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Cole Hamels suspended five games for intentionally hitting Bryce Harper

May 7, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

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Cole Hamels admitting that he intentionally plunked Bryce Harper yesterday has earned the Phillies left-hander a five-game suspension from MLB, along with an undisclosed fine.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo should be happy, as he called for Hamels to be suspended along with calling Hamels a whole bunch of names, including “classless” and “gutless” and “chickens**t” and “fake tough.”

In reality though it just means Hamels’ next start will likely be delayed by one day and because the Phillies are off Thursday they could simply pitch Roy Halladay on regular rest Saturday and not even have to use a spot starter.

Obviously pitchers intentionally throw at batters all the time, but the five-game suspension means it might be a while before another pitcher actually admits it.

UPDATE: Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Hamels will not appeal the suspension, so he’ll be eligible to start Sunday.

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  1. robinyount19 - May 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Hopefully next time the Hammels pitches against the Nats they have Strausberg on the mound. Give Hammels something to think about. I wonder if he’ll consider a 100mph fastball aimed at him temple “old school”?

    • emoser - May 7, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      And I assume you’ll be fine with them throwing at Strasburg’s head after he does that… or did you think Zimmerman deserved a suspension too? You clearly don’t know either team anyway (Strausberg and Hammels???), so I don’t even know why you’re expressing an opinion on this.

      • chadjones27 - May 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        Because it’s easy to hit “reply” and type in a bunch of gibberish.

    • pjmarn6 - May 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      Baseball is “classless” and “gutless” and “chickens**t” and “fake tough.” as far as Hamels is concerned. A tiny bit better would be a suspension of the NEXT FIVE PITCHING OPPORTUNITIES and a million dollar fine. Then we would see this crap curtailed.
      I really prefer legal charges to be preferred against him. Over 50 years ago I was hit on the hand by a baseball and there are days that the ligaments in that hand give me twinges and I remember that day.

  2. florida727 - May 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Should’ve been five STARTS, not five GAMES. A five game suspension is nothing more than a single start. As part of a 162-game schedule, this is not even a slap on the proverbial wrist.

    • sabatimus - May 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      If this were a beanball, I’d agree with the five start suspension. Otherwise, one start is fine.

      • pjmarn6 - May 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        If the ball hit a nerve in the back, cracked a rib or broke a disc or fractured a vertebrae then you would think different about what kind of suspensions? If he ducked out of the way and into the pitch with his head and got a broken eye socket then you would think differently? The stooge wanted to hurt the batter, intimidate him.
        I want to see YOU STAND AT THE PLATE AND WET YOUR PANTS KNOWING THAT THE PITCHER IS GOING TO PLUNK YOU SOMEWHERE WITH A 92 MILE AN HOUR FASTBALL!

    • Utley's Hair - May 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      Again, a five start suspension would be about a month. He should be suspended. But a month is way too much.

    • delawarephilliesfan - May 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      I would be curious to hear that explained more fully – as was mentioned below, 5 starts would be a month suspension. Do you think a month suspension is warranted due to the nature of the HBP, or because of the admission?

      If it is the former, then should all HBP like that one that are later deemd to be intentional result in a month suspension? And if it is because of the latter, then what should baseball do when they determine a pitcher did it intentionally, and does not admit the truth?

    • pjmarn6 - May 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      100% with you florida727! I give you five starts. Also a direct one million dollar fine and his salary for all those days should be forfeited! Hit the slob where it hurts in his pocket!

  3. sabatimus - May 7, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    So he won’t even miss a start. Fabulous. Shouldn’t the MLB decree that he miss a start if they really want to punish Hamels? This “suspension” is a complete joke.

    • chadjones27 - May 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      It’s that way with any pitcher though. Not saying it’s right. But, if the punishment should be that he has to miss a start, the manager just says, “oh well, I was going to start him in 3 days.” There’s no rule that pitchers need to rest 4-5 days.

  4. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Cole is the man

  5. tropboi11 - May 8, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    I dislike the Philtys as much as anyone but I don’t think there should be any suspension at all, it started and ended on the diamond, that’s all, but I guess he gets what he deserves for trying to brag about it. Go Rays

  6. cleverbob - May 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    A “beanball” is thrown at the batter’s head (or “bean”). Hamels plunked him in the back. There’s a clear difference. I’m not defending or condemning Hamels, just getting tired of everyone misappropriating the term.

  7. gsrider911 - May 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    I like the idea of ‘leaving it on the field’ and letting players play. Hamels is not the first pitcher to plunk someone intentionally, I would argue that all pitchers do this.
    Does it belong in baseball? Maybe, maybe not – but unless you admit it, there is no way to punish someone for head hunting or just having one ‘get away from you.’
    Getting hit hurts – Hamels got hit as well, and nothing happened to Zimmerman. Therefore this suspension is BS.
    Rizzo is a piece of trash and obviously anointed himself as someone who we should pay attention to. Why is it that most GMs only talk about players stats and prospects while this one seems that it’s appropriate to gab and slander? Shut it, Rizzo – I don’t care what you think.

  8. rvndoc - May 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    If Cole had not admitted to trying to hit the batter. He didn’t have to. He could have just said it was an accident, like the one thrown in retaliation. There is a lesson to be learned here: Keep Your Moth Shut and deny, deny, deny. After all, this is America’s game, no pitcher would EVER try to hit a batter on purpose.
    Doc

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