Carlos Gomez starts bench-clearing brawl in Pirates vs. Brewers game

Carlos Gomez needs to be suspended after starting the bench-clearing brawl against the Pirates

4/21/14 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Blog Photo - Carlos Gomez starts bench-clearing brawl in Pirates vs. Brewers gameCarlos Gomez thought he had a home run yesterday against Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole.

As it turns out, he was wrong. It bounced off the wall, just out of the reach of outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

Gomez ended up with a triple on the play, but possibly could have scored if he hadn't taken his time watching what he thought was a home run.

Cole mentioned something like that to Gomez after the play, prompting Gomez to flip out and start huge brawl between the two teams, clearing both benches and bullpens.

Here's the video:



Gomez absolutely has to be suspended after this.

It's not the first time Gomez has tried to show up an opposing pitcher. But even that isn't that big of a deal. He probably shouldn't do it, but it's not actually against any rules (unwritten rules be damned).

On the flip side, Gerrit Cole doesn't need to try to police Gomez's behavior. If he wants to flip his bat and walk halfway to first on every single hit, that's his prerogative. Hell, it actually makes it easier for the opposing team to get him out.

The line was crossed when Gomez actually resorted to physical violence. When he rushed the mound and started throwing punches, he crossed every line and his behavior became unacceptable on the baseball field.

Show up the pitcher if you want. I advise against it, but it's not THAT big of a deal.

If you're the pitcher, and you think the hitter tried to show you up, go ahead and say something if you feel the need. Again, I advise against it. But it's also not THAT big of a deal.

Throw a punch during a baseball game, however, and now you've got a problem.

MLB needs to send that message to Gomez and the rest of the league, and make sure it's heard loud and clear.
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4/22/14   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

rkonkol78 wrote:
Being a die-hard Milwaukee Brewer Fan since 1970, I would love to give Carlos Gomez a pass on this incident; But I can't. Gomez has vastly improved since he was acquired from the Twins, and is deserving of the the attention he receives (All-Star, Gold Glove).  Unfortunately, this incident, along with a similar incident last year against the Braves, is starting a pattern of behavior that is not acceptable at any level of sport.  Gomez received a one-game suspension last year, and I believe he will receive at least that for this incident as well.  Well written piece.

I actually blame McCann more for the incident last year. I don't think players should act the way Gomez did, but I also think it's obnoxious when players try to be the morality police like McCann loves to do. But when Gomez started throwing punches and swinging his helmet around, that's really where I think it's way over the line. Unwritten rules are whatever. I'd prefer to see players be respectful of each other, but it's not the end of the world if they're not. Violence, on the other hand, needs to be nipped in the bud. MLB needs to have a zero tolerance policy with that.

4/21/14   |   rkonkol78   |   3164 respect

Being a die-hard Milwaukee Brewer Fan since 1970, I would love to give Carlos Gomez a pass on this incident; But I can't. Gomez has vastly improved since he was acquired from the Twins, and is deserving of the the attention he receives (All-Star, Gold Glove).  Unfortunately, this incident, along with a similar incident last year against the Braves, is starting a pattern of behavior that is not acceptable at any level of sport.  Gomez received a one-game suspension last year, and I believe he will receive at least that for this incident as well.  Well written piece.