The headline was originally going to be "Cole Hamels Not Appealing Suspension", but then the headline would include "Cole Hamels Not Appealing" and I don't think I'm one to pass judgment. Bryce Harper probably doesn't find Cole Hamels appealing. Lots of other people probably do find Cole Hamels appealing. Different strokes.
Anyhoo, Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper with a fastball and said that he did it on purpose. That was Sunday night. Monday, Major League Baseball suspended Hamels for five games. Ordinarily when a player gets suspended he immediately files an appeal, but it would take some real stones on Hamels' part to appeal a suspension he received specifically because he said he drilled a guy on purpose. Some real stones, indeed. Mike Rizzo's right, Cole Hamels is gutless.
Hamels will not appeal. Could pitch Sunday.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) May 7, 2012
Yeah. Hamels will accept and serve his suspension, and the casual observer will barely notice that Hamels had even been suspended. It's punishment without being punishment, which is par for the course with these things.