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Substitution logic


Substitution logic

I was checking out a recent game report where my team was losing by one in the late innings. Mike Piazza came in to pinch hit for Jose Reyes in the 8th inning. No problem there…totally defensible.

After the team switched sides, however, Piazza stayed in to play SS. It ended up being a non-issue, as nothing was hit to short, but presumably Piazza would have the range of a slug in the middle infield.

My question is…what is the logic that governs substitutions? I was assuming that there were guardrails against weird positioning, but the above example says otherwise.

Re: Substitution logic

If you had an available primary or secondary player who could play SS that player should have come in.

If not, then nothing happens. The player just remains in the game. I think there’s also some switching logic but with a catcher the option to switch is probably rare.

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I believe it wouldn't allow Piazza to hit for SS unless you had an avail replacement for that position, but if multiple changes happened that involved that bench IF, then Piazza could get stuck at SS.

Re: Substitution logic

OK, thanks. Looking at the sequence, I think my backup infielders had already been involved so I guess that explains it. Maybe the manager had some special analytics report that suggested that Piazza could really hack it at short!

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*pictures Piazza doing a backflip at short a la Ozzie Smith*

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Maybe you guys were going with that new double catcher shift where one is behind home plate and one is behind 2nd?