Very rarely do I agree with a former Red Sox pitcher, but I have to agree with Kurt Schilling. Cole Hamels was wrong to hit Bryce Harper. Baseball doesn’t need this. Why Hamels thought baseball in 2012 would accept such an act escapes most of us. If you agree with Hamels actions, you need to reevaluate your belief system.
A casual observer may conclude some players want a more edgy, aggressive game of baseball. In an age where football is under increasing scrutiny over violent hits and concussions; and hockey struggles to remove the image of brawling players, baseball doesn’t need pitchers “welcoming rookies” with bean balls.
Maybe its envy. Maybe, like Larry Bowa suggested, something happened in Spring training. Regardless, this was an unnecessary act. Hamels suspension is deserving, though lacking in severity. Zimmerman did the right thing. He protected his guy. The retaliation warranted. I for one look forward to seeing what Harper will do in his career. The on the field impact of Hamels’ suspension is minimal. Hopefully the message sent will stick.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think!