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Bannister May Not Need to Go on the DL

Mike SteffanosThursday, April 27, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

During their "20-20" news updates, WFAN is reporting that Brian Bannister will not go on the disabled list, but rather is day-to-day with a strained hamstring. I've been looking for some confirmation on this from the Mets' web site or any other print source but have been unable to find it.

In any case, if the report is true it seems that the worst that will happen is that the Mets might have to come up with a plan B for Bannister's next scheduled start, on Tuesday against the Nationals in Shea. Even if Bannister can't make the start, they would probably lean to covering it with someone already on the roster -- most likely Darren Oliver. They might want to take a look at how much they use the bullpen this weekend against Atlanta before deciding.

As someone who's blown out his own hammy a few times, this is extraordinarily good news. They just want to be careful that Bannister doesn't try to rush his return back. Trying to work through a not completely healed leg injury is a prescription for arm troubles. Still, Bannister seems like the type of level-headed kid who would be able to see the big picture.

If he really does miss little or no time, this might indicate a significant shift in the hard luck that the Mets franchise has endured for the past few years. When was the last time an injury to an important Mets player worked out to be less than it appeared?

Fox Sports: You gotta be kidding me
Dayn Perry wants QuesTec to take over calling the balls and strikes from human umpires. Check out the full article at the above link, but here it is in a nutshell:

... QuesTec has astounding potential to improve the game. Baseball badly needs uniformity in the way the strike zone is called, and - let's be frank - the computers outdo the humans on this front, and it's not a particularly close race.

... Some fans of a traditionalist mindset might also object to the decaying of the human element in the game, but the aesthetics would remain mostly unchanged.

... From the stands and on the television screen, the game looks the same. The only difference - and it's a substantive one - is that the balls and strikes will be called by QuesTec's four strategically positioned cameras and three-dimensional imaging technology. What's not to like?

Dayn, Dayn, Dayn... What's not to like? Try this -- is it so important to get the calls 100% right that we take the human element out of the game? My team has been on the wrong side of bad calls by umpires plenty, and it's never any fun. But just as mistakes by the players are part of the game, so are mistakes by umpires. Call me old-fashioned, but I enjoy the " human element". I'm not ready to trade it for a more accurate strike zone.

Time to move on...
It would probably be smarter if I let things like this drop, but no one ever accused me of being especially smart. My RSS newsreader is still pulling in new stories today where some pompous jerk is writing about what a caveman Keith Hernandez is, and patting themselves on the back for their own enlightened attitude.

We do dearly love to kick someone when we perceive them as down, and in the process congratulate ourselves because we're better than they are. (And please, no 10,000 word essays on how this is some wonderful manifestation of society policing itself.) The only man who ever lived an incorrupt life died about 2,000 years ago, despite what reading the papers would lead you to believe. Jesus chose to forgive those who said they were sorry -- but then again, what did he know?

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AMEN brother!

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