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Ramblings of a madman

Posted on: June 17, 2008 1:05 am
Edited on: June 17, 2008 1:11 am

My God! A pitcher running the bases?

What could possibly be next?

A pitcher catching an infield pop-up? A pitcher fielding a ground ball?

Nooooo! Not that! Anything but that!

"My only message is simple: The National League needs to join the 21st century," Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner huffed in the wake of Chien-Ming Wang's injured foot. "They need to grow up and join the 21st century."

Look, obviously pitchers should remain hermetically sealed and be packed in styrofoam peanuts between starts. We can all agree on that. Right?

But this problem of pitchers running the bases in NL games and interleague games ... hmmm.

OK, I got it. How about if we have ghost runners when a pitcher reaches base, like we did when we were kids and didn't have enough players to fill out the sides in pick-up games?

A pitcher reaches base, he's immediately yanked off the field and placed in a protective oxygen-chamber, or humidor, and replaced by a ghost runner who shall advance as many bases as the batter.

Oh, and ghost owners, too. That would be an improvement.

Category: MLB

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2008 6:28 pm

Ramblings of a madman

Abolish the DH.

Outlaw aluminum bats at all levels.

Interleague play has oficially worn out its welcome.

Raise the mounds.

Get the pitchers to pitch, and the batters to bat, without the obligatory 30 second nut scratch/glove adjustment/spitting/etc betwee
n pitches. Please do this so that there is at least a chance that a game could end in less than 3 hours.

Cut the schedule back so that the postseason doesn't extend into freaking November.


Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 3:43 pm

Ramblings of a madman

Why would Houston be in the AL West?  They are not in the West.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 3:42 pm

Ramblings of a madman

That's funny slapshot....criticizing the writer when you throw back the same 12-year old insults...typical Yankee fan.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 3:21 pm

Ramblings of a madman

All I have to say is love him or hate him, it is great to have a hot-headed Steinbrenner back at the helm of the Yanks.  Back in the late '80s, early '90s when I was growing up Hank's dad was always an entertaining soundbite.  The annual "will he fire the manager or won't he" watch was always fun too.  Good to see Hank following in the old man's footsteps.  Here's to hoping Girardi gets put on the "hot seat," gets replaced by Donny Baseball, who gets replaced by Gator Guidry, who then gets fired and replaced by...Joe Girardi.  C'mon Hank, don't let us down!

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 2:59 pm

Ramblings of a madman

I was looking for somewhere to post a comment on that brat's comments.  I wish my daddy owned a baseball team so I could act like a freaking brat with ADHD.  THANK YOU CBS FOR POSTING THIS!!!

The DH is for old, has-been players that can't even stand in the OF and take in 4 fly balls a game.  If either of the leagues should change, it should be the AL.  If you can take in 3 or 4 AB's a game, you should be able to take the field.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 2:48 pm

Ramblings of a madman

At best, the difference of between AL and NL is intriguing.  At worst, the AL should get rid of the DH.  It is a ridiculous thing that isn't necessary.  When was the last time Kobe got a Deginated Defender so he didn't have to have to play one aspect of the game.  Steinbrenner's a loud mouth jerk.

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 2:26 pm

Ramblings of a madman

dr, i tend to disagree.  The sport is a game of skill, on all parts.  Babe ruth was a pitcher and a homerun king, and in todays time, its what makes a pitcher like carlos zambrano worth that much more.  A pitcher should learn how to hit so he knows otherwise he shouldnt play the game

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 1:25 pm

Ramblings of a madman

The DH is used at many levels?  Apparently you have never played baseball.  You grow up to pitch and hit.  From Little League baseball all the way to Babe Ruth.  In high school, pitchers hit, as well as semi-pro and amatuer.  In college, the pitcher hits.  The DH was simply a ploy by the AL in the 70's to generate fan interest, it has nothing to do with being in "the 21st century."

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 1:01 pm

Ramblings of a madman

Well, first of all, the key quote from this situation was the one from Mike "Jeremy Moyer" Mussina, stating that pitchers can only run in a straight line and not turn.  Almost like Eric Zoolander who can only turn left, but at least Zoolander could have ran the bases.

Being a Boston fan (and native) I must argue that hating the Yankees is not like joining the bandwagon, its more like raising your children right.  Every young child that I see who is forced to wear a Yankees shirt or hat should immediately be taken from thier parents for submitting thier children to cruel and unusual punnishment.

Go Sox, and go Celtics, and Hank, just continue to prove that not only are the yankees fans a bunch of donkeys, but the owner is too!

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 12:54 pm

Ramblings of a madman

I don't see anything in this article about the Yankees..I see a whole lot about Hank Steinbrenner.   &nbs
p; Whether you love or hate the Yankees, I don't think many people can disagree that Hank sounds like a crybaby.   That is what Miller is mocking.

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