Originally Posted by Chip R
The first being that for a long time now, batters have had the advantage over pitchers.
Chip, how do batters have the advantage over pitchers, when 70% of the time he is failing in his work and heading back to the bench, unless he walks, gets a hit or reaches on an error.
IMO, lowering the mound in 1969 from 15 to 10 inches gave more of an advantage to hitters than anything else.
If the hitters know that pitchers are trying to cheat them (scuffing, lubing, etc) then it's only natural they respond in kind.
I think it needs to be evenly enforced, across the board, rather than letting pitchers get away with more cheating. The men charged with running this game need to either crack down severely on all forms of cheating, or just let it all go, creating an even playing field for every cheater. Anything else is just confusing.
Gaylord Perry was an especially good cheater. He was only finally caught doctoring the ball in his 40's, and admitted to his cheating PRIOR to his eventual election into the Hall. His admission probably cost him earlier entrance into the Hall- he made it on his 3rd try.
Perry is also on record as saying the steroid guys also will get in someday.