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May 8, 2014

Skewed Left

The Five Teams That Don't Have to Play by (All of) the Rules

by Zachary Levine


Baseball’s two publically accessible governing constitutions send us scrambling to their pages for very different reasons, and usually with very different results.

If you find yourself heading for the rule book, you’re probably doing so in a state of confusion and probably some anger. When you dive into the much weightier collective bargaining agreement, well, first of all, you’re probably also confused. Let’s face it; readers of this site probably don’t have to look up much of what happens in the flow of the game (in the case of the rule book) or the baseball calendar and off-field choreography (in the case of the CBA). But you might be intrigued by what’s in there anyway.

The big difference is in the satisfaction. If you’re a lifetime fan and have to go to the rule book, you’ll probably be a little let down. You’ll probably find some non-answer that’s the best you can do in a complex game that tries to accomplish all it’s trying to accomplish while remaining a low-contact sport. Look into the CBA, and you’ll probably find something cool. You’ll probably find something that even if not accompanied by much of an explanation, reveals something about how the game works behind the scenes.

Last week brought us back to the CBA for sort of a weird reason—not that there are a lot of normal reasons to be exploring it. The Rays were in Boston and had voted not to play a split doubleheader on Thursday to make up a rainout. Their starting pitching was worn out, beset by injury and, so the belief went, in no position to pitch 18 innings.

While the epilogue is that they won the game, the story was in the fact that the Red Sox were given special permission in the CBA to disregard the visitors’ desires.

Article V, C. Additional Scheduling Agreements

(1) Split doubleheaders may be included in the original schedule pursuant to Section E below. Provided that neither of the Clubs involved in the proposed rescheduled game has already played or has been rescheduled to play a total of three split doubleheaders (exclusive of any splits in the original schedule) in that championship season:

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