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Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel: Zack Greinke hit Carlos Quentin on purpose

Zack Greinke Carlos QuentinZack Greinke has a history of hitting Carlos Quentin. Whether he has done so intentionally or not, it is that history that sparked a bench-clearing brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres last week.

Quentin was hit by more pitches than any player in the league last season, but that hasn’t affected Padres president and CEO Tom Garfinkel’s opinion on what went down last Thursday. Garfinkel believes Greinke hit Quentin on purpose, and he took a shot at Greinke for his social anxiety disorder when discussing it on Friday night.

“He threw at him on purpose, OK?” Garfinkel told fans at a Petco Park event, via Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. “That’s what happened. They can say 3-and-2 count, 2-1 game, no one does that. Zack Greinke is a different kind of guy. Anyone seen ‘Rain Man’? He’s a very smart guy.”

On Wednesday, Garfinkel told Yahoo! Sports that he regretted making the “Rain Man” comment and apologized to both Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten and Greinke. The Dodgers ace suffered a broken collarbone by standing up to Quentin when the slugger charged the mound.

“I was emotional the day after the game and regrettably, while defending our player, I said some things I shouldn’t have, especially as it relates to Zack Greinke,” Garfinkel said. “I was out of line and I apologize.

“Obviously, I don’t condone fighting and I wish it wouldn’t have happened. You never want to see any player get hurt.”

Garfinkel also told the season ticket holders on Friday that one thing he would not do is lower his shoulder if someone of Quentin’s stature was charging at him. He did not reiterate that stance to Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday, but he did make sure to mention that Greinke never apologized after hitting Quentin for the third time in his career and that he still feels it was intentional.

“We don’t know what he said,” said Garfinkel. “I asked Carlos. He doesn’t know what he said. I do know that, I mean, everybody saw the tape. Everybody saw what happened. He didn’t say, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hit you.’ He threw his glove down, stuck his chest out.

“This is my opinion, and I can’t say it publicly, but I guess this is public, so please don’t tweet it out. We’re in the trust tree here, in the nest. He hit him on purpose. That’s what I believe.”

Consider it tweeted.

Matt Kemp to Carlos Quentin: ‘We’ll see, bitch’

Matt Kemp Clayton Richard

The Dodgers and Padres didn’t just fight on the field Thursday, they also had some words after the game ended.

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who was ejected for his role in the benches-clearing brawl, got into it with Carlos Quentin after the game. The confrontation reportedly occurred by the tunnel outside the locker rooms.

The Mighty 1090′s Marty Caswell says the two were nose-to-nose before being separated by San Diego pitcher Clayton Richard (pictured). Their words were not pleasant.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez, at one point Kemp said to Quentin, “We’ll see, bitch.”

Kemp was asked by reporters about the implications of the brawl between the teams.

“Will there be bad blood between these two teams? I don’t know,” said Kemp.

He also had harsh words for Quentin.

“I think Carlos Quentin went to Stanford…I heard there’s some smart people at Stanford. That wasn’t too smart,” he said of the slugger’s decision to charge the mound on Zack Greinke, per U-T San Diego’s Dennis Lin.

Yeah, I can only imagine what it will look like the next time these teams play. We’ll set the over/under line at two batters plunked.

One thing that must not go overlooked is that the Matt Kemp memes were STRONG after the game. Take a look:

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Carlos Quentin charges Zack Greinke to incite bench-clearing brawl (Video)

Zack Greinke Carlos QuentinCarlos Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Zack Greinke, inciting a bench-clearing brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Thursday night.

Greinke had a full count on Quentin with the bases empty and the Dodgers leading 2-1 in the sixth when he plunked the Padres outfielder in the left arm. Quentin stared out at Greinke, took a few steps towards the mound, and then decided to charge. Greinke dropped his glove, braced for the contact, and dropped his left shoulder into the charging outfielder. Catcher A.J. Ellis rushed out and tackled Quentin to the ground, and then it was “every man for himself” after that, as announcer Vin Scully said.

Greinke was replaced by pitcher Chris Capuano after suffering an injury, which was later revealed to be a broken collarbone. Center fielder Matt Kemp was ejected for going crazy during the brawl, and he was replaced by Skip Schumaker.

Kemp was likely fuming because he felt the Padres had thrown at him earlier in the game:

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Carlos Quentin, Matt Garza Reportedly on the Trade Block

The Winter Meetings in Orlando have ended but that doesn’t mean the trades and signings have been finalized. Cliff Lee still has to sign a deal, Zack Greinke may be traded, and guys like Adrian Beltre, Derrek Lee, and Adam LaRoche are still out there. There are two other names that reportedly are available in trades and both to me can be difference-makers: Carlos Quentin and Matt Garza.

CARLOS QUENTIN, OF, WHITE SOX, 2nd YEAR ARBITRATION

Is he available? The Chicago Sun-Times says he is, Kenny Williams says not really.

Why would the White Sox trade him? They signed Adam Dunn and re-signed Paul Konerko so they have power in the lineup. They need bullpen help and can’t afford to spend more money on free agents, so moving Quentin to get help is an option. He’s also set for a raise entering his second year of arbitration.

Why should my team go after him? Though he’s a career .251 hitter, he has plenty of true power and was an MVP candidate in 2008. You can’t find his pop too many places so he’s worth a gamble that the batting average will improve.

MATT GARZA, SP, RAYS, 2nd YEAR ARBITRATION

Is He Available? Multiple reports said he was being shopped by the Rays at the Winter Meetings and that he still is being shopped.

Why would the Rays trade him? They’ve lost Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena and their only truly reliable bat is Evan Longoria, so they could use some offensive help. On the other hand, they have a surplus of pitching including David Price, Jeff Neimann, Wade Davis, James Shields, and Jeremy Hellickson, so they can afford to deal from a position of strength to fix a weakness.

Why should my team go after him? He’s thrown back-to-back 200+ inning seasons and you know what you can expect from him. He’s reliable, a good strikeout pitcher, and he’s proven he can pitch in the playoffs. Most other teams would want to lock him up, not deal him, so he’ll be a nice addition for a team. He’s also under club control through the 2013 season.