In light of yesterday’s tragic crash of the plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team, Al Yellon of SB Nation details the plans in place — which Major League Baseball is understandably loathe to talk much about — in the event that tragedy were to strike a major league team in which more than five of its players were lost. Think: mega expansion draft.
It’s uncomfortable to even think about, but every organization of any size and importance has contingency plans in place for disaster. At least they should. And, as morbid as it may be, I take a great deal of interest in this kind of thing. Stuff like that speech Nixon was going to read if Armstrong and Aldrin got stranded on the moon. Succession plans of government and business. The rules for organizing the insurgency when the aliens come and enslave us all.
Hey, ya gotta go to the dark places sometimes. So few people like to go there that it’s easy to get a lot of thinking done in peace.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.