Gabe Kapler played the game with plenty of grit during his 12-year major league career. It’s not all that surprising that he’d like to see baseball take a grittier approach to fighting.
Kapler wrote a guest column for WEEI.com in the wake of Tuesday’s Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl. In his column, Kapler makes it clear that he isn’t a fan of how “fights” are carried out in baseball nowadays, and he suggests that Major League Baseball take a more hockey-style approach.
Kapler, who played for six teams (including the Red Sox) during his career, details a scenario in which a pitcher and batter meet halfway between the pitcher’s mound and home plate to engage in a one-on-one fight, while everyone else looks on. The fight is broken up by the umpires only after one man falls — which is typically how it works in hockey.
“That’s the efficient way to settle a baseball beef,” Kapler wrote. “Instead, here’s how it goes down. Hitter pimps a homerun. Pitcher smokes him in the back (if his command is