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Bryce Harper is one of the most anticipated position players to enter the Major Leagues since possibly Junior Griffey in 1989, 3 years before Harper was born. In his big league debut against the Dodgers, Harper was 1-3 with a sac fly to win the game in the ninth. At 19 years old he has shown amazing skills and has been a must watch young star.

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Well apparently one person didn’t care too much for the coverage of this phenom. Cole Hamels decided that this rookie needed to be introduced to the big leagues, so he beamed him! In the first inning of a matchup between the Phils and Nats, Hamels put a fast ball just above the waist in to Harper’s back.

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The young outfielder took his base and as you may know already, went from 1st to 3rd and then stole home on a pick off move to first by Hamels.

Now, Hamels hitting Harper really wasn’t a big deal. There had been no reason to suspect any hard feelings. The Nationals repaid the favor by hitting Hamels later in the game…so no harm no foul, at least until the post game interview. Hamels stated, “I was trying to hit him…I’m trying to continue the old baseball.” I believe pitchers have spent years hitting people on purpose and they have spent years using the phrase, “It just got away from me” or “I was trying to establish the inside part of the plate”. This is an accepted part of the game and I find no issue with these types of actions. Yet, what Hamels said was incomprehensible. The reaction has been fairly one sided against Hamels as actual old school guys like Jim Leyland called shenanigans on the pitcher’s reasoning.

The MLB has also decided that Hamel’s actions were questionable and provided him with an old school 5 game suspension! I am in full favor of the suspension, yet, It’s not because of the act but rather his reaction to questioning. The post game interview comments earned his suspension. He showed that he is much more immature than the 19 year old Harper and by making up his own unwritten rule he is sure to find a pitch that “gets away” next time he steps in the batter’s box.


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

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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...

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Cole Hamels admits he hit Bryce Harper on purpose

Since being called up from the minors a little over a week ago, Bryce Harper has proven to the National that he deserves to stay — at least for now. Harper has come up with clutch hits and made a few tremendous plays in the field, and he’s part of the reason Washington continues to win. Perhaps the problem for opponents has been that the 19-year-old is too comfortable. Cole Hamels...

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.

Cole Hamels is Suspended

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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...

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