Hunter Strickland suspended 6 games, Bryce Harper 4

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Each also has been fined an undisclosed amount, Major League Baseball announced.

In a statement, the Major League Baseball said that the suspensions were scheduled to be effective Tuesday night, but both players planned to appeal. Harper is blameless. If the suspension is upheld on appeal, Harper could be out of the Nationals' lineup for four games, the team weakened, entirely because of a serious offense Strickland committed.

Almost three years after the 2014 postseason, when Harper hit two homers off Strickland, the Giants' pitcher made it clear he's still not over it.

The fracas seemed to stem from the 2014 NL Division Series between the two clubs, when Harper took Strickland deep twice.

" Then again, to hold a grudge for almost three years is a little much for even the baseball purists and the word in the dugout is that the beef between the two started with that first home run back in 2014".

During Monday's brawl between Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper, Buster Posey was noticeable by his absence. Monday was the first time Strickland faced Harper since that NLDS. Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy described it as "completely uncalled for", while radio host and former Nats general manager Jim Bowden called Strickland a "thug" who should be forced to sit out "15 or 20 games". Strickland and the San Francisco Giants went on to eliminate the Washington Nationals and win a World Series ring. I don't remember thinking Harper did anything out of the norm, " Blevins said.




"I don't know. I really don't know", a Giants player said when asked by Fox Sports about what Posey was thinking at the time. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Bryan Morris and George Kontos will fill in as the setup man in Strickland's absence. Buster Posey did not get one in the ribs, and he took advantage of his opportunities to hit. Torre has had his chances to get it right, and not even for the first time this season, following the Matt Barnes/Manny Machado incident, flubbing it so badly as to make you wonder if he can even say, "But I watch a lot of games!" “I dont know. I dont know what was going through his mind or how upset he was the past couple of years.

Ironically enough, after San Francisco beat Washington in the NLDS, Strickland told the SF Chronicle how he would have to "have a short memory" on the mound for the rest of the playoffs and keep his composure after the home runs.

"It doesn't happen as much as it used to, which I think is a good thing, but it's going to be there".

"You never want to get suspended or anything like, but sometimes you just got to go and get them and can't hesitate", Harper said.

The Giants lost in their third-straight game, as they fell to the visiting Nationals 6-3. However, the most severe consequences may have come for Giants' outfielder Mike Morse, who was hit heavily with teammate Jeff Samardzija in the ensuing bench-clearing brawl. "Obviously, I got in a little too far". That to me signifies that the team is fed up with Strickland.

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