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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: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 9:45 am

Miller is unprofessional

Look I understand a lot of people hate the Yankees, and that's fine. We all have teams we just don't like. But Miller is supposed to be a reputable sports writer and this is about the worst, most biased article I have ever read. He makes no lucid points on why Steinbrenner is wrong, but rather rambles like a madman himself. If you disagree with Hank, give us some reasons why. Hey Miller, I think you may need to take a refresher course at journalism school - I'm sure plenty of community colleges offer them. Let's try and be a little professional next time rather than bash the Yankees like some second rate sports blogger writing from his basement.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2008 9:26 am

Ramblings of a madman

The Headlines of the NY Post could go crazy with this one:

 - Steinbrenner cries, "My Wang is broken!" -  

"Yanks lose Wang until September"...

"Yankees have no Wang to play with",

"No Yankee my Wang-ee, Yanks need pitching"... etc.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2008 9:20 am

Ramblings of a madman

Well put, Scott. One other thing you forgot to mention is that pitchers also need to be escorted off the field by golf cart the moment they reach 100 pitches.

Seriously, if pitchers on the bases get Hank's panties in a bunch, he should just mandate that no Yankee pitcher will ever be allowed to run the bases. With a $200 million roster, they shouldn't be relying on Chien-Ming Wang's offense to win ballgames anyway.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2008 9:15 am

Ramblings of a madman

After many years as an AL fan, I am tired of the DH.  I think just the opposite of Hanky boy - we need to do away with it altogether.  The 1970's brought It and astroturf, and they both need to go.  They are so 20th century.

Oh, and Hank - DH's can get injured, too, you know.  Maybe you didn't notice your neighbors to the north have theirs on the DL.

Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 8:27 am

Ramblings of a madman

The man is a lunatic. I  grew up on National League baseball and that is the only kind I enjoy watching. I believe a pitcher is an important part of the team and deserves to be in the lineup taking batting practice with his teammates. He has to field his position and running may be used in that exercise. To me, American  League baseball is a bastardization of the game. There's a spot in the lineup for a fictional player- usually someone past his prime who can no longer field his position but can still hit. He is among the best paid players in baseball. For that reason, the AL will never be able to lose the DH because the Players' Union won't allow it. The pitcher is more or less separated from the game while his team is at bat. In the NL it is much more interesting as you wonder if the pitcher is going to bunt, or if the manager is going to pull a double switch, or whether he is free to hit if he is among the better hitters. The Diamondbacks have an incredible hitting pitcher, Micah Owings, and he can be used as a pinchhitter. I'm sure Steinbrenner would cry if Owings were his and he injured himself while running the basepaths. Wake up- running the basepaths is part of baseball as simple as fielding your position. Yes the AL may be in the 21st century but I prefer the old fashioned roots located in the NL and I don't care if they are 19th century roots because it is real baseball the way it was meant to be played!

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 7:23 am

Ramblings of a madman

Ignoring the idiocy of your assertion, I can tell you that I was raised a Yankee hater, developed a passion for it on my own and plan on instilling a robust disdain for the Yankee organization and fan base and its' bloated sense of entitlement to my children. I've been an Oriole homer all my life and I don't plan on changing. And, no, I am not jealous of the Yankee's success, merely sorry to see so much reflected glory showered upon a fan base that largely no longer appreciates it, only expects it. I am most sorry that Yankee fans don't have to suffer the uncertainty, the sick hoping that your team has enough to get it done this year. Yankee fans are like rich kids in a toy store. There is no agonizing over what one purchase will make them most happy; they simply demand it all.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 6:19 am

Ramblings of a madman

thanks for sharing your stupidity with the rest of us. anyone who can't express himself without using the language you use, should be in the employment of hank steinbrenner!!!!

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 4:20 am

Ramblings of a madman

This is absolutely wrong. Look at good old fashioned baseball before the DH rule was in effect.  Babe Ruth himself was a pitcher, even though most people remember him as an outfielder (see ).  For a modern day example, let's look at... oh, Jake Peavy, Adam Wainwright, Dontrelle Willis, Mike Hampton.  Some managers even bring in pitchers to pinch hit.

Now Hank Steinbrenner can whine all he wants about having is poor wittle pitchers have to hit and run the bases, but hitting is part of the game.  It always has been, and it'd be a travesty to take it out entirely.  Even though I like the DH rule in the AL (which is probably what has made the AL the better league), I also like that the NL still allows pitchers to hit.

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 3:58 am

Trendy to hate the Yankees?

If it's "trendy" to hate the Yankees, why do they have more fans on this site, according to the MLB page on this site, than any other team?

I don't hate the Yankees because they are trendy.  I hate them because they are the embodiment of all the bad things about this country  (greed, sense of entitlement, monetary waste- how's that Carl Pavano contract working out for you?, people pretending to be experts on something- in this case Hank Steinbrenner pretending to know about baseball- when really he's just lucky that daddy was a good businessman, etc etc) and none of the good ones (hard work breeding success, etc etc)

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2008 2:36 am

Ramblings of a madman

 actually agree with Hank Steinbrenner.  The DH is used in many levels of Baseball, not just in the AL.  Major League Teams invest in a pitcher by paying him to pitch, not hit.  Why would any owner want to risk having such an important piece of their team, getting injured by doing something that he wasn't paid to do.  A batter getting hit by a pitch in the hand is a common occurance.  For a pitcher, it could mean the end of a career more so, than a positional player.  When a pitcher gets up at bat in the NL, most of them don't even want to ingage in the at bat.  Three wild swings at anything, just to get out of the situation injury free.

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