SnakeBytes 6/12: Bad Blood

Stephen Dunn

Tempers flared and benches cleared.

Quotes of the Day

“With two strikes I was just trying to go inside. I don’t know where it hit him. I thought I got him in the shoulder, but I guess by his reaction I got him somewhere in the face, but I’m just trying to go inside there with two strikes.”

- Ian Kennedy on the pitch that caught Yasiel Puig

“What he did to Miggy was obviously not right. I wanted to throw inside just kind of to send a message, but not to hit the guy, and it just kind of got away from me a little bit. I was really just trying to go inside because I didn’t think it was right what he did to Miggy.”

- Kennedy again, on plunking Zack Greinke

“It got ugly. They came out of nowhere throwing punches and punches. Everybody was trying to break it up and they just kept going with punches and punches. I don’t know. It’s going to be ugly because we were like 25 against 72. All the (Dodgers’) DL guys were out there, too. I mean, I guess their arms felt pretty good because they were throwing punches and could have hurt something else.”

- Miguel Montero on the ensuing fracas

Diamondbacks News

Arizona Diamondbacks-Los Angeles Dodgers rivalry grows spicier with plunks, brawl

Was there a baseball game last night? I'm not entirely certain as a massive bench-clearing brawl overshadowed any (non-plunking) action on the field.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Aaron Hill plays in extended spring-training game

Aaron Hill is getting his first game action in the field. The team is apparently taking things slow with Hill's recovery, which is certainly a good thing considering the alternative is season-ending surgery. Some bad news; Matt Reynolds has a tear in his UCL.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson's reinjured shoulder leaves an uncertain future

Tons of good info on Daniel Hudson's past and current elbow issues. Towers suggests that Hudson, if he is able to return to baseball, may be better suited for relief work.

Beanball edition: Tempers flare at Dodger Stadium; farm report; & other stuff | Insiders

A blow-by-blow recap of the fight.

Ranking the Best Ballpark Experiences, Part 2 - The Triangle Blog - Grantland

Chase Field comes in at number 17. Jonah Keri had this to say about the park:

On the scouting scale, you'd call Chase a 50 on the nose. Chase sits in underrated downtown Phoenix, though you need to hike a bit to get to some of its better spots. It's a comfortable place to see a game, though its only memorable feature is the pool in right field you'll probably never get to use. All-year climate control is most welcome in the desert, though again, indoor baseball isn't for everyone. And nothing against the fine citizens of Arizona, but the best atmosphere I ever experienced at Chase came during this spring's WBC games.

Around the League

The Royals have a lot to fix before they're contenders. | SportsonEarth.com : Jonathan Bernhardt Article

The Royals are playing better, but not that much better.

Marginalia

Vin Scully calling fights is always great.

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