLB to correctly perceive intent.

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    • they already have to judge intent in every one of these cases

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    • Beasy Bee says:

      No, I don’t think he’s arguing that. Many people think Kennedy had intent for the head. Most importantly, the MLB, who said as much and levied the 10 game suspension. All Dave’s saying is that 10 games for a SP, especially given this scenario, is not much of a punishment.

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    • Perry says:

      Oh man, are you serious? If Grienke had not have reacted to where the pitch was going, it would have nailed him in the head. He lurched up to take it on the shoulder so as to not get hit in the head. Intent here is pretty simple, at least to me. If your catcher sets up way inside, as Montero did with Puig, than you intend to throw the pitch far enough inside to either back the hitter off the plate or hit him. Intention with Puig wasn’t to specifically hit him in the head, it was to come inside enough to intimidate him. That was the plan. It’s fine, it’s baseball and backing hitters off the plate is something that happens all the time, but the pitcher INTENDS to do so. If Montero was set up middle-away and the ball just got away from Kennedy, that would be a totally different thing. The predictable result of the ball hitting Puig occurred because the Diamonbacks intended to throw inside to him. I don’t see how there’s any argument to the contrary. Look where Montero is on the pitch. Kennedy should also be able to hit the target, he’s a frigging professional pitcher. If you make a mistake on a purpose pitch, you’re gonna have to pay the price the next inning when one of your (D-Backs) hitters is up. Been that way in baseball a long, long time.

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      • chief00 says:

        His 28 walks, 8 hit batters, and 5 wild pitches in 78.2 IP mitigate any firm conclusions about his intent.

        If this went to ‘trial’, any lawyer worth his salt would argue on that basis and get the punishment dropped to 4 games. In other words, he wouldn’t miss a turn in the rotation. Now we’re back to Mr. Cameron’s original point about the laughability of his suspension, and his strategic use of the ‘appeals process’.

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        • atoms says:

          Maybe he hits a lot of guys because he likes hitting guys? Also, his walk rate is higher than average, but there are a good 26-27 starters in MLB that have worse ones, even significantly worse ones.

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        • atoms says:

          (and apart from Justin Masterson, none of those guys have hit as many batters as Kennedy over the past few years, it’s worth noting)

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        • chief00 says:

          @atoms: He has HBP Syndrome with batteropathic tendencies. In other words, he can’t help but throw at batters because he enjoys it. The catcher calls for a pitch at the knees, and he takes it literally. Ultimately, he’s not responsible. ;)

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      • Dave says:

        Not every pitcher is Greg Maddox. I really think he just missed his spot coming in on Puig.

        Kennedy started the Puig AB missing in with a fastball and it was more likely that was the purpose pitch than the one he hit him with. 0-0 miss FB inside. 1-0 front door curve over the plate (slight buckle by Puig probably helped out by the miss inside on the previous pitch). 1-1 change up down that caught too much plate and was fouled off. Classic tilt pitch sequence – start hard in, then work soft and preferably down and out to get the hitter leaning forward and over the plate – then bust him inside with a fastball up in the zone to put him away either swinging, looking, or with weak contact. It got away. Kennedy was choked he hit a guy with a 1-2 count. Montero was inside but he looks a lot further inside than he actually is because of the camera angle.

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    • Mike says:

      Just don’t judge intent. You can reasonable try to judge whether the pitcher was trying to hit the batter; MLB already does this. If the ball goes towards the batter’s head in one of those instances, it should be an automatic increase in the suspension. If you commit a robbery and someone dies, you get charged with murder. It’s the same principle.

      15-20 games, I see as still being too lite. With very few exceptions, throwing a baseball 90 mph at someones head is the most violent thing that ever occurs during a game. The repercussions of this could be and have been extremely serious. The fact that it’s often laughed off as “part of the game” is fucking insane and a goal of MLB should be to eradicate the act and that sentiment. 50 game suspensions for pitchers deemed to be intentionally throwing at a batter and whose pitch was towards the batters head should accomplish that.

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  2. Jabronies says:

    One could argue that Kennedy missing a start actually helps the D-backs, considering the way hes been pitching.

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  3. Dre17 says:

    I bet MLB looked at this scenario when they decided to go over the top and suspend Kennedy for 10 games. They could go to 10 knowing that it was a “weak” 10. Set a new precedent for worse future offenses without being egregious for a minor incident like this one.

    How Puig, Greinke, and Kershaw escaped suspensions is unbelievable and how Howell and Belisario’s suspensions werent lengthy is absurd.

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    • Iron says:

      Kennedy getting ten seems more than sufficiently harsh when compared to zero for Greinke.

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      • LaLoosh says:

        Greinke was not headhunting. Big difference.

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        • schlomsd says:

          How do you know that Kennedy was headhunting and Greinke wasn’t?

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        • atoms says:

          Well, Greinke hit zero people in the head and Kennedy hit two people in the head, for starters…

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        • Bip says:

          Greinke was hunting though. That should be worth less than headhunting but more than nothing.

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        • NATS Fan says:

          Grienke was clearly trying to hit Quentin earlier this season. I saw that game because I was watching some of my fantasy players. To me, it was one of the most obvious intentional HPBs I have seen in my 30 plus years of watching baseball. Greinke deserved a big suspension, but I guess he got sympathy because he did not try to get out of the way when Quentin charged him. Everybody seems to dislike Quentin so Greinke got a pass. Much like the guy who murdered Bob Ford (Jesse James’ killer in history) and then got pardoned because Ford was considered a coward in the public eye.

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        • Tim says:

          He intentionally hit CQ on a full count? Are you and your friends delusional? He’s going to waste 5 pitches on his arm just to bean a guy? Absurd.

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      • Jcutiger says:

        Really, Greinke dodo nothing wrong. His guy got hit in the face and he drilled the team in the back between the numbers. Textbook. Kennedy threw at his head. You could by his reach that he was trying for the head. Then he walks to the dugout and avoids any direct retribution. He’s a “kitty cat”.

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    • Dreamin says:

      Hinkse also got 5 games for getting decked by Puig.

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      • daring says:

        If you pay CLOSE attention to one of the angles in the replay, you will see that Hinkse hit Puid in the face first. That is the reason for the suspension.

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        • Dreamin says:

          I’m willing to accept this, but even in retaliation Puig deserves some sort of a suspension in this.

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        • JuanPierreDoesSteroids says:

          Suspending a guy for self defense? What is he suppose to do, Let Hinske use his face as a punching bag at will?

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    • KCExile says:

      I don’t understand how this could be construed as a “minor incident.” Number one rule as a pitcher – do not throw at people’s heads. Plain and simple. Ever. No qualifications. He did it twice. Though to be fair, one could be construed as accidental, but the 2nd one has no defense.

      He should have gotten 15-20 and so should his manager or pitching coach. I am actually amazed by this.

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    • Baltar says:

      Yes, Puig just being fined for punching a player with obvious intent was a travesty. MLB needs to increase that to at least a 2-game suspension, but I suppose union rules don’t allow reconsidering a punishment except when protested.

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  4. Chad Horner says:

    I completely agree with you that a suspension of that length is silly, because it will rarely if ever result in a pitcher missing more than one scheduled start.

    However, perhaps you missed Skaggs getting sent down the other day! Probably because they foresaw this situation where they can go with only four starters. Can they immediately call him back up?

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    • David says:

      Not sure, but I think there’s a minimum amount of time …. 10 days? that Skaggs will have to be there before they can call him back up.

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      • Dre17 says:

        Skaggs sent down on the 11th, so barring a DL trip for a player on the 25 man right now, the DBacks will have to wait til the 21st to call him back up… depending on the timeline, we could see Brewer or Collmenter take a start or call up Delgado for 1

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  5. Justin says:

    Quick note, June is the 6th month of the year

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  6. Ed says:

    To be fair, suspensions are without pay. Kennedy’s making $4.27m this year. I believe a season is considered to be 180 days, so he makes $23,722 per day or $237,220 over 10 days. This year is his first arbitration payday, so he doesn’t have millions in the bank. He’ll feel that. He’ll also feel it even more if he keeps sucking and gets non-tendered.

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    • byron says:

      You posted more accurate numbers while I typed my response below, so good job on that.

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    • G.O.B. says:

      Yeah, the money ends up being the biggest “deterrent” for starting pitchers not to throw at guys. Though obviously, its not enough of a deterrent…

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    • SKob says:

      I was scrolling down, figuring I couldn’t possibly be the first person to read this and realize the loss of money involved. I find it very hard to believe this article focused on the punishment to the team and zero on the punishment to the player. The whole point of a suspension is to punish a player or coach for his acts. The team punishment is incidental, and in this case, negligible. Calling the suspension ‘useless’ only applies if the league really intended on making the team suffer. I don’t think they did. Interesting article, but weird conclusion.

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    • Ian R. says:

      It’s also worth noting that Arizona is short one roster spot for the duration of the suspension. Granted, they can deal with that by essentially going to a four-man rotation, but they’ll feel the pinch in a hurry if they happen to have a long extra-inning game, and there have been a LOT of those recently.

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      • RollBravesRoll says:

        Um, how exactly will they be a man down in the pen by basically skipping their 5th SP 2 straight times through the rotation, by having that spot in the rotation fall on their 2 off days during that span?

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      • Baltar says:

        I don’t think that’s true.

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    • Tim says:

      Maybe they should suspend pitchers on half-pay but double the length of the suspension.

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      • Julian says:

        Well then it depends on whether you think you should punish the team or the player. If it’s all the player’s fault, you might as well give him 30 days without pay, but no actual suspension.

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    • Ray says:

      Sorry Ed i tried to like your comment but my fat fingers hit the wrong vote…
      Anyway yours is the best post by far, thats exactly what i was looking for because im sure kennedys wife is going to kick his a$$ for losing all that money…. Great Post!!

      Thanks

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    • Baltar says:

      The players financial situation is not and should not be considered when determing a punishment.

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  7. OtherSideoftheCoin says:

    The suspension only relates to games, right? I’m assuming Kennedy can still practice and throw on the side with the team. If it were a solid 10 games where he couldn’t practice with the team, the suspension may have some more bite rather than just a long rest between starts. This would also be helpful for those 5 game suspensions which are essentially nothing for a starting pitcher.

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  8. byron says:

    He does lose 6.17% of his pay, though, right? So it’s more effective at punishing the player than the team, which might be the intent.

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  9. Bab says:

    Or, you know, we could send him to prison for assault and battery

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    • tirefire says:

      I would love to see arrests for this kind of headhunting, but unfortunately it’s hard to see how you could prove intent in court. What certainly could be prosecuted are assaults during these brawls. Watching the replay you can see cops lining up, watching the stands instead of the brawl. Hello, officers! I understand that the fans are very interesting, but if you just turn your head slightly to the right, you’ll see several crimes being committed at this very moment. Why not step in there, slap some cuffs on a few of those guys, and take them away in a squad car. If they want to act like thugs, then they should be treated like thugs. This kind of crap has no place in sports – or anywhere else for that matter – and I’m sick of tolerating it.

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      • Anon21 says:

        Although they may dress like cops, the dudes you see on the field are almost certainly paid stadium personnel. As team employees, they are probably under strict orders not to arrest players.

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        • Synovia says:

          “Although they may dress like cops, the dudes you see on the field are almost certainly paid stadium personnel.”

          I don’t know of a single stadium that doesn’t have actual cops on duty.

          Even 5K seat concert venues have actual cops.

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      • Bab says:

        I have a solution! Let’s draw an arbitrary legal line between a regular ol’ “fracas” and “assault and battery on the diamond”! Anyone who crosses that line gets a fine and jailtime!

        Charging the mound = fracas
        Throwing a helmet = borderline fracas
        Ground n’ pound = assault and battery
        Throwing a haymaker at Don Zimmer = attempted murder

        Isn’t baseball great?!

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      • SKob says:

        If some random business company doesn’t have a policy of reporting fights to police, the only punishment is what they dole out unless someone in the fight wants to press charges. What would happen if a ballplayer actually pressed charges because of a fight? What if Greinke filed a police report against Quentin a month+ ago? Is he allowed to? Is this more of an unwritten rule situation or is there a rule that prevents it?

        Delmon Young wasn’t charged for hitting the umpire with a thrown bat, but could the umpire have filed an assault charge?

        Jose Offerman was arrested for charging the mound in a minor league game with a bat and swinging at the pitcher twice. So this was too far for baseball and they let the police have him. I guess the bat (weapon) was the only difference, but it is intent to harm either way. It’s entertainment until someone goes too far I guess.

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        • wally says:

          SKob,

          There is no way a rule prevents a player from pressing charges. Law of the land >>>> law of baseball.

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  10. randplaty says:

    Greinke got 0

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  11. Tim In Tucson says:

    You don’t suppose that the fact that the Dodgers former manager is now in charge of MLB’s discipline had anything to do with the Dodger players getting off so lightly do you? Hand me my tin-foil hat, please!

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  12. john says:

    the pitcher suspension timetable is a joke. If they suspend a regular player for 10 games, or about 6% of the season, then a starting picher should be suspended for 2 starts. Its really simple. why is MLB so stupid?

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    • TheGrandslamwich says:

      10 games is 2 potential starts. Since SP’s don’t play every day you can only suspend them in a way that would affect what they would potentially do. There is no way MLB can dictate a suspension length by assuming when a pitcher will start in the future.

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  13. Billy says:

    I’ve always felt that pitchers suspensions were nothing. A player gets dinged for 10 games, he misses 10 games. If a pitcher gets dinged for 10 games, he misses 1. Its not the same punishment. It’s almost worth it for a team to lose a pitcher for 1 game if they know a star on the other team would actually miss 10.

    I’ve always felt the best way to go would be to say “pitcher whoever suspended for 2 or 3 starts” (if its a starter) then they actually miss time and the team has to work that into their plans.

    I also agree with making the appeal actually stick. Make them spend the time and money to appeal and see if they actually mean it. Add a punishment to the appeal too. If you win the appeal, we’ll drop it from 10 to 5, if you lose, it goes from 10 to 15. Guess how many guys will still appeal if you actually make them appeal and give them a penalty for wasting your time. Add 5 games to the suspension if they appeal and back out too, that also might keep players from dragging out an appeal for nothing other than to delay their suspension on purpose.

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    • Billy says:

      My apologies for the ranting there, I realize it sounds childish but I’m pretty tired of seeing pitchers pretty much get off scott free when a position player loses a fairly significant chunk of time.

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      • Atreyu Jones says:

        But they build that in by suspending starting pitchers for longer periods of time than position players. I don’t think SP’s ever get suspended for less than 5 games, whereas position players are suspended 1-2 games all the time.

        Also, SP’s are losing more money via these suspensions.

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      • steex says:

        The inherent problem is that MLB does not control when a team schedules a pitcher to start. If you suspend a pitcher for 3 starts, what is to keep a team from saying they plan to start him on 2 days rest a few times? Now the guy is scheduled to start Monday, Thursday, and Sunday in what amounts to a 7-game suspension.

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  14. J says:

    “My apologies for the ranting there, I realize it sounds childish but I’m pretty tired of seeing pitchers pretty much get off scott free when a position player loses a fairly significant chunk of time.”

    Per Baseball Reference, Kennedy’s contract pays him 4,265,000. A 10-game suspension will cost him about $263K. Are you implying that is “getting off scot free”?

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    • TheGrandslamwich says:

      I think he is implying that the timing of the suspension wont actually hurt the D-Backs rotation more than anything else.

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  15. Kip says:

    Sorry for the re-post, but I feel that the answer/s is very beneficial to the community as a whole. Can someone please do a write-up on Mr. Ervin Santana and/or please tell me whether he is a perfect sell-high? Thanks!

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  16. dixie_flyer says:

    Collmenter hasn’t started all year, so I wonder if he is stretched out enough to start in place of Kennedy…Randall Delgado has pitched better lately for Reno, so perhaps they’ll give him a shot

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  17. SouthPawRyno says:

    Not that I agree with Kennedy hitting Greinke. But I really dislike that a majority are out to prove he was “headhunting”, especially using the evidence that he’s a major league pitcher who knows how to locate. If that was sufficient evidence, there would never be wild pitches on intentional balls. Kennedy has a weird arm slot, and it leads to him missing badly occasionally (even if that means from Greinke’s back to his shoulder-head area).

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    • Kumar says:

      Oh come on! There was a replay of the Sopranos-esque look that Montero gave Greinke before that pitch. Greinke obviously thought he was being thrown at. I think there’s a fair amount of indicators.

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      • Nehi says:

        That replay of montero was a shot with his mask on. all you saw was his eyes looking up at grienke. and for all you know, he was chatting with him.

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      • Southpawryno says:

        I know, he intentionally hit Greinke. But it wasn’t his intent to hit him in the head. that’s all i’m saying. I think it’s absurd the number of people who are out to say Kennedy is the only one at fault for hitting batters near their head. Puig’s was obviously not intentional and it hit him in the nose, and it didn’t even bleed. Greinke got hit in the shoulder, not the head.

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      • CarryOnMyHeywardSon says:

        I think Montero looking up at Greinke before the pitch was just what catchers usually do to make sure the hitter isn’t looking down at his signs. Montero’s reaction after Greinke got hit, though, where he put a hand on Greinke and seemed to shake his head in sympathy would lend credence to the notion that Kennedy and Montero had indeed conspired to hit Greinke, but not in the head. Otherwise, you wouldn’t think Montero wouldn’t be too quick to sympathize with Greinke, considering that Greinke had hit him the inning before, right?

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  18. channelclemente says:

    They give the Giants Kontos three games, and Kennedy two. Well that’s logical.

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  19. adohaj says:

    Why would MLB want to get rid of situations like these? Conflict improves fan interest. If anything the suspensions are just a front to maintain an image.

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  20. Bab says:

    Be just and if you can’t be just, be arbitrary

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  21. Ruki Motomiya says:

    Would 15 games even really matter? It’d be, what, one extra start that they could call up Skaggs for and then send back down again? It doesn’t feel that much more severe, except hitting Kennedy’s pocketbooks, but I don’t think that was discussed as a reason for putting it to 15+…

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  22. smokeyrivers says:

    I saw the title and thought it would lead to a blank page.

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  23. deadmanonleave says:

    Ever since I’ve been watching baseball, which is not a huge length of time, I’ve been really confused by pitcher bans for this sort of thing. My main sport is football (soccer) and a ban for two/three games works fine, because everybody plays every game or thereabouts…so the same goes for position players in MLB.

    However, every team runs a five man rotation, pretty much all of the time, so it would make sense to me to make a pitcher suspension a multiple of five – I get the impression that MLB do that but always seem to round it down. If the ban for pitchers worked along the lines of ‘you will miss ‘x’ starts rather than games, after looking at the schedule as above, and then, if the belief is that they threw at someone’s head ‘y’ was added on, then that should work better.

    There are things that may be in baseball that are distasteful, but are still part of it, and maybe throwing at batters is one, but there’s a world of difference between deliberately hitting a guy on the back or ass than the pitches that hit Puig or Grienke.

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  24. eddiegaedel says:

    do they really want to get rid of headhunting? people keep saying fights are bad for baseball but every time a brawl happens people I know who don’t care about baseball start to get interested.

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  25. Michael Scarn says:

    While I appreciate the logic of the article, as people have pointed out earlier, you don’t get paid while you’re suspended. So if MLB decided to take the suspension as step further and make it 15 games (since pitcher suspensions usually come in multiples of 5), then Kennedy would lose $400,000. And while I think his actions merited a 15 game suspension on the basis of not being able to play, I don’t think they merit a fine of $400k.

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  26. David Scott says:

    Didn’t Kennedy hit the shoulder that Greinke had broken for him by Quentin back in April?

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  27. Ryan says:

    Why wasn’t Grienke suspended? This is not the first time this season he’s been involved with hitting a batter. It was obvious he was trying to hit Montero. Where is the standard in who to suspend and who not to suspend? The Puig hit probably wasn’t on purpose, but anyone with a sane baseball mind knew that the Montero plunking was on purpose.

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  28. Gyre says:

    Punishing a team for the actions of a single pitcher does not seem valuable. Pitchers are overpaid, leaving that as the only avenue of actually making a point to the pitcher. So many angry posters above thinking that their side got screwed. If anything, Mattingly deserves more time off, I like the way Gibson told the press to get their story on the other side.

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    • Synovia says:

      “Punishing a team for the actions of a single pitcher does not seem valuable.”

      You don’t think the order to hit Greinke came from the manager? Really?

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      • vivaelpujols says:

        A) I’m guessing the manager did not say hit him in the head. And B) Kennedy’s under no obligation to actually the hit the guy. It’s not like he loses his spot in the rotation if he refuses.

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  29. Joe says:

    Maybe they should require underhand pitching so no one gets hurt anymore

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  30. MichaelPat says:

    What value is there in even considering intent?
    The fact is Ian Kennedy hit one guy in the head and another guy in the shoulder in the same game.
    And for that he will have to miss one start… a start he can almost pick?

    Seeing penalties like that, it’s no wonder players feel that they have to “settle these things on the field”.

    To me, a pitcher’s intent is irrelevant. If you hit a guy in the head, or anywhere above the elbow, with a pitched ball, you should face a serious suspension – a month or more. And repeat offenders should get increased suspension time with each batter hit.

    This is basic basic safety. The head is just too vulnerable to mess around with…

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  31. deadmanonleave says:

    It would be novel in things other than soccer or hockey, but how about experimenting with not being allowed to replace an ejected player? Would be entertaining for sure, and might cut down on the headshots…

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    • Synovia says:

      Thats my suggestion.

      Players suspended for these sorts of actions (which are almost always ordered by the manager) still take a roster spot while suspended.

      Also, have the suspension start the day after the incident, and allow an appeal to reduce the financial impact of the suspension, not the missed time.

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    • vivaelpujols says:

      That sounds awesome. Although the umpires would have to control themselves on ejections. No more for throwing your helmet on the ground.

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  32. jfree says:

    There is only one solution. Once an umpire warns the pitchers, every hit batter is presumed to be intentional (and the penalty in that case is every baserunner and the batter is granted a RUN). If the pitcher hits the batter above the strike zone, the assumption should be intentional assault – and the game is forfeited.

    Raise the stakes for this nonsense and it will end.

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  33. vivaelpujols says:

    The suspensions are meant to punish the player, not the team. I’m sure Kennedy is still pissed that he’s not gonna start for 10 years (and presumably not get paid for it).

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  34. Jacob says:

    Of course Greinke won’t get suspended. He used to play for the Brewers!

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  35. Bnnutt501 says:

    It was comforting to see Kennedy hit something this year, anything at all, as he sure hasn’t been able to hit his spots or anything resembling the strike zone. Maybe a couple of shots like these will get him on his way…, ah what?

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