You'll recall that the Brewers were recently involved in some high-and-tight/beanball back-and-forth with the Diamondbacks. Now, Milwaukee skipper Ron Roenicke has shared his thoughts on the semi-sanctioned practice of throwing at batters. Via MLB.com's Adam McCalvy:
"We try to pitch the way we should pitch. We don't throw at people. There's a time you have to pitch inside to get people out. Good hitters you have to pitch inside. So that's what happens. ... I've seen teams get hurt by it, yes. But I don't think it's part of the game. Just pitch. Get people out."
The obvious question is how the Brewers grade out under Roenicke when it comes to handing out HBPs relative to being the recipients of HBPs. Let's just say the answer backs up Roenicke's stance.
Anyhow, Roenicke's 57 years old, and he spent parts of eight seasons as a player in the majors before working his way up the managerial ladder. Bear that in mind before you malign him as having no understanding of how things are supposed to work in baseball or whatever the usual boilerplate response is.
(Wink of CBS eye: Hardball Talk)