"All I know was I was trying to go up and in, trying to get some weak contact with [Adam] Jones on first. Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody’s head. That’s potentially life-changing and that’s unacceptable."
Did you notice in the replay that catcher Christian Vazquez was setup for the pitch to be outside?
MLB was quick to hand down a four-game suspension, which Barnes is appealing to be available to pitch with the Yankees series this week.
Outside the fact that Barnes took several shots at 'retribution' by trying to hit Machado, it's astounding that he failed to locate his fastball. He can paint the corners with it, yet he can't find the buttocks or ribs with it?
Instead of debating the merits of pitch control, instead of debating the right or wrong of these shenanigans, let's look at how the Red Sox could have avoided having Barnes suspended.
The Red Sox or Pedroia, had the chance to be really classy with this incident due to the fact that knuckleballer Steven Wright was to start the next game against the Orioles.
If Pedroia was serious about not holding it against Machado, if the whole thing was an accident, then this could have played out as follows.
Machado was hitting third, so in the first inning you have Wright center up a knuckleball at 62 MPH. Machado takes first and Pedroia yells down to him that he called for that 'retribution.'
No pitcher ejections, no bench clearing and it is a pretty classy event that you can be sure reaches ESPN highlights.
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell