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Kevin Millar on M&M: Padres’ Carlos Quentin charging the mound ‘an overreaction and it’s kind of tired’

04.12.13 at 1:39 pm ET
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Kevin Millar joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about the brawl that broke out between the Dodgers and Padres on Thursday night and about what he’s seen from the Red Sox so far.

Millar said he thinks Carlos Quentin should be punished harshly for charging the mound and breaking Zack Greinke‘s collarbone. However, he said there’s no way Dodgers manager Don Mattingly‘s proposal that Quentin shouldn’t play again until Greinke returns from the injury will come true.

“It’s a great soundbite, it’s great for Don Mattingly to say that, but it’s not going to happen,” he said. “You’re not going to suspend somebody 30-40 games for charging the mound. A lot of guys get hurt charging the mound, but that’s part of charging the mound. It’s just a typical suspension, you’re going to get fined, but if you overreact — you’re not going to sit out 30-40 games. You’ve got guys that take steroids that sit out 50 games. You charge the mound, you tell me it’s going to be close to that? No.

“There are divers in the game. You know when a guy’s throwing at you, and if Quentin really thought Greinke’s throwing at him? ‘€¦ I don’t think he’s throwing at him. It’s a one-run game, it’s a 3-2 count. It’s an overreaction and it’s kind of tired. ‘€¦ Poor Zack Greinke’s a buck-92 and Quentin’s no small guy. It’s bad for the game when somebody goes down like that, and if you’re a Giants fan you’re over there licking your chops saying, ‘We’ve got a chance to keep going.’ ”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Red Sox coverage, go to weei.com/redsox.

On whether he’s worried about Joel Hanrahan: “No, not at all. His stuff’s too good. It happens early in the season and it becomes magnified, but this guy’s going to save a lot of games for the Red Sox. ‘€¦ He had to get out of that inning [against the Orioles], and it didn’t happen, and they lost, big deal.”

On Jackie Bradley’s recent struggles: “It’s part of growing pains. That’s why I always tell everyone, don’t get so excited about spring training statistics. ‘€¦ The bottom line is, I would like to see the Red Sox somewhat get some consistency with their lineup. I don’t like Jonny Gomes sitting on the bench all the time. This is a threat you signed for 10 million bucks for a couple of years. Let him get in there and get his feet going and start hitting some balls. As far as a young man like Jackie Bradley Jr. who’s going to have a great career — he’s a great kid, the work ethic’s there. He’s going through a little stretch right now.”

On Ryan Dempster tipping pitches: “The thing when you throw a split-finger, a lot of guys, we can see a lot of stuff. [CurtSchilling used to tip over his head with the finger grip in his windup. Doug Mirabelli caught that. Ryan Dempster used to tip and it was funny because Erik Bedard, when I played with him in Baltimore, he throws a split-finger and stuff, and he does the wiggle-wiggle on every pitch. So I called Dempster and I said, ‘Why don’t you just do the wiggle-wiggle on every pitch? If you’re going to wiggle-wiggle on a fastball and a split-finger.’ So he changed that, it’s changed his game and it’s been effective for him because he’s a guy now that’s got command of all his offspeed pitches.”

On the A’s leading the AL West early on: “The Angels needed to put their foot on them and they didn’t. The Angels needed to get off to a good start to let this division know they were supposed to be the monsters of the West, and they didn’t. You’re letting this team get some more swagger and some more confidence. They’re not going to go away, either. The thing is that this is just a scrappy, scrappy group. ‘€¦ [YoenisCespedes hasn’t even hit yet, and [JoshReddick goes out for a couple of days with a sprained wrist, but they’ve just got a group and it’s a team. It’s a perfect example of when you hear people say chemistry doesn’t matter — this team has chemistry, they have swagger, they go into Anaheim and do what they did, and that’s deflating for the Angels and that’s a big-time boost for the A’s.”

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