Bryce Harper v. Hunter Strickland
I’ll be honest, I didn’t have many things that I felt passionately about for this weeks hot takes. I was more focused on getting my piece on the Unwritten Rules of Baseball written. And then Memorial Day happened. Specifaclly this:
Let’s break this down. The last time Harper and Strickland faced each other was the 2014 NLDS. Harper went 2-2 with 2 HRs in 2 games off Strickland. This was the second of those HRs:
It’s a little hard to see from that video, but Harper watches that ball for a bit and then stares down Strickland and chirps at him while rounding the bases. Obviously Strickland took exception to that. The Unwritten Rules we went over on Saturday now call for a retaliation. Coincidentally, Harper railed against the Unwritten Rules last year and on of the biggest vocal opponents to his stance was Strickland. Dude does not like Bryce. So on Monday they faced off for the first time since the NLDS. And Strickland plunked Harper with a first pitch, 98mph fastball to the hip. It was clearly intentional. Harper charges the mound and a fracas ensues. But watch that video again. It was so clearly intentional that Buster Posey doesn’t even try to stop Harper from charging the mound. This is where I say these Rules are asinine. First off, 98mph can do some serious damage. Second, an enraged MLB athlete can do some major damage. Everyone is lucky no one got seriously hurt in all this. Was it fun to watch? Sure. Does it have any place in the game of baseball? Not at all. MLB for their part has responded in a way that not many say coming. Bryce Harper has received a 4 day suspension and an undisclosed fine while Hunter Strickland has earned himself a 6-day suspension and an undisclosed fine. Good on the Commissioner for setting a precedent that the intentional HBP was more egregious than charging the mound.
Joe Maddon teams continue to have the best road trips.
Not necassarily because of what happens on the field but because of the way they travel. As the Cubs left on a west coast trip that would include games in San Diego, the team dressed up as Anchorman characters for their flight. My personal favorite is Kyle Schwarber as Champ Kind. EnjoyL
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 27, 2017
Corey Dickerson is doing his best Vlad impersonation
Corey “Vlad” Dickerson. pic.twitter.com/qhEyMqiMFn
— MLB (@MLB) May 31, 2017
That pitch bounces. And he hits a double. Incredible. Give me more.
Mike Trout is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Don’t worry Angels fans. Your team was garbage with him anyways. And he’ll still probably win the AL MVP somehow.
This Minor League Strikeout is the funniest thing you’ll see all day.
A Rumble Ponies player did this in a 5-4 loss to the Yard Goats. (MiLB team names are the BEST)
Can’t. Stop. Laughing.
Homer J. Simpson has been “inducted” into Cooperstown
— Baseball Hall ⚾ (@baseballhall) May 27, 2017
Homer at the Bat came out 25 years ago. Feeling old yet?