After admitting that he intentionally threw at Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has been suspended for five games.

Every pitcher in the game reserves the right to throw at a batter.  However, what Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels did is not acceptable, and his actions have now been met with a five game suspension.

Hamels called his pegging of the rookie Bryce Harper a traditional way of welcoming him to the big leagues, but others are not sharing his sentiment.  Nationals GM Mike Rizzo called it a classless act, and said that Hamels is "fake tough".

Hamels began serving his suspension on Monday night against the Mets, a game that they ending up losing 5-2.

[Via ESPN]