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07:15 AM ET 06.12 | Who was right during what turned out to be fight night in Los Angeles? Pretty much everyone was wrong, and not just a little wrong, either. ... Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy hit the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig with two strikes and two outs in the sixth, bringing the tying run to the plate. The other two drillings -- [Zack Greinke] of D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, Kennedy of Greinke -- occurred with the score tied in the seventh. And that's not the half of it. Greinke, after getting his left collarbone broken in a fight with the Padres' Carlos Quentin in April, was foolish to risk injury again, particularly in reaction to Kennedy's unintentional beaning of Puig. Kennedy was even dumber, twice enraging the Dodgers by twice throwing toward their heads.

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June 12, 2013  08:32 AM ET

I think the Dodgers over-reacted when Puig was hit. You do not bring the tying run to the plate in the late stages of a ball game especially with two strikes on the batter and besides he is a rookie not yet a establish superstar in the game.

June 12, 2013  08:39 AM ET
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FOX Sports has an agenda.....nice

Not sure I follow the - FOX Sports has an agenda? They didn't misspeak about the events of last night. They even said the Puig hit was accidental (which I believe was given the situation in the game).

Players need to get a grip..... this is getting ridiculous.

June 12, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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I think the Dodgers over-reacted when Puig was hit. You do not bring the tying run to the plate in the late stages of a ball game especially with two strikes on the batter and besides he is a rookie not yet a establish superstar in the game.

I have to disagree. IMO, it's the D Backs who over-reacted. They should have known Greinke had to protect the kid after Kennedy drilled him in the face. And Greinke to his credit did it the right way by hitting Montero in the back below the shoulders. That should have been the end of it right there.

But Gibson couldn't let it go, and ordered Kennedy to hit Greinke. Kennedy throwing at the head should earn him a long suspension IMO.

June 12, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Kennedy throwing at the head should earn him a long suspension IMO.

Why? If you're going to hit Greinke, do it where it'll cause the least damage...............and that would be his vacuous noggin.

June 12, 2013  09:40 AM ET

I have seen Sandy Koufax throw at Willie Mays head because Willy was digging in. Willie just got up and smiled back at Koufax. After the game the GREAT DIZZY DEAN ask Willie are you mad at Sandy? Willie said no, I did something dumb by digging in against Sandy you do not do that. I seen Drysdale do the same thing. But now days we have little girls playing the game. I know I will have someone say someone could get kill and those type of people are killing all sports but they want flags on the QB's, stop hockey fights and so on and on.

June 12, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Throw where you need to, but stay away from the head always.

June 12, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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I have to disagree. IMO, it's the D Backs who over-reacted. They should have known Greinke had to protect the kid after Kennedy drilled him in the face. And Greinke to his credit did it the right way by hitting Montero in the back below the shoulders. That should have been the end of it right there.But Gibson couldn't let it go, and ordered Kennedy to hit Greinke. Kennedy throwing at the head should earn him a long suspension IMO.

I think you are spot on here. Greinke had to show the star rookie that they have his back. And Gibson should damn well know that.

June 12, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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I have seen Sandy Koufax throw at Willie Mays head because Willy was digging in. Willie just got up and smiled back at Koufax. After the game the GREAT DIZZY DEAN ask Willie are you mad at Sandy? Willie said no, I did something dumb by digging in against Sandy you do not do that. I seen Drysdale do the same thing. But now days we have little girls playing the game. I know I will have someone say someone could get kill and those type of people are killing all sports but they want flags on the QB's, stop hockey fights and so on and on.

Sandy Koufax never threw at anyone. Drysdale sure did, as did Gibson. But Sandy, no.

June 12, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Sandy Koufax never threw at anyone. Drysdale sure did, as did Gibson. But Sandy, no.

True, that's why Juan Marichal bopped Johnny Roseboro on the bean. Koufax wouldn't throw at him, so Roseboro was whistling the ball by Marichal's ears on his returns to Koufax.

June 12, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

FOX Sports has an agenda.....nice

Youre obviously not a brain surgeon

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June 12, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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Youre obviously not a brain surgeon

It's called sarcasm.

ya' know.

June 12, 2013  11:11 AM ET

Kennedy is a absolute tool.... suspend him till the all star break.. While I would agree that hitting Puig was accidental, you could tell by Kennedy's reaction that the pitch got away from him... the way he hit Greinke was absolutely intentional... you never throw at the head.. Greinke did it correctly, will likely still get a suspension, but Kennedy should be sent packing.. what he did was stupid.

June 12, 2013  11:14 AM ET
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Sandy Koufax never threw at anyone. Drysdale sure did, as did Gibson. But Sandy, no.

Every pitcher throws at someone at one time or another. If you don't have your teammates backs, they won't have yours. And you won't be in your organization for long, or baseball for that matter, if you are unwilling. But I agree, NEVER, EVER throw at the head.

June 12, 2013  11:27 AM ET
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I have seen Sandy Koufax throw at Willie Mays head because Willy was digging in. Willie just got up and smiled back at Koufax. After the game the GREAT DIZZY DEAN ask Willie are you mad at Sandy? Willie said no, I did something dumb by digging in against Sandy you do not do that. I seen Drysdale do the same thing. But now days we have little girls playing the game. I know I will have someone say someone could get kill and those type of people are killing all sports but they want flags on the QB's, stop hockey fights and so on and on.

I never understood pitchers getting mad because a hitter "digs in."

June 12, 2013  11:50 AM ET
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I have seen Sandy Koufax throw at Willie Mays head because Willy was digging in. Willie just got up and smiled back at Koufax. After the game the GREAT DIZZY DEAN ask Willie are you mad at Sandy? Willie said no, I did something dumb by digging in against Sandy you do not do that. I seen Drysdale do the same thing. But now days we have little girls playing the game. I know I will have someone say someone could get kill and those type of people are killing all sports but they want flags on the QB's, stop hockey fights and so on and on.

Seeing what happened to Tony Conigliaro changed the attitudes about throwing high and inside. He may have been the best talent of that generation until that ball crushed his skull. Thankfully, throwing at the head is now considered to be very evil.

June 12, 2013  12:03 PM ET

Just watched the post game interview with Kennedy... dude doesn't seem to get that throwing at heads is a bad idea... he was actually all smiles... so MLB needs to send a message... fine him... suspend him... and make it a big deal... make him a poster boy for others to look at...

June 12, 2013  12:08 PM ET
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Seeing what happened to Tony Conigliaro changed the attitudes about throwing high and inside. He may have been the best talent of that generation until that ball crushed his skull. Thankfully, throwing at the head is now considered to be very evil.

Dickie Thon agrees with you.

 
June 12, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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Dickie Thon agrees with you.

Yep, another great talent destroyed by getting hit in the head with a pitch.

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