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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Morning pixels: Talking about beanball is not OK


Cole Hamels plunked Bryce Harper. Jordan Zimmermann plunked Hamels. Hamels said he hit Harper on purpose. Then Davey Johnson comments by saying he not going to comment on other people’s comments.

When did it become okay to talk about beanball?

There’s an unwritten code of conduct, and Hamels violated the first rule of beanball by admitting he did it on purpose. Whether you agree with it or not, beaning and retribution have almost always been an unofficial part of baseball.

We just don’t talk about it.

I’m not saying I’m thrilled that Hamels took it upon himself to “welcome” Harper to the majors, and if it had been a heater to the head (the real definition of a beanball), then we would be having a different conversation.

Hamels said he wasn’t trying to hurt Harper, just be old-school.

“That’s something I grew up watching; that’s kind of what happened. So I’m just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it,” Hamels said.

Fine, but if he was really old school, he would have kept his mouth shut.

You know who is old-school? Bryce Harper. He got hit, he took his base, stole home a few pitches later. He didn’t charge the mound; he didn’t make faces or stare anyone down.

And he didn’t talk about it.

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Categories:  Caps, Nats | Tags:  Nationals, Capitals, Bryce Harper, Brooks Laich

 
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