The Nation: The Tenth Man

Not since the early 1900s, when fouls were ruled to be strikes, had such a curve ball been tossed at baseball tradition. Last week the owners of the 24 major-league baseball teams decided to add a tenth man to the lineup in the American League. A pinch hitter will be permitted to bat for a pitcher without the pitcher's having to leave the game. If it works for the American League, the National may give it a try.

The reason for the change is a desire to enliven the game; American League attendance is falling off. When the experiment was tried in...

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