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THE “OHTANI RULE”

By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com — MLB and the MLBPA have tentatively agreed to some rule tweaks ahead of the 2022 season, including a so-called “Ohtani Rule.”

How it works: If a starting pitcher is also hitting in the lineup, that player can remain as the DH even if he is pulled from the start.

In other words: No matter how many innings Shohei Ohtani pitches, he can hit through the entire game.

Under previous rules, the Angels would move Ohtani to the outfield if they wanted to keep him in the lineup after his start. But that resulted in the team losing its DH and the pitcher having to bat.

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