On Tuesday night, the Tigers-Rays game lasted a little over five hours. Thirteen innings were played, but it was the sixth and seventh innings that were the most intriguing. Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus used six pitchers to get six outs in those innings -- starter Matt Boyd, Al Alburquerque, Tom Gorzelanny, Neftali Feliz, Blaine Hardy and Alex Wilson. Gorzelanny was the only one who got more than one out, while Boyd and Feliz failed to get anyone out in those innings. Altogether, the Tigers used 10 pitchers in the game, which tied a franchise record. There are 17 pitchers on the active roster, and that does not include Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris, who are on the disabled list.
Chris Iott of MLive proposes a rule change as far as September call-ups are concerned to limit the number of players a manager can use in a given game. Rosters still expand to as much as 40, but only, say, 23 can be used in any given game (take out the other four starting pitchers and teams only have 21 possible players to use in a normal game). The manager would indicate on the lineup card given to the umpire before the game who he wants eligible for that game. This would keep things even, both managers would only be able to use the same number of players in the game and we wouldn't have to see the craziness of player substitutions as Tuesday's game. Also, teams will still get to see prospects vying for a roster spot next year.
This isn't the first time someone has proposed such a rule change. Back in 2012 Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com also wanted a limit on the number of players a team could use in a given September game. His number was 30. This issue was even discussed at the highest level. Joe Torre made comments back in the 2012 offseason about having both teams having the same number of players to use in a game during September, 28 and 30 were discussed. Obviously, nothing came out of it.
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