Pet Peeves: Hitters Armor

Charlie BlueContributor IAugust 5, 2009

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 13:  Barry Bonds #25 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of a double header on August 13, 2007 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pirates won 3-1. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

I just read an article by Boris Yovchev about Prince Fielder getting hit in last nights blowout win by the Dodgers. 

There were two Dodgers hit by Brewers pitchers in the game one of them being Manny. Fielder was hit in the 9th by Guillermo Mota probably in retaliation for the earlier beanings. 

Now I'm not going to speak to what happened we've all seen it done most of us don't like it but its part of the game, but Mr. Yovchev made a comment that reminded me of a pet peeve that I have with hitters. He states "I don't know if a lot of you will agree with me but I am of the opinion that any hit of a batter, be it intentional or unintentional, should be severely penalized. "

Now thats all well and good but no one ever talks about the batters role in getting hit. Have you seen some of the guys coming up to bat these days? Holy cow they wear more armor then our troops in combat! What do they do with all that stuff on? They get right on the plate and hang over the thing so that even a pitch on the inside part of the plate can hit them. 

You take a hitter like Barry Bonds and put that elbow pad on him so he doesn't care if he gets hit because there is no way it'll hurt and what is a pitcher to do? He can't go out because that is no longer out of reach, he can't go in because even if its on the plate the batter acts like you just tried to kill him. 

I say we take away all the armor! You don't like to get hit then move!

All the armor gives the hitter who use it an unfair advantage, and when a hitter or a pitcher has an unfair advantage it makes the games boring.