Pine Tar in Baseball

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Although the rules are clear and have existed for quite some time, the prohibition of pine tar for use by pitches is an antiquated rule that should be changed. By changing the rule, MLB will improve player safety, be better prepared against weather changes, improve the game of baseball by allowing pitchers to have better control over their throws, and improve the fan experience. Safety is and should be the primary goal for all professional sports leagues and teams. Allowing pitchers to use pine tar would create a safer environment for the players. Pine tar allows pitchers to get a better grip on the ball. This is important because pitchers are then able to better control the location of where their pitches end up. This would help prevent batters from getting hit by a pitch. In 2013 batters were hit a total of 1,536 times during the regular season. The Pittsburgh Pirates had the most players hit by a pitch averaging a little over one player being hit in 88 games out of 162. At the All-Star break this 2014 season, batters have been hit by a pitch 956 times. This is on pace to have more batters hit by a pitch than in the 2013 season. In 2013, the average speed of a fastball in Major League Baseball was 92 miles per hour. The faster the pitch, the larger margin for error in the location the ball is thrown. Allowing pine tar in baseball could lower the margin of error as well as reduce the number of times a batter is hit by a pitch. This would also allow umpires to correctly call a beanball, or when the pitcher intentionally throws the ball at ones head. With concussions a major issue in other professional sports such as football and soccer, Major League Baseball needs to be ahead of the issue. Getting hit in the head by a 92 mile per hour pitch can lead to concussions. On June 27, 2014, Philadelphia Phillies' catcher Carlos Ruiz was placed

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