Is spitting on baseball field as American as an apple pie or no?
According to documents obtained by The Athletic, the league’s proposal for the 2020 season includes a provision that bans players, coaches and other personnel from spitting, using smokeless tobacco and chewing sunflower seeds in restricted areas
If you’ve watched even one baseball game, you know spitting is as much a part of the game as the bats, gloves and even the baseball itself. You won’t go more than a handful of pitches without seeing someone spit something somewhere, whether it be sunflower seeds or smokeless tobacco juice.
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler explained this week, spitting has become so ingrained in baseball’s culture that breaking the habit will be a “tremendous challenge”
for the players and for himself personally.
When you play the game, you have to have something to entertain you, otherwise your brain goes crazy,” former Minnesota Twins outfielder Tony Oliva once said of players chewing and spitting during games. Oliva himself didn’t partake, but he watched it happen all around him.
Those actions have been witnessed and copied for generations. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has given the league a valid reason to push for its removal from the game.
Of all the changes this season, such as shortened season, time away from family, this one is the most difficult for baseball players?