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Should Hamels Have Been Suspended?

Sports 2012/05/08 20:00:00
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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has been suspended for five games for intentionally hitting Bryce Harper. Hamels intentionally threw at the Washington Nationals' rookie Harper during the Phillies' 9-3 win on Sunday. Hamels also has less money in his wallet now courtesy of a fine from MLB and commissioner Bud Selig. What made Hamels' act even worse besides his big arm? His big mouth.

"I was trying to hit him," the former All-Star admitted to the media. "I'm not going to deny it. I'm not trying to injure the guy. They're [MLB] 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."

Obviously, the MLB didn't respect the way Hamels nearly injured a player. Nor must they have liked him admitting it as well. Baseball is a game about toughness and respect. But should we expect teams to have pitchers intentionally hit players to send a message? It's been going on in baseball for year, but with the MLB cracking down on this case, it could make a pitcher in Cole Hamels' shoes think twice about what they do -- and say.

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  • Emma 2012/05/21 00:06:57
    Yes
    Emma
    does this remind anyone else of touching spirit bear by ben mikaelsin
  • Steelers55 2012/05/14 01:04:18
    No
    Steelers55
    It's baseball. Cole was giving him a reality check hit batter
  • Mike 2012/05/10 17:33:16
    Yes
    Mike
    you do the crime"and brag about it" you do the time as well fool
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/05/10 00:42:20
    Yes
    t.eliot, topbard
    This is certainly not the first time a pitcher has thrown at a hitter, but to then, essentially brag about it? He should have been suspended for terminal stupidity, as his act will make it tougher for him to pitch inside w/o increased risk of further sanctions and it hurt his team.
  • "OG" 2012/05/09 19:05:20
    Yes
    "OG"
    Since Cole is stupid enough to admit it then yes he should.
    Don't you know the manager and owner loved his big mouth as well.
  • Riverz 2012/05/09 18:26:47
    No
    Riverz
    I'm sick of the media and outside sources changing the game.
  • Steelers55 Riverz 2012/05/14 01:06:13
    Steelers55
    +1
    In sports and politics.
  • Eņģelis☩ 2012/05/09 17:52:16
    Yes
    Eņģelis☩
    Since he WAS trying to hit him,yes he should.
  • cents-less 2012/05/09 16:52:25
    Yes
    cents-less
    Hamels played dirty and was busted. True he admitted to the act, but it was dirty. Jordan Zimmerman should be suspended also for the retaliation.
    I don't think Philly is going to worry too much. If I understand it right, Hamel's can't play until Sunday. Now if he didn't get suspended he would have rested...
    until Sunday. Harsh.
  • exhon2009 2012/05/09 16:31:48
    Yes
    exhon2009
    You don't need a 93 MPH fastball square in the back as an initiation rite. Hamel is totally off base, (pardon the pun), here. Harper should have charged the mound and beat the phuck out of him.
  • jacktown kid 2012/05/09 15:17:18
    Yes
    jacktown kid
    YES he should be suspended
  • Andrea 2012/05/09 14:13:55
    Yes
    Andrea
    At least he isn't a hypocritical liar. They are mad because he told the truth....mind boggling. So I wonder what the other guy did to make him toss the ball at him?
  • exhon2009 Andrea 2012/05/09 16:33:57
    exhon2009
    That's the point. Hamel basically said a rookie has to "pay his dues" to get respect in the bigs. If Harper had done something nasty and been hit in retaliation I could almost understand it but it was basically a hazing.
  • metalmania17 2012/05/09 14:08:56
    No
    metalmania17
    Hitting guys is part of the friggin' game... They have been doing it for YEARS...

    Robinson was hit 20 times in his rookie year.

    robinson
  • exhon2009 metalma... 2012/05/09 16:39:03
    exhon2009
    +1
    Players do occasionally get hit by pitchers that simply have control problems. If a player is hit intentionally, (pretty tough to determine I admit), they should at least be ejected which has also been a part of the friggin game forever. Hamel could have hit him with something other than a 93 MPH pitch.
  • metalma... exhon2009 2012/05/09 21:55:18
    metalmania17
    +1
    True it could have been a curve or something in the low 80's
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/05/09 07:21:03
    Yes
    Inquisitve Kat
    You can't just go around throwing punches when you're pissed off... there are repercussions.
  • Sterling 2012/05/09 05:33:51
    Yes
    Sterling
    Duh
  • vinone 2012/05/09 04:01:28
    Yes
    vinone
    Anyone dumb enough to say they threw at someone intentionally should get suspended.
  • MrFabulous47 2012/05/09 03:47:06
    No
    MrFabulous47
    Cole Hamels has a Million Dollar arm and a 10-cent head!! If he had simply lied about trying to hit the rook on purpose, he never would have been suspended. Reason: 'cause the umpire didn't run him from the game when it happened. Plunking a hot rookie when he is called up from Triple A is a right of passage & if it wasn't Hamels it would have been someone else & sooner rather than later. The MLB Commisioner's office had no choice after stoopid admitted it. Pisses me off because I'll be at the Game Saturday & Hamels was supposed to pitch. No we'll get some end of the bench guy. Waaahhhhh!!!
  • Helmholtz 2012/05/09 03:37:21
    Yes
    Helmholtz
    I love how he speaks like a retard and looks like a fairy.
  • Sue 2012/05/09 02:19:44
    Yes
    Sue
    What message did they [MLB] understand? I guess I missed something. Is this some kind of rookie hazing? And if he wasn't trying to hurt him he shouldn't have intentionally hit him.
  • pumpkin1960 2012/05/09 02:16:57
    Yes
    pumpkin1960
    +1
    Doing it was bad but admitting to it was dumb.
  • Dick Nixon 2012/05/09 01:09:00
    Yes
    Dick Nixon
    +1
    For the season... He could have killed that man...
  • The Mosher 2012/05/09 00:57:38
    Yes
    The Mosher
    Big deal he accepted the punishment and will be back to play anyway people have been hit on purpose before
  • Empress 2012/05/09 00:45:54
    Yes
    Empress
    Cole Hamels acted in an unprofessional manner. He admitted his wrongdoing to the media without any sympathy, so he should be suspended.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/05/08 23:57:22
    Yes
    TimothyBrianFoley
    no excuse here sit out until you know what you have done nationals miami marlins logo philly you got rivals
  • Nameless 2012/05/08 23:54:42
    Yes
    Nameless
    +1
    He's an idiot. Everyone knew that he threw at Bryce Harper, but no pitcher with a brain tells the media that he intended to hit someone.
  • spike66 2012/05/08 22:38:24
    No
    spike66
    He intentionally plunked a batter...and admitted it....of course he should.
  • spike66 spike66 2012/05/10 18:01:25
    spike66
    hmmm...guess i voted wrong...duh
  • goinpostal 2012/05/08 21:31:10
    No
    goinpostal
    +1
    He got hit later in the game. It should have ended there
  • Tennessee3501 2012/05/08 21:29:00 (edited)
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    +1
    He should be suspended and traded to the New Orleans Saints! LOL !
  • prosperhappily 2012/05/08 21:05:42
    Yes
    prosperhappily
    I've read a couple stories on this and I'm just not clear why Hamels decided to do this.

    At least he took his payback without complaint.

    As for the suspension, sure MLB did the right thing.
  • george 2012/05/08 21:03:06
    Yes
    george
    +1
    The next time they meet the Nationals pitchers should aim right between Hamels eyes. The pitchers bat in the National League. This isn't over yet.
  • Tenness... george 2012/05/08 21:31:29
    Tennessee3501
    Why not just persuade Dick Cheney to invite Hamels to go on a hunting trip with him?

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