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To tase or not to tase?

Updated: May 4, 2010, 10:49 AM ET
By Buster Olney

A teenager ran onto the field in Philadelphia and got tasered Monday night.

I obviously don't know the specifics of the situation from Monday to address that. In general, through the years, there have been two different standards for dealing with a fan who runs onto the field during a game.

1. In most parks, the fan is slowly corralled like a wayward sheep and then gently led off the field to face some sort of misdemeanor charge.

2. The Yankee Stadium standard, whereby fans are used as tackling dummies and often hammered to the ground. If I didn't know better, I'd guess that Brian Dawkins and John Lynch prepared for their time as NFL safeties while serving as security guys working in Yankee Stadium.

Is tasing the right thing? Is it really any worse or better than tackling? And should all fans who choose to run onto the field be handled as potential threats to the players and staff on the field -- such as former Royals coach Tom Gamboa, who was pummeled by a couple of thugs during a game in Chicago?

Readers, the forum is yours.

The Lee story

The other day, I wrote a story about how Cliff Lee is set up perfectly for free agency in the fall, and I quoted Darek Braunecker, Lee's agent, as saying that it was likely that Lee would test the market, and that there hadn't been significant conversations with the Mariners to date.

Because Lee had made his first start for the Mariners the night before, he took some flak on the World Wide Web for the timing of this. To be clear:

1. I called Braunecker, not vice versa. This was not a case of an agent lobbying for his client (which does happen from time to time, of course).

2. The context for the conversation was the recent struggles of the other free-agent pitchers, from Brandon Webb (injured) to Jorge De La Rosa (injured) to Javier Vazquez (who has gotten pounded), and how Lee seems to be in a great position.

3. Braunecker never said that Lee wouldn't re-sign with the Mariners, as one of the headlines indicated; he just said there hadn't been any major negotiations to this point.

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