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WATCH: Jason Hammel gives up back-to-back-to-back bombs, then headhunts

  • David Whitlock

The Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel broke one of the cardinal unwritten rules of baseball.  If you’re going to throw at someone, you don’t throw at their head.

After giving up back-to-back-to-back home runs to Detroit Tigers sluggers Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, and Alex Avila, Jason Hammel had apparently had enough and was ready to hit the showers.  He hastened his exit by throwing right at the next batter Matt Tuiasosopo’s helmet.  WATCH: (image courtesy of Eye on Baseball):


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Jason Hammel and Buck Showalter feebly argued that it was a slider, but this just in folks, pitchers can aim sliders, too.  They do it for a living.  I see a suspension coming from the commissioner’s office on this one, no doubt the intent and going for the head has no place in the game.  Credit Tuiasosopo for self-restraint, in my mind he had every right to make a more aggressive display of anger after that unfortunate choice by Hammel.

Here’s the three bombs leading up to the ejection

-David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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