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Friday, August 31, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-31-2018

Chicago Eagle, August 31, 1918:

When the baseball rules are getting their next revision, whenever that may be, an effort will be made to change the present interpretation in regard to home runs which decide ball games. Under the system now in vogue a batsman may hit the ball outside a park, but if the runners on bases [sic] settle the game the hitter does not get credit for his home run, and it does not go into the records as such.

I guess I understand how that came to be - when the scoring rules were written, they weren’t really thinking about guys hitting the ball 450 feet. Still, changing this was a good idea.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 31, 2018 at 12:36 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Tampa’s minor-league team lost without giving up a walk or hit. Blame a new baseball rule.

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Class A affiliate had no hits and no walks against the Tampa Tarpons, yet it beat the New York Yankees’ Florida State League club 1-0.

Clearwater took advantage of a rule introduced this year that places a runner at second base at the start of each extra inning to cut down on marathon games. The rule has been criticized by baseball traditionalists. On Monday, it made it possible for Tampa to lose despite a nearly perfect game.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Juan Soto Makes His Second MLB Debut Tonight

The Nationals and Yankees will share a strange and complicated experience Monday evening when, at 5:05 p.m., they resume the game suspended due to rain with the score tied in the sixth inning on May 15.

But Howie Kendrick, now out for the season with an Achilles’ injury, is due up third that inning. Andrew Stevenson, since optioned to Class AAA Syracuse, is also in the lineup. Adam Eaton and Daniel Murphy, both available now, were not on the active roster that day. Juan Soto had not yet made his major league debut. What are the Nationals to do?

Bote Man Posted: June 18, 2018 at 11:01 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, rules, suspended games

Monday, June 04, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-4-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, June 4, 1918:

[The Dodgers-Cardinals game] was one stig-tossled, hornswoggled pasttime, winding up in a protest. In the sixth inning, with Baird on second, Cruise hit a liner to center, which Hickman stopped but could not hold. Baird reached third and, thinking the ball was caught, started back for second.

After going back twenty feet he cut across the diamond to the plate and scored. Umpire Rigler ruled that after a runner had once touched third base he was not compelled to retouch it on his way home.

Olson protested the decision and was put out of the game. Manager Robinson then ordered his men to play under protest.

I don’t know the history of the rule about leaving the basepath, or how it read in 1918, but I don’t see anything in the current rule 5.09(b) that would have made Baird out for leaving the basepath or required him to retouch third. Am I missing something? Is there another rule that applies to this situation?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 04, 2018 at 10:17 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Many Twins players embrace extra-innings rules changes, but not what’s happening in the minors

“Doesn’t seem fair,” said Duffey, the Twins righthander who is currently back at Class AAA. “Doesn’t seem like baseball.”

That’s a common complaint as minor league baseball implements the experimental rules, designed to address what some consider a scourge and others view as a blessing: extra innings.

Interesting to see some feedback on the recent changes.


 

 

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