Greinke vs. Quentin – Who Was In the Wrong?

In case you hadn’t heard, Zach Greinke, a right handed pitcher from the Los Angeles Dodgers hit Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres on a 3-2 pitch, Quentin charged the mound, both the benches cleared and Greinke came out of the pile with a broken collarbone on his non-trowing side. You can view the video of the incident here:

For that outburst, Quentin got an 8 game suspension and many people think he got off quite easy for taking out a star pitcher like Greinke. Many are saying he should be out as long as Quentin, but here are a few reasons why I think the 8 game suspension is justified.

— It’s actually a pretty strict suspension. Usually when benches clear, the instigator gets a suspension of some kind, but it rarely goes over the 4 game mark. 8 games is pretty rough, and Quentin wasn’t all that happy to hear about that.
— Greinke said something to Quentin after he hit him. Although it’s unclear what that exactly was, a pitcher isn’t supposed to say anything to a batter once he hits him.
— It wasn’t clear what broke Greinke’s collarbone. He landed at the bottom of quite a big pile, which is never a good place to be when angry stomping people are all around you.

At the same time, maybe a fine should be in order as well, at least to cover Greinke’s medical bills.

— The pitch was clearly not aimed at Quentin’s head. I understand there was a bit of a history between the two, but how can you charge a guy if it wasn’t intentional?
— Quentin gets hit all the time because he crowds the plate. He never backs down from pitches, and that one was close to being avoided. He shouldn’t be surprised that he got hit in the first place.

Who was to blame in this situation, and did Quentin get a hard or soft sentence? I guess it depends what time you root for.

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