Last night, when Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper with a pitch, however, it was a little different.
Mostly because Hamels admitted after the game that it was intentional.
That statement might result in a suspension for Hamels.
It's one thing to slip up, and have an inside pitch get away from you. It's an entirely different story when you intentionally drill a guy, and then admit it after the game.
Even if Hamels gets suspended, will it matter? I've already wrote that I believe the MLB suspension system is broken for starting pitchers, and a 5-game suspension (normal for something like this) is a completely pointless punishment.
That having been said, if MLB does the right thing and suspends Hamels for 10 games, which would actually make him miss a start, it would be a confirmation that they ARE protecting certain players (uber-prospect Harper, in this case).
Personally, I say suspend Hamels for 7-10 games. It has to be at least 7 games, because anything less than that for a starting pitcher isn't even a suspension, it's just pushing their start back by one or two games.
Also, I love the old-school style of play as much as anyone, but Hamels had no reason to go after Harper here. And (bias alert!) Harper's on my fantasy team in my keeper league, so I don't play around with that at all.
What do you think? Should Cole Hamels be suspended for intentionally throwing at Harper? And if so, how long should his suspension be?