loyal_bushie wrote: angels7777 wrote:
Actually I think you are the one showing they do not know baseball here. It is common knowledge a pitcher is not supposed to let up in the middle of their windup because it is an injury risk.
It's also common knowledge that if a pitcher does not let up in the middle of his windup, he should be able to throw the ball somewhere near the plate and not a few inches from a guys head.... Josh Beckett is making himself look like a Roger Clemens-type punk IMO with blatant crap like that...
either way, you guys have an opinion, but obviously the league agrees with my opinion
This is not to defend Beckett, but I really don't think it's "common knowledge that if a pitcher does not let up..., he should be able to throw the ball somewhere near the plate." Every time I've seen a pitcher continue his motion when timeout is called, the ball typically flies off pretty erratically, often ending up near the backstop. The idea is that when a pitcher is in the middle of the wind up and all of a sudden the ump yells "TIME!," this catches the pitcher off guard, and, if he then continues his pitch (which he is supposed to do), then almost assuredly the pitcher will have less control of where the ball will fly.
so your saying that a ball flying inches from a guy's head was a coincidence?
You're right, I used the wrong choice of words in"somewhere near the plate", but the ball ended up inches from Abreu's head.... he could have thrown the pitch over the backstop or 20 feet outside or in the other dugout, but it was blatantly thrown in the direction of the batter at head level...... how many other pitchers in the history of baseball have been in the middle of a wind up, the batter called time out, and then threw a pitch inches from a guy's head? I am willing to bet rarely if at all.... the fact of the matter is that if every other pitcher in baseball can keep it away from a guy's head after a timeout is called, then why can't Beckett, who is widely known as one of the top pitchers in the game? Plus over the last 2 years Beckett has walked 34 and 40 batters respectively so it's not as if he is some rookie struggling with his control....
bottom line: Beckett did not like Abreu calling timeout, he threw at him intentionally, and he got suspended...
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