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So you can, say, have the Tigers and A’s in a one-game play-in to determine the second AL wild card and in this imperative game Detroit could have 36 players and Oakland 29.
So you can, say, have the Tigers and A’s in a one-game play-in to determine the second AL wild card and in this imperative game Detroit could have 36 players and Oakland 29. Could you imagine any other sport allowing this kind of unlevel field and opening itself up for the controversy/embarrassment that would arise when a should-not-be-on-the-roster, say, pinch-runner gets one team into the playoffs and knocks another out? ...
The idea that playoff spots have been and will continue to be determined by Team A having more players than Team B is something so obviously unfair and unintelligent that tradition, laziness and partisanship can carry the day no longer.
I've never understood why teams that are in contention don't call up every uninjured player on their 40 man. Sure, many of the players may not get into a game, but when the games are ultra important why wouldn't want to give the manager as many options as possible?
So for the wild card game, you can certainly deactivate 3 of your starting pitchers (the guys who you would never put in, even in extra innings) and pick 3 AAA players. Maybe an extra catcher, a pinch runner, and a pinch hitter.
The DL guys are pitcher/pitcher and position player/position player, but if you have 3 position players on the DL, you can add 3 extra position players in favor of pitchers for the postseason roster.
(and I believe the rule is that those players had to be on the 25 man roster as of August 31st)
Yeah, I was assuming that most teams have a couple of hitters and a couple of pitchers on the DL at all times.
When did it start? Does it date back before the divisional era?
But I do think it makes more sense that the first month of the season is when the rosters should be 40...
I actually think baseball should go to the 27 man rosters.
The Braves under Bobby Cox used to call up a relatively small number of players every September. Most years it was a mere handful. Cox said that calling up 15 new players would clog up the clubhouse and dugout, annoy the current Major Leaguers and mess with team dynamics. It's one of those arguments that sounds pretty lame, but Cox did have a decent ear for those kinds of things.
I'm with Bill James - bigger rosters make the game less interesting. I'm still waiting for the September game where 14 pitchers combine on a 9-inning game. Yecch.
I'd favor MLB going to a 23-man roster. It worked for Dan Okrent after all.
Sure there is. Make a rule: no more than 11 pitchers on the roster at one time.
There isn't? Just cap the pitchers on the roster at 10 or 11.
I think if you capped pitchers, you'd just start seeing a 12th (or 13th) guy on the staff who's a two-way player.
However, I would love to see an 11 pitcher cap like Dan and snapper proposed.
Would he need to maintain some ratio of appearances in the field to games pitched?
Are you going to treat the 3 "scratches" as on the MLB rosters? Because the owners are not going to like the extra expense of 3 more MLB salaries and benefits, plus travel, etc.
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