/MLB assigns Hunter Strickland with stiffer penalty than Bryce Harper

MLB assigns Hunter Strickland with stiffer penalty than Bryce Harper

SAN FRANCISCO – Hunter Strickland stood in front of his locker the moment members of the news media were allowed into the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse Tuesday and answered their questions about the incident that got him suspended.

Not many others were about to stand up for his actions.

Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker called Strickland’s drilling of Bryce Harper on Monday, in apparent payback for Harper’s animated reaction to his two homers off the Giants reliever in the 2014 playoffs, “a selfish act.’’

Major League Baseball appeared to agree.

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In handing Strickland a six-game suspension for “intentionally hitting Harper with a pitch, inciting the bench-clearing incident and fighting,’’ MLB clearly assigned him most of the blame for sparking a fierce brawl that featured both combatants taking punches at each other.

Harper, who escalated the confrontation by charging the mound, throwing his helmet in Strickland’s direction and fighting him, was suspended for four games.

Both players appealed the…

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