The Old-Fashioned Batter

This poem sums up my feelings about the dumbed-down, strikeout-and-launch-angle-infested approach to baseball offense (and it IS offensive):

The Old-Fashioned Batter

by George E. Phair

How dear to my heart was the old-fashioned batter, who scattered line drives from the spring to the fall.

He did not resemble the up-to-date batter, who swings from the heels and misses the ball.

The up-to-date batter, I’m not very strong for; he shatters the ozone with all of his might.

And that is the reason I hanker and long for –

Those who doubled to left, and tripled to right.

The old-fashioned batter,

The eagle-eyed batter,

The thinking-man’s batter,

Who tripled to right.