MLB to crack down on dangerous practice of pitcher’s duels

NEW YORK—MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig have announced a new initiative aimed at severely curtailing the practice of pitcher’s duels, a time honored but extremely dangerous practice that has claimed the careers of numerous pitchers in the past five years. Pitcher’s duels, much like fighting in hockey, have been part of baseball since the game’s inception and are a major draw for fans. However, just like hockey fights, some critics have questioned whether this form of vigilante justice has a place in the game.

“We aren't talking about an outright ban," said Selig. "We understand that the fans enjoy a good pitcher’s duel, but fans need to understand that our primary concern is player safety, and pitchers shooting at each other with flintlock pistols at close range is not safe.”

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