Major League Baseball has acted quickly in response to Cole Hamels' plunking of Bryce Harper and non-denial/disavowal of same: Hamels has been suspended five games.
As everyone knows, suspending a starting pitcher five games doesn't mean terribly much. Usally, it means that said pitcher has his next start pushed back by one whole game. Draconian, no? In Hamels' case, though, it may mean even less than that. Tweets Mat Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
If Hamels begins his suspension tonight, he would not miss a start because of day off Thursday. Halladay could go Sat on regular rest.— Matt Gelb (@magelb) May 7, 2012
Indeed, you won't see Hamels file the pro-forma appeal that almost everyone else does under these circumstances. He'll begin serving the suspension Monday night, and he'll likely take his next turn on Sunday. The off day on Thursday means that Roy Halladay will have a two-start week on regular rest. In essence, all the suspension means is that Hamels and Vance Worley will be swapping start days.
In any event, regardless of how you feel about Hamels' "old school" affectations, five-game suspensions of guys who appear only once every five days remain pretty toothless.
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