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#1 AmScray

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:15 PM

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:21 PM

good move

Sports should be doing as much as possible to keep players from taking head shots and this will help on that front.

Ryan Freel for example when he killed himself had CTE

http://sports.nation...suicide-report/
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:36 PM

absolutely the right thing to do. served no purpose.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:57 PM

Ban fisticuffs in hockey too?
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:06 PM

View PostAmScray, on 16 December 2013 - 04:57 PM, said:

Ban fisticuffs in hockey too?

I have no problem with fighting penalties being increased so that it's no longer a normal part of the game.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:10 PM

How about tackles in football?
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:20 PM

View PostAmScray, on 16 December 2013 - 05:10 PM, said:

How about tackles in football?


I know you're being glib there, but the clock on football has started
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:20 PM

those are contact sports. baseball is not. doesn't add anything to the game and isn't the same as tackling because the catcher is just sitting there while a guy freight trains into him. stupid, pointless, and should never have been allowed.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:22 PM

View PostBigDMcGee, on 16 December 2013 - 05:20 PM, said:

I know you're being glib there, but the clock on football has started

As a super-ultra-mega mainstream religion sport, it will decline as more and more shit comes out about brain damage and less and less mothers are willing to let their kids play it. That's a long, long, long way off, though. The increasing interest in soccer is a bit disturbing.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:23 PM

View PostSuitedAces21, on 16 December 2013 - 05:20 PM, said:

those are contact sports. baseball is not.

It is if you're the catcher much as football is a 'non contact sport' if you're the kicker, but for a few occasional situations.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:41 PM

contact is 95% of football and 1% of baseball. eliminating that 1% will not change the game at all.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:42 PM

View PostAmScray, on 16 December 2013 - 05:22 PM, said:

As a super-ultra-mega mainstream religion sport, it will decline as more and more shit comes out about brain damage and less and less mothers are willing to let their kids play it. That's a long, long, long way off, though. The increasing interest in soccer is a bit disturbing.

Thing that's funny about that is, professional soccer players show a similar amount of brain damage as football players. Due to the cumulative effect of all the headers they do, plus they all will jump into the air, trying to hit the ball with their heads and they often smack their heads into each other's heads ( or shoulders/elbows, knees) . Soccer is safer over all, but it's questionable if it's safer for the brain.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 06:40 PM

Is it possible that the insanely outlying physical abilities of high level professional athletes belies a very 'normal' and otherwise human capacity for brain injury? If you dedicate your life to strength and conditioning, it's entirely possible that if you engage in sports with other men who've dedicated their lives for the same thing, further selected as being the best of the best among them, that you're engaged in a potentially injurious activity with long term consequences?

Baseball isn't MMA but how far can we sanitize it before we start looking like overly-cautious retards trying to pad the walls of the world?

I'm sorry (insert athlete name here) committed suicide and it was later found out he had a damaged brain and maybe its all interrelated but will banning catchers from blocking the plate REALLY do anything to prevent anything? Did Ryan Freel have brain injury because of some identifiable home plate collision or did he have brain injury because he was a professional athlete engaged in high level professional athletics and the body's innate abilities to protect itself from impact injury isn't cut out for that extreme degree of physical motion? Just now- like, as in the years 2010-2013, going into 2014- we're just now starting to attain scientific abilities to look into the brain and understand shit that has undoubtedly always existed but only recently have we had the tools to identify it.

And at what point do we just accept that shit happens and stop making completely impotent gestures of good intentions?
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:15 PM

what does it add to the game?
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:18 PM

Keep in mind that Scram has a huge sentimental/traditionalist streak when it comes to baseball, being change adverse should be expected. The fact is that blocking hte plate is such a tiny percentage of the game, compared to, say, the DH, or mound height. I think it's much ado about very little.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:20 PM

he's just arguing for the fun of it. this doesn't change the game at all. he should be caping up against replay, if anything.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:33 PM

Caping up? Bo's rubbing off on you.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:35 PM

he's actually growing on me because he's the only one who will dan that he's being a dumbass.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:40 PM

Welp, brv's the only racist left listening to Dan's show.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 08:38 PM

Expanding instant replay beyond HR calls is a ****ing disaster but that goes without saying. Lets not lose track of the fact that banning catchers from guarding the plate- an expected part of the catchers job description since the earliest beginnings of the game- accomplishes literally nothing aside from removing what is probably the most thrilling event that could possibly occur in any game and placating a few dicksuckers and cul de sac soccer moms who don't want their little Prestons and Tylers getting a skinned knee.

I swear to god, if I were king of the world I would issue a national refferendum on this question just to secretly develop a list of people who opposed guarding the plate, then order them all rounded up and exterminated.

You ****ers already have ruined architechural design and the state of California. Stay the hell out of baseball.
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