A well known general rule in baseball/softball is when a manager crosses the foul lines
he is charged a trip to the mound. On the second visit the pitcher must be
removed. This is a good common sense rule that both promotes/limits strategy
and adds intrigue.
Crossing the line is not limited to pitching changes in life and in softball as it also refers to
socially unacceptable behavior. Recently two Big Apple League Crossing the Line Events have o:
#1 Highlander Conduct Incident
On consecutive weekends the Highlanders were
in very ugly and dangerous near brawl situations. Clearly their code of conduct has crosses the line.
It's easy to sit here and place all blame on the Highlander's when in reality I can see
their on several issues. For example,
high elbow collisions, poor officiating, or illegal pitching. However, regardless of how
valid their points are their method of expressing their is poor and unacceptable. Many advocate throwing
them out of the league, and who knows it may come to that, but when you take into consideration :
(A) of the league to hold , on either side, accountable for their first incident with Brother Jimmy's.( I mean come on a whole week goes by and nothing is done?) how can you expect the Highlanders to conform or adjust when they never even got a slap on the wrist. I don't want to hear excuses. No action on incident #1 is just bad. Frustrations and feelings over these kind of events just nester, build up over time, and get worse if they are not dealt with immediately. Poor behavior needs to be nipped in the bud.
(B) Their manager Dio Jackson, who has helped the league on occasion and built a very good team, was on vacation this past and had no control over the terrible actions of his players. Dio is not a Saint, but deserves one last chance to control and re-focus his troops.
Taking into account the league's poor bureaucracy and Jackson's absence/service the Insider recommends a steep suspensions for all guilty players and a one-time final
warning/reprimand to the Highlanders as a team.
#2 West resigns from Big Apple League
West wishes to leave the leave the
immediately if the league is willing to return their pro- fee. The reason for is that they feel the new umpires are just paying lip service to the fact that
they are enforcing modified pitching rules, but have not called enough pitches
in any game to disqualify any obvious sling pitchers. They feel many other
leagues have a banned pitchers list and more of the pitchers from these banned
lists are gravitating to the Big Apple League every year. In other words, they are sick
and tired of sling.
Insider Mad respect to West. You can
say what you want about West, but this takes balls, The Big Apple League has
been warned and warned and and warned (how many fucking blogs already- sheesh), but has
and warned listened. Clearly West feels the pitching situation has
crossed line of fairness. Can you blame them?:
The Mother's Day bye comes at a good time for a league in crisis. Hopefully, the lines of sportsmanship and fairness can be re-drawn in a just and fair manner in the days ahead. Otherwise everything will just keep going foul with no clear barriers in place.