Eric Hinske, whose suspension was reduced to one game, said MLB told his agent it saw new video from the June 11 brawl vs. Dodgers.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) June 25, 2013
In other words, they saw the same video we all did at the time. I would still be fascinated to learn the justification for the original suspension, and on what video footage that was based.
#Dbacks Eric Hinske said he didn't have hearing. MLB offered 1 game & no fine and he took it. Still thinks it's more than he deserved.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) June 25, 2013
Yes, that's absolutely true, certainly considering that Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw - the latter the man who started the plunkings, remember - got away with absolutely no suspension at all. I think it's safe to say that an 80% reduction in sentence (and the removal of the fine) is all but an admission by MLB that they screwed up.
Chances of that happening? Slim to none, unfortunately - and Slim just left town.
@nickpiecoro Do they wanna go back and review it for more punishments from people who weren't disciplined? They should— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) June 25, 2013
@BMcCarthy32 ~ He said he was encouraged by union to take the one game with no fine.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) June 25, 2013
Way to go, union! That's how you stand up for the rights of a player! Oh, hang on - my mistake. That's actually how you roll over and cozy up to the commissioner's office, helping them avoid the embarrassment of an actual hearing where they'd have had to justify the unjustifiable. I'll leave the final word to a team-mate, who nails it exactly:
@SteveGilbertMLB it's a brutal cop out. Suspending someone when you admit they did nothing wrong. For what?— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) June 25, 2013