Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/14/13
Few seem to believe Carlos Quentin's contention that he was justified to charge Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke -- least of all Major League Baseball, which suspended Quentin but not Greinke for Friday's bench-clearing brawl. Well, Quentin might have a better argument than most of us initially perceived. Not an argument that excuses his reaction and breaking of Greinke's collarbone after getting hit by a pitch, but one that adds nuance to a debate that largely has been one-sided. Quentin dropped his appeal Sunday and began serving his eight-game suspension immediately, ensuring that he would miss the Padres' three-game series against the Dodgers that begins Monday in Los Angeles. But a number of players and former players I spoke with over the weekend -- hitters and pitchers both -- said that the brawl could have been avoided if Greinke had used more conciliatory body language and refrained from a verbal response to Quentin's initial anger. What's more, the history between the...
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