Discipline has been issued to four players who were involved in the on-field altercation between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday. The players have been suspended for their aggressive actions during the bench-clearing incident. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.
· Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado has received a five-game suspension;
· Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez has received a three-game suspension;
· Pirates outfielder Travis Snider has received a two-game suspension;
· Pirates catcher Russell Martin has received a one-game suspension.
All four players also have received undisclosed fines for their roles in the incident.
Unless appealed, the suspensions of the four players are scheduled to be effective on Tuesday, when the Pirates are to host the Cincinnati Reds and the Brewers are to host the San Diego Padres. If a player chooses to appeal, then his suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.
The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat to watch his two-out drive off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.
Gomez said he thought the ball would be caught. Instead, it hit the wall and he sped into third base, making a headfirst slide for a triple.
Cole, who was near third base backing up the play, stormed toward Gomez and they exchanged words.
Cole said he told Gomez: "If you're going to hit it out of the ballpark, then you can stop and look at it. But it you're going to hit just a fly ball to center field, then don't stand and look at it.'"
That didn't sit well with Gomez. He took a couple steps toward Cole and the benches and bullpens emptied.
"Everything had stopped," Gomez said. "He told me something, I told him back, then I talked to the umpire. Then Snider came like a superhero, trying to throw punches at everybody. I just tried to protect myself."
Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado came from the dugout and threw a punch that knocked off Snider's hat.
Snider, who wasn't in the game, and Gomez shoved each other, and the Brewers star fell to the ground.
"I've never sucker punched anyone in my life, so I don't know what was running through his mind there," Martin said. "But I have been sucker punched, and I know after having that happen to me that I would never do it to anyone else."
Courtesy MLB media services and the Associated Press