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The rule change that never was ... thankfully
2008-08-02 12:56
by Bob Timmermann

In the LA Times Daily Mirror blog, the front page of the paper from 50 years ago is displayed.

One of the articles shown on one of the subsequent pages has the headline:

Major Managers Blast Proposed Rule Change

I couldn't read it off the image on the Times website, so I pulled it up on my computer using my magical librarian tricks. The rule change, proposed by AL President Will Harridge upon the advice of Lew Fonseca, would have allowed a team to have a player re-enter a game (unless he was ejected or removed for some other rules infraction) after sitting out one complete inning.

Casey Stengel's quote: "There's nothing wrong with the way the game is played. All baseball needs is more good ballplayers. If they want to make a change, why don't they outlaw the curve ball. That would make everyone happier."

The mind reels at the length of a Cardinals game if Tony La Russa were allowed to take out and bring back players like it was a Little League game.


2008-08-02 13:45:04
1.   Tripon
Wouldn't this completely screw up pitchers?
2008-08-02 15:57:41
2.   JL25and3
2 That was back when they didn't mollycoddle pitchers the way they do today. Pitchers were real men back then.

Until the arm injury, anyway. Then it was so long, nice knowing you.

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