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Cole Hamels will be back on Sunday

May 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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Cole Hamels will return Sunday against the Padres following his suspension. That means that his scheduled start only gets pushed back two days, so it wasn’t much of a suspension.

Of course, pitching on six days is not very old school of him, so I guess in his mind that’s punishment enough.

  1. joshuavkidd - May 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    better hope he plunks someone again otherwise what will you guys write about to fill space for an entire week?

    • baseballisboring - May 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Every comment thread about it has had 60+ comments, though. Give the people what they want.

    • Tim OShenko - May 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Don’t worry, kidd. At least once a week, some ballplayer or manager or GM or owner does something stupid, says something stupid, or gets caught doing something illegal/immoral/generally frowned upon. Craig offers his opinion on whatever’s going down, we rant and rave about it for a few days, then we all blow it off and watch some baseball. Soon enough, someone else does something stupid and the circle of life continues.

  2. phillyphever - May 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Rizzo fined for his comments. Called it.

  3. stabonerichard - May 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Y’all should see the ball ‘fro that Cole is rockin. Olllld school.

  4. The Baseball Gods - May 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    His scheduled start only got pushed back one day. He was originally scheduled to pitch on Saturday.

    • stabonerichard - May 8, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Yep, and Halladay slides into that Saturday spot on his usual 4 days of rest, thanks to the Thursday off-day.

      Which is why Cole didn’t appeal. Pitchers often appeal these silly, slap-on-the-wrist suspensions just to delay things a bit, wait for the scheduling/day off to line up, then drop the appeal.

      • stabonerichard - May 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        Which is why I agree with Leyland that the suspension in this case was way too light.

        I don’t care about the fact it happened to be Hamels. He’s a handsome fellow, strong upper torso, boyish good looks, damn fine pitcher. But when guys like him & Ubaldo intentionally throw at batters, for no damned reason, that is as weak as it gets. And for MLB to refuse to dole out harsher punishment, seemingly waiting until someone gets more seriously injured, I view it as the latest example of MLB’s failure to address things proactively, content to instead sit back & wait for the stink to hit the fan before they take more decisive action.

        Whether PEDs, umpiring accountability, instant replay, disciplinary actions (e.g. DUIs), etc… MLB just aint too good at this stuff.

      • hittfamily - May 8, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        I can’t help but think they will wait 1 day too many to deal with broken bats too. A little kid got hit the other day. Tyler Colvin had his lung punctured by 1 2 years ago.

        One day, someone will bleed to death after being stabbed by a broken bat. The following day, Baseball will offer a solution, but they won’t issue the solution the day before.

    • 18thstreet - May 8, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      A real old-school player would refuse to play on Sunday.

  5. El Bravo - May 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Good for my new school fantasy squad.

    • Utley's Hair - May 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      El Bravo, fantasizing about Hollywood.

  6. darthicarus - May 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    In his hey-day Hamels’ would have missed 3 starts with that suspension.

  7. micker716 - May 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    If they really wanted to punish him they should have suspended him for 6 days. That way he would have missed a start against the Padres.

  8. thesixersbench - May 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Hopefully when he comes back he can bean one of your Braves so we can all taste your righteous indignation for one more day.

    • stabonerichard - May 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      Were you equally impressed with Ubaldo taking aim at Tulowitzki?

      • thesixersbench - May 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        No – it doesn’t “impress” me. That’s baseball. It’s how it has always been played. Some guys are bigger pricks than others – if Bob Gibson or Ty Cobb played today I’d love to see how dramatic the writers got if they think THIS deserves such a reaction.

  9. marshmallowsnake - May 8, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    If batters get 5 games, shouldn’t pitchers get more than 1 missed start?

  10. randygnyc - May 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I’d have to say that with Hamels admitted desire to teach these rookies a lesson, that every team in baseball that has a rookie on their roster has a responsibility for their pitchers to preemptively throw at Hamels, EVERY TIME HE COMES TO THE PLATE, so they can protect their young players. This to me is reasonable and is the epitome of “old school”. Gotta protect the youngins’

  11. ckelly26 - May 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    I do not understand Hamels motivation…and can’t justify it, but nobody points out that he hit Harper on his first at bat knowing he would have at least one plate appearance and when he did, he was promptly beaned…at that point both teams were warned and the game moved on. Hamels did not gripe about being hit. For Rizzo to call it completely gutless is an overstatement given the details.

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