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The ridiculousness of the “beanball war” mentality

by Paul West | Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
| 546 baseball fanatics read this article

Will Matt Holliday’s hard slide into Marco Scutaro initiate a beanball war? (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Matt Holliday‘s late-sliding takeout of Marco Scutaro, in game two of the NLCS, did look dirty. It was egregiously late, reckless at best, and a flat-out, low-bridge tackle at worst.

But ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst John Kruk’s call for the old-school Haftields-vs.-McCoy’s approach of “take out one of their guys” is disgraceful, and a reminder of aspects of “baseball culture” that need to be removed.

What good does it do to hurt someone who was not the person who executed the dirty takeout slide? This is how the old “beanball wars” started, and it would be sad if a postseason series degenerated into such. If you want to retaliate at Holliday, do so. Otherwise, leave the other players out of it. That advice is just regressive and ridiculous; what are you going to say if a pitcher follows your advice, and we have an Adam Greenberg situation, or worse? Furthermore, do we want our Little Leaguers to continue this type of “tradition” in baseball?

I find such meatheaded suggestions distressing, and so should anyone who’s been injured in retaliation for the actions of a teammate.

Shame on you, Mr. Kruk.

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Paul West was born and raised in New York City, and has been a Mets fan since watching them with his mom, dad and grandma in the early 80′s. Paul loves baseball for all its nuances, is ambivalent about the DH, and once turned a web-gem double play on Keyspan Park’s infield. He primarily covers the Mets, but also writes about trending topics such as PEDs and instant replay.

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