It seems as if the Cole Hamels-Bryce Harper situation has finally died down a bit, stashed away briefly until the Nationals travel to Philadelphia for a three-game series beginning on May 21. But yesterday one more person weighed in on the matter and both the analyst and his argument are worth noting.
CBS Radio in Philly asked former Nationals color analyst Rob Dibble about the situation and his answer was not only classic Dibble, but completely full of factual inaccuracies.
NBC Sports first had the story and his comments on the matter.
- Dibble, not surprisingly, is a fan of mayhem. He said that if Cole Hamels wants to throw at someone thats Cole Hamels deal. And added, I kinda dig it.Dibble also said that he approves of the whole welcome to the big leagues Old Time Baseball thing of throwing at a guy simply because hes a rookie, noting that he did the same thing to Jeff Bagwell back in the day. He also told some story about his Reds team once meted out justice to Dennis Martinez, hitting him several times in a game. Why? Because Dennis Martinez threw at Reds players once.
It all sounds fair, a former big leaguer drawing on his past experience to opine on a matter of interest in todays game. The only problem is, none of the things Dibble describes ever actually happened.
NBC went back through the former Reds pitchers career via BaseballReference.com and found several of his statements to be false. First of all, he never hit Jeff Bagwell in his rookie season, or ever for that matter. And Dennis Martinez was hit twice during his career by Reds pitchers, but once in 1988 and once in 1990.
Apparently Dibble continued talking Nationals while he was on the subject and called Stephen Strasburgs innings limit crap. So there, Rob Dibble is still and always will be Rob Dibble.