HANK STEINBRENNER, senior vice president of the New York Yankees, is blaming Chien-Ming Wang’s foot injury on the National League.
Wang will miss at least the next 10 weeks and Steinbrenner has called for the NL to “join the modern age” by dispensing with the rule that requires visiting AL pitchers to bat and run the bases.
“I just think it’s time the NL joined the 21st century,” he says. “You don’t need to lose your best pitcher. The pitcher has enough work to do. It’s something Bud (Selig) needs to address and he needs to address it soon. Don’t give me that traditionalist crap.”
Hank has a point. But you also have to ask the question how does a professional athlete manage to sprain ligaments and tear a tendon by simply running from third base to home plate? He wasn't sliding or even running flat out.
If his right foot was really that fragile, surely it was an accident waiting to happen, be it on the bases or on the mound.