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Goddamn. I have to admit that I didn’t see this coming in the Next To Opine on Cole Hamels pool. Surely, Ozzie Guillen would be the first manager with something to say. 

Nope. Was wrong. It’s Jim Leyland.

On his radio show last night, Leyland said that he would have suspended Hamels for 15 games. 

[Detroit News via The Big Lead]

"I think five games is way too light," Leyland said. "Personally, if I was making that vote, it would be a 15-game suspension — at least.

"I don't know Cole Hamels, so I certainly don't have any qualms with Cole Hamels. I don't know the man. I know he's a very good pitcher, a very talented guy.

"If my pitcher went out and, almost in a braggadocious way, talked about hitting a guy and that 'I did it on purpose.' (a five-game suspension) is not enough. There's no way. 


Why do I get the sense that Leyland would go ballistic if a 15-game suspension for a bean ball was given to his pitcher?