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What we're all trying to accomplish is a game with smaller bullpens and less pitching changes.
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.
Absolutely nothing wrong with that.
And how is that enforced? Can a minor leaguer with 1 inning in the OF and 52 IP be a backup OF, and "Oops", he might have to pitch if the pen is depleted?
All of these ideas are terrible. I agree with everyone that I would prefer if managers had fewer pitchers, and if two-way play were more common. But adding these contrived and complicated rules (IP:PA ratio?) is not going to make anything better. Simplicity, people.
Only reason I want expanded rosters is that the bullpens have expanded, and nothing is going to put that genie in the bottle. I would like more bench players to go back to being a specialist instead of relying on a large contingent of multi-position utility players. Only reason I've ever proposed the scratch concept is that a lot of people still prefer the illusion of a 25 man roster.
You're position is determined by whichever ratio is greater between innings pitched vs plate appearances(times two or three even)
So, no position player is ever allowed to pitch?
I agree with everyone that I would prefer if managers had fewer pitchers, and if two-way play were more common.
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 personally think it's long past time for MLB to expand its roster size.
I wonder if teams would actually use the 3 "extra" roster spots under the "scratch list" plan for more position players, or if they would load up on more pitchers.
just as there are many football fans who pine for the days when NFL players had to play sixty minutes on both side of the ball
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