- Aug 6, 2016
Does the protest somehow involve us scoring 2 more runs?
Protests:Aside from the Fred Merkle game, has there *EVER* been "a successful protest"?
I'm wondering whether the Red Sox rule geeks are better than the Rays rule geeksI'm following on Twitter and highly confused, but I'm not betting against Alex Cora when it comes to knowing MLB rules.
The pitcher getting moved seems like the one to take the DH spot, since it's his moving that takes the DH out of the game. OTOH--Maybe its just like any double switch. If two guys come in and two go out (and neither pinch hit), you can bat them in either spot. OTTH-- Two guys didn't come in at the same time.I think that we're clear on everything that happened up to Roe replacing Kolarek, and Kolarek going to 1B.
AFAIK, it's fine for the pitcher to move to a different position and to return to the mound. I'm less sure on who takes the DH spot when that happens..the pitcher who's getting pulled or the pitcher coming in? At that point there are two pitchers on the field and they both need to occupy a lineup spot. Originally, Gameday said that Kolarek was in the 9 spot, replacing Choi, who left the game when the pitching change happened. Roe was batting 3rd. Then they brought Lowe into 1B, pulled Roe and put Kolarek back on the mound. Lowe was listed in the #3 spot.
Then the discussion and they changed it. Lowe now appears in 9th spot and Kolarek was listed at #3 and pinch-hit for by Adames. That would seem to be something that Cora was arguing SHOULD happen, as the Rays needed to PH immediately. But, that doesn't explain the protest.
Best guess is that, by putting Kolarek in the #9 spot and Roe @ #3, previously occupied by the DH, then Kolarek isn't allowed to pitch again? Not sure what sense that makes. Seems to me that you could start with 9 players on the field and have them rotate one position each inning, like volleyball. As long as they don't leave the game, they can play any position at any time.