MLB — 07 May 2012
Nationals GM, Mike Rizzo Calls Cole Hamels ‘Fake Tough’ For Throwing at Bryce Harper

There are many unwritten rules in baseball. Many of which don’t make sense. Apparently, last night, the Phillies’ Cole Hamels thought he was acting on one of those rules by purposely hitting 19 year old phenon, Bryce Harper of the Nationals. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a pitcher acknowledge purposely hitting a guy before. According to Hamels, he was welcoming Bryce to the Big Leagues.

But that didn’t go over well with the Nationals’ GM, Mike Rizzo who basically called Hamels a fake thug. Here’s his direct quote,

“Players take care of themselves,” Rizzo said after I called him this morning. “I’ve never seen a more classless, gutless chicken [bleep] act in my 30 years in baseball.

“Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”

Rizzo said player safety should take precedence and Hamels should miss at least one start.

“With all the bounty [stuff] going on in professional football, the commissioner better act with a purpose on this thing,” Rizzo said. “Players have a way of monitoring themselves. We’re not here to hit people and hurt people.

“He thinks he’s sending a message to us of being a tough guy. He’s sending the polar opposite message. He says he’s being honest; well, I’m being honest. It was a gutless chicken [bleep] [bleeping] act. That was a fake-tough act. No one has ever accused Cole Hamels of being old school.”

I think Hamels will and should be either fined or suspended. There was truly no need to throw at Hamels. It’s not as if anything transpired prior to that which would warrant that type of Bush League behavior.

But thanks to Hamels, we now officially have a rivalry on our hands.

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