Skin Blues wrote:
On a side note: why aren't there mandatory suspensions for players that run into a brawl from the bullpen? It's just a little bit ridiculous to see grown men doing that... can anybody help but laugh when they see it? Baseball clearly encourages the brawls and violence by virtue of not enforcing them, other than one or two nominal suspensions here and there if something extreme happens.
I think I agree with this.
in NBA any player coming off the bench for whatever reason gets a 1 game suspension, and that's in a league that has what 80 games a season?
but I think maybe there could be a problem. pitcher hits batter/ batter charges mound/.. the batter charging the mound is greatly out numbered. the pitcher has the entire defense to help him, including the infielders which are close. one might say well then the batter should not charge the mound, but in that case I think pitchers could be more likely to throw at a batter because he wouldn't have much concern of the batter charging the mound.
maybe a solution could be hefty fines for those getting involved in fighting. not all players coming onto the field are fighting, some are just trying to separate players. those players don't need to be suspended. since every game is on TV it should be no problem for MLB to go through video and find those players that are getting involved with fighting. those players should be suspended/fined.
I don't see anything wrong with Morgan charging the mound when he did. his first AB he was hit where he put his head down and went to 1st base. then simply after playing baseball and getting 2 SB the Marlins pitcher intentionally throws at him. can't blame Morgan for being pissed off then and wanting to retaliate. that IS something that should result in a suspension, but worth it.
what's BS is that pitchers don't get suspended for many games. a pitcher that gets suspended should at least miss 1 start through the rotation. the way it is now they don't really miss a start. it's the pitcher who is more at fault for what took place. it was the pitcher who starts the altercations by throwing at the batter. there would be no batter charging mound if there was no pitch thrown at batter.