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Rance Mulliniks wrote:Madison wrote:
Someone needs to tie or break one of the big records (like the single season home run record) so that MLB will fix this issue (hopefully not by just sticking a * next to it).
I don't think it's a huge deal.
First off, is the number of games played really that determinative for individual statistics? Baseball doesn't normalize across number of innings played or number of plate appearances, so I'm not sure why games played is that key. What if someone broke a single-season record, but their team had played in dozens of extra-inning games that year? Or if a record is broken in hundreds of extra plate appearances? Plus, how many players play all 162 games in a season? This year, no Tiger OR Twin will play in 163 games (as none had played in every game up to this point).
Also, there are a few of reasons that a player could play more than 162 games. Earlier in the 20th century, if a game was tied after 5 innings and was called (due to rain, darkness, etc.), the two teams would make up an entirely new (extra) game, and the stats from both games would count. Pete Rose, for instance, played 163 games twice (for the 74 Reds and 79 Phillies). The 1989 Pirates had stats that counted from 164 games. Plus, there's a possibility that a player is traded mid-season and due to the schedule plays a game or two over 162. Should their stats count?
It is true that when MLB moved from a 154 to a 162 game schedule, they began adding asterisks to records broken in more than 154 games (like when Maury Wills broke Ty Cobb's stolen base record or Maris broke Ruth's HR record), but in this kind of case, I wouldn't think an asterisk is needed if a record is broken in a 163rd (or more) regular season game.
BitterDodgerFan wrote:it's only a huge deal if the extra game costs you a victory.
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