Stanton Goes Down and The Benches Clear!
By Andy Salgado
Sep 11, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is hit by a pitch in the fifth inning and had to leave the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Are you kidding me!?! Exactly one year after the Jose Fernandez bench clearing incident, it happens again to the Marlins. In the final game of the season against the Brewers the Marlins get robbed by the Ump once again. First it was the Rule 7.13 against the Reds, now was this.
The problem began in the 5th inning. With a runner on 1st and 3rd, two out, and Giancarlo Stanton up to bat, Stanton had a 0-1 count and gets drilled in the face! In no world should the ball be where Mike Fiers threw it. Was it on purpose? I don’t think so, but Stanton went down like a ton of bricks! He stayed down and out came a stretcher to cart him off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stanton. Ok, hit batters happen in baseball, I get that, but then the Ump said he swung and the count is now 0-2! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! He was trying to move out of the way of a MLB FAST BALL! Fine, he swung, and up came Reed Johnson to finish the at bat. And what did Fiers do next? He hit Reed! The benches cleared. The Marlins have every right to clear the bench. Protect your players. Also, from now on if anyone says Garrett Jones should not be on this team, let them know that Jones was the first one off that bench to start the charge. He led the fight for the Marlins to protect and stand up for their players. So McGehee gets tossed, Redmond gets tossed, but yet Fiers is still in this game without even getting a warning (the benches got warnings for charging at each other, but not Fiers for hitting two batters). Oh, and even though both teams charged and the Marlins had their Manager and McGehee thrown out, no Brewers were thrown out of the game.
Here is the kicker that makes this all the worse, they said Reed also swung so his getting hit doesn’t count either and it’s a strike out. Are you kidding me!!!! We were angry about Rule 7.13 incident back against the Reds, but this is worse. Our player goes down and the pitcher isn’t even warned. To top it off the pitcher hits another player and the Marlins are punished again. This Marlin Family member is beyond mad right now! So I’m just going to end this with a Let’s Go Marlins!
I say that, yet as I am writing this I see DeSclafani hit a batter and what happens? He gets thrown out! No warning, just tossed out of the game!