Thursday, August 12, 2004

CRUEL INTENTIONS
Jayson Stark has an article about the absurdity of Barry Bonds's intentional walks, and the problems with proposed rule changes to fix it.

I still haven't found any holes in my idea of allowing a batter to decline a walk, but then being able to advance two bases if the count accumulates 8 balls, three for 12, and all the way home for 16.

This (somewhat) solves the "92 pitch at-bat" argument against the decline, and I think it'd be interesting to see how far managers would go to pitch around someone like Bonds.
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