THE STRIKE ZONE
Sometimes Sports, Sometimes Sportsmanship
This season, former MLB outfielder Gary Sheffield contributed to a piece for The Player's Tribune under the guise of being Commissioner of MLB for a day. Some of his ideas were legit (the Wild Card playoff should be a series), while others were contentious (the DH should be in the National League). However, a few were down right stupid.
Sheffield's first point of ridiculousness surrounds the idea of throwing at batters. He believes that hitters should be allowed to charge the mound and retaliate against pitchers who purposely throw at hitters.
I'm going to stop and let that sink in for a second...
I really don't have to continue writing to prove how lost Sheffield is, but for the sake of the piece, let's keep going.
Second point: the sliding rules (bona fide slide and catchers blocking the plate) have made us soft. Sheffield actually endorses the idea of hurting a guy to break up a double play. He equates it to contesting a jump shot in basketball.
I'm no basketball genius, but I'm pretty sure trying to block a jump shot doesn't involve a high speed collision where someone could end up with a broken leg.
What else does he say that will make you bleed from your ears? Instant replay is ridiculous. The infield shifts should be banned (he actually called the sport "computer-geek ball"). And the best part? MLB is not strict enough in suspensions for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
Wait a minute, Gary. Aren't you a cheater? Didn't you get caught using steroids?
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