This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
At least a couple of times each season, I take a deep breath and then ask the ultimate question, seeking the ultimate answer. There are always a handful of random thoughts that are interesting, unbelievable, or both, and it is an opportunity to throw some thoughts on the field that may not have been yet discussed in the more topic-focused editions of the Musings. Maybe you have an arm in mind you'd like to evaluate, or perhaps a pitching thought to toss out there? It's worth a shot, so let's go.
Jumping up on the soapbox: I rarely get on a soapbox. I walk around them, perhaps even sit on them to take a rest, but today I am going to climb up and speak out. Yes, these are the author's opinions, but I think others might be in agreement.
I love baseball. I have loved baseball for almost as long as I can remember. I suppose you could say I am also a traditionalist, and that raises the question, is baseball today wandering too far from its traditional roots? I am a pitching enthusiast, but while that could make me seem a bit biased, I appreciate all aspects of the game including hitting, fielding, running and the finer points of the sport. Not surprisingly, I also like slo-pitch softball. I played for years. However, I believe they are, and should remain, separate entities. I'll continue to go to a MLB venue for the former, and to a park district