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Good for baseball! Cleaning up the game! I think it’s much cleaner now! I’m more of a baseball fan today than I was yesterday!’
I think that a big difference is that in baseball there actually are plays that a reasonably active person could make. I played high school ball, and I'm pretty certain that if you made me a MLB third baseman I wouldn't have a .000 fielding percentage. I would be extremely terrible, but I could probably pull off a .200 fielding percentage to go along with statuesque range. I would make a few of the easy plays.
Anyone know the relative difficulty of hitting off a say 90 MPH baseball pitch from 60'6", vs. a 70 MPH softball pitch from 45'?
The latter doesn't compare to the former. Otherwise, we'd see D-I womens' softball players in the majors and especially the minors.
This Week in Baseball (the TWIB notes section) used to have Jennie Finch humiliate All-stars about 10 years ago.
What I remember about those segments is that only Barry Bonds managed to make contact against her.(No jokes, please.) Everyone else I ever saw struck out; he hit what would have been a dribbler to second.
Now, given several at-bats to get used to her motion, things might be a little different.
Weiner has now said (ill advisedly I think) that the MLBPA did advise ARod to accept a certain number of games but that this number was never offered. Asked the obvious question of "did you just tell us ARod is guilty?" he responded with some stuff about "well, y'know there's evidence and then there's what the player knows in their heart" or some such.
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