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"Fans have shown that they enjoy seeing hitting," says Giles, "and they have proved that home-run hitters have gate appeal. We don't catch all the murderers, but we don't legalize murder because of that."
"Everything has been against the hitters in recent years," says Musial. "Parks are bigger now. The strike zone was enlarged. A lot of pitchers have come up with the slider and that has hurt the batters. There are hardly any .300 hitters left anymore."
"Pitching isn't a weakness in this game right now," says Williams. "It's the hitters who are the weak ones today. I would never criticize the modern hitters, but there just don't seem to be as many good ones around. Once you allow the spitter, they're going to start fooling around with all sorts of trick pitches again."
On the other hand, American League President Joe Cronin says: "There have been so many accusations, and rather than have pitchers live under a cloud of talk that they are cheating, I would like to bring the pitch back."
"As it now exists, the spitball situation is a black eye for baseball," says Don Hoak. "People look up and they say, 'My kid sees this pitcher and he knows he's cheating.' That's bad. If they want to create a good image for baseball, they're going to have to stop the pitch completely or legalize it. I don't think they can stop it."
"They don't have to legalize the spitball," says Gene Mauch. "The umpires are helpless because of the rules, so it's legal already."
When the baseball rules committee met in Pittsburgh last December it took up the spitball and issued a beautiful statement: "Constant allegations about the pitchers cheating are a reflection on our business. But the committee agrees there is no definite proof that the spitball is being used."