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Law’s on the side of the pitcher

August 21, 2009

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RE: “BASEBALL errs with lax penalty on pitchers who take aim at hitters’’ (op-ed, Aug. 19). Alan Dershowitz does a very good job of pointing out the inherent dangers of standing in the batter’s box. Realistically, though, there are no real solutions to end the practice of pitchers drilling batters. As a lawyer, Dershowitz is used to being able to discern and prove whether an act was premeditated and deliberate. This is simply not possible when trying to decide if a pitcher intended to hit a batter. A zero-tolerance policy cannot be implemented. There are no blood or urine tests that can indicate a pitcher’s intentions. If he said it was an accident, it was an accident. As far as mitigating a pitcher’s penalty for turning in his manager for ordering the hit, it is safe to say that pitcher’s career would come to an abrupt end.

BILL CLIGGOTT
Medford

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