Mattingly Joins Gibson in Dodgers-Diamondback Brawl Suspensions
Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy was banned for 10 games, and four others were fined. The managers each were banned one game.
Kennedy was suspended for intentionally throwing a pitch near the head of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after both clubs had been warned earlier in the game, MLB said today in an e-mailed release. The hit-by-pitch sparked a benches-clearing brawl that resulted in six ejections from the game.
Diamondbacks first baseman Eric Hinske received a five-game suspension, while Dodgers players J.P. Howell and Skip Schumaker and hitting coach Mark McGwire were given two-game bans. Los Angeles pitcher Ronald Belisario was suspended one game.
Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck declined in an e-mail to comment on the suspensions, and said Mattingly will address the media later today. Josh Rawitch, a spokesman for the Diamondbacks, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
All player discipline is subject to appeal, according to baseball’s release, which said the two managers will serve their suspensions tonight.
The Dodgers’ 5-3 victory three days ago had five players hit by pitches. Benches cleared in the bottom of the seventh inning after Kennedy hit Greinke on the left shoulder. The outfield bullpens emptied onto the field as well, as punches were thrown and coaches argued for three minutes alongside players in front of the Diamondbacks’ dugout.
The benches and bullpens also emptied in the top of the inning without a punch being thrown when Greinke hit Miguel Montero on the back with a pitch after Kennedy hit Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig on the face with a fastball earlier in the inning. Greinke also struck Cody Ross in the fifth.
Kennedy was ejected along with Gibson and Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach Turner Ward. McGwire, relief pitcher Belisario and Puig were also thrown out of the game.
In addition to today’s suspensions, Puig, Greinke, Montero and Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra were fined undisclosed amounts. The Dodgers were also fined an undisclosed amount for allowing players who are on the disabled list to leave the dugout during the confrontations.
Greinke, who signed a six-year, $147 million contract with Los Angeles in December, missed five weeks this season after breaking his left collarbone fighting Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin.
Kennedy leads the National League with eight hit batsmen. Last season he hit 14 batters, tied for the most in baseball.
Arizona (37-29) is in first place in the five-team NL West division, with the Dodgers (28-37) last, 8 1/2 games back. The two teams next meet for a three-game series in Arizona starting on July 8.
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