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Letters to the editor

Oct. 20, 2005

Baseball doesn't need fixing

While the rest of the world worries about the ratification of the Iraqi constitution, the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, border wars between Ethiopia and Eritrea and whether or not the bird flu is going to kill us all, Baylor worries about the guy who memorizes too many stats in the announcer's booth at a baseball game.

Ok. I'll play. Newman proposes that baseball needs to adapt to fit America today. Her plan is in three parts: 1) speed up play, 2) get rid of teams thus making the season shorter and 3) get rid of guys who know too many stats.

As to the first imperative of Newman's vision, baseball already has implemented rules to speed up play, including enlarging the strike zone and passing a rule that required a player to stay in the batter's box during his at bat.

Second, Newman wants to axe teams from MLB. Which teams? The Royals? The Brewers? The Mets? The NL West? All of these teams have been pretty lousy lately. The problem with eliminating teams is that most of them have a rich history and a loyal local following. Are we to simply drop a few teams because it suits us?

Finally, stats are pretty much the essence of baseball. Because there are so many games, we can statistically say that, with runners in scoring position, during day games, with a full count and two outs, this guy hits .455.

Economics professor Dr. James Henderson once said, "Baseball is like life ... long periods of nothing happening, followed by short periods of excitement." Baseball is fine. And worry about bigger issues.

Ben Dundee
Doctoral candidate physics

'Baylor Line' before game

I find the ignorance Cameron Talley showed in his letter Tuesday amusing. The only valid statement Talley makes is that he is, in fact, not a good judge of how we played.

The fact that we lost should concern him. It is obvious, though, this fair-weather has been to a limited number of games in his collegiate career, and of those, has shown up fashionably late, and left early.

When Guy Morriss arrived three years ago, he made one thing very clear: His players would do the "Baylor Line" at the BEGINNING of the game, not the end. He had several reasons for this. His most important, however, was the safety of his players.

If Talley had been to a game on time, ever, he would have known that this is the tradition Baylor now embraces.

It took our Baylor football team playing a close game at home and losing in the end for him to stay. What he failed to see was that our players left the field with pride, with their heads held high after pushing a good University of Nebraska team to the limit.

All I can guarantee is that the team isn't going to be tucking its tail and retreating with a record of 4-2 (1-2 in the Big 12) with five games to go and a bowl game still very possible.

Brett Bayne
Political science/sociology