Leyland thinks Hamels suspension is too light

Tigers manager Jim Leyland in Toledo on Wednesday May 2, 2012

On Monday, the MLB handed down a five-game suspension to Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels for throwing at Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper during a game on Sunday night.

After the game, Hamels admitted that he intentionally threw at Harpery saying: "I was trying to hit him...I'm not going to deny it." Hamels also added that he was not trying to injure Harper.

The suspension began yesterday, and because the Phillies have Thursday off, Hamels will not miss a start.

Washington GM Mike Rizzo called the play "classless" and "gutless."

Late Monday night, before their game in Seattle, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland gave his thoughts on the suspension during his pregame radio interview saying Hamels deserved "a 15-game suspension, at least."

"I know (Hamels is) a very good pitcher, a very talented guy," Leyland said, "but when you come out and admit it like that - that ball could have missed, hit him in the head or something else - and you come out and admit that...I think five games is way too light."

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