Re: Rule question for a slow day part 2...
Originally Posted by bigfunguy
OK...here's my work around. Say Cueto is getting lit up (god forbid). But nobody is ready outta the pen...you have Cueto just delay. He gets thrown out...if new pitcher isnt ready, you insert Arroyo (or whoever pitched last night---somebody who aint gonna play). According to the rules, he has to face one batter---BUT if he just REFUSES to pitch...what can they do?? Eject him?? Fine--by then, LeCure is ready. :>)
I guess hypothetically, that could happen, but, it probably never will. Usually when a pitcher gets to the point that the manager is going to pull him, they usually have a guy already warming up in the bullpen. Besides they use other stall tactics. (Catcher going to the mound. Infield huddles, manager/pitching coach comes out, impatient umpire breaks the meetings off, and then they signal for the change.... By then, they've wasted about 5-10 minutes.)
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