Fair or foul?

What unwritten rule or social norm did Brewers’ slugger Carlos Gomez violate in this at-bat?

Addendum: Major League Baseball decided not to impose any suspension on Pirates’ pitcher Gerrit Cole (not even a token one-game suspension), even though he was the player who started the confrontation that lead to the brawl. Shouldn’t MLB have suspended Mr Cole for at least one game?

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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3 Responses to Fair or foul?

  1. shelbynfla says:

    I would say there is a high probablity that they are both testosterone filed grandstanding jerks, regardless of any race name calling comments or hurt feelings… He could have made any derogatory comment, or insult to the pitcher. And an insulted pitcher didn’t need to react like that either. Ridiculous little boys. They both need bigger penalties. Maybe they are upset they aren’t playing hockey. It is the playoffs after all, now there are so e fights and the skates can cause some real blood. –Actually hockey player teammates insult each other as part of de-sensitivity training for insults that will be forthcoming from the other teams when they hit the ice. Maybe we need to try that with these baseball players. I’m sure that whatever he said, hockey players can say it stronger and meaner. (BTW Columbus just scored 2 in the first 4minutes and only 1minute left in the 1st). Pittsburgh isn’t having a good week.

  2. enrique says:

    Thanks for your thoughtful comment … it is interesting to note that fights are more common in hockey than in other sports … What about bench-clearing brawls, though? Also, why are there different equilibria (as well as different “aggression frequencies”, for lack of a better term) in hockey as compared to baseball. That is, why are fights more rare in baseball, but also why do most fights in baseball end up with all the players getting off the bench?

  3. shelbynfla says:

    It’s possible that the amount or level of fighting stems from the specific sport’s beginning; as baseball was a “gentleman’s” sport, a poor man’s cricket… And hockey – I have no idea, perhaps it was created somewhere cold and played by Vikings, and then tough Canadians. The hockey players also have a lot more padding and protective clothing, which may allow for more physical contact. Either way, both sports have evolved as media now captures the words that only those on the field and Ice were privy to hear. Both have surpassed sportsmanlike behavior. Tonight the commentators were speaking of the Blues/Blackhawks game from yesterday, where a Blackhawks player made fun of a Blues player who was severely injured when the puck hit him in the head. Both teams went at each other in the same way as the baseball game, defending the honor or their teammate. The commentator said, if you don’t want to hear the words, turn down your volume. I hope that the masses actually do not want to hear racial slurs, insults, and mean behavior. However it was also called “good drama”, which brings everything around to marketing and the financial reward that comes from a potential battle during a playoff game. (Or a rival baseball game.) What is the statistic regarding: How many kids stay to watch a playground fight in the school yard? I would guess a majority of kids stay and watch… They are the same hopeful fans paying for the tickets for these sporting events. Until they stop buying, the fighting, terrible behavior and small penalties. won’t stop either. Of course tonight at the end of the first period, only 1 punch has been thrown and it’s a relatively boring game–perhaps the teams were warned accordingly.

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