Dempster: Let pitcher & hitter fight 'hockey style'

Dempster: Let pitcher & hitter fight 'hockey style'
April 12, 2013, 7:30 pm
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In light of the Zack Greinke-Carlos Quentin brawl, many are asking if Major League Baseball should do more to prevent bench-clearing brawls.

On Friday, a couple of Red Sox pitchers weighed in on the issue.

"It's part of the game," said Andrew Bailey. "If a guy wants to go out there he's got to deal with the consequences."

Ryan Dempster proposed an idea that will reduce all-out brawls and maybe get the fans up out of their seats as well.

"I say you just let the pitcher and hitter go at it," said Dempster. "That'd be more fun. Kind of hockey style.The umpires break it up and everyone else has to stay at their position. You have to stay in your dugouts. Maybe that would solve a lot of problems."

It's unlikely MLB will embrace the idea of its players (many making more than $100 million) knocking each others' teeth out, but it could make for some interesting television.

That brings to mind some interesting hypothetical battles: Dustin Pedroia and Randy Johnson; Hideki Irabu and Mo Vaughn; Kevin Youkilis and Joba Chamberlain... The possibilities are endless.

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