It looks like the Atlanta Braves have taken it upon themselves as the official “police” of Major League Baseball.
2 weeks after a bench clearing scrum that was initiated because the Braves did not like the way Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez watched a home run, it happened again after Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez hit a towering home run to left center field. Almost immediately there was action as Gomez circled first base and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was screaming at him. Gomez seemed to point to his knee which may have been in reference to a pitch that Paul Maholm threw earlier in the year that hit Gomez.
Gomez was barking at everyone by the time he reached third base and as he came to home plate Brian McCann had decided that he wasn’t going to let Gomez touch the dish. McCann stood his ground in the middle of the basepath and before they could be separated both benches came running onto the field of play.
For the Braves, Freddie Freeman was ejected for his part in the brawl. The Brewers lost Carlos Gomez as well.
One has to wonder why this type of thing seems to be happening quite frequently to the Braves. Personally I think you should watch a home run for however long you like. You hit it, and you deserve it. If the other team doesn’t want you to posture up after hitting a home run then they should do a better job not allowing one in the first place.
We will see if any suspensions are forth coming from MLB and if that impacts the postseason race at all.