Baseball – Player/DH Clarifications

2021 Player/DH

  • Player/DH is identified as such on the lineup card
  • Player/DH is locked into the spot in the lineup when the game starts
  • Player/DH is substituted offensively or reenters the game defensively, the P/DH position is done
  • Player/DH is a defensive fielder and a hitter on offense.  He cannot have a courtesy runner on offense
  • Player/DH can get substituted on defense – when this occurs just use the standard D/H rule
  • Player/DH has reenter eligibility..  He can go back in to play the field.  When this happens you are playing with 9 players and the DH position is done
  • IF YOU START WITH A PLAYER/DH, JUST REMEMBER THAT AS LONG AS YOU SUBSTITUTE HIM DEFENSIVELY YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A DH.  ONCE THE PLAYER/DH IS SUBSTUTED ON OFFENSE, YOU NO LONGER ARE PLAYING WITH A PLAYER/DH – YOU ARE PLAYING WITH A STRAIGHT NINE PLAYERS.

Examples:

Morgan is listed 3rd spot on the lineup card as a Player/DH.  In the top of the 5th inning, Rankin goes in for Morgan on Defense.  Morgan is just a DH for Rankin in the 3rd spot.  In the top of the 7th Smith goes in for Rankin on Defense and Smith goes in the 3rd spot on the lineup card with Morgan still being the DH

Same as above scenario but in the bottom of the 5th inning, Morgan turns his ankle sliding into 2nd base.  Smith comes in for him (Morgan) to run.  Smith goes into the 3rd spot in the lineup and the DH position is done because he (Smith) was a substitute on offensive.  Rankin also is done for the game and cannot come back in.  Morgan can still reenter because he was a starter.

All the best for a great season.  Everyone stay well and safe.  Any questions or issues, please reach out to me.

God Bless,

Bruce D. Bresnahan – SUA

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