Indians' Jeanmar Gomez Suspended For 5 Games, Will Appeal

Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians pitcher Jeanmar Gomez gets escorted off the field by umpire Paul Emmel after hitting Kansas City Royals batter Mike Moustakas during the third inning at Kauffman Stadium. Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

A war of hit batsmen has resulted in a suspension, and, of course, an appeal of said suspension.

On Saturday in Kansas City, there was an ugly round of beanballs between the Royals and Indians, centering around Cleveland starter Jeanmar Gomez. Paul Hoynes explains:

Gomez, in his first start of the year, was tossed for hitting Kansas City's Mike Moustakas to start the inning. Gomez was responding to a bench-clearing incident that happened in the top of the third when Royals left-hander Jonathan Sanchez hit Shin-Soo Choo in the right knee.

Here's what it looked like; it's pretty clear it was on purpose:

Benches emptied, words exchanged, all the traditional baseball "brawl" things; no one was injured. As you might expect, Gomez has been suspended:

And so the kabuki dance begins. They'll have a hearing on the appeal, likely not until the Indians come to New York, which won't be until late June. They could do a videoconference, but it would probably be blacked out... oh, wait, that's another issue.

Suspensions of starting pitchers have no effect unless they're for at least six games, but this one isn't likely to be increased. There has to be a better way, but don't expect one any time soon.

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