We all watched breathlessly when the Independent York Revolution employed 3-foot-2 batter Dave Flood this season during spring training. Would this mark a glorious new era in tiny strike zones? Um, no.
The man who many thought would drive pitchers crazy and draw walks with the frequency of Barry Bonds ended the spring with the following numbers: 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and one walk.
Like Flood, I blame the umpires.
"One of the pitches was definitely a strike, but none of the others were," said Flood, who felt like umpires could not correctly call his strike zone during the spring. "Obviously, someone needs to void their paychecks."
Video of Flood's historic first at-bat here. The Lollipop Guild is appealing the decision.