Baseball is all of a sudden not a "sport" because of strategy? That's ridiculous. In fact, I think baseball is BETTER because of the IBB. It's all a part of the intellectual level of the game, about numbers and matchups and history and calculated risk. Should Bonds be considered a coward because of the armor he wears to the plate? "A bunch of gutless whining players who take the easy way out." Sure, there are a bunch of lazy players in baseball, but I doubt it's any higher than in basketball or football. If you don't like the game, fine, don't watch, but this is an odd reason. The number of exceptional, professional, unbelievably talented players in the game now is astonishing. And as baseball is an individual contest within a team game, a lazy player should have less impact on watching the game. A shiftless left fielder, for example isn't going to bother me unless he's in on the play (or positioned poorly). Don't let a few bad apples spoil the bunch.