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Dodgers want another piece of Ian Kennedy

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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As most baseball fans by now know, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers had the benches clear twice Tuesday night in relation to three different hit batsmen.

The chronology was as follows:

1. Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig in the face with a pitch.

2. Zack Greinke hit Miguel Montero in the back.

3. Kennedy hit Greinke in the left shoulder (the same area where he had a broken collarbone earlier this season):

One of the great things about old-school baseball is that it polices itself. The traditional manner to respond to one of your best players getting hit in the face is to put one between the shoulder blades of an opposing player. That's exactly what Greinke did. Yet Kennedy responded by going after Greinke -- and did so far too close to his head. There was really no mistaking Kennedy's intent to hit Greinke in the head, and there's no place for that.

Needless to say, the Dodgers are none too pleased with this.

“You hit our guy, we hit yours, that's the way it should be,” Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz said (LATimes.com). “But [Kennedy] took it another level, so we'll see him next time. I hope we face him next time.”

“It's different if it's a beanball war,” Dodgers utility man Skip Schumaker said (LATimes.com). “I've been a part of those before. I get it. It's a part of the game. I liked it. It gets guys going. It gets the fans fired up. I get all that. I love it. But when you start throwing at guys' heads, it's a different story.”

Schumaker also reportedly called it "dumb" and "dangerous."

I couldn't possibly be more on the Dodgers' side here. What Kennedy did in going after Greinke was ridiculous and just plain dirty. The only people arguing the point are ones who still can't get over the Greinke vs. Carlos Quentin battle from earlier this season. If that were Clayton Kershaw, everyone would be all over Kennedy except some D-Backs fans.

Also, it's not like Kennedy is squeaky clean here. He led the majors with 14 hit batsmen last year and leads the NL with eight this season.

And if he faces the Dodgers again, he may get to see what it feels like to be plunked for a change. I'll be on board with it as long as it's not near his head.

 
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