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Leyland thinks Hamels suspension is too light

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Leyland thinks Hamels suspension is too light

At 67 years old and a baseball lifer, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland knows a little something about 'old school baseball.' The three-time manager of the year and former World Series Champion decided to weigh in on the Cole Hamels-Bryce Harper situation and believes strongly a five-game suspension doesn't fit the crime, that Hamels should have been disciplined much more harshly.

Speaking with Tigers play-by-play man Dan Dickerson on his pregame radio show, here is what Leyland had to say:

"I don't know the man," Leyland said of the Phillies pitcher. "I know he's a very good pitcher, a very talented guy, but when you come out and admit hitting Harper on purpose like that - that ball could have missed, hit him in the head or something else like that - and you come out and admit that, I think five games is way too light, in my personal opinion. And I would expect that if that was my pitcher, if my pitcher went out and, almost in a braggadocious way, talked about hitting a guy and that, 'I did it on purpose.'

"I felt the way I read it, and I don't know if the kid meant it this way, but it was almost like a braggadocious thing. That's not enough. There's no way."

"It upsets me because if you watch Major League Baseball, a lot of times one of your guys hits a batter, one of their guys hits a batter, the umpires are very quick to warn both benches about a situation like that," he said, "and a lot of times there's nothing going on at all, but they just want to stop something before it starts. ... This is a great time ... to show that we mean business, and I think this suspension is way, way too light."

It sounds like Leyland wants dramatic changes in baseball and Hamels has exposed what he perceives as a league-wide problem. Quite an interesting take coming from one of baseball's old hands.

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Bryce Harper charges mound, throws punches after Hunter Strickland hits him with pitch

Bryce Harper charges mound, throws punches after Hunter Strickland hits him with pitch

In their two previous meetings, Bryce Harper took Hunter Strickland deep. Very deep, in fact.

So in their third encounter, Strickland made sure that Harper wouldn't have the chance to do it again. 

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In the top of the eighth inning of Monday's Nationals-Giants game, the San Francisco reliever went after Washington's best player on the first pitch and hit him in the thigh with a 98 MPH fastball.

Harper — without hesitation — responded by charging the mound and throwing his helmet at Strickland, and the two then squared off and exchanged punches.

Here is the wild video of the whole sequence:

Harper and Strickland were, of course, ejected after initiating one of the best MLB fights in recent memory. This was the pair's first time facing each other since Harper's two home runs in the 2014 NLDS, meaning Strickland's had a long time to get over No. 34's blasts but simply couldn't do it.

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DC area teams salute military on Memorial Day

DC area teams salute military on Memorial Day

While Americans celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends as the unofficial start to summer, it's important to remember the significance of the day, and DC area sports teams and athletes have expressed their gratitude for those who serve in the military in a variety of different ways. 

Last week, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said

"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you."

Others have taken to social media to share their thoughts and memories — including the Washington Nationals, who take on the San Francisco Giants at 4 p.m. — and here's what some of them had to say.

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