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2) Speaking of pulling fast ones...you know how during pitcher changes, a runner on second will talk to the third base coach? What if he tried to stay there and everyone missed it until play resumed?
Speaking of pulling fast ones...you know how during pitcher changes, a runner on second will talk to the third base coach? What if he tried to stay there and everyone missed it until play resumed?
Yeah, I think that makes Porter look a lot better. He knew what the longstanding rule was, and he heard that it had been changed; he just misunderstood the way it had been changed.
He's still wrong, but he doesn't look like nearly as much of a moron. The umpires, though, still look like idiots.
How could an ML manager believe MLB would change a rule to allow opposing managers to burn through an entire bullpen and bench without a single pitch being thrown?
It means that Bo Porter and several posters on this thread have brought up the fact there was a pinch-hitter as if that had any bearing on the legality or illegality of the pitching change.
Maybe because he realizes that no team would want to.
No team would want to burn a new RP unless a PH is sent up, but they still have a rule against that.
I agree re: the umpires, but I don't see how it makes Porter look any better. How could an ML manager believe MLB would change a rule to allow opposing managers to burn through an entire bullpen and bench without a single pitch being thrown?
Yes, they do. And in that case, some managers wouldn't mind burning through one unused RP to get the platoon edge. But it's a cost for the pitching team, one that can't be incurred too often in a single game before it becomes a major disadvantage.
Since there's no rule requiring a PH to face a new RP, such managers wouldn't remotely be assured of "[getting] the platoon edge."
And switch-hitters will switch batter's boxes, making [Pat] Venditte switch the glove, starting a cat-and-mouse game that can go on for 10 minutes. Minor league umps now have the Venditte Rule: At the start of an at-bat, the pitcher must declare his throwing arm, then the hitter can pick his side, with each man able to switch once. Phew.
Microscopic chances: you bring in a pitcher to turn a switch hitter around, and maybe he doesn't turn around. Your reliever's first pitch is an 87 mph fastball that the hitter chokes on. Your reliever's wild, and a baserunner reaches third while the reliever is still working on his first batter.
There's no reason for a manager (in this case, Bo Porter) to give any thought to your hypothetical stalemate because it's an overwhelming disadvantage for one side, the pitching team.
So Bo Porter not only didn't understand the rules, but he might be a bad manager generally (since he made such a move from the pitching side)?
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