against legalizing the pitch are Warren Giles, Stan Musial and Ted
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."
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
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."
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."