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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Olney: Baseball must end its beanball legacy

Late in Palmer’s career, in 1982, he remembers how rookie Cal Ripken—whose father was a longtime player and coach in the Orioles’ organization—batted in the first inning against Britt Burns of the White Sox in a July game. A pitch in that at-bat prompted Ripken to say out loud, “When is somebody going to protect somebody around here?”

Palmer wasn’t thrilled about Ripken’s tone, which was unusual for a rookie, but he noticed that Carlton Fisk was due to lead off the next inning. Palmer disliked how Fisk wore his uniform and, fixated on that, he hit Fisk on purpose. The score was 0-0 at the time, as the box score shows, and Palmer noted that in conversation. He hit the leadoff hitter in a 0-0 game. The issue of winning or losing the game had become secondary to the retaliation.

Palmer paused, and added: “My one moment of stupidity in 20 years.”

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 16, 2017 at 05:42 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, cal ripken jr, orioles, unwritten rules

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-1-2017

Pittsburgh Press, August 1, 1917:

Ping Bodie says he was chatting with [Walter] Johnson one day and remarked that if Johnson would fire one every now and then close to the batter’s skull, few would stay up to the plate and try to get a hit. This is what Johnson said:

“No, Ping; I never tried to hit any batter, and I never will. The minute any manager tries to get me to hurl one at a batter’s head, that quick I will cut that team. If I cannot beat them honestly, I will lose.”

Between Johnson and Christy Mathewson, this era of baseball had two of the finest pitchers and finest gentlemen in the history of the sport.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 01, 2017 at 12:03 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, dugout, history, walter johnson

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Olney: Baseball must end its beanball legacy - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, orioles

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Harsher punishment for pitchers who throw at hitters’ heads may do more harm than good

Here is the problem with baseball imposing harsher discipline for pitchers who throw at hitters’ heads:

The players do not want stronger penalties and the clubs are not inclined to press the issue, sources said…

The union, meanwhile, is sensitive to excessive punishment for pitchers who might have acted at the behest of a management representative such as a coach or manager, and suspicious of anyone who claims to know intent.

“Balls do get away from pitchers and banging a guy 20 games for that is pretty onerous – until someone comes up with a way of reading the pitcher’s mind to determine intent,” the union official said.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 27, 2017 at 02:31 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, rules

 

 

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