Thursday, October 24, 2002

WALK? I'LL DECLINE
Rob Neyer and Hugo Lindgren both lament the many intentional walks issued to Barry Bonds, and the lack of any way outlaw them.

Maybe baseball can borrow an idea from football -- allow the batter to decline a walk. I suppose is a pitcher was really determined not to deail with a hitter it would get boring, but the pitcher would wear himself out throwing that many pitches.

Maybe that's when Neyer's idea could come into play -- if a pticher throws 8 balls, the batter could be awarded 2 bases, 3 bases for 12, and all the way around for 16. Sure, it would be strange to hear of a 7-1 count, but in practice it would rarely happen.
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