Washington's Bryce Harper gets suspension reduced 1 game

Posted June 01, 2017

Major League Baseball plans to reduce Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper's suspension for Monday's bench-clearing brawl from four games to three games, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Harper has yet to serve any of the suspension after playing Tuesday night while appealing the decision.

Washington Nationals' Daniel Murphy (20) tries to restrain teammate Bryce Harper (34) after Harper charged San Francisco Giants' Hunter Strickland after being hit with a pitch in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 2.

Harper argued that his punishment was excessive when considering the fact he had no reason to expect Strickland's intentional plunking.

Each also was fined an undisclosed amount. But when one considers Strickland's normal workload - at most, he probably would pitch in three or four of those six games - compared with Harper's, the relative severity flips.

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"If he did have a problem with it, he could have talked with me during BP (batting practice) and say, 'I didn't like the way you went about it.' That's not human nature, I guess". "We'll go from there".

The only reminder of the fight came when Harper was booed by the AT&T Park crowd every at-bat.

"It's just insane that it even happened yesterday after three years to do that", Harper said. This one had been dormant since the 2014 postseason, when Harper hit two homers off Strickland and the two jawed as he rounded the bases. After three years, to do that, I don't know what was going through his mind or how upset he was the last couple years.

Baker called the punishment of Harper unfair saying that very few batters would have turned the other cheek. "We as a whole group and team, we stick together".