|Got this from SF Chronicle|
What a great, great promotion for Major League Baseball! This picture should get people fighting for the turnstile trying to get into their respective home parks to see a great young talent! The NFL is so stupid for putting in rules to protect their players, just let guys fly through the air and crash into some of their best players and let what happen, happens, because it is part of baseball.
Of course, if we really held to that sentiment very, very strongly, obsessively so, we would go back to fielders using gloves that barely covers, let alone protect their hands, no more batting helmets, and base runners can still slide into bases like Ty Cobb, with his spikes sharpened for maximum damage to the fielder who dared to try to tag him out. And pitchers can be head-hunters again.
Still not seeing how this works for the benefit of baseball. I didn't like it when it was Ray Fosse, an Indian's player for the American League (I admit it, I'm a National League snob), I especially don't like it when it is the Giants prized rookie in his first full, ooops, season. I ain't having it!
Do Something to the Injurer Too
This is the idea I've had for a long while. I really don't like horrible injuries happening in sports, period. It made some sense 40 years ago when they didn't make that much money and it was a dog eat dog environment, in the very raw sense in that humans desperate to stay in the sport they love will do everything they can to stay there. Today, it's a multi-million dollar business for these superstar athletes, why risk having them permanently injured, that only takes away from the sport, not add to it.
It's ancient, but the old "eye-for-an-eye" comes to mind whenever I thought of how to punish for injuries. And I don't mean literally, where we go and bust up the runner's leg and see if he is really feeling remorse now. The way I see it, if one player (whatever sport you are talking about) injures another player through their action, they should be suspended without pay until the other player returns to the field of play.
It was an accident, you say. Well, why is the player (and team) who gets injured is the one who suffers then? Yes, I understand it was an accident, an act of god, if you will. It is random. So move on.
Well, good, then that player and team will suffer too. That's not random, but hey, you can move on too. Senseless moves deserves senseless punishment. Why do the other team get to take out the other team's player, even by accident, and then don't suffer in any way either? Injuries are random, OK, I know that, but that's life too, this will randomly affect you, the injuring party, as well.
Our guy hit in the face, broken bone, out to DL? Your pitcher, off the field, suspended until our guy returns to the field again. Our guy taken out at home plate when he wasn't even blocking home plate? Your guy, off the field, suspended until our guy returns to the field again. Our guy taken out at second base turning the double play? Your guy, off the field, suspended until our guy returns to the field again.
This is a rule that will make players think before they decide to make risky decisions that could damage another player. Not that the Marlins would miss their 25th man as much as we miss Posey, but maybe the runner might consider the consequences of his actions better next time, than to decide to take a flying tackle away from home plate in hopes of knocking the ball out of the catcher's glove.
Again, tell me why it is OK to do in the context of home plate when the runner cannot even touch the infielder without penalty at any of the other bases?
And I don't think that this rule will ever eliminate injuries. And I understand a lot of times it really is an accident that they did not intend to do (but when you are barreling into a catcher who might not be ready to take the collision, what the f*** do you think is going to happen? Reminds me of the lame excuses people use about driving while intoxicated). But then, with my proposed suspension, the other player will share some of that pain.
And, of course, lame 25th man players like that runner might think twice about a risky move like he did, if he thought he would have to sit indefinitely while someone takes his place on the roster and potentially Wally Pipp him. That's raw human desire right there.
And I understand that the runner has some rights as well regarding home plate. If the collision happens at home plate, I can live with that, you cannot legislate away all collisions and injuries but at least we can do something about the rules allowing the runner to make a risky and poor decision. I'm just looking more for minimizing these collisions and injuries.
And I realize that there is a grey area regarding the catcher's responsibilities with regards to injuring the runner as well. As in, I'm not sure what happens if the catcher causes injury to the runner due to regular baseball versus negligence or improper procedure by the catcher. Could have a panel of three catchers, known for their defense, to rule on such instances. In any case, I think the pendulum going way in the other direction is acceptable.
And it is not just me. Both Bruce Bochy and Duane Kuiper have spoken out about it, as well as a variety of media members. It don't make sense in terms of running a business, and ultimately, that is what this is for the people who could implement some rules regarding this. Regular reader and commenter, Marc, noted in his comment to my other post that if baseball would just enforce the EXISTING rules (my emphasis), that would help to limit these types of unnecessary collisions. Hopefully the MLB will be listening this time.
First, there is a great article on the injury, describing it in medical terms, best I've ever read in 40 years in explaining an injury and the ramifications, in SBNation by Dr. Ali Mohamadi.
About the Pudge rumors, I would add that it would be my educated guess that it was started by either 1) a reporter who was making an educated guess on who Giants might talk to and/or 2) a Washington Nationals leak because they want to trade Pudge. According to what I've see/heard somewhere, Pudge's defense isn't so good anymore, and so it would not make sense to acquire him given the importance of the catcher with the Giants pitching rotation.
The more I think about it, the more I think Eli Whiteside will be the starting catcher for the rest of the season. He really knows our pitchers well and Posey at some point will be back in the dugout and given his advice and input. I noticed that in terms of ERA, he was the first to have an excellent ERA with Jonathan Sanchez, basically Bengie Molina and Dirty just didn't mix well, even when Dirty was doing well, for the most part, he had a very high ERA when Molina caught him still. In any case, trying to get a catcher now in a trade will be very costly, the other team knows that there is a level of desperation in the move, and will ask for more.
The Giants will just have to do with less offense and hope that the other players can just do more with what they got. And if Whiteside can hit more like 2010 (.696 OPS) than 2009 (.607 OPS), that would help greatly towards the rest of the players not needed to do more in Posey's absence. Hopefully he has learned something along the way. I would note that his BABIP was .299 in 2010 vs. .284 in 2009, so that was a large part of his gain in OPS, and something he will need to continue.