With the Chicago White Sox trailing 6-0 in the seventh inning, manager Ozzie Guillen appeared intent on settling another score after A.J. Pierzynski had been hit twice by Texas starter Vicente Padilla. Enter rookie pitcher Sean Tracey, who had thrown just over four innings in his two previous appearances in the majors.
Tracey threw way inside on the first two pitches but Texas batter Hank Blalock had little trouble avoiding the pitches and eventually grounded out. Guillen then pulled the pitcher and could be seen yelling at him in the dugout. While Guillen denied telling Tracey to hit Blalock, the White Sox returned Tracey to the minors after the game.
And it wasn't just Guillen and the White Sox on Wednesday, as New York's Randy Johnson was ejected, and subsequently suspended, for throwing at Cleveland's Eduardo Perez.
So what's your take on the "unwritten rule" about hitting batters, SportsNation? Is a pitcher ever justified in intentionally hitting a batter? Has baseball made things worse by taking some control away from the players on the field?