A Baseball Rule That Needs to Be Changed

Several days ago, while pitching for St. Lucie, Matt Harvey walked the first — and only — batter he faced in his final inning. At the time, St. Lucie was ahead by a run. The relief pitcher surrendered the tying run, which was the runner that Harvey put on base. Because of baseball’s current rules, the earned run was charged to Harvey. That doesn’t make sense. The relief pitcher shares the responsibility for the runner that Harvey walked scoring. Therefore, the earned run should be split among them.

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