MLB rejects appeals by Pirates' Snider, Martin

Pirates Travis Snider and Russell Martin lost their suspension appeals with Major League Baseball stemming from the bench-clearing brawl with the Brewers on April 20 at PNC Park.

Snider will serve his two game suspension tonight and Saturday, and Martin, who is on the disabled list, will serve his one game suspension as soon as he is off the DL.

“They are what they are,” said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. “Snider will start tonight, Russ will start the first day he’s back on the active roster.”

The incident began that Sunday afternoon when Carlos Gomez hit a deep fly ball in the third inning, flipped his bat and jogged to first base, only to accelerate when the ball bounced off the wall.

That annoyed Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, who had words for Gomez when he reached third base.

Gomez shouted back, was restrained by the umpire, and the benches cleared. Snider left the bench and confronted Gomez and things escalated from there.

Snider’s role in the brawl was quite visible on replay.

“I accept full responsibility for my actions and for the punishment that was handed out,” said Snider. “I don’t sit here as a victim and cry and hope people feel sorry for me. That wasn’t the point of my appeal. The appeal was based on the other people that were involved and the punishment handed out to them.”

Martin, whose role in the brawl was never exactly clear in video replay, said he was told he made contact with an umpire while pursuing Carlos Gomez.

“From my understanding, I made contact with the umpire and that’s illegal so I’ll make sure not to come in contact with umpires,” said Martin.

Jenn Menendez: and Twitter @JennMenendez

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