Interesting situation in an All Star game last night that got me thinking LL might want to tweak the new Tournament Rule 9 (MPR).
Juniors All Star game. VT has 13 players, so MPR is one at bat. Top of the 4th, substitute "A" reports in batting for Starter "B". Sub "A" just needs one at bat.
First pitch comes in up and in. Sub "A" swings and misses and pitch hits him in shoulder. He starts to walk to first base, umpire calls him back and tells him it's a dead ball strike and he is still at bat. Sub "A" then tells PU his shoulder hurts too much and cannot continue. He walks towards the dugout and VT manager comes out to check on his player. Manager wants to replace sub "A" with starter "B".
PU tells the manager that he can't do that because sub "A" hasn't completed his MPR. Manager now realizes that if sub "A" doesn't bat, the he is violating the terms of MPR for that player. (It's a longer conversation, but not relevant).
Sub "A" eventually shakes off his injury, and grounds out for the first out. Game continues without incident.
This got me to thinking about the new T9 rule on MPR.
Say sub "A" could not continue in this situation. Would the VT manager be in jeopardy of being removed from the remainder of the tournament?
According to the FAQ's on the LL website, violation of rule T9 does not have to be deliberate and all violations are treated equally.
Seems a little unfair in this situation, but maybe the Tournament Committee would have some leeway.
Maybe there should be a rule regarding meeting MPR when there is an injury.