Matt Barnes

Schmuck: Machado, Harper make it clear they won't be constricted by baseball's unwritten rules

Schmuck: Machado, Harper make it clear they won't be constricted by baseball's unwritten rules

This week, it was Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper who got mad as hell and decided not to take it anymore after San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland drilled him in the right hip with a blazing fastball.

Harper charged the mound, threw his helmet and tried to make like Muhammad Ali, which earned him a four-game suspension. Strickland got six.

Last month, it was Orioles third baseman Manny Machado who dodged several malicious fastballs from Red Sox pitchers, but managed to hold his temper until he got in front of the television cameras after Boston ace Chris Sale took a shot at his oft-injured knees.

It's hard to fault either player for standing up...

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