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One day later
May 7, 2012 - Mike Mathison
So Cole Hamels decided to go "old school" on Bryce Harper and intentionally plunk him as a huge "Welcome to the Bigs Kid" kind of thing.
Then MLB gave Hamels a 5 game suspension. Oooooooooohhh!!! I felt that punishment from here.
5 games to a pitcher is 1 start. And, given that Hamels was scheduled to start Saturday's game, he now will pitch "one day later."
That's teaching him not to intentionally plunk someone and then tell the truth.
Wow. One day. That's harsh.
A 5 game suspension to a pitcher means the skipper only has to do some minor juggling to his rotation. So, really there is no punishment at all.
Yes, there's the financial part of it, but he's still sitting on a regular basis on 4 of those 5 games anyway. Hamels is being suspended for games he was never going to partake in. That just doesn't sound smart.
Way to be tough MLB.
“I was trying to hit him,” Hamels said. “I’m not going to deny it. I’m not trying to injure the guy. They’re probably not going to like me for it, but I’m not going to say I wasn’t trying to do it. I think they understood the message, and they threw it right back. That’s the way, and I respect it.”
I just want to see what happens when Hamels steps into the batters box against Steven Strasburg.
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