Bryce Harper Suspended by MLB, Will Appeal


Both players also were assessed fines, Major League Baseball reported in announcing the decisions.

In practice, this is a bigger blow for the Nationals than the Giants.

"I think going out to the mound, I think it kind of put it all in a boot, I guess", Harper said. Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy described it as "completely uncalled for", while radio host and former Nats general manager Jim Bowden called Strickland a "thug" who should be forced to sit out "15 or 20 games".

Nationals manager Dusty Baker tried to deflect some of the attention, insisting to a large group of reporters that he felt Harper's suspension was unfair.

Each player appealed his penalty, remaining eligible to participate until a resolution is reached. The two players had a history with one another, which is part of the reason why emotions were so high. Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Harper will receive four games, while Strickland will get six. Earlier in May, the Atlanta Braves hit the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista for flipping his bat after a home run - while the Jays trailed by five runs.

Harper later expressed incredulity that Strickland could still be nursing a grudge. Before yesterday, when Harper's pinch runner went on to score, Strickland hadn't given up a run since May 11.

Over at AT&T park on Wednesday, the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants will be wrapping up their Major League Baseball series. Going 17 2/3 innings so far, he has a 1.53 ERA, a 1.358 WHIP, and a 1-1 record as a reliever. Imagine what this team would be like without him. The team will certainly miss the depth that he provides when he fulfills this six-game suspension. "And then they'll break it up and continue to play the game".

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"If he did have a problem, he could've talked to me in BP about it and say: 'I didn't like the way you went about it.' But that's not human nature, I guess". Harper gets a big raise to about $21.7 million next year, while Strickland will head into arbitration to try to get a raise from the Giants. So that's probably a game worth tuning into.

It's possible that this Giants vs. Nationals brawl could lead to something else taking place in the series between the teams.

Ergo, there's no reason for the Nationals to take out their frustrations on anybody else wearing a Giants uniform, most of whom did very little Monday or today to stand up for their pitcher.

Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI for the Giants.

"Given his injury that took him out for a whole year, that has everything to do with it..." Baseball Senior Vice President Joe Garagiola Jr. typically hears player appeals.

During Monday's brawl between Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper, Buster Posey was noticeable by his absence.