The message came with the pitch and Harper and the Nats answered appropriately, and that should have been it. If Hamels is going to do some stupid frat boy bragging to impress any female reporters who might have been around, he gives MLB no choice...of course they have to suspend him then.
Funny how Hamels claimed he hit Harper because he is old-school! What? From David Schoenfield:
Schoenfield continues:The funniest part about Hamels' "old baseball" approach? He's 28 years old! What old-school baseball is he referring to? 1998? 1996? Hamels has to be the youngest player ever to invoke old-school quoting privileges.
Plus ... wouldn't Hamels have to be one of the least old-school players in the game? When your nickname is Hollywood Hamels, you can't be old school. When your wife is a reality TV contestant who posed in Playboy, you can't be old school. Old-school players marry the first Baseball Annie they meet in the minors. And they certainly don't spend as much time on their hair as Hamels does. <------------
But Hamels is hardly alone. Here are five other least old-school players in the game...
2. Curtis Granderson, Yankees. Believe me, Granderson would offend old-school guys. He's a nice guy, he plays hard, he says all the right things. Crazy stuff. Old-school guys should be spitting chew on the shoes of the catcher as they dig in at the plate and pepper their language with four-letter words and then down five beers in the clubhouse as you sit naked talking about how that horsebleep umpire screwed you on that 2-2 slider.
1. Jered Weaver, Angels. Did you see him after his no-hitter last week? He had tears in his eyes, for crying out loud. Then there's the long hair. What's wrong with a crew cut? And did you know in 2010 he went an entire season without hitting a single batter? Don Drysdale would plunk guys in the on-deck circle just to make sure they didn't get too comfortable at the plate.
Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis
Saw this on TheOnion: "Cole Hamels Apologizes For Not Hitting Bryce Harper Right In The ******* Face With Pitch"
Swing and a drive! This one is deep! This one is... over the fence and into the neighbor's yard!
Cole should of gotten a longer suspension IMHO.
Suspend him for being honest, great message.
Also I doubt he will be missing any playing time, so what is the point anyways?
Chop! Chop! Chop!
I don't think anything should have happened. The Nats took care of it. Leave the players alone. Stop intervening in games. Now neither teams pitchers can throw inside next game. The league will tell the umps to issue pre-game warnings to both teams. Gotta show the players who's boss.
He gets pushed back a day, basically got a slap on the wrist and told to play nice.
If the Phillies think they've got the advantage of having been there before, as Victorino claims, they fail to see Davey Johnson sitting the Nationals dugout. I very much doubt this distracts the Nationals, which was clearly the Phillies intention. It's a shame they've lost Werth, because that lineup will be one of the game's best when Morse and Zimmerman return.
The problem isn't necessarily that Hamels hit Harper. That's normal. Pitchers hit batters all the time.
The problem was that Hamels openly admitted it. THAT is not normal. I don't care how obviously intentional the pitch was, I don't care how pissed off the pitcher may have been, I don't care what the batter did to deserve it. The pitcher does not, under ANY circumstances, admit that he threw at the batter. You just don't do that. It's against the code. The pitcher is just supposed to say that the pitch got away from him. Even if it's the most intentional thing he's ever done in his life - you don't admit that it was intentional.
In labor news: Longshoremen walked off the piers today. Rescue operations are continuing.
my question is, why can't he be arrested for assault? I'm pretty sure that in the real world throwing a baseball at someone on purpose would have someone thrown in jail.
They'd have to lock up every pitcher in MLB...
Of course, I also think the comments made by the Nationals' GM were also out of line. Not that he deserves any censuring, but calling a 25-year veteran like Hamels "classless" and something profane I can't post here on BBF could've been reworded to be a bit less candid and a bit more professional. Jmho.
Put it in the books.