Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who was livid when San Diego Padres slugger Carlos Quentin broke pitcher Zack Greinke’s collarbone after charging the mound after getting hit by a full-count pitch, confronted Quentin after the game on Thursday as the teams were leaving Petco Park.
Police, in addition to Hanley Ramirez of the Dodgers and Clayton Richard of the Padres, had to separate the two players. Major League Baseball is reportedly reviewing the incident.
Earlier in the game, Quentin, after being hit on a full-count pitch with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Dodgers leading by one run, decided to charge Greinke. The bench-clearing melee resulted in the Dodgers’ $147-million pitcher breaking his collarbone. Greinke will reportedly miss 4-6 weeks, and Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly said Quentin should not be able to play until Greinke can.
“People with good baseball IQs know if you have a one-run lead and it’s a 3-2 count, Greinke is not going to hit you on purpose,” Kemp said. “I heard there are some smart people at Stanford… That wasn’t too smart.”
When Kemp saw that Greinke may have been hurt during the unnecessary brawl, he became irate. And the livid Kemp seemed like he wanted to fight everyone on the Padres to defend his pitcher. Kemp would later be ejected with Quentin and the Dodgers’ Jerry Hairson.
Kemp reportedly said, “we’ll see,” regarding Monday’s game between the Dodgers and the Padres. The teams play each other 16 more times this season.
Greinke said he did not realize there was bad blood between himself and Quentin, but said there probably is now.