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Monday, December 9, 2019

Aaron Boone open to mercy rule in MLB blowouts

Aaron Boone

The New York Yankees were on the wrong end of a thorough blowout on Thursday night, and manager Aaron Boone would be open to making some changes to prevent teams from having to play out the string.

Boone said Friday he would at least be willing to consider a mercy rule for blowouts, feeling that it would help prevent injuries and position players pitching, as well as mitigate bad blood from players violating the league’s so-called unwritten rules in lopsided games.

No such proposal has even been floated by MLB, but it’s easy to see why a team wouldn’t want to play things out until the end of a 19-5 game like the Yankees did against the Cleveland Indians Thursday. It would certainly be a minor way to address pace of play, which MLB ranks as a priority.

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