It has been two nights since the Dodgers and Diamondbacks got some extra cardio and strength work in during game 2 of their series, while trying to end the careers of Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke. There is no doubt that there will be suspensions, but there has been no word yet from Major League baseball from what they will be.
The Los Angeles Times Bill Shaikin reports that the suspensions will be announced Friday, not Thursday.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 13, 2013
Three days is much too long to hand down suspensions, but there is a lot of tape to review. It takes Brendan Shanahan a day or two to discipline actions from split second plays. There’s nearly 10 minutes of screaming, pushing, and beaning to pour through with a Vin Scully sound track. That’s dense material.
I would expect Don Mattingly and Mark McGwire to get suspensions, along with JP Howell, Ronald Belisario, Yasiel Puig, and the long list of Dodgers on the DL who left the bench to back up their teammates.
No matter what the amount of games any other players and coaches and managers are suspended for, there are only 3 participants who matter to me: Ian Kennedy, Zack Greinke, and Kirk Gibson.
Kennedy needs the most games by far. Kennedy may not have tried to hit Puig’s face originally, but when he goes back to the well that is the end of June and part of July for Kennedy. And Managers need to be held responsible for the actions of their team. Kirk Gibson may not have ‘ordered the code red,’ but the manager’s orders are always followed, and he is the manager. So Kirk Gibson needs to sit for more games than Donnie Baseball.
While Zack Greinke gets under the skin of opposing teams and plunked Miguel Montero in this case, Greinke gave much worse than he got. He also kept his cool after almost getting a ball to the face. He should not be suspended.