Quentin drops appeal, will serve suspension
SAN DIEGO -- Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin dropped his appeal of an eight-game suspension issued by Major League Baseball for his role in Thursday's bench-clearing brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Quentin did so on Sunday morning prior to the afternoon series finale against the Colorado Rockies. Quentin will consequently not play a three-game series against the Dodgers starting Monday. He will not make the six-game road trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Dodgers were angered by the Quentin's actions. The outfielder was hit by a pitch from starter Zack Greinke and charged the mound. Greinke broke his collarbone and will be out at least eight weeks.
Quentin will be eligible to return for an April 23 home game against Milwaukee.
The suspension was dropped after dialogue between the league and the MLB Player's Association -- representing Quentin in his appeal -- and it became apparent that the suspension would not be reduced.
"I know Carlos did not want to go any further down this path," Padres manager Bud Black said, "From what I gathered, the suspension was going to stay at eight games, but I think the main factor in this decision is that Carlos wanted to put this behind him as quickly as possible."
The incident, and the national media attention surrounding it, has worn on the extremely private Quentin, who generally does not open up to the press. He has gone 0-for-5 with two strikeouts since Thursday's incident.
The eight-game suspension was issued just before Friday's game, and Quentin appealed to further explore his rights and the possibility of getting the suspension reduced. It became clear on Sunday that wouldn't happen and Quentin decided to start his suspension immediately.
That means Quentin will miss a Dodgers series, in which he would have been subject of fan vitriol at the very least. Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp confronted Quentin in a heated exchange after Thursday's game in the Petco Park tunnels. Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw also intimated that life might be hard on Quentin in the upcoming series at Dodgers Stadium.
Quentin made it clear he was not pulling his appeal to avoid the series.
"There have been many different ideas, thoughts and concerns put out there," Quentin said. "I will say this about the Dodgers series -- I will obviously miss this one, but I will be part of the rest of them. We play them many times."
Quentin repeated what he's said publicaly since the brawl, that it was unfortunate that Greinke was injured but that he does not regret his actions. After a history of being hit by Greinke (Thursday was the third time) he felt it necessary to protect himself.
"People that know baseball understand what happened here," Quentin said. "The rest is what is written and framed by you guys. Those things are out of my control."
Quentin believes that the tension between the Padres and Dodgers will subside and considers the issue closed.
"There are a lot of emotions concerning what has happened," Quentin said. "One of their players was unfortunately hurt, but baseball will be played on the field."