In some quarters, Cole Hamels' welcome-to-the-big-leagues beaning of Bryce Harper is seen as much less evil than in, say, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo's view.
Sports Illustrated's Jason Turbow says it's just part of baseball's "Code" and cites how Frank Robinson was hit 20 times in his rookie year.
Is that a good comparison, however? Robinson practically stood on top of the plate -- seven times in his career, he led his league in hit by pitch. Plus, let's not forget Robinson broke into the majors in 1956, just nine years after Jackie Robinson. So, in addition to being a talented, plate-crowding slugger, Frank Robinson was a black player when baseball was still overwhelmingly white.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal also takes issue with Rizzo's reaction, calling it an overreaction and differentiating between plunking someone in the back and throwing at his head.