Should baseball penalize players for leaving the dugout and bullpen during a brawl?

Leading Off: Baseball needs more glove, fewer brawls

Published: Monday, Jun. 17, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013 - 9:59 am

Baseball is a kick in the head, isn't it?

Or should we say a fastball to the earflap of Zack Greinke's batting helmet during a Dodgers-Diamondbacks game last week that looked more like a battle royal wrestling match with Jesuit alum J.P. Howell trying to toss a Diamondbacks player out of the ring.

Come on now, fellas, what the world needs now is more glove and less knuckles and suspensions.

But in baseball, there are unwritten rules that must be followed.

Do you really think Greinke – coming off the disabled list after breaking his collarbone in a brawl against San Diego – wanted to hit an Arizona batter after teammate Yasiel Puig was hit in the nose?

Probably not.

But he had to or face losing the respect of his teammates; turning the other cheek does not apply in professional baseball. Even if it takes a year, payback will come eventually, no question.

But what needs to be questioned is why baseball continues to allow players to leave the dugout and bullpen without penalty?

If the NBA and NHL can police their players, why can't baseball?

What to watch I

Baseball, A's at Texas, 5:05 p.m., CSNCA: The A's hold a three-game lead entering a four-game series against their A.L. West rival.

What to watch II

Stanley Cup Finals, Chicago at Boston, 5 p.m., NBCSN: The way the series has been going, don't be surprised if Game 3 needs overtime, too.

Today's poll

Should baseball penalize players for leaving the dugout and bullpen during a brawl?

• Yes

• No

To vote, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend results

What is the earliest school year players should be able to receive scholarship offers?

• Freshman: 2%

• Sophomore: 4%

• Junior: 43%

• Senior: 43%

• No limits: 8%

Total votes: 173

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

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