Bryce Harper Suspended 4 Games, Fined For Fighting

Erica Roy
June 1, 2017

One after another, Washington Nationals players expressed dismay that San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland would hit Bryce Harper with a pitch in apparent revenge for a dispute that took place three years ago.

Major League Baseball said the players planned to appeal so the suspensions won't begin before Tuesday night's game between the clubs.

So when Strickland drilled Harper on the upper thigh with a 98 miles per hour fastball in the eighth inning of Washington's 3-0 victory, inciting a brawl, it didn't take Baker long to make the connection.

Not where some expected to find the Giants team leader with his pitcher, Hunter Strickland, exchanging head shots with Harper.

Strickland hit Harper in the face before catching a punch to the head, as teammates rushed onto the field.

Harper charged the mound in Monday's game after being hit by Strickland.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in San Francisco.

When asked his opinion of the incident, Beltre said it was a sensitive issue, but he wouldn't be very pleased if he got beaned for hitting a home run.

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.

Harper was starting in right field for Washington on Tuesday night.?

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"I think a lot of their guys were shocked", Harper said.

"It's not even relevant anymore", Harper said of his 2014 exploits.

"I'm obviously not thrilled about it", Strickland said.

After left-hander Oliver Perez walked Joe Panik, righty Shawn Kelley came on with two outs and allowed singles to Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford that loaded the bases.

"I know Willson (Contreras) would probably beat whoever charges the mound to the mound, but I'll tell him and Miggy (Montero), 'Hey, give me 10, 15 seconds to get some work in and then come out and see me'". If it happens, I'll let you know.

Both players were ejected for trading blows as the Nationals won 3-0.

When Harper charged the mound, it brought several unwritten rules into play. The USF kid started toward the mound, and I grabbed him by the back of the trousers and held on for dear life until a coach could take control.

Fellow Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija also jumped quickly into the brawl, as did the Giants' Michael Morse, and it ultimately took three men to wrestle Strickland away and back to the dugout, as Bay Area Sports Guy noted on Twitter. "Bryce hits one. off him in a big spot from what I understand, I think I remember seeing it live, and Hunter waits three years".

The fight lasted less than one minute. "It was so amusing, Scott Rolen said somebody just spit me out of the pile".

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