[to top of second column]
The biggest annoyance is the length of games.
"It bothers me one inning can last, I don't know, 25 minutes or 30 minutes, when they keep bringing relief pitchers out and the catchers keep going out talking. That bothers me more than anything."
Stepping out is another pet peeve.
"They're supposed to be in the batters' box and be ready to hit," he said. "And the pitchers ought to be ready to pitch."
He'd like to see more day games, so parents can bring their kids and grandparents can take their grandkids. But he understands why most games are at night.
"What are going to do with your advertisers? There's going to be griping," he said.
He'd also like to see the designated hitter expand to the National League: "It ought to be uniform."
And while he doesn't mind baseball examining realignment, he wouldn't want to tinker with the traditional geographic rivalries that allow fans to travel to nearby opposition ballparks, saying that's one of the best parts of the sport.
Revenue sharing could use another look.
"I think the imbalance as far as the structure of finance is concerned -- I think that it should be a little more level. I'd like to see the players, the union and everybody get along a little bit more," he said. "If you talk to players, they're angry with the management. If you talk to the owners, they are angry with the union. It's just not enough unity there."
He never had any doubts walking to the plate. Amazingly, Aaron had only two streaks in his career of five consecutive games without a hit when he had at least one at-bat or a sacrifice fly, according to STATS LLC. And they were in August 1975 and September 1976, his final two seasons.
"I had all kinds of confidence in myself. I had the confidence that I could always do what I wanted to do," he said.
But even for a Hall of Famer like him, it took time.
"When I showed up in spring training, I was scared," he said. "When I went to the batting cage, it was a long time before I would even get into the batting cage because they said, 'You're a rookie and you've got to wait your turn.' When these kids come to the big leagues now, they just take over. They run in the batting cage. They are a little bit more settled and they take over a little bit quicker than they did when I was playing. These kids play today a lot better."
There is one big difference, though.
"I don't think they understand what it all means," he said.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
< Sports index
Back to top
News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries
Law & Courts |
Spiritual Life |
Health & Fitness |
Calendar | Letters to the Editor