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The Head is Off Limits

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 11, 2017

The baseball Gods sprinkled some opening day magic at AT&T yesterday with a play I can’t recall ever seeing. Bases loaded, pitcher swinging bunts the ball…..and 3 runs score. That was fantastic. Of course, the day could have ended in disaster. Heck, it still could. I am not a Posey disciple but I understand his value to the team. He is the cornerstone of any season-long success we have, even more so than Madison Bumgarner. If he gets hurt, as we found out in 2011, we’re screwed.

If I’m running an mlb team, I have a simple rule for my franchise player: You are not allowed to throw a ball at his head. If you do, there will be a penalty and it will be painful. If someone accidentally gets hurt, if there are suspensions, fines etc…whatever. Do not throw at his head.

The problem with baseball, as well as the current world we live in, is that there are no consequences anymore. At best, they’ve all been watered down to delayed or implied consequences. I blame the internet for most of that. Intent does not matter. If you hit a batter in the head, someone (ideally you) should get beaned as a penalty. If you don’t agree with that, how about my idea below?

These pitchers can hit the tip off the dick of a donkey. Retaliation can be done with firm mercy. To do nothing is a tacit admission that you are weak and that you allow your franchise player to be a human target. I can’t imagine a worse message to send to your team, your fan base and to the rest of the league……

Sadly, the pussification of baseball has entrenched itself beyond repair. Here is a secondary option: We need a rule change. If you hit a batter in the head you should be EJECTED from the game. Period. I go back to my tip/dick/donkey point. Work inside if you want, work in the vicinity of the head if you dare, but do NOT hit someone in the head. If you do, you are GONE. And fined. In football it’s called *targeting*; you hit someone in the head or neck area, you’re gone. At least that’s the rule in college, I think the pros, too. With what we know about head injuries now, whether the pitcher means to do it or not, hitting someone in the head should trigger an instant ejection.

Don’t work near the head. Franchise player. Role player. Doesn’t matter. Stay away from the head.

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  1. chipower9 said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Wow. The vets making some noise!

  2. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Please, Chuck.

  3. snarkk said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Rally!!!!
    Send Nunie, WTF not?…

    • snarkk said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Hell yes!…

  4. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Woooo. Going for the walk0-off.

  5. chipower9 said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Nunie with the steal. Love that speed!

  6. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    There you go. At least Panik is behind Crawfish. I’d pinch hit Bummie for Gorkys should it come to pass.

  7. Macdog said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Damn.

    • chipower9 said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      Mac wearing the badge of honor to the end, Right Coast.

      • Macdog said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm

        Haha, right on!

  8. chipower9 said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Fuck. Too little. Too late.

  9. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    At least they showed signs of life.

  10. chipower9 said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Night, girls.

  11. snarkk said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Hey, upside is Cain starts tomorrow !…

    • chipower9 said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      Ouch.

  12. chipower9 said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    For the music hounds, Flannery’s Lunatic Fringe opening for Jerry Jeff Walker at the Crest (Sacramento) August 12.

    • snarkk said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Hopefully the outfield looks different by then…

  13. snarkk said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I’ll say again, Nunie needs to go to the OF, and Gillaspie takes 3rd. I don’t know if defense declines anywhere, but the BA goes up…

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      In lieu of them actually going out and getting a legitimate LFer, can’t disagree with that….

  14. snarkk said, on April 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I’d give this OF until end of this homestand to turn things around. If not by then, things have to change. Must do everything possible to fix LF. Arroyo in 4 games at Sac has an OPS of 1.000. If he continues to rip the ball down in AAA through April, I’d bring his ass up to play 3rd starting May, and put Nunie in LF — you can keep Gillaspie for PH, and occasional 3rd base spot duty. Why wait on Arroyo if he’s hitting? Or, bring up the Donger to play 3rd, he’s RHed, and likely gone back to Korea by end June if he’s not with the big club…

    • zumiee said, on April 12, 2017 at 12:51 am

      I like the thought process. The Cubs have Schwarber (a catcher) in leftfield because of his bat. He’s not stellar on defense out there.


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