Strike zone perversion and other deviantart of fielding questions.
Three of the players—Fisk, Murray and Perez—agreed that pitching has become the dominant element in the game, but they disagreed on how that happened. Fisk and Murray both agreed that umpiring has been a major factor, but Perez said that expansion has also been a culprit.
“Pitching is dominating now,” said Perez. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are position players who aren’t ready to hit in the big leagues. We’re going to see more no-hitters and perfect games from now, because that’s the way baseball is now. We have a problem over there in Miami, but I can’t blame [the hitting] because my son is the hitting coach. We’re having trouble with hitting and scoring runs right now. That’s why we’ve fallen down from first place two weeks ago to almost last place. That’s the way it’s going now, but baseball hasn’t changed. I still enjoy it, and I’m watching games every night.”
Fisk, elaborating on a greater point, said that the game doesn’t need to change the rules as much as it needs to embrace the ones that are already on the books. The longtime catcher said that umpires don’t call the strike zone the way the rulebook does, and that’s had far-reaching implications.
“You can talk about contracts [or] arbitration, and you can talk about performance-enhancing drugs,” he said. “They all had an impact on the game, but I think the reason there’s a pitch count—which I think is ludicrous—is that the strike zone is perverted. ... I get in more trouble challenging umpires and the strike zone later in my career than ever. People talk about how slow the game is, and it is slower, because there are so many specialty positions on the pitching staff. You’ve got a starter, and a quality start is [six] innings and three runs. We used to send those guys to Double-A.”
Posted: June 17, 2012 at 06:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
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