Rookie Bryce Harper has seemingly gained a fan, or at least someone who seemingly respects his ball playing. Purportedly, Cole Hamels cast a vote for Bryce Harper to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
According to USA Today, Hamels, told reporters he voted Harper to be a player on the All-Star Team.
Reportedly, Hamels walked over to reporters covering a Phillies game to tell them of his vote for Harper. ToddZolecki, Phillies beat writer for MLB.com, tweeted "Cole Hamels came over and told us he voted for Bryce Harper for the All-Star Game. #notaclownvotebro".
Hamels is Phillies' pitcher that sparked a bit of controversy earlier this season when he intentionally beaned Harper with a 93-mph pitch. Not only did he hit the rookie, Hamels straight out admitted he did it on purpose, as a way to "welcome" him to MLB.
"I was trying to hit him," Hamels had said. "I'm not going to deny it. I'm not trying to injure the guy. They're probably not going to like me for it, but I'm not going to say I wasn't trying to do it. I think they understood the message, and they threw it right back. That's the way, and I respect it."
That act and subsequent admission got him a fine and a 5-game suspension.
Since then Harper has the baseball community abuzz with his stats, performance and overall attitude in the game. He's come a long way since this time last year when he hit a homerun and blew a kiss at the opposing pitcher when he was in the minors.
Hamels, with his pitching power and record, is in the running for a spot on the All-Star Team as well.
If both players make the cut, Hamels and Harper may be teammates come next month.