Major League Baseball assigns Hunter Strickland with stiffer penalty than Bryce Harper

by Leon Thompson June 1, 2017, 0:42
Major League Baseball assigns Hunter Strickland with stiffer penalty than Bryce Harper

MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre said Tuesday in his explanation that Strickland intentionally hit "Harper with a pitch, inciting the bench-clearing incident and fighting" while Harper's suspension came "for charging the mound, throwing his helmet and fighting". Strickland will be suspended for six games.

Harper reportedly will begin serving his suspension Wednesday night when the Nationals again face the Giants, making him eligible to return Sunday when Washington wraps up a three-game series against the Athletics in Oakland.

Bryce Harper has earned a small victory in the aftermath of his brawl with the San Francisco Giants and relief pitcher Hunter Strickland. Had Harper not charged the mound, the argument went, Strickland would have gotten away with firing a 98-mph projectile at one of the game's best players - though, of course, a less-talented target would not make the act any less troublesome. In addition to the suspensions, both players received fines for their actions.

On Tuesday, after the initial suspension was announced Harper said: "You never know what Major League Baseball is going to do". "Whatever they say goes and I'm just going to worry about the four games I got and see what I can do".

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The only reminder of the fight came when Harper was booed by the AT&T Park crowd every at-bat.

The bad blood between the two stemmed from a pair of home runs Harper hit off Strickland in the 2014 playoffs. It's just insane that it even happened yesterday.

On the other hand, the Giants were also forced to place veteran utility man Michael Morse on he club's seven-day concussion disabled list due to his role in the recent altercation.

"I talked to Buster, and I don't think he needs to explain it, " Strickland said.


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