06 September 2009

Instead of fining Jonathan Papelbon a couple thousand dollars...

...because of slow play why not penalize him (and other such Cunctators) by awarding the batter a ball? Or, if it's the batter who's stalling, awarding the pitcher a strike?

Such delaying tactics can work, but there should be a real price (not a monetary one) to pay, and, since financial penalties don't bother these guys a whit (how could they?), hit 'em where it matters -- in the count!

This might actually have the effect of speeding up play in MLB (imagine that).

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