Nick Masset suspended three games for hitting Evan Gattis with pitch
Rockies pitcher Nick Masset has been suspended for three games while Braves pitcher David Carpenter has received a fine. Watch the videos of the hit batsmen here.
The Carpenter HBP happened after Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson fouled a ball of Gerald Laird's mask and then got Laird with his bat on a follow-through of a swing. Watch it all here:
And now the Masset retaliation on Evan Gattis:
Definitely credit Gattis for taking his base, because many players would have started a brawl on that pitch -- even though it was clearly retaliatory for the Dickerson hit by pitch.
I have to say, though, I'm a bit surprised Masset got a three-game suspension while Carpenter avoided one. MLB found that each pitch was intentional -- hence the fine to Carpenter -- so why is Masset's worse? Hitting a guy on purpose is hitting a guy on purpose. I understand that Masset's came after both benches were warned but, again, both intentionally hit an opposing player.