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A GREAT ZEAL FOR JUSTICE, SAYS THE AUTHOR, PERMEATES BASEBALL RULES
Ben Yagoda
April 16, 1979
Baseball, which last year completed its most remunerative season ever, has made a fine showing in the American economic system. But even if it lost money, the sport would deserve the position of national pastime by virtue of its rules. It seems to me they constitute a thoroughly admirable slice of moral philosophy. Reading between the lines in the rule book, one finds a consistent code of justice, personal accountability and equality, and even a kind of grace.
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April 16, 1979

A Great Zeal For Justice, Says The Author, Permeates Baseball Rules

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"Normally, the winning relief pitcher shall be the one who is the pitcher of record when his team assumes the lead.... EXCEPTION: Do not credit a victory to a relief pitcher who pitches briefly or ineffectively if a succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping to maintain his team in the lead....

"When a pitcher is removed for a substitute batter or substitute runner, all runs scored by his team during the inning in which he is removed shall be credited to his benefit...."

In sum, the game cares.

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