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Sept. 15, 2006
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Doctored Bat in Seattle?

This situation is not one to take lightly by any means, but to go and punish the whole team. Where has it ever been stated that any other player new about the bat? There are sneaky people in this world who by any means necessary will try to better there performance. Nothing against the person whos bat it is, but sometimes people do things they should not do to be the best. That does not mean that the other players of that team are in the wrong. How about all those gentleman who are on that team to go out and play some real ball that follow the rules. Should they all be punished? Especially if there is the possibility that they did not know. Suspending the person who committed the act is the only necessary punishment. Punishing a whole team for one persons mistake is wrong. There are probably hundreds of ball players out there who use illegal bats and there teams my not know. So in the end for every illegal bat that is caught we are going to ban the team and eventually there will not be enough teams to even form leagues or tournaments. This is a problem that will consist no matter what is done. Like someone said above, the only way that this issue will be solved is if the tournaments provide the necessary bats. Either that or there needs to be more of a strenous check by the umpire who in turn gets more training into what to look for in an illegal bat. People need to lay off these poor gentleman and get back to the matter at hand. Trying to figure out a way to solve an epidemic in a way that does not hurt or punish the people who were not involved.
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