BronXBombers51 wrote:If a Yankee has to pitch, then tie.
If not, let players pitch!
Nice to see some honesty. Lol.
But its true, we'd all love to see a position player pitch, as long as the player doesn't get injured, and even then, as long as he isn't on the team we root for... or our fantasy team. JD probably would have blown out that bad shoulder of his if he had tried to pitch. Heck, it happens to pitchers who keep themselves in shape to pitch. In the old days, when players weren't pampered like little babies, maybe then it would be okay to put a position player in there... but today's players aren't designed for it.
Not only am I in the extreme minority of those who would rather see a tie, because no matter what meaning MLB tries to put into the game -WS home field and all - the All Star game is meaningless, and you don't want to see someone get injured in the game. But I say that when Bud Selig saw Brandon Webb come out to pitch on 2 days rest, he should have called the game.
People say that Francona blew it by for putting pitchers in there for 1 inning, but you know what they say about 20/20. If he had put Lee in for 3 innings, and then two other starters in for 2 innings, and then the game goes 9 innings, fans of the teams that had players that didn't get to play would be up in arms about that, so there was really no way for Francona to please everyone. Likely the game wasn't going to go into extra innings, so percentages are with a manager when he does what Francona did.
One article I read suggested that the MLB make it a rule that you have to have one pitcher pitch 3 innings, and another 2 pitching 2 innings. I think thats a good idea. Furthermore, I think there should be players that are on the starting team, and players that are reserves, and those who are on the starting team should play, while those that are reserves should only play if necessary later in the game, or if someone gets injured. Then the reserves can serve their purpose. Then, if people want to complain about some players not getting to play, they can blame the rules, and not the manager.
Ironically, when I looked at the rosters, position players had starters, and reserve... Pitching, which probably needed to have reserves, didn't. It just had a list of pitchers that were in the All Star game.