|Oct. 21, 2008|
|Topic: General and miscellaneous|
Discussion: Pitcher Protection Rule
This rule made no impact on players hitting up the middle, this past weekend. The umpires told us that the ball had to hit the pitcher, and the pitcher could make no attmept to make a play. Then, the batter would be called out.
What "ball player" is going to stand still and let a ball hit them? It is an automatic reaction to protect yourself, which I'm sure is what every pitcher does when the ball is hit at them. Most pitchers are moving out of the box in a "defensive stance". The rule needs to be rivised to "protect" the pitcher, so that the ball isn't hit up the middle. If the ball goes through the "box" on a line, then the batter should be called out. If the pitcher is outside the box, that shouldn't matter. The lines of the box should go straight up, and an arm length of the pitcher, invisably, and any ball that goes through that area, is a "dead ball, out" . This clarification, does not leave it up to the "umpires judgement" and can create more of a consistancy throughout the fields. This way, the batter will have to think about not hitting the ball up the middle. I know that each pitcher that has been hit by a batted ball, made every attempt to make the play and protect him/herself. But, we need the rule so that players will try not to hit up the middle and cause bodily injury, or brain damage, as I have seen.