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2 Way Rule Tweaked, So Ohtani Can Be 2 Way Player from game 1


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The 2-way player rule isn’t to solve an old problem. It is to solve a new problem created by having 26 players on the active roster. When they expanded the rosters they expressly didn’t want the new player to be a pitcher. To make that happen they created the player designation. They expressly wanted the 26th man to be used for a position player. This then necessitated the two-way player rule. 

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1 hour ago, GregAlso said:

The 2-way player rule isn’t to solve an old problem. It is to solve a new problem created by having 26 players on the active roster. When they expanded the rosters they expressly didn’t want the new player to be a pitcher. To make that happen they created the player designation. They expressly wanted the 26th man to be used for a position player. This then necessitated the two-way player rule. 

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It was to avert the potential problem of teams having 14 pitchers and creating even more endless pitching changes than we have already. 

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I think the only players that will clarify as two way players in the foreseeable future are Ohtani, Lorenzen and McKay. And even then, McKay may not stick as a hitter. Walsh, I wouldn't plan on it. He's a good hitter, but as a pitcher, it was more something where they wanted to see if he can get lefties out and keep his arm fresh just in case mop up duty is needed. Since the league is effectively getting rid of the LOOGY, his options as a pitcher become pretty limited. 

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1 hour ago, Second Base said:

I think the only players that will clarify as two way players in the foreseeable future are Ohtani, Lorenzen and McKay. And even then, McKay may not stick as a hitter. Walsh, I wouldn't plan on it. He's a good hitter, but as a pitcher, it was more something where they wanted to see if he can get lefties out and keep his arm fresh just in case mop up duty is needed. Since the league is effectively getting rid of the LOOGY, his options as a pitcher become pretty limited. 

Walsh could still pitch in a blowout if necessary, even while being classified as a position player. At this point, that’s his only value as a pitcher. 

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25 minutes ago, Jeff Fletcher said:

Yes. Those of us who watch the Angels will have to suffer through more pitching changes. An advantage for the Angels, a disadvantage for those of us who watch the Angels. 🙂

Like anything else, you weigh the pros and cons. More pitching changes and starting pitchers that are likely to infuriate with their inconsistency on one hand, and on the other.... Trout, Rendon, Shohei, Simba and Adell. 

The juice is worth the squeeze.

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