Posted September 26, 2013

MLB suspends, fines Carlos Gomez, Reed Johnson after melee

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Brian McCann gets in Carlos Gomez's face after a home run. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Brian McCann gets in Carlos Gomez’s face after a home run. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Braves outfielder Reed Johnson have each been suspended one game and fined by Major League Baseball for their actions in a melee during Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta.

Braves players objected to Gomez’s actions after he slugged a first-inning home run off starter Paul Maholm. First baseman Freddie Freeman and Maholm yelled at Gomez, as he rounded first base. Gomez yelled back at Maholm as he slowly circled the bases. Tempers boiled over when Braves catcher Brian McCann stood in the third baseline, blocking Gomez’s path to the plate and both benches emptied.

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Johnson was fined for throwing a punch at Gomez, who was ejected but awarded home plate by the umpires despite never touching it.

McCann was part of a similar post-homer incident involving Jose Fernandez two weeks ago.


29 comments
william.krause100
william.krause100

So the guy who violates the ACTUAL rules and initiates the physical confrontation that leads directly to the brawl isn't either ejected or suspended? Good job, MLB!

dinohealth
dinohealth

Frankly, I do not agree with the decision to suspend Gomez; never mind eject him.  I think it should have been McCann who should have been, both, ejected, and, suspended.  McCann's physical action of blocking the plate (not to mention being the first to start jawing after the homer), escalated the affair, and, allowed time for the physical confrontation of the two teams.  Up to that point in time, it was jawing on the part of the Braves and Gomez.  Johnson coming in, off the bench, and, throwing and landing the sucker punch, should have been a major suspension.  Gomez's hesitation after he hit the homer is proof that he acted stupidly/unsportsmanlike, but, those two Braves' players, Johnson and McCann, acted criminally!

Disbott3000
Disbott3000

If you don't understand why the Braves were upset with Gomez' behavior, then you don't know anything about baseball and it's unwritten rules, of which there are quite a few. Either that, or you're a Brewers fan (I didn't know they still had any) or a Braves hater.

Look, as much as I think Gomez acted like a punk and the Braves were right to want to respond, I must say it was stupid of them to let it become a physical altercation. They have the playoffs starting next week (Oh, where will the Brewers be? Oh yeah, at home, watching on TV) and the last thing they needed was for any key players like Freeman or McCann getting injured in a stupid fist fight. Now, if we could have just isolated it to being, say Reed Johnson, B.J. Upton and a couple of other guys, well.....

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

I realize it's a *minor point* and all, but who actually, you know, won the game?

All the adolescent playground posturing and chest bumping in the world means nothing if you lose. Actually, it means nothing if you win, either ... 

Some bush leaguer pisses you off? Some punk irritates you? Then get him out next time! And win the game!

The best revenge is victory, people.


yadda71
yadda71

Heard this stems from Gomez being hit back in June. Has a history with the pitcher. Yeah I don't see how McCann escapes a suspension here.

j7apple
j7apple

What exactly did Gomez do? Return some remarks with a homerun? Jaw back at those jawing to him as he ran the bases.? Good grief Braves, get over yourself, and play ball. Put up or shut up. 

The real idiot? The ump who totally lost control of the situation as he stood and watched what was about to take place? And he ejects Gomez? 

Gomez should have bowled McCann over.

DSM
DSM

Have other players been suspended for just doing bush league preening and yelling?  I would be fine with an antitauntin rule with a stiff penalty, but has it been clearly established?

I thought Gomez was at fault, but if that pitcher had hit him twice and put him on the DL, it is much more excusable.

Why is the penalty for showboating as great as rushing from the bench to throw a punch? It also appeared at least one other player threw a punch.

Allowing a catcher to develop a habit of blocking access to the plate and getting in the runner's face is dangerous.  Did Gomez say anything worse than what McCann said?

Why give credit to McCann for sticking up for teammates but not to Gomez for sticking up for himself?

ChrisCollens
ChrisCollens

What the hell is Gomez suspended for?  Running to slow?   If what I read about another poster stating the beanings in previous games (and a resulting trip to the DL) , I would understand Gomez remembering him.   Even if none of the previous incidents actually happened, at the very most Gomez was being a bit of a punk and you bean him next time up.  The Braves are 98% at fault here.  McCann was way over the line and should have been bowled over on the way to the plate.

An_Upper_Decker
An_Upper_Decker

So why didn't they do anything to McCann?  He's the one who started this whole thing.

Petersauce
Petersauce

The second time this season that the Braves caused a brawl over a home run. Gomez was fired up because Maholm had hit Gomez twice before this game, once after a homer, in the knee (put Gomez on the DL). Maholm said something to Gomez after the first pitch. 3 Braves players yelled at Gomez as he rounded the bases. Gomez yelled back "you hit me, and I hit a homer". McCann caused this brawl. Which in case you didn't know, Ramirez was hurt during, and was punched in the face.

3 Braves players yelled, 2 threw punches and 1 team got embarrassed by putting up two hits before a crowd of about 8,000.

Last year the Braves cried over the extra playoff spot, they complain about venues around baseball, not sure why. They play in a poor division, which they dominate. Maybe they are upset because they lack fans?

Until next time...

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

Gomez - It won't be the last time this loud-mouthed punk get's his nose punched. Well done, Reed.

djp9
djp9

@Disbott3000 Oh my gosh!!! The 'unwritten rules'. 

Seriously, if we had baseball historians talk/write about this you would realize how arbitrary YOUR connotation of them really is and how they constantly change.  Alleged baseball 'purists' either claim or insinuate that his has something to do with the history of baseball. That is complete and utter B.S. and anyone that claims this really isn't that well versed on its historical aspect. This is actually a relatively new phenomenon for baseball and has more to do with current players feeling disrespected than anything else. Sounds like a cultural phenomenon to me.

Did Babe Ruth get taken to task for preening, showboating or meandering his way around the bases OR for allegedly pointing then delivering a home run which he took his time admiring then taking a slow trot for (watch the archival footage)? NOPE!!!

The only unwritten rule that has stood the test of time is this. 

If you don't want to see a home run admired with a slow trot to follow then DON'T GIVE UP THE HOME RUN!!

Petersauce
Petersauce

I agree with you. The braves acted stupidly.

People will continue to show boat against any team that acts like they are the golden standard when they clearly are not (no team is).

Also there are no unwritten rules in baseball. That's silly.

RichMondy
RichMondy

@John NoLastName Winning  a game means nothing if you're out of the running for a postseason spot, as the Brewers are.

Disbott3000
Disbott3000

@j7apple You have it backwards. Gomez was the one who started yelling stuff at Maholm and the Braves players who said anything back were responding in kind. There are a lot of unwritten rules in baseball, and one of them is you never show up the pitcher you just hit a home run off of. Gomez broke this rule in the most egregious way I have ever seen on an MLB diamond, which earned him an appropriate "What the hell is wrong with you?" moment with McCann.

You can say he was just responding to Maholm hitting him with a pitch a couple of months ago, but guess what's gonna happen to him next time he faces the Braves. If I were he, I'd wear full body armor at the plate when facing the Braves from now on, 'cause they're gonna throw at him, guaranteed. That's not being mean, it's just yet another of the unwritten rules of baseball.

And I don't think you give McCann enough credit for being tough, I guess because he's a nice guy. Gomez could have tried to "bowl him over", but I don't know who would have come out worse on that one.

Michael10
Michael10

@j7apple That home run trot was so slow Gomez couldn't have bowled over my grandma...

RichMondy
RichMondy

@An_Upper_Decker Seeing as Gomez was trash talking as he arrived at the plate and never stopped after that, I'd say McCann did not start the fight. Also, unlike Gomez and Johnson, McCann did not throw a punch.

RichMondy
RichMondy

@Petersauce Everything I've seen indicates Maholm was not trash talking. Also, Gomez was trash talking as he reached the plate to start his at-bat. He was looking for a fight, and he got one.

Aaron14
Aaron14

@UleNotknow Apparently you must have missed Maholm, Freeman and McCann jawing the whole time as well.  I really could not care much less but I wonder how McCann escaped penalty when he escalated it from words to physicality by physically blocking home plate on a HR. I guess that is ok to do now.

Petersauce
Petersauce

Haha. "He was looking for a fight and he got one" what are you talking about? That's the sort of thing people say in bad action movies. This is a kids game played by adults. Gomez was mad that this particular pitcher put him on the DL intentionally. He showed up the pitcher and many of the Braves players went cry baby about it. If you want to support a pitcher who does things like that it's fine. The braves are known for hitting players (Bryce Harper 3 times) then making it seem like they were wronged.

You can be a fan of a team and use common sense. The braves have acted like children many times the past few season. This was another example. Their feelings were hurt because a team of minor leagues just took a series from them.

The Brewers played bad in the best division. The Braves played average in the worst division.

Such is baseball.

Michael10
Michael10

@Mikey A @MorphySmith @An_Upper_Decker Unsportsmanlike conduct is more than enough to get ejected and suspended. Yadier Molina got both when he spiked a helmet in frustration after failing to beat a throw to first...

Petersauce
Petersauce

I'm sure Gomez would apologize for hurting your feelings. But he doesn't know you, just like he didn't know Reed Johnson. "I don't know him, I didn't even know he was still playing".

Side note McCann and Freeman were fined by MLB. Looks like punks on Atlanta outnumbered Gomez this time around.