Bill Hall calls Cole Hamles “a marked man”

Philadelphia Phillies Cole Hamels pitches to the San Francisco Giants in the 4th inning of the NLCS at AT&T Park in San Francisco Park on October 19, 2010. UPI/Terry Schmitt

Following a spring training game on Monday, Bill Hall called Cole Hamels “a marked man” after the Phillies’ starter pitched Hall inside.

From the Houston Chronicle:

I don’t know if he was mad because he gave up a homer (to Carlos Lee in the previous at-bat) or if he was mad because the umpire gave me time. But I’m not going to let him speed-pitch me. Obviously, he threw a pitch in, and I’m not going to let him disrespect me either. He kind of said something that I didn’t like too much. It’s over with.

He’s definitely a marked man for me now, so when I do some damage off him, I’m going to let him know I did some damage off him. I can guarantee that.

I don’t feel like I do a lot of things to have pitchers mad at me for doing things on the field. I feel like I play the game the right way. But if you disrespect me, I’m going to do my best to disrespect you back. Obviously not in a way to disrespect the game, but obviously I’m going to let him know when I face him.

Oh, stop it. He quick-pitched and threw you inside so now he’s a marked man? What happens when he actually hits you, the entire city of Philadelphia will burn to the ground?

Baseball players get whinier every year. He pitched me inside. He stepped on my mound. He broke one of the unwritten rules. He quick-pitched me…when does it end?

Do you think Babe Ruth, Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle ever bitched about a pitcher throwing them inside? They would have been embarrassed for even uttering the words.

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