Back in the good old days of baseball, a topic as big as the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal would have never made it this far. Yes, for one, the technology wasn’t there. But more importantly, the players were less handcuffed than they are today.
Whatever side you happen to be on when it comes to the modern game of baseball, there is something missing from today’s game.
Players policing players.
When he thought he was being traded to the Angels, Ross Stripling started wrestling with whether he would intentionally throw at an Astros hitter to retaliate. He concluded he probably would, at the right time, in the right place. I think it’s a fascinating question.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) February 14, 2020
In many ways it’s still there — the veterans that “play the game the right way” and wish the kids would get off their lawn for one — but if you’re a pitcher intentionally throwing at a batter for anything, chances are you’re getting fined and suspended.
As the game slowly has kid gloves forced upon it, the topic of hitting batters has hit a fever pitch. Particularly over the last few days. Really, since the Houston Astros faced the music and…