This week will probably be quite pivotal in determining if and when we have a 2020 Major League Baseball season. Players and owners will discuss various things, some financial and some safety related.
One of the initial restrictions in MLB’s first draft proposal of safety protocols is disallowing spitting. We should have seen this coming, because one of the on-field rule changes this year is a three-batter minimum for relief pitchers. MLB has been trying to eliminate the LOOGY for a while.
It’s unknown whether that will make it into the final set of revised rules for this year, but just in case it’s no longer allowed, let’s appreciate some literal spitting images from Dodgers history.
In a pinch
Jim Thome was acquired by the Dodgers in 2009, for a very specific role. He just turned 39 and was mostly a designated hitter at this point in his Hall of Fame career, but a balky back meant he couldn’t really play first base with Los Angeles. But he did pinch hit, a lot. He appeared in 22 of 35 games with the Dodgers in…