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This must only be part of the story. I would find it hard to believe he's the only one who gets suspended and/or fined.
Would Maldonado still have received a five-game suspension had his fist not connected with Snider's face?
Snider charged Gomez, but the latter tripped and fell over as soon as he got near.
I was suggesting that intent should determine the suspension length, Barnaby, not the result.
Isn't that fairly routine in all matters of jurisprudence, both civic and private? I don't think the sentences for attempted murder and murder are the same, even if the only thing standing between the two crimes is level of competence.
if I am a pitcher I now work to instigate with batters regularly knowing that I am unlikely to be suspended as long as I am not using a baseball to incite a reaction.
That's true but it has never made any sense to me. If I take a shot at you the fact that I missed doesn't really change what happened. I'm sure there is some historical reason within the law that makes the distinction logical but I have never understood it.
If I take a shot at you the fact that I missed doesn't really change what happened.
Gomez took off his helmet and left the bag, walking towards Cole and requiring restraint to 'defend himself physically?' He also appears to throw his helmet at Snider, though in fairness the video is inconclusive.
Cole yelled obscenities at Gomez, then ran like a #####, and got no punishments
Also, "ran like a #####"? You're better than that.
What Gomez did after jawing at Cole was more about defending himself physically than escalating it any further,
Neither of them did anything but yell till Snider initiated physical violence, so what's your point?
My guess is that Gomez will get it reduced to 1 or 2 games on appeal.
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