Letter: How to improve baseball
Watching Joe Giradi make a fool of himself on TV when A-Rod was hit by a pitch recently reminded me that Joba Chamberlin’s primary reason for existence was to throw beanballs at Kevin Youkilis when Youkilis played for the Red Sox. Chamberlin didn’t need a reason – he just enjoyed doing it!
If batters started to sling their bats at pitchers after pitchers throw at them, that might cut down the practice. Grown men are apt to do childish things when they play a child’s game for ridiculous salaries. It would also be easy to make time to use a replay system to settle many disputes if the rules already in place were followed.
There is no need to allow batters time to play with their batting gloves and adjust their padding between every pitch and then walk around the batters box three times for luck. There is no need to provide time for five commercials at the end of every half inning or when any other change is made in the progress of a game. No need for pitchers to step on and off the mound endlessly. No need to allow so many mound conferences when it’s obvious time is being gained to allow another pitcher to get warmed up. So much could be done!
FREDERICK L. LANGEVIN Jr.