Six players have now been suspended over the big brawl between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox on Thursday–which kind of eclipsed this whole Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao thing that’s taking up the sports page.
Now the week’s wildest fighters include Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. He has a seven-game suspension, mostly because he’s already been on his worst behavior even before he got heated up with Chicago’s Adam Eaton.
And, yes, it’s true that Eaton kind of started things by mouthing off to Ventura after the guy threw the Sox star a quick pitch. The league still feels that Ventura was really the problem, and Eaton isn’t facing any penalties.
The same can’t be said for KC’s Edinson Volquez, who jumped into the action and won a five-game suspension–which he can share with White Sox pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale. Watch the video below, and it seems like Samardzija got off easy. He’s really a clear instigator.
Sale probably got hit (relatively) hard over reportedly trying to bust into the Royals clubhouse after he got ejected from the game. That’s officially a rumor, but Sale sure isn’t rushing to discuss any details.
And we also have the Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Kelvin Herrera of the Royals each getting two games off–and Herrera is already trying to get out of a five-game suspension for aiming a ball at Oakland’s Brett Lawrie last weekend. Hey, Ventura got in trouble during that game, too.
We don’t have a snide remark about Lorenzo Cain because it’s hard to judge his involvement. It looks to us like Samardzija really went after the guy. Decide for yourself–and enjoy the play-by-play announcers who don’t hide their disgust…