Bryce Harper was hit in the back with a 2-0 pitch by Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies on May 6.
Hamels has hit five batters on average each season in his brief seven-year career, but this one was different. The Washington Post reports that he later admitted that he hit Bryce Harper on purpose. He wanted to welcome Harper into the league and followed a vintage Roger Clemens, who would often hit guys for staring him down.
Seeing Hamels hit Bryce Harper made me think.
I thought about how silly "the code" is that players live by. It made me think about if this really is the best way to get more kids playing baseball.
Then it made me think about whether or not a team of young players (like Bryce Harper) all under 25 would be able to beat a team of MLB All-Stars.
I think this is the best way to salvage the joke that the All-Star game currently is—put everyone under 25 on one side, and everyone else on the other.
This would be a great way for baseball to showcase their young talent (guys like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw), and I think the game would be really competitive. Leave the postseason reward (home-field advantage in the World Series for the league who wins) out of the All-Star game and put a show on for the fans of all ages.
I think that in 2012, an under-25 team would beat an All-Star team of over-25 players.