Outlaw dangerous base runs

Regarding Larry Henry’s Oct. 14 sports column titled, “Turn out the lights, it’s all but over”:

This was such a scathing report of everything the Mariners did wrong that it seems like Mr. Henry was either trying to build a fire under the Mariners’ tails or he was betting on the Yankees.

He was watching the game so close and looking for wrongs that he saw Edgar Martinez lean in the wrong direction and missed the balk the pitcher, Andy Pettitte, gave in that pitch.

This pitcher is an artist at throwing to first base. In other pitches to first, he was very close to a balk. This was complained about in New York.

Why didn’t Mr. Henry write something condemning the practice of a baserunner going way out of the baseline at second base to knock the feet from under the second baseman so as to keep him from making a double? This is the same as a baserunner leaving second base for third and running to five to 10 feet out of baseline to knock down a shortstop trying to catch a pop-up fly.

Let’s outlaw this practice before some good ball player gets injured permanently.


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