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Baseball fights are odd -- people rarely get hurt, very few punches actually connect and the whole thing generally lacks closure. The Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl was no exception, especially since it happened after three batters were hit, one of whom was hit in the nose. Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario has vowed that the feud between the two teams isn't over, and there are 10 more contests between the two this season. They'll have to work out their differences soon, as MLB plans on making them the first teams to play regular-season games in Australia next year.
Major League Baseball has suspended Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin eight games for charging Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after being hit by a pitch Thursday night. That's a good deal less than the eight weeks Greinke will be sidelined with a broken collarbone he sustained in the fracas. Did the punishment fit the crime? SportsNation weighs in.
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No one ever gets hurt in baseball fights, right? There's an initial charge (usually blunted at the very last second), a bit of pushing, lots of posturing, maybe an ejection or two, but in the end, all the players return to their dugouts having received only emotional wounds. That wasn't the case in Thursday night's Dodgers-Padres brawl, which resulted in Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke breaking his left collarbone after a tussle with Carlos Quentin. The Dodgers as a whole are furious, with Matt Kemp confronting Quentin after the game and Don Mattingly suggesting that Quentin be suspended for as long as Greinke is out. Considering the collarbone is kind of important, that might be a while.
Carlos Quentin has been hit more times than any other major leaguer since 2008. Greinke has hit him three times, the most recent incident coming during the 2009 season.
Punishment for Quentin?
Don Mattingly wants Quentin suspended for as long as Greinke is out, which would be unlikely to occur but would be pretty harsh if it did.
Normally teams have a period to cool off before facing each other again, but the Dodgers and Padres will have only this weekend -- they play their next series starting on Monday.
The Dodgers have gotten off to a 6-3 start, but losing a pitcher like Greinke could derail even the best teams.