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Comments (5)

  1. Regarding the issue of whether or not you should run out every pop-up or whether you should go straight to the dugout, I think what Dustin Parkes said, while logically and theoretically sound, is unrealistic.

    I think there are two potential solutions:

    One solution is to implement a unique set of rules for each individual player. If have won an MVP, been on a World Series winner, have career credibility and you are over 32 you can head to the dugout on every popup. If you have any physical limitations that would be aggravated by running to first, then skip it. If conserving the finite number of footsteps left in your body and employing them only when they have a chance of leading to the fielding of a ball or reaching base then head straight to the dugout.

    The second solution is to run out every pop-up to the best of your ability.

    I don’t think this has any relation to the idea of “hustle.” Doing your job is not hustling. You don’t have to try hard, just make an appearance of caring.

  2. re: “heads-up” stereotypes, i’ve always found latin catchers (raul chavez, jose molina) to be “heads-up” or whatever.

  3. This was a great show, that touched on a very tough subject. But these labels that sneak into our conversations are in all sports, like you guys mentioned, and also in life. Which is absolutely disgusting. I noticed some comments on Dustin’s post earlier, Mockery Gets Closer To Reality, that mentioned Barry Bonds was ‘blackballed’ from the MLB. What does ‘blackballed’ insinuate? Why is ‘blackballed’ associated with him negatively not being able to secure a job? So, it’s a tough subject that needs to be addressed, and the solution isn’t so black and white (Which of the two is the negative of the two?).

  4. Right out of the bottle. That’s #want.

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