Granted, the ruckus was pretty outlandish and it was difficult to see who did what exactly given the mass huddle the two teams formed, but there were a few clear moments when players stepped over the line. Yet, they didn’t really get hit that hard with the ban hammer.
One player who did though was that of Eric Hinske, who received five games in the melee. The only problem is – what exactly did he do that was so much worse than everybody else, who outside of starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, received no more than a few games? Nobody really knew, especially the D’Backs.
Hinske appealed the decision and oddly enough, won, as Major League Baseball reduced his suspension today from five games to one, which he will serve tonight.
Per Ken Rosenthal:
Source: Hinske suspension reduced from five games to one. Will serve tonight.