Tuesday night, things got a little heated between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles. But that’s not the surprising part. In fact, that’s fairly common for the NL West rivals. What kind of surprises us is the fact that Yasiel Puig is getting a two-game suspension while the San Francisco backup catcher gets… zero. Both players will receive a fine, however.
Yasiel Puig suspended two games for his role in bench-clearing incident in Dodgers-Giants game on Tuesday. https://t.co/oJePjhyHvl
— MLB (@MLB) August 16, 2018
Before the incident, the Dodgers outfielder got upset after fouling off a pitch. He thought he should’ve hit the ball on that particular pitch. That’s okay; it’s normal to get upset about those things. Or at least it should be. Batters do it all the time. They know when they miss one. Maybe they don’t react quite like Puig did Tuesday, but it happens.
The important thing to note, though, is that he got upset with and at himself. Not with Hundley. Not with Giants pitcher Tony Watson. Himself. That’s it.
That didn’t stop Hundley from saying something anyway, though, which led to this altercation.
Benches clear in Giants-Dodgers game with Nick Hundley and Yasiel Puig at the center of it. pic.twitter.com/r3ZHHdzL3A
— MLB (@MLB) August 15, 2018
Both Puig and Hundley would hit the showers afterwards.
However, only one of these players is facing a suspension. Not only did Hundley instigate this altercation verbally, he also shoves Puig first. From there, the “baseball brawl” went its usual way: player two — Puig, in this case — shoves back. Then benches clear and very little happens for a moment. Then a little more shoving happens before Puig swipes at Hundley’s facemask. That’s likely why LA’s outfielder gets two games.
But as we keep learning, MLB’s suspensions make very little sense. They seem to get more arbitrary with each passing week. If the league is going to suspend Puig, Hundley should at least get a game. After all, he did start the entire thing. This doesn’t happen if Hundley doesn’t take offense to an opposing player being mad for not doing his job to the best of his abilities.
Then again, since when does the league care about making sense?