October 10, 2002

This pisses me off.: I've come to accept, if not love, the wild card (especially after it helped the Mets), the excess of homers, and other features of modern baseball. (Not the DH, though -- one reason I'm an NL fan.) But the fact that batters are such sissies they charge the mound on an inside pitch, and pitchers are now afraid to throw them -- that destroys the balance of the game (and is one reason for the glut of homers.)

posted by languagehat to baseball at 11:42 AM - 4 comments

I wish I could charge certain spofi posters when they say knuckleheaded things. not you, language hat. just "certain spofi posters." I like the fighting in baseball, but I don't like collisions at the plate.

posted by djacobs at 12:00 PM on October 10, 2002

Most major leauge players will readily admit that inside pitching is part of the game. I don't see why people get so pissed off about it though when it happens to them. All Loften has to do is go tell his pitcher to make it even (Although I would advise against such hijinks in the LCS). I would like to see the glut of battle armor worn to the plate toned down a bit. If you're going to get plunked, you should feel it.

posted by corpse at 12:07 PM on October 10, 2002

I agree entirely, corpse. I also like the tight fitting uniforms. It should be like the arms race, where teams trade sluggers removing their armor. For instance: Gary Sheffield and Mo Vaughn. The exception: Barry Bonds, who can bat naked or in plate mail, or anything else.

posted by djacobs at 03:39 PM on October 10, 2002

Eh, I don't think this is too much of a big deal. He most likely overeacted, but I don't think he was trying to cause a bench clearing brawl. Here is hoping that he calms down the rest of the series. I am happy to see him having a good postseason, and I would hate to see this change that (yeah, Kenny led the Tucson Toros to the Pacific Coast League Championship in '91 and he played for the UA basketball team, so I have to root root root for the hometown hero. maybe I would see if different with someone else.)

posted by eckeric at 12:35 PM on October 11, 2002

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