Niagara Gazette


July 22, 2013

Base Paths: A simple game, if not for the rules


Niagara Gazette — Then there was a seven-inning game about five years ago, suspended by rain in the fifth, Bisons leading 7-1. By the time it resumed a month later, the starter had been called up and it took four relievers to save it, 7-6. None completed an inning, but only they were eligible for the win.

Here’s how Base Paths would rewrite it: “In the event the starting pitcher leaves the game for reason other than ineffective pitching (i.e., pitch count, injury, suspension), he may still be credited with the victory so long as he has pitched a plurality of innings, and the lead has not changed hands.”

Always wanted to get the word “plurality” into the rulebook. Beats loose impediment. Ken, keep it out of the casual water.

Doug Smith offers his weekly wit and wisdom on the diamond with Base Paths. Email Doug at

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