Coppermine wrote:I caught Al Leiter today talking to Tim McCarver (can you believe he has his own show????) about how he absolutely hates guys who wear elbow pads so they can lead right over the plate and take the inside corner away from the pitcher.
What was interesting was how right he was; that every single change in the game over past 20 years have been to benefit the hitter... raising the mound, smaller ballparks, maple bats, QuesTec (he was especially bitter over QuesTec) and "body armor." I have to admit, he had a point. When Barry Bond litterally stand so his elbows are over the strike zone, he automatically has the advantage of either being pitched outside to a walk, or getting a nice, juicy grapefruit down the middle.
Actually, I think raising the mound favors the pitchers...but I agree otherwise. The worst thing about the body armor is that even if a guy gets drilled, not only is it less likely that he gets hurt, but it's more
likely the pitcher gets a warning in this day and age. I would love to go back to the style of play where Pedro or someone could drill a guy in the arse for standing on the plate and nothing would happen except a sore arse.