Team officials for multiple Major League Baseball teams have confirmed the league office has issued warning letters to players, imploring them to pay attention to the new pace of play rules. The MLB letters also noted, starting May 1 players will be fined for violating the policy.
The New York Mets are 6-3. They have won four in a row and are tied for first place in the National League East. Granted, it’s April, the season is 10 days old and they swept the Philadelphia Phillies. Still, consider the following:
Dickie Thon described it this way: “It was like a boom … a dead sound. Like a thud.”
Today, the boxscore reads HBP (hit by pitch) but, for Thon, it was more than that. The Astros All-Star shortstop had been hit by a pitch major league pitches four times prior to April 8, 1984. No. 5 — a fastball by New York Mets pitcher Mike Torrez — fractured Thon’s orbital bone around his left eye, changing his life and career.
Spring Training comes with its own measure of swagger. Optimism is the size of a grapefruit. Predictions of an October pennant race sound as sweet as a sun-kissed Florida orange. From Florida to Arizona, managers and coaches spew sweet accolades on the crop of prospects while players gush giddy gibberish sweeter than the citrus of a pomelo.