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Trying to ban chewing tobacco at WS?


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I wondered when this subject was going to be addressed. I'm just surprised this hasn't been presented sooner.

Separate letters from both cities were sent to union head Michael Weiner citing health concerns and the bad precedent being set for children as the main concerns with players being seen on camera using chewing tobacco.

http://www.wgal.com/health/29525877/detail.html

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Riiigggghhhhttt...have these guys quit cold turkey before playing the biggest game of their lives. Might have to ban cursing and crotch grabbing as well. Gotta think of the kids because I'm sure none of them have parents to help guide them with what's right and wrong.

Also, please don't televise the celebrations in the clubhouse. Can't have them see alcohol. (please excuse our budweiser ads).

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As I understand it, Major league players can chew tobacco because it is allowed in the current collective bargaining agreement. This is only an issue because some members of Congress sent out some letters requesting that the players not chew during the nationally televised games. IMHO, the goverment has bigger fish to fry. It's grandstanding for sure. Let the guys do what they normally do. They are creatures of habit. Demonizing them for chewing tobacco is ludicrous. It's legal, leave it alone. Perhaps these same Congressmen can save us some tax money by asking that the armed forces cease their flyovers prior to NFL kickoffs.

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Riiigggghhhhttt...have these guys quit cold turkey before playing the biggest game of their lives. Might have to ban cursing and crotch grabbing as well. Gotta think of the kids because I'm sure none of them have parents to help guide them with what's right and wrong.

Also, please don't televise the celebrations in the clubhouse. Can't have them see alcohol. (please excuse our budweiser ads).

Cold turkey? They are being asked to refrain from using tobacco for a few hours a day for 7 days at the most. That's not stopping cold turkey.

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Cold turkey? They are being asked to refrain from using tobacco for a few hours a day for 7 days at the most. That's not stopping cold turkey.

I don't have a tobacco addiction, so I'll concede that I'm out of my element, but they're asking guys to give up something that is a fixture of their routine that they've carried for years on a moments notice. That's asking a lot on a moment's notice prior to the world series. It'd be an unwelcome distraction.

Why aren't these guys asking FOX to not take in any alcohol revenue? It's ridiculous...and this is coming from someone who finds the habit as disgusting.

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It's gotta be one of the most disgusting habits ever, but they're adults, let them chew if they want. I hate this "protect the children" crap. Protect them from what?

Usually I can't tell what's in their mouths anyway. Could be sunflower seeds, could be bubble gum, could be tobacco. Who knows? I doubt a kid could tell the difference either, if they even really care in the first place, which they probably don't.

Isn't it banned in the MiLB now? So maybe over time the habit will die off in MLB naturally anyway.

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I watched plenty of games on television, and plenty of players chewing tobacco. It didn't make me want to chew tobacco. I've never chewed tobacco, and to me it isn't an attractive habit. At the same time, I don't feel it's right to ban the chewing, and think it's silly even to ask them to voluntarily stop. As much violence and simulated sex as there is on TV for kids to view, they're complaining about chewing tobacco? No way there's as much debilitation and death that result from people chewing tobacco, as people making unsafe choices regarding sex and violence. C'mon....

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It's gotta be one of the most disgusting habits ever, but they're adults, let them chew if they want. I hate this "protect the children" crap. Protect them from what?

Usually I can't tell what's in their mouths anyway. Could be sunflower seeds, could be bubble gum, could be tobacco. Who knows? I doubt a kid could tell the difference either, if they even really care in the first place, which they probably don't.

Isn't it banned in the MiLB now? So maybe over time the habit will die off in MLB naturally anyway.

Rep. Not positive on the MiL ban; someone more knowledgeable will chip in, I'm sure.

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