Here’s one for the books. A veteran HS baseball coach is suspended because he told his pitcher to deliberately throw at an opposing batter.
This took place a couple of weeks ago in upstate NY, and the coach, when he was investigated by his school, actually admitted to doing this. The reasons as to why he told the pitcher to plunk the batter are still unclear, but at least the pitcher – to his credit – refused to follow orders and stalked off the mound in the middle of the game.
Telling a HS athlete to deliberately try and hurt an opponent is, of course, way over the line. There’s just no way to try and even rationalize the coach’s actions who, by the way, also serves as the varsity football coach (you wonder if he ever instructed one of his football players to deliberately injure an opponent).
In any event, all that remains now is that what happens to this coach. The school hasn’t announced its decision yet, but from my vantage point, he should be fired from coaching baseball, and if he’s allowed to coach football again, I’d sure keep him under the microscope and watch him very, very carefully. (By the way, if you want to hear my WFAN show in its entirety, you can go to WFAN.com, click my name on the Personalities link, and you’ll find all my shows archived there).