Major League Baseball handed down the suspensions for Tuesday’s bench clearing incident between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. Keone Kela was hardest hit, receiving a ten-game suspension for throwing high and inside, which was two more games than Amir Garrett received for charging the Pittsburgh dugout and starting the altercation.
Jose Osuna picked up a five-game suspension. Kyle Crick received three games. Clint Hurdle got a two-game suspension.
Jared Hughes only received three games for intentionally hitting Starling Marte (MLB’s wording included the word intentional), while David Bell seems to have got off easy too for coming out of the clubhouse to get into a fight. He only received six games, plus part of his punishment included a build up of issues over the year, so he wouldn’t have got six games if he didn’t have prior issues. Even Yasiel Puig only got three games for his part.
It appears that the message was sent to the Pirates as Kela and Osuna seem to have got the worst of it, while all of the Reds players suspended could have got more time off.
Everyone involved is appealing their suspension.