@carey_56 said in If I had one guaranteed wish for next year…:
…it would be to not have to face anyone who cheeses to win. I’m talking constantly stealing (and even when you pitch out he still makes it back to first safe), rundown cheese, slide-stepping (when it would be illogical to do so; ie. bases empty), spamming high sinkers, knuckleball cheese, etc. It’s really a shame people choose to play this way.
I can’t think of any sort of way to regulate this stuff because unfortunately it’s just part of the game. But man, I wish I didn’t have to deal with this [censored].
I agree on the stealing and run down cheese, but there is nothing wrong with slide stepping even with empty bases. It keeps your opponent's timing honest and it's a legitimate move. In fact it might bite the slide stepper in the behind because you lose a ton of accuracy and the chances of throwing it down the middle for a meatball increase big time. I don't mind if you slide step all game, I will make you pay for it.
Also hitting high sinkers is something you can practice and get better at. Approach it from this perspective; if someone throws you a high sinker and you crush it, you also crush his soul. That's how to make them stop throwing it. Same goes for knuckleballs, yes they are incredibly hard to hit. But you can practice on it and if you hit a few balls hard against a knuckleballer, chances are they'll pull him out of the game.