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Discussion: 2 Rules that are somewhat unclear

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March 4, 2014
Men's 50
94 posts
2 Rules that are somewhat unclear
If a team is ahead by 15 or more runs at any time after five innings have
been completed, or four and one-half innings with the home team ahead,
the game shall be declared a complete regulation game.

AT ANY TIME would mean that the visitors ahead by 15 in the top of the 6th...... game over. MAKES NO SENSE.

Teams start each half-inning with a runner on second base. The runner is the
last batter of the previous inning whose turn at bat had been completed,
assuming a position on second base. No substitute or courtesy runner may
replace him until he has reached third base. EFFECT: If the last batter of the
previous inning cannot continue to play because of injury, illness, etc., he will
be declared out and the next previous batter will be the tie-breaker runner.

If the open inning ends in a tie..... are the extra innings open or subject to the 5/7 run limit? The rule states that the last inning of the game is open. Does that rule carry over to extra innings?

March 4, 2014
224 posts
Item 1-
The home team always has a chance to catch up, and (using your example) would take their turn at bat in the bottom of the 6th.

Item 2-
An inning that begins before time expires would allow a max of 5/7 runs. An inning that begins after time expires would be considered an "open" inning, and therefore allow teams to score as many runs as they can.

March 5, 2014
2481 posts

The application of the Mercy Rule is based on a presumption of an equal number of at-bats for the trailing team, EXCEPT when it is a mathematical impossibility for the trailing team to get within 15 runs in their next at-bat ... EXAMPLE: Top of the 6th inning with visitor ahead AND a theoretical 7th inning being open ... If the visitor goes up by 22 or more runs, even if the home team were to get their maximum allowed 7 runs in the bottom of the 6th, they would still trail by at least 15, therefore, game over at that point ... There is no guarantee of an open inning being played in a Major+ game where the Mercy Rule might be in play ...


Easy global rule for any extra innings game: Once an open inning is declared, that inning and ALL subsequent innings are also open ...

Hope this helps ...

March 5, 2014
mad dog
Men's 65
4149 posts
staff...then essentially you are stopping the game early....why shouldn't the home team if down be given a chance to come from behind or at least take the game out of mercy....only fair way to do it.....that rule with run limits per inning is not right....

team a gets their 5 runs every b doesn't but has a couple of inning where they would of done big in scoring but is limited to the 5 runs,but now are down 15 in the can you let a mercy rule go on with limited scoring allowed.....if ya want to let us score unlimited runs each inning....yes let there be a mercy rule...but not with scoring capped per inning.....i have seen and been on teams that have come back from a big deficit to win games....
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