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Old May 31 2013, 03:07 PM   #286
Use of Time
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Re: MLB Season Discussion - 2013

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I don't think it's justifiable to even intentionally create a risk of hitting someone's head. If he was trying to get him to back off the plate by throwing near his head and actually hit his head, you would find that to be ok?

I generally don't have a problem with players pegging other players, but I do have a problem with them doing it in the head.
Would I find it justifiable to pitch inside to a player crowding the plate? Yes and so would just about any coach under the sun from high school up to the show. I'm with you about not aiming for the head but if you are saying to avoid pitching inside to completely erase the possibility of a head shot then you would probably not make it out of high school as a pitcher. Its extremely rare that a pitcher ever deliberately aims for the head so I find this concern somewhat unwarranted.
The rarity that this happens is up for debate, but the poster I was responding to specifically spoke in favor of aiming towards a player's head if he is crowding the plate, so I was only responding to that.
I gotcha. Anybody that advocates throwing at the head deliberately isn't even worth of acknowledging.

Losing Juan Francisco in Atlanta is no biggie. Chris Johnson is hitting well above what anybody thought and he probably has earned the starting job at third base. Ramiro Pena is the only utility player we need right now and he has been fantastic as well.

The lineup I saw last night is the lineup that needs to be on the field a majority of the time. I'm sorry for B.J. but its impossible to justify starting him over Jordan Schafer right now. Schafer is on fire and is a legitimate leadoff hitter. Also, having Pena play second last night solidified the middle infield defense. Taking Uggla and B.J. out of the lineup saves at least 4 K's a game and I'm not being sarcastic there. Fredi will keep running B.J. and Uggla out there because they are expensive as shit.
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