Skip to comments.Senators: Ban smokeless tobacco use in MLB
Posted on 02/16/2011 1:22:02 AM PST by AT7Saluki
Two Democratic senators are asking baseball commissioner Bud Selig to ban all tobacco use in the sport, specifically citing smokeless products.
Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey are suggesting that Selig push for a ban as part of the negotiations in the players' collective bargaining agreement later this year.
Major League Baseball banned tobacco use in its minor leagues in 1993, but still allows it in the big leagues. The senators say Major League Baseball "is undoubtedly complicit" in the increase its use with school-aged boys.
(Excerpt) Read more at firstread.msnbc.msn.com ...
They can get Huckabee as their spokeswoman. Though he’s fattened up a tad, so folks might mistake him for Rosanne.
I can actually remember Earl Campbell (rb houston oilers) doing Skoal commericals some time back. At the time, I wasn’t sure what he mean by ‘without lighting up.”
And before that, Walt Garrison
MLB: Ban idiot senators from banning everything
Bobby Murcer was another Skoal advertiser. If I recall, he even recorded a country song called “I’m a Skoal Dippin’ Man”
Democrats working hard to create jobs.
I hate chew. I detest it. I cannot stand it. It is dirty. It is disgusting. I have put my fingers in that brown spit and taken a mouthful of it by accident.
BUT DON’T THESE ASSHATS HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO?
It is CRAP like this that makes me wholeheartedly support THINGS I DETEST!
how much time can they waste trying to nanny us and get re-elected
Our nation is in one of the worst financial situations in our history, and all the Dems can do is keep sticking their noses in where they don't belong.
Get the government OUT of our personal business.
What Major League baseball players chew is none of the government's busness.
No kidding. Boy, this stuff just burns me.
Our nation is in one of the worst financial situations in our history, and all the Dems can do is keep sticking their noses in where they don’t belong.”
Surreal might be a better word. Just one day of FR stories on the tanking economy (food and clothing prices soaring, or about to soar; Chinese imports heading up 25%; a dollar headed for the ash heap of history...) would fill a screen.
...and THIS is being debated by the US Senate. Huh?
Our insane Senators passing insane laws while grabbing more and more goodies for themselves.
Ideas for NBL ‘Nanny Baseball League’.
Put the umpires in tutus.
Have a 4 run rule limit to each inning.
Mandate women are provided equal playing time.
Use a softer ball (someone might get hurt).
Ban hot dogs (promotes obesity).
Beer has to go (bad influence on minors).
above all - don’t keep score (someone might lose and have their feelings hurt).
Ban this, ban that. Mandate this and the other.
F off, Senator. Leave us the hell alone for once.
No I don’t have a dog in this particular fight. I’m just tired of having Americans lives being micromanaged from Washington DC.
They probably conducted a “scientific” study of the harmful effects of second hand spit.
Know what’s stupid? The people in tobacco growing states that vote for these morons.
No spit cups (especially the styrofoam ones).
Chewing sunflower seeds leads to unacceptable littering - straight out with that.
Chewing bubble gum is a bad example to the kids - think about the damage to their teeth! Banned also.
Swearing and cussing will lead to banishment from the game.
Rubber spikes only - that racist Ty Cobb used the metal ones to hurt people, others have done so as well.
Wooden bats shatter and can cause injury (especially those damn maple ones); aluminum bats are lethal weapons - but we’ll let you use wiffle ball bats (despite the evil petroleum-based plastic they’re made of).
Batters have died after being hit by pitched balls - tee-ball is good enough for the kids, surely professionals should be able to hit a ball off a tee.
Get to it, Senator Durbin - doubleplusgood job so far, but there’s so much more to do.
Holy crap! I remember that, too.
Ban the cretins Durbin and Lautenburg. They are “undoubtedly complicit” for the animals running around in liberal cities.
Smokin’ Dick Durbin and Fossil Laut really are on top of the major problems today. It probably doesn’t need to be mentioned that these ass-clowns who are so concerned about impressionable children are also pro-abortion.
As an aside, let’s get baseball teams with honest names, such as the DC MEDDLING DEMOCRATS!
Nanny State PING!
Why is Congress so obsessed with baseball? It’s a private business. Stop wasting taxpayer’s money investigating and regulating it.
What’s next,Dubble Bubble Gum?
I do not recognize this country anymore.
I guess any rise in teenage drinking can be attributed to the young folks copying their local congressman. Ban alcohol. (snicker)
Congress gives MLB certain exemptions to law in exchange for the right to butt in every now and then.
Here’s the survey...of course they picked 2003, since it’s the lowest year (by far) out of all the other years, to base their increase use claim. If you look at all the numbers, you can see smokeless use decreased in the 90’s and stayed the same after that.
Let’s instead ban congress from regulating sports. If they have time for crap like this then they simply have too much time in session. Cut sessions to 30 days per year and cut their salary to match it.
PS- I’m really shocked that MSNBC failed to point out that the reference year (2003) was an anomaly and that use has actually gone down over the past 20 years (extreme sarcasm)
How about “I’m Carlton Fisk and I don’t smoke. But I DO enjoy tobacco...” I also used to have a pamphlet called “Terry Bradshaw tells you how to chew tobacco” I didn’t know at the time that football players chewed, too. Fran Tarketon on one of his Tony Robbins infomercials admitted that he gave up a long time chewing habit. He even said that sometimes he’d rather have a chew than have sex.
Thanks for the ping!
I prefer “The Washington D.C. Feds”. Whenever they play The Cincinnati Reds, it will be The Feds v.s. The Reds.
Seems that these days, the FEDS are the REDS!
To Be Continued, after 2012?
Show me where in the Constitution the Senate has jurisdiction over Major League Baseball. If this is all they have to debate let’s disband Congress until there is some real work for them to do.