Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy: 10-game suspension for brawl ‘doesn’t make sense’
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy said on Saturday that after reviewing past punishments given to pitchers who intentionally threw at hitters, his 10-game suspension “doesn’t make sense.”
Kennedy received the harshest punishment of anyone involved in the Diamondbacks’ brawl with the Dodgers on Tuesday night — and any pitcher since 2005.
Kennedy hit Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig in the head in the sixth inning before plunking pitcher Zack Greinke the next inning as payback for Greinke hitting D-backs catcher Miguel Montero.
The 28-year-old right-hander said he plans to go through with his appeal of the suspension.
“The guys in the past, with their first offense, have gotten around a five-game suspension, five or six,” he said. “I don’t understand why mine would be any different, why mine would be 10 when some people’s second offense was even less.”
Kennedy wouldn’t say which recent suspensions he saw as comparable, but it’s possible he was referring to the eight-game suspension recently given to Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
Carrasco threw a ball over the head of Kansas City Royals slugger Billy Butler in July 2011 and received a six-game suspension. Then in April, he drilled the Yankees’ Kevin Youkilis in an area similar to where Kennedy hit Greinke, up and in and off Youkilis’ front shoulder. That drew an eight-game suspension, which last week was reduced to seven after an appeal.
“After doing research and talking to (agent) Scott (Boras) and finding out the numbers, it doesn’t really line up,” Kennedy said. “I’m going to throw inside and hit people. But 10 games just doesn’t make sense.”