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23

 Of the thousands of baseball quotes, my favorite is by Ty Cobb, 'Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.'

That's the way it was when I played as a kid, unable to afford mitts for hardball, and later as a city coach where we my team was chased off the field after winning the championship by the inner city bat-wielding losers.

There is the best of action of all sports in pro baseball, but it occurs so infrequently it's a lesson in delayed gratification. In recollection, on average, there are thirty shining seconds of action per inning. It's no wonder the stands become full of drunks.

The fire and splendor Ty Cobb's baseball can be revived by a mechanical pitcher.

It would be a pitching machine programmed to throw unpredictable pitches at varying speeds and spins at the hitters exactly within the strike zone. The advantages are:

•    Easy and cheap to implement at a fraction the cost of flesh pitchers.

•    No more batters injured by wild pitches.

•    More strikes and fewer balls; no walks.

•    Game tempo is doubled.

•    More hits and higher batting averages.

•    Higher score innings.

•    An open hitting zone from home plate through second base into center field.

•    No more time wasted watching pitchers chaw tobacco and nod off signs.

The mechanical pitcher would be recessed into the ground, and pop up for the pitch, and down during the hitter's swing. It could be a shot in the arm for America's greatest pastime.


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  1. Mark A Bates on August 25, 2017 10:39 am

    Bo, you’re my favorite poster on Vic’s site but that’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard. Baseball without the human element is an arcade game.

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