Intentionally Hitting Middle
Posted by Butch Parnes-umpire on August 3, 2021, 1:22 pm
I see and hear on numerous occasions that hitting the middle is part of the game, for those who believe this, please answer these questions: 1: is intentionally throwing the ball at a runner’s head a part of the game? 2: Is intentionally throwing the bat at a catcher or pitcher part of the game 3: Is intentionally tripping a base runner part of the game? As you have seen in my previous posts, in my 53 years of umping at all levels, I have never and never will believe that intentionally hitting the middle is or should be part of the game and respectfully disagree with those that do. In addition as an attorney for 43 years, I contend that intentionally doing any of the actions above is grounds for not only criminal but civil action.