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If a hitter and a pitcher have a problem, then the two men should fight and everyone else who dares interrupt should be suspended for a week. That would stop the brawling like, right now.
The best fight I've ever seen was a Bruins-Capitals brawl about 15 years ago.
In an era of high salaries and impossible ticket prices, athletes interrupting play to engage in bench-clearing brawls over perceived slights and ambiguous rules is selfish, dangerous and dumb.
I suppose if they really wanted to MLB could make a third-man-in or leaving the bench rule like hockey and basketball. 92% of fights are batter vs pitcher. 8% are sliding baserunner vs infielder. They could make a rule that anyone leaving their position (field, bench, on-deck, bullpen) to join a fight gets 5 games off. Would make for a few interesting one-on-ones until the umpire breaks them up.
Should the NFL be found liable for failing to address the safety of its players despite mounting evidence of the significant risk of serious long-term effects, the impact on the NHL’s future could be devastating, as former players who have been harmed by the dangers inherent in the game will have legal precedent in their favor. Furthermore, given both the permissive nature of fighting in the NHL, and the three alarmingly similar deaths in 2011, it would appear that the NHL plaintiffs would have just as strong, if not stronger, of a case than their NFL counterparts.
So the question becomes, will the NHL take steps to prevent fighting, and if so, when? One could argue that an outright ban on fighting – such as the one that exists in international hockey – could make the game more dangerous, insofar as players who repeatedly test the boundaries of legal play by hitting from behind or targeting their opponents’ heads, will be able to do so without fear of retribution.
#15 I don't agree that it can't work. It has worked in hockey.
Hockey features the same number of players on the field at one time. Baseball often has one player on the field vs. nine. You can't have a rule that allows all the guys on the field to participate in a scrum but prohibit the bench guys from following suit. Well, you can have the rule; it just won't do any damn good. No team is going to allow its one guy to be beat up by the opposing team.
Seems like this would at least cut down on the hitter charging the mound. If a guy has to go one on nine or get half his team suspended maybe he'd be more inclined to leave that BS at home. Or let it carry over to the clubhouses after the game...hmmm...
You liked how the Dodgers showed teamwork and fight in pounding the Diamondbacks along their dugout rail? Then you could not complain when Wednesday’s lineup did not include sensation Yasiel Puig. He went into a rage during the fracas and was sidelined with what the team described as a sore shoulder.
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