As you know by now former White Sox Carlos Quentin got into a scuffle with former Royal Zack Greinke on Thursday night. In the upset of the century considering Carlos' ability to get injured, it was Zack Greinke who emerged from the scrap with a broken collarbone and is going to miss about two months because of it.
And since Greinke was hurt in the fight people have been getting mad at Carlos Quentin for starting it.
And that bothers me a bit, because that makes it seem like Zack Greinke played no role in what transpired.
I don't know that Greinke hit Quentin on purpose last night, and neither does Carlos. The only person who does is Greinke and he sure as hell isn't going to admit it if he did. But for those who look at last night's fight as an isolated incident and just blame Quentin for everything need to understand the history of Zack Greinke and Carlos Quentin.
And it's not just that Greinke hit Quentin with a pitch two different times before last night.
Carlos Quentin has been hit by a lot of pitches in his career. He's been hit 116 times, including 43 times in his final two seasons with the White Sox. Through his career Quentin has been hit by a pitch just about once every 24 times he's gone to the plate. So for Quentin to just snap at this point, after being hit 116 times, and charge the mound can't just be random.
Sure, Carlos has been hit a lot, but you know who has hit a lot of batters with pitches during his career?
During his seven seasons with the Royals Greinke hit 39 batters. Now, keep in mind, he missed about a year and a half with injuries and problems with depression. So it's really five and a half seasons we're talking about here.
Of the 39 batters he drilled in Kansas City, nine were White Sox players.
In his career against the White Sox Greinke is 7-10 with a 4.14 ERA and has allowed 20 home runs in 156 innings.
Now, he's only walked 29 White Sox hitters in those 156 innings, but he's somehow managed to plunk nine of them. It's like he suddenly loses control or something.
I mean, how does a guy who has only walked 2.3 hitters per nine innings in his entire career drill 46 players in his career?
Could it be that Zack Greinke is a bit of a hot head? Was that a rhetorical question? You're damned right it was.
It always amazed me how a guy who homered off Greinke in the second tended to get drilled in the fifth.
So while Greinke had only hit Quentin twice prior to last night Quentin is used to seeing him drill teammates.
So no matter how you feel about Quentin charging the mound last night, let's not pretend that Zack Greinke is innocent in all this. Players get hurt and have to miss games from being hit by pitches all the time. If you make a habit of hitting batters with pitches, it's only a matter of time before you end up missing games because of it as well.
Konerko on what happened:
"I think like (Quentin) said if you know the history and you know the pieces of the puzzle, it kind of all makes sense. So, you know hopefully the people out there don’t look at, I think, as an isolated event like it was something that just happened last night.
"I think when you put all the pieces together, I think you find yourself you know being on Carlos’ side a little bit more when you start seeing, and it’s not just. I think it was three hit by pitches, but if you watch the games I’ve watched, he’s probably had more than five pitches that have gone over his head.
"So, you know, at some point, it’s going to be the last straw, and that’s what happened."But, of course, I'm sure all of us watching at home know more about it than he does because he was only there living it.
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