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Should Genesis Cabrera Have Been Tossed Instead Of Forced To Face A Third Batter?

During last night’s Phillies-Cardinals game, Bryce Harper was hit in the face with a 97 mph fastball out the hand of left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera. It became painfully obvious that Cabrera didn’t have “it” when he hit the very next batter, Didi Gregorius, with a fastball.

A manager used to have the authority to pull a pitcher whenever he wanted until last year’s “three batter minimum” rule was somehow passed, so now Cabrera was forced to face another hitter. Is that safe? I don’t think so.

I understand Phillies’ manager Joe Girardi being upset. Cabrera sucked that day, and there was nothing anyone could do about it. Pitchers throw harder every year, and commissioner Rob Manfred thought forcing pitchers to face three hitters was a solid plan.

Well, that “pace of play” initiative could’ve cost the Philadelphia Phillies their season.

We know injury risk isn’t a concern of Manfred’s, but hopefully the MLBPA does something about this. We can’t have $330 million investments like Bryce Harper at risk because baseball can’t find authentic ways to appeal to younger generations.

Expect a benches-clearing brawl in this afternoon’s game that could’ve been avoided. And most importantly, Harper left a message to his Instagram on his condition:

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. What would the penalty have been if Shildt had replaced him after the 2nd batter? I’ve found plenty of explanations of the rule but no mention of what the penalty is for violating it.

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