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