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    Can we talk about baseball?

    In it’s simplicity, Baseball is a sport.

    From Baseball – A film by Ken Burns;
    the John Chancellor opening monologue narration:

    “It measures just 9 inches in circumference, weighs only about 5 ounces, and is made of cork wound with woolen yarn, covered with two layers of cowhide, and stitched by hand precisely 216 times.
    It travels 60 feet 6 inches from the pitcher's mound to home--and it can cover that distance at nearly 100 miles an hour. Along the way it can be made to twist, spin, curve, wobble, rise, or fall away.
    The bat is made of turned ash, less than 42 inches long, not more than 2 3/4 inches in diameter. The batter has only a few thousandths of a second to decide to hit the ball. And yet the men who fail seven times out of ten are considered the game's greatest heroes.
    It is played everywhere. In parks and playgrounds and prison yards. In back alleys and farmers fields. By small children and by old men. By raw amateurs and millionaire professionals. It is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed. The only game where the defense has the ball. It follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond expectancy of springtime and ending with the hard facts of autumn.
    Americans have played baseball for more than 200 years, while they conquered a continent, warred with one another and with enemies abroad, struggled over labor and civil rights and the meaning of freedom.
    At the game's heart lie mythic contradictions: a pastoral game, born in crowded cities; an exhilarating democratic sport that tolerates cheating and has excluded as many as it has included; a profoundly conservative game that sometimes manages to be years ahead of its time.
    It is an American odyssey that links sons and daughters to fathers and grandfathers. And it reflects a host of age-old American tensions: between workers and owners, scandal and reform, the individual and the collective.
    It is a haunted game, where each player is measured by the ghosts of those who have gone before. Most of all, it is about time and timelessness, speed and grace, failure and loss, imperishable hope, and coming home.”

    This is baseball.

    This is NOT Major League Baseball. MLB is a by-product of the sport itself, as is any professional league. MLB is a business!!!
    I believe that if MLB disappeared tomorrow, the Game would survive because it is so much fun to watch and play.

    So when one talks about what some current notable, and perhaps notorious, MLB players have done, good or bad, please remember they have done it to MLB, not the game.
    I think the game is pure and cannot be marred.

    If I may take things one step further, it is along this line that I think the National Baseball Hall of Fame need to be separate from MLB.
    The Commissioner is the CEO of the business of baseball, he is NOT the ‘Keeper of the Game’. (that responsibility falls on all of us that love the Game.)

    I think the Commissioner’s office should not have the power to keep people out of the Hall for things that broke the rules of MLB.

    Now do not get me wrong, I do not want a proficient little leaguer or a great high school, college or Olympic player to be enshrined. The honor needs to be for those that attained greatness at the highest level of the Game, which happens to be the MLB level. But again, HoF entry comes for what they did playing the game on the field, not in life.

    Speaking of the highest levels of the game, since Negro League players are allowed, to say nothing of managers, execs and umps, why not members of the AAGPBL? And what about players who were in the Players League, or the Federal League, or the Nat’l Assoc of Professional Baseball Players? (I do realize many of them played in the Majors.)

    The point being, it is the National Baseball Hall of Fame, NOT the MLB Hall of Fame. I think measures should be taken to make changes so that it enshrines those worthy, properly.

    Well, I think I am about done preaching.
    Let me just say, I love this game, I love to talk about it, ponder it, study it, play it and watch it. It is the grandest of games and should be held in high esteem. Let’s do what we can to promote baseball, the Game, and still enjoy it, from sandlot to Fenway, as best as we can.

    What do you think??
    Last edited by Tigerfan1974; 02-20-2006, 12:11 PM.
    1968 and 1984, the greatest ever.

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