Major League Baseball has just announced that Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels has been suspended for five games following his plunking of Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper last night.

Unless Hamels appeals the decision, the suspension will begin immediately and force the Phillies to find a new starter for Saturday’s home game against the San Diego Padres. Given Thursday’s off day, this shouldn’t be a problem for the team.

We discussed the issue earlier today on The Getting Blanked Show, and I remain a little bit dumbstruck that Hamels would not only have thrown at Harper for what basically amounts to no reason at all, but also admit to his intentions after the game when he could have easily said that the pitch just got away from him, as many pitchers do.

Instead, he said this:

I was trying to hit him. I’m not going to deny it. It’s something I grew up watching. That’s what happened. I’m just trying to continue the old baseball. Some people get away from it. I remember when I was a rookie, the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything. That’s the way baseball is. Sometimes the league is protecting certain players. It’s that old school prestigious way of baseball.

I’m left with two thoughts following these comments: 1) I don’t think Hamels is understands what the word “prestigious” means; and 2) Wouldn’t segregating players based on race be an example of old baseball? I wonder if Hamels is in support of this, as well.

Given the oddly brazen admission, it was expected that justice would be swift in handing down a suspension to Hamels. It didn’t disappoint.

Comments (15)

  1. The message here is pretty stupid, though. It’s like, “You can intentionally throw at people, but ONLY if you insult everybody’s intelligence by saying it was an accident when you get asked about it afterwards.”

    I don’t at all agree with what Hamels did – it’s stupid – but the general lack of consistency with discipline in the league is getting more and more frustrating. Delmon Young is a racist, violent asshole – well-deserved suspension. Teammate Miguel Cabrera beats the shit out of his wife and is arrested for drunk driving – no suspension. Cole Hamels admits to throwing at Bryce Harper – again, well-deserved suspension. Almost every other instance where a pitcher throws at a player and then half-heartedly denies it afterwards – no suspension. It shouldn’t be this complicated.

    • Unless I’m missing something, no one has accused Cabrera of beating up his wife. There was a domestic dispute, but he was the one with scratches on his face.

    • Actually the suspensions have been pretty consistent. You get suspended for on-field and/or baseball related incidents, off field stuff unrelated to baseball is not suspended. You may not agree with it, but it has been consistent.

      And the reason you can suspend him when he admits to it is you now have proof he intended to hit Harper. Before, you could assume he did it on purpose but you don’t have enough evidence for a suspension.

  2. As Carlos Delgado said on twitter, throwing at Harper was dumb and admitting it was even dumber.

    Completely different situation, but here’s a great live video of Doc plunking David Ortiz, on purpose, in his last year as a Blue Jay:

  3. Whether or not it was worth a suspension aside, pitcher suspensions are a joke. They’re nearly always 5 games long which will typically push a starter back one or two days and cause a reliever to lose 2-3 innings.

  4. Herp Derp when I was his age – Cole Hamels

  5. I actually used to like Cole Hamels…. Pretty sure I don’t anymore.
    What a moron.

  6. ” Wouldn’t segregating players based on race be an example of old baseball? I wonder if Hamels is in support of this, as well.”

    Ahh, no it wouldn’t.
    It shows more about society in those times and not about old school baseball.

    But twist the facts and interpret the way you want to generate more pageviews.
    If you don’t understand Parkes, just admit it and move on..

  7. I’m glad to hear about this suspension. Hamels forced the league’s hand, I’d suspect, by blatantly confessing, but it’s still a positive.

    I would like to see the league suspend more players that obviously through at a player.

  8. Old school baseball is hitting a guy for sliding spikes up or showboating, or as retaliation for one of your own guys getting hit.
    Harper had it coming eventually.

    Old school baseball also means keeping your mouth shut.
    Hamels is a fool for talking about it.

    Old school baseball also means brushing a guy back so he’s not as comfortable at the plate. Sometimes they get away. bfd. It’s baseball.

    Guys that don’t like old school baseball are probably the same ones that use the slow-speed batting cage. Just too afraid of the ball.

    To suggest that old school baseball also means segregation is stupid, unresponsible and pathetic.

    Really pathetic.

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