Major League Baseball announced suspensions for 2 Rockies players involved in the brawl during Wednesday’s game against the San Diego Padres. 2 Padres also received suspensions for instigating and participating in the brawl as well.
Nolan Arenado, Gerardo Parra and Germán Márquez were all ejected from the game for their participation in the brawl as well as two Padres, AJ Ellis and Luis Perdomo.
Arenado recieved a 5-game suspension for charging the mound and taking a swing at Perdomo after having a high-90s fastball thrown behind him. Parra received a 4-game suspension presumably for landing a punch squarely to the face of Ellis. Perdomo and Buddy Baumann also received five and one game suspensions respectively for their roles in the fight. All four players also received undisclosed fines. While not disclosed yet, all players are expected to appeal their suspensions.
Despite being ejected, Marquez and Ellis only received fines as well as Freddy Galvis who managed to escape ejection despite his role in the brawl.
The imbalance of the suspensions is immediately noticeable and worth mentioning as a 5-game suspension for a starting pitcher and 1-game suspension for a reliever don’t impact a team other than pushing Perdomo’s start back one day. Baumann who has since been optioned to Triple-A will have to serve his when he is recalled.
The brawl captured the national media’s attention for a few hours before being superseded by similar festivities between the Yankees and Red Sox later in the day. It appears that even MLB got distracted by the second brawl as they issued suspensions for that brawl yesterday despite it occurring later in the day on Wednesday.