|Ray Chapman's grave in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland|
April 2008 By Jtesla16 via Wikimedia Commons
What about the most innocuous of inside pitches, the one intended to force the batter to jack knife in order to avoid being smashed? The target must be the batter's belt buckle. If not, then what? Locate the belt buckle and then try throwing a few inches away? Like throwing to that empty area above second base?
The batter is the target! Wake the heck up! Stop using euphemisms to hide the barbarous nature of what you as a fan are condoning.
Tony La Russa: you hit one of ours, we hit two of yours. Really? No. Friday, September 19, 2014
Blood feud: Hit By Pitch. Can technology determine the pitcher's intent? Thursday, September 18, 2014
Ken Singleton ... a year or two ago while announcing a Yankee game ... recalled being at bat and suddenly noticing that during his windup the pitcher was looking at him and Singleton wondered why and instantly realized that he, the batter, was the target and not the catcher's mitt.
It makes perfect sense. The pitcher needs a target, which is why the vague notion of pitching inside but not at the batter is such nonsense.
Crime and punishment. Friday, March 28, 2014
Born: January 15, 1891 in Beaver Dam, KY
Teams (by GP): Indians/Naps 1912-1920
Final Game: August 16, 1920 (Age 29)
Died: August 17, 1920 in New York, NY (Aged 29)
Buried: Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, OH
Note the proximity of Chapman's final game and his death. That's because Ray Chapman was killed by a pitched ball thrown by Yankee Carl Mays, who plausibly claimed it was an accident.