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American Honesty : Baseball Lesson


It takes an advanced society to realize when honesty and disclosure are NOT to be punished. Unfortunately, America cannot be said to be an “advanced society”. While we are creative and ambitious, our society is locked in the dark ages.

Today baseball is giving us a perfect example of this American truth. This is the tale of two pitchers who hit a batter.

The Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels hit the Nationals batter Bryce Harper on the first pitch to him.

The Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann hit Cole Hamels in the third inning with a pitch.

In an obvious statement after the game : Cole Hamels on Bryce Harper: ‘I was trying to hit him’

ANY advanced society would see this as an obvious statement from someone who doesn’t like to lie. Over the next few days we will hear the news speculation and comment, and the league’s decision on the matter. Let me play the prophet here and let you know what will happen.

1) The news will lecture how “on purpose” hit the batter throws should carry a fine and suspension.
2) The news will say it is irrelevant that he told the truth and that self incrimination is acceptable.
3) The league will levy a fine against Hamels and not against Zimmerman.

Here is the irony. Hamels was quite possibly acting on his own, without any input from the dougout. Zimmerman was most certainly directed by his manager to get retribution for the hit batter. So the individual decision to hit a batter with a ball will be punished, but the premeditated group decision for retribution will not.

That is the baseline for the American society. Truth is punished, deception is rewarded. You can see it in criminal cases, financial cases, international diplomacy, military honor, and of course politics.

What the public needs and wants is an evolution of our society into a free speech, and logical justice society. We are far from it now.

Itia (Abroad)

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  1. May 7, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Good post but I think this definitely brings to light the issue of intentionally hitting a batter in baseball. It’s a touchy issue with a lot of people because we are afraid of change but you wonder if something needs to be done about it. Hamels was so open about it yet I don’t see the MLB doing anything about it. Is it any different than hitting a quarterback in the head or throwing an elbow at a player in hockey? I’m not sure it is but then again this is old time baseball and it’s the way things are done. Hamels post game comments are definitely going to stir up some debate. Also, you think you could take a look at my blog post because I would really like to hear your thoughts http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/cold-time-baseball/

    • May 7, 2012 at 1:18 am

      Yes. The answer is “The penalty for hitting a batter with a pitch that is outside the strike zone is…..” OR “Baseball is Batter Beware, and all batters are responsible for their own safety while at bat. No pitch shall be considered illegal”.

      Those are the choices…Everything else is politics.

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