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Carlos Gomez and Reed Johnson suspended after Braves-Brewers scuffle

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

Carlos Gomez admittedly "pimped it up" when he hit a first-inning home run Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves. First he admired his shot, then he squawked at opposing players as he rounded the bases. When the benches cleared a minute later, Braves outfielder Reed Johnson ran onto the field and took a swing at Gomez.

For their actions, they've each been suspended one game by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount. Unwritten rules of baseball might have been violated, but rest assured someone will be writing a check.

Both players can appeal, but Mike Vassallo of the Brewers says that Gomez won't. He'll miss Thursday night's (meaningless) game at Citi Field against the New York Mets.

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Players separate the Braves' Reed Johnson and the Brewers' Carlos Gomez. (Getty Images)

Three interesting points about MLB's decision here:

• Reed Johnson wasn't ejected from the game, and actually came in to pinch hit later Wednesday night. So MLB must have seen the punch and the umps didn't.

• Atlanta's Freddie Freeman was ejected from the game, though he insisted he didn't deserve it. Freeman, Gomez and Gerald Laird of the Braves were the players ejected from the game. According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, Freeman and Braves catcher Brian McCann each received fines.

• McCann, who was central in escalating this from just talking to a physical confrontation, didn't get ejected from the game nor was he suspended by MLB, both of which were a bit surprising. He blocked Gomez from crossing home plate before the two benches spilled onto the field.

Does this mean catchers can just block batters from crossing the plate any time they don't like the way a guy admires a homer? Or if the batter yells at their pitcher or first baseman? And to MLB that's not worse than talking trash and admiring a homer?

Maybe even the commissioner's office is afraid of how angry McCann might get.

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(USA Today)

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