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Double Plays Aren't All That's Broken Up

October 10, 1987

Shortstops and second basemen unite. You have nothing to lose but broken bones and ruined careers. I say ban the rolling killer block. Breaking up the double play is a dirty and cruel act that is clearly in violation of baseball's rule book and the spirit of fair play. It stinks.

The Toronto Blue Jays lost a golden opportunity to play in the World Series. First it was their brilliant shortstop Tony Fernandez, who was taken out of the play while trying to make a throw to first base to complete a double play. He suffered a broken elbow on his $10,000,000-arm. Then his teammate, catcher Ernie Witt, broke two ribs because of this brazen, macho football play, that for some reason has become an accepted part of the game.

DUKE RUSSELL

Hollywood

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