Carlos Quentin charges the mound, Zack Greinke breaks collarbone in brawl

Zack Greinke will be out for a while after breaking his collarbone in a bench-clearing brawl

4/12/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Apr 11, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (white) and Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (left) and catcher A.J. Ellis (17) tangle after Quentin was hit by a pitch during the sixth inning at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsCarlos Quention objected to being hit with a pitch by Zack Greinke, and immediately charged the mound.

In the ensuing brawl, Greinke broke his collarbone, and will now miss significant time.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was furious, understandably.

"He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch. If he plays before Greinke pitches, something's wrong. He caused the whole thing. Nothing happens if he goes to first base."

While Mattingly makes a solid point that nothing would happen if Quentin had simply gone to first base like he's supposed to do, his assertion that Quentin should be suspended for the duration of Greinke's injury is laughable.

There's no debating that Quentin shouldn't have charged the mound, and he should be disciplined for that. However, it's not his fault that Greinke lowered his shoulder into him. Greinke should have gotten out of the way, like most pitchers do. He invited contact, and he paid the price.

Basically, it's not Quentin's fault that Greinke is a bit fragile.

Here's the video, courtesy of MLB.com:



What do you think? Should Quentin's punishment be tied to Greinke's injury? Or should it be treated like everyone else who charges the mound?
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4/13/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

natsaar wrote:
This would have all been solved by borrowing the swim move from football. Quentin would have fallen on his face, and we'd all be talking about how stupid he looked. 

Wow, that is such a great idea, I can't believe we don't see it more often.

4/12/13   |   Scott   |   53841 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
quentin has no self control... he needs o be removed from MLB for this action... he is so bad he gets to play sometimes with the Padres,,,, his assault on teh pitcher was all for show but someone got hurt.. maybe a term in the friendly confines of teh California prison system (anyone that kives in CA would know about this) would do teh man some good....no excuse for his behavior...

what would he do is a pitcher picked him off first....the Padres need to bench this guy for the good of the fans in SD and the game of baseball...

You sound like a disgruntled fantasy baseball owner that had Zack Greinke on his team. If MLB didn't kick Johnny Cueto out of the league for ending the career of Jason LaRue with his spike kicking incident during the Reds/Cardinals brawl a few years back then I doubt Quentin will be sent to Alcatraz for this.

4/12/13   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

This would have all been solved by borrowing the swim move from football. Quentin would have fallen on his face, and we'd all be talking about how stupid he looked. 

4/12/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Scott wrote:
Boys will be boys.  I can understand Mattingly's sentiment knowing one of his star pitchers is going to be out for 6-8 weeks but there is no way in hell Selig would let something like this fly.

Personally, I think they should suspend any player that leaves the bench.  I think batters would think twice about charging the mound if it was 1 versus 9.

quentin has no self control... he needs o be removed from MLB for this action... he is so bad he gets to play sometimes with the Padres,,,, his assault on teh pitcher was all for show but someone got hurt.. maybe a term in the friendly confines of teh California prison system (anyone that kives in CA would know about this) would do teh man some good....no excuse for his behavior...

what would he do is a pitcher picked him off first....the Padres need to bench this guy for the good of the fans in SD and the game of baseball...

4/12/13   |   Scott   |   53841 respect

Boys will be boys.  I can understand Mattingly's sentiment knowing one of his star pitchers is going to be out for 6-8 weeks but there is no way in hell Selig would let something like this fly.

Personally, I think they should suspend any player that leaves the bench.  I think batters would think twice about charging the mound if it was 1 versus 9.

4/12/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

I never liked Mattingly anyway.

4/12/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

But you must admit, Mattingly would make a hilarious Commissioner. The guy has the wisdom of Solomon. In fact, instead of suspension, MLB should just break Quentin's collarbone and be done with it.