Senseless in San Diego
I watched the Dodgers and Padres last night, and what took place in the sixth inning was frankly stupid. Zack Greinke had no outs and a full count on Carlos Quentin, with the Dodgers leading in a 2-1 game. Quentin gets hit with the 3-2 pitch, turns and takes a step to the mound.
Everyone said Greinke said something to Quentin. If you watch the video, you can see Zack turns his head to the left and says something to himself. He was mad that he had hit Quentin. Then he saw Carlos taking a step to the mound and did say something to him then. And the fight was on.
You have to use just a little bit of common sense when you make a judgment on whether a batter was hit on purpose. No one is going to hit a guy with a one-run lead and no one out in the sixth.
Good hitters don’t give at the plate. Carlos doesn’t give. He got hit earlier in the series, but he got himself hit, because he is a dive hitter. The only defense for a pitcher is to pitch dive hitters in. If big league hitters don’t have to think about anything but hitting, they are going to hit.
If umpires take that away from pitchers, then someone is going to get killed. I got hit in the head with a 102 MPH line drive. I didn’t have a helmet on. Last year Brandon McArthur got a fractured skull from being hit in the head.
People think I’m being one-sided on this. I’m not. I can’t stand pitchers who hit a batter because that batter hit a home run off him. If you hit a guy because you, as a pitcher, made a mistake, then you are ignorant and you should be heavily fined and suspended.
Vincente Padilla gave up a home run to Kurt Suzuki in Oakland a few years ago, and Padilla hit the next guy. Padilla was playing for the Rangers at the time. Michael Young came up for the Rangers the next inning and knew he was getting hit. It took two or three pitches for Young to finally get hit. The Rangers released Padilla after that.
As a player, you know if a guy was hit on purpose or if it got away from the pitcher. Watch the catcher. If he jumps right up and gets in front of the hitter, that hitter was hit on purpose. There is only one reason for a pitcher to intentionally hit a batter: to protect his players from being hit. In my opinion, if you hit a batter because he hit a home run off you, you are showing that hitter that you can’t get him out!
Last night never should have happened. Quentin claims there is a history between them. Well there is a history between Carlos and 113 other guys. What started the brawl was the fact that Carlos took steps to the mound immediately after being hit. Zack said something to himself, then said something to Carlos and Carlos charged. Now the Padres are going to be without Quentin due to suspension, and the Dodgers are going to be without Greinke for a couple of months. All because a guy got hit in the arm. Senseless!