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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Trailing team to send any three players to the plate in the ninth inning?

It would make "closers" earn their pay finally.

From my friend Paul:

Ken, a rule change you would love


MLB responds to insane Rich Eisen rule that would make Yankees deadly
By Howie Kussoy February 21, 2018 3:49pm

According to Rich Eisen, an MLB exec recently shared with him that a rule was being discussed that would allow the manager of a trailing team to send any three players to the plate in the ninth inning, regardless of the team’s batting order. So, if Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez made the final outs of the eighth inning, Aaron Boone would have the option to send his three best hitters back to the plate for the first three at-bats in the ninth inning, if the Yankees were trailing.

My reply to Paul:

Cool. I've long advocated a six man batting order, the fewest you could have without a batter coming up with himself on base.

Also, start each inning with the top of the order, which makes at least as much sense as the current, especially for pros, who are less concerned with getting as many players involved as possible, something for kids versions of a game.

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