One of the elite national baseball players has been sidelined because of an injury that didn't have to happen.
San Diego Padres slugger Carlos Quentin rushed the mound and wrestled Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke to the ground after getting hit by a pitch Thursday night, leading to a benches-clearing brawl between the teams. Greinke ended up with a broken left collarbone.
After he was plunked on the left shoulder in the sixth inning, Quentin started walking toward the mound. Greinke appeared to say something and Quentin then charged the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner.
They dropped their shoulders and collided, and Quentin tackled the pitcher to the grass. Both ended up on the bottom of a huge scrum as players from both sides ran onto the field and jumped in.
Greinke joined the Dodgers as a free agent in the offseason, signing a $147 million, six-year contract.
It's difficult to believe that men who are paid this amount of money have so little self-control over their actions. These players are to be role models for youth wanting to play sports.
The league should heavily penalize the players involved for their lack of sportsmanship and respect for the game.