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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 01, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields
President Tenets proposition for
Increasing the size of the home plate
and allowing batters to take a base
on three balls has brought expres
sions from several managers regard
ing a tendency in certain quarters to
revamp rules to increase the attack
and put more men on base.
The majority of these opinions
deal -with a suggested change in the
foul-strike rule. It will be noted that
the managers bossing strong pitch
ing staffs are satisfied, while those
with heavy hitting aggregations are
for something to handicap the hurl
fers. Here is what the managers have to
Lee Fohl I am not in favor of
changes. The public does not want
changes. There are many reasons
for the batting slump. Pitchers -are
better than a few years ago and a
club can carry many more pitchers
under the 25-player limit than it
could under the 18-player limit That
lets a manager change pitchers when
one is going bad and that naturally
cuts down bating.
Clark Griffith I am against a
change in the foul strike or balk
rules. The decrease in batting is due
to better fielding and the understand
ing between the pitcher and fielders
as to how to pitch to a batter and
Where to play for him.
Fred Mitchell To allow only one
foul strike would increase batting,
but lengthen the game. It wouldn't
fce popular.
Wilbert Robinson I don't think
the rules should be changed. I think
the reason for lower batting aver
ages is due to the fact that young
players coming in don't seem able to
hit as well as the players of a few
years ago. Besides the pitchers are.
better and are getting smarter every
Pat .Moran I can't see where
either the one-foul strike or the balk
rules suggested would be of any ben
efit. James Callahan I am not in favor
of the changes. The game and rules
are in pretty good shape if every
thing is properly enforced.
Hugh Jennings If there is any
change contemplated the two sug
gestions contained in your letter are
very good. I have fought the pres
ent balk rule many years. Too much
leeway is given the pitcher and he is
not penalized enough to' pay atten
tion to the warnings of the umpire or
the protests of the opposing captain
or manager.
John McGraw I favor both rules
as suggested.
Miller Huggins I believe the sug
gestions relating to one foul strike is
a good one.
Gov. (Whitman of New York,
aroused over several unfavorable in
cidents connected with boxing in his
state, has come out fiatfooted for re
peal of the boxing bill under which
the Empire state has been operating
for some time.
All of which will be used against
the efforts of Illinois fight exponents
to get a bill through at Springfield
legalizing ten-round no-decision
fights. The no-decision clause is a
sop to opponents of the bill, but in
reality it is one of the most harmful
features. If those persons unfavor
able to boxing could be brought to
see this there would be a chance for
some real fights, properly conducted.
The Illinois bill will come before
committee at Springfield next week
and many Chicagoans will appear to
speak for or against the measure.
Art Staff and Sigurd Larsen, Chi
cago ice flyers, swept the lake at
Saranac, N. Y., yesterday, Staff tak
ing the two-mile event and finishing..

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