Suspensions handed down in Brewers-Pirates brawl


Pittsburgh Pirates’ Travis Snider’s messed up face is courtesy of Milwaukee Brewers’ Martin Maldonado’s fists. Maldonado, Snider and two other players were suspended for their roles in Sunday’s brawl, reports say. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Throw a punch in the NHL and maybe get two minutes in the penalty box. Throw one in the MLB and get a five-game suspension and $2,500 fine. That’s what happened to Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, who is bearing the brunt of the large brawl that broke out Sunday during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to ESPN.

Meanwhile, Maldonado’s teammate, outfielder Carlos Gomez got a three-game suspension, Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel reports, and Pirates players Travis Snider and Russell Martin got two- and one-game suspensions, respectively.

The melee occurred during the third inning when Gomez and Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole got into a verbal spar following Gomez’s at-bat that resulted in a triple. The fight escalated quickly, attracting both benches and Maldonado’s fists, which landed squarely on the face of Pittsburgh outfielder Snider. It was a mess.

Despite Maldonado’s jabs, it was Gomez and Snider who ended up being ejected from the game that went into extra innings. Milwaukee outfielder Khris Davis finally homered in the 14th inning, topping the Pirates 3-2 and ending the high-tension game.

At press time, nothing official had emerged from either team about the suspensions. But one player took to Twitter and got a little bit philosophical.

Maldonano’s tweet reads: “Smile at the person who is crying, ignore the person who criticizes you, and be happy with the person you care about.” While it’s impossible to tell if this is connected with his suspension, this tweet certainly seems reflective, especially considering Maldonado’s penultimate tweet at press time was an apology for the fight.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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