Found May 08, 2012 on We Should Be GM's:
Hot Corner Howard:Earlier this season the catchers littered The Howard 2012 standings, but now the hot corner has caught fire.  The 4 players currently atop the Howard leaderboard are all 3rd basemen.  Don't look for Longoria to boost that total any higher, as he's on the DL.  Do keep an eye on rookie Will Middlebrooks who has committed 2 Howards in his first 4 games of his career.  Also, Pedro Alvarez's power seems to be returning and his fielding is as horrific as ever, so more Howards are likely to come for him too.Hamels Out:Looks like Cole Hamels will be the only one facing a consequence for the exchange of fastballs to the body and war of words between him and the Nationals.  Cole gets a 5 games suspension, while Gnats pitcher Jordan Zimmermann gets nada for his retaliation.  Nor does GM Frank Rizzo for calling Hamels "gutless", "fake tough", "chicken ****", and other pleasantries.Last Place:The Phillies are in last place in the NL Eas...

Vote: Should Cole Hamels Have Been Suspended for Beaning Bryce Harper?

Cole Hamels says he was just trying to bring back some old-time baseball. Major League Baseball says he was being dangerous. Hamels was suspended for five games Monday after hitting Bryce Harper with a pitch in Sunday night’s game. Hamels said after the game that the beaning was intentional, as he was trying to welcome the 19-year-old phenom to the big leagues. Many welcomed Hamels...

Chicken Cole Hamels suspended 5 games by MLB

Cole Hamels suspended 5 games by MLB for intentionally plunking Bryce Harper on Sunday night. Good riddance. And it's probably worth revisiting Mike Rizzo's thoughts on the plunking, in which he repeatedly calls Hamels chicken [bleep] and "fake tough", via the Washington Post. Sounds about right: "I’ve never seen a more classless, gutless chicken...

Leyland critical of Hamels suspension

Tigers skipper Jim Leyland feels the Phillies pitcher got off easy with only a five-game suspension for plunking Bryce Harper and was particularly troubled by Cole Hamels' post-game comments.

Hamels plunks Harper, then admits aiming for him

Cole Hamels admits it: He plunked rookie phenom Bryce Harper on purpose. ''I was trying to hit him,'' the Philadelphia lefty said. ''I'm not going to deny it.'' That startling bit of honesty came after Hamels nailed the Washington teen with a fastball in the small of the back his first time up during the Phillies' 9-3 win Sunday night. The...

Cole Hamels is Suspended

Suspended Major League Baseball has suspended Cole Hamels, of the Philadelphia Phillies, for intentionally hitting Bryce Harper in the first inning of last night’s game. Without Hamels’ own admission, it is highly unlikely that any suspension would have been rendered. After yesterday’s game, Hamels openly admitted that he threw at Harper. Without his admission, MLB would have...

Phillies Pitcher Cole Hamels Should Expect Suspension for Intentionally Plunking Bryce Harper

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has nothing against Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper. After intentionally plunking Harper in the first inning of a Phillies’ 9-3 win over the Nationals last night, Hamels came out and stated “I was trying to hit him. I’m not going to deny it.” Nothing personal, bro. It was a sort of throwback way of welcoming...

16 NSFW Cole Hamels Is A ***** Tweets Via Bryce Harper Plunking

This is where we talk about Cole Hamels trying to lose the giant ***** street cred he’s built up via multiple ***** photoshoots over the last few years. It’s where Cole proves he’s an old school, Bob Gibson style pitcher who doesn’t like young punks like Bryce Harper walking into his sport and going balls to the walls. So of course Hamels thinks plunking Harper is the way...

Cole Hamels Violated Baseball's Honor Code Admitting Intent, Not Throwing at Bryce Harper (Video)

Cole Hamels has been suspended five games for intentionally hitting Bryce Harper in the back, and the debate is raging over whether or not he deserved it. Not if Harper deserved to be hit, mind you, but whether or not Hamels deserved a suspension. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette asked our Twitter followers whether or not there's a place for intentionally throwing at players in...

Bryce Harper steals home after getting plunked by Cole Hamels

The world watched Bryce Harper on ESPN Sunday night, and they got the show one can expect when watching a rookie phenom when Harper stole home on a Cole Hamels pickoff attempt to first base. Harper got on base via a hit by pitch courtesy of Hamels, who said after the game that he went after him intentionally. Watch the video below of Harper stealing home before the MLB has it removed as usual.

2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Will Middlebrooks making a splash in Boston

Will Middlebrooks (credits below) Will Middlebrooks made a serious splash for the Red Sox, as he sent two out of the ballpark and racked up five RBI's going 3 for 5 from the plate in Boston's 11-5 win over the Royals.Carlos Zambrano pitched an absolute gem in the Marlins win over the Astors, going nine innings, striking out nine batters and giving up just three hits on the...

Will Middlebrooks sparks Boston Red Sox to end five-game losing streak

On Sunday, Will Middlebrooks hit his first career homerun. He liked it so much he decided to do it again twice on Monday, as the Boston Red Sox snapped their five-game losing streak in an 11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals.  The Red Sox scored four times in the first inning, highlighted by a three-run bomb by Middlebrooks to give starter Felix Doubront a strong cushion...

Daily Notes - The Talk About Pitching Edition

There are a couple things that piqued my interest yesterday. So much in fact, I couldn't decide what to focus on for the main point of this mornings article. So rather than short change any of my thoughts (looking to give you your full penny's worth) I'm just going to kind go on and see where it take me. First up, the Cole Hamels suspension. I'm not going to go into...

FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron

Episode 178 Managing editor Dave Cameron makes his weekly Monday appearance — this time on a Tuesday. Topics discussed: the sanest possible discussion of the Cole Hamels-Bryce Harper kerfuffle; the NL East, who Cameron regards as the favorite in it; and Jose Altuve: a franchise player, perhaps, but of how good a franchise? Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to...

Will Middlebrooks May Play Outfield Once Kevin Youkilis Returns to Red Sox Lineup

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –– Will Middlebrooks ascended up the Red Sox organization as a third baseman. But could he eventually see some time in the outfield? While Bobby Valentine said a move wasn't imminent, the Red Sox manager didn't rule out the possibility of trying out the youngster in the outfield. "It's been tossed around in some quarters," Valentine said...

Report: Kevin Youkilis Will Remain Starter at Third Base When He Returns From Injury

While Will Middlebrooks continues to have success against major league pitching, Kevin Youkilis doesn't need to worry about becoming the next Wally Pipp, apparently. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters in Kansas City that Youk will still be the team's starting third baseman when he returns from the disabled list. "If Youk returns in a week and is ready...
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