Dumb & Dumber- Meet Mr. Hamels

by Charles (Chuck) Oliver aka Bloggo Schloggo

DUMB…

Cole Hamels plunks rookie sensation Bryce Harper. It was the first each had faced each other. No history or animosity between them. Harper goes to first base. He immediately gets back at Hamels by catching the Phillies sleeping and goes all the way from first to third on a short single to the outfield. Then what does he do? Steals home while Hamels throws to first to keep the guy at first from getting a big lead and possibly steal second. That’s how you get even- by your performance on the field of play. Hamels isn’t “old school”, Harper is. The kid plays with the abandon of Pete Rose or Ty Cobb. That’s old school. Later in the game Hamels gets plunked in the leg to add insult to injury.

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DUMBER…

Cole Hamels pitched a great 8 innings and promptly tells the press after the game he hit Harper intentionally. Duh really?

I had a lot of respect for Hamels before this dumb and dumber incident. I didn’t think for one minute he was throwing at Harper. I thought Hamels was attempting to throw inside and the ball got away from him. There was no reason to plunk Harper.

Let’s face it – all contact sports are under scrutiny as we learn more about concussions and the life long damage they can incur including brain damage, depression and even suicide,

Bryce Harper

As we learn more we change the rules of the game as we have witnesses especially in hockey and football. There is nothing wrong with rough play and hard contact in the course of a contest. Intentionally trying to injure a player is dead wrong. I’ve seen things happen on rinks, gridirons and diamonds that if they took place on the streets you would go to jail for those acts of violence. I’m talking felony assault and battery with intent to harm or injure. If you threw a rock or baseball at somebodies head at 90 mph and knocked them out you might find yourself facing attempted murder charges or assault with a deadly weapon.

We live and learn and as we do we make changes. Those changes are what we call progress. I can remember Roger Clemens intentionally beaning Mike Piazza and knocking him unconscious. He could have killed him. On another occasion he threw a bat at him. I wouldn’t mind seeing Clemens getting locked up for lying to congress under oath about his steroid use. He’s a bum as far as I’m concerned.

Roger Clemens pitching for the Houston Astros,...

There is enough violence in this world and it has no business on the field of play. What kind of message are we sending to our kids?

The wrap is that Hamels got a 5 day suspension which means he really won’t miss a start he’ll just be moved back a day. Also a fine I’m sure he can well afford.

He hurt the team no doubt about it. With the Phillies struggling as they are it’s the last thing they need. The Nationals are in first place and will meet the Phils about 15 or so more times this season. When they meet there will be pre-game warnings issued for sure. Hamels has succeeded in putting the entire pitching staff at a disadvantage. Do they alter their pitching so as not to pitch too far inside?

I believe Hamels wasn’t trying to injure Harper and I’m glad he didn’t throw at him above the shoulders. That being said hitting him in the back a little more to the left could have possibly caused a spinal injury. There is no place in baseball, a family friendly sport for 90 mph bean balls. That wasn’t the case here. But in future meetings things could get ugly and the last thing we need is a bean ball war. If you want to prove yourself do it by excelling on the field the old fashioned way with hard work, hustle and talent.

I love the Phillies and love watching Cole Hamels pitching one of his gems and will continue to do so. It’s time for the Phils and Hamels to get the house in order and concentrate on winning ball games and reclaiming their rightful place at the top of their division.

ONE MORE NOTE…

The Phillies bonehead move in the off season was letting Wilson Valdez go. Sure Freddy Galvis is a pretty good defensive player but sporting the .180 batting average he has is strictly minor league material. The guy has been nothing less than a rally killer. Valdez is a money player that is a clutch hitter and can play 2nd, shortstop and 3rd. Even pitch in a pinch. The Phils probably would have 2 or 3 wins more with Valdez. Dumb move Amaro.

Make Pete Rose Eligible for MLB Hall Of Fame Induction

PETE ROSE PETITION to the Office of the Commissioner of MLB

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I just created a petition entitled: “Office of the Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. Selig, Commissioner: “Make Pete Rose eligible for MLB Hall Of Fame Induction”, because I care deeply about this very important issue. I’m trying to collect 100 signatures, and I could really use your help.
It’ll just take a minute!
Once you’re done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!
Charles Oliver aka Bloggo Schloggo
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T H E  P E T I T I O N:

 Make Pete Rose eligible for MLB Hall Of Fame Induction
Greetings,
To: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball

Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner Address: 245 Park Avenue,
31st Floor City: New York, State: NY Zip Code:10167
Phone: 212-931-7800 Fax: 212-949-5654

—————-Make Pete Rose eligible for MLB Hall Of Fame Induction.

Pete Rose was one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He is 70 years old and deserves to have the opportunity for induction into the MLB Hall Of Fame while he is still living. It would be tragic for this man not to receive what he deserves for exceptional play matched and unmatched by very few that are in the Hall Of Fame. —————-
Sincerely, Charles “Chuck” Oliver
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Why People Are Signing
To give Pete Rose the opportunity to be in the Baseball Hall Of Fame which he deserves because of his prowess on the baseball field as one of the best players to have ever played professional baseball.
Why This Is Important Pete Rose was one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He is 70 years old and deserves to have the opportunity for induction into the MLB Hall Of Fame while he is still living. It would tragic for this man not to receive what he deserves for exceptional play matched and by very few that are in the Hall Of Fame.
Why Pete Rose should be inducted, career bio, records and career stats. Major League Baseball’s All Time Hits King. Most Career Hits 4,256 – Most Doubles 746 NL – 3 Times NL Batting Champ 1968-1969 -1973 – Most Extra Base Hits by Switch Hitter 1,041 – All Century Team 1900-2000 – 17 All star at 5 positions – 1963 ROY – 1973 NL MVP = 1975 WS MVP – Longest NL Consecutive Game Hitting Steak (44 Games) 1978 – 4 Hits or More in Games 73 Times – Most Extra Base Hits by Switch Hitter 1,041 – Only major league Player in History to Play 500 Games at 5 Positions – Most Total Times on base 5,929 – 5 hits or more in Games 10 Times. Plus many other reacords.
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Thank you for your time and consideration,
Bloggo Schloggo aka Charles Oliver

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A Case For Pete Rose (Charlie Hustle)

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Why Pete Rose belongs in the Hall Of Fame. Bio, Career Stats and Records and more. Sign the petition to the Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig to have Pete made eligible for induction.