ABL Reliever Usage Rules

Are the ABL reliever usage limits realistic? One way to try to answer this is to ask the question: “What percentage of 2008 MLB relief appearances would have violated the 2009 ABL rules?” If the answer is “0%,” then I’d say the ABL rules are too lenient in allowing relievers to pitch a lot. At the other extreme, if the answer is “50%,” then I’d say the ABL rules are too strict and don’t allow pitchers to pitch enough. What’s the right percentage that would make you feel that the ABL rules are just about right? 1%? 5%? 10%? More?

Here are the current ABL rules for reference:

Short  
IP          REST 
0-2         0** 
2.1-3       1 
3.1-4       2 
4.1-over    3   
 
Closer 
IP          REST 
0-1         0*** 
1.1-2       1 
2.1-3       2   
3.1-over    3  
 
**  Cannot pitch more than 2 consecutive games 
***  Cannot pitch more than 3 consecutive games 
Note: Short cannot pitch more than 4 IP’s unless no other pitchers are available. 
Note: Closer cannot pitch more than 3 IP’s unless no other pitchers are available. 

For the analysis I used the Retrosheet event files for 2008. I ran the BOX program on all the files to get a big, honkin’ file with all the box scores from the regular season. That’s my quick way of counting up the innings pitched with minimal work on my part.

I considered consecutive calendar dates, so if a team didn’t play on a Monday, that counted as a day of rest. Doubleheaders presented a bit of a problem, since those don’t happen in the ABL. There were 21 occasions in the 2008 MLB season when a pitcher pitched both games of a doubleheader. (See list below.) For the analysis I added the innings pitched during both games and used that–essentially treating it like a single game.

Acosta M (Atlanta)      pitched two games on 2008-05-20
Ayala L (Washington)    pitched two games on 2008-06-05
Boyer B (Atlanta)       pitched two games on 2008-05-20
Burres B (Baltimore)    pitched two games on 2008-09-13
Carlson J (Toronto)     pitched two games on 2008-09-13
Cotts N (Chicago)       pitched two games on 2008-08-13
Feliciano P (New York)  pitched two games on 2008-06-15
Feliciano P (New York)  pitched two games on 2008-09-07
Flores R (St. Louis)    pitched two games on 2008-06-05
Franklin R (St. Louis)  pitched two games on 2008-06-05
Gregg K (Florida)       pitched two games on 2008-05-25
Hanrahan J (Washington) pitched two games on 2008-08-07
Heilman A (New York)    pitched two games on 2008-05-10
Lopez J (Boston)        pitched two games on 2008-05-17
Ramirez R (Kansas City) pitched two games on 2008-09-04
Ridgway J (Atlanta)     pitched two games on 2008-09-13
Sosa J (New York)       pitched two games on 2008-05-10
Thornton M (Chicago)    pitched two games on 2008-09-14
Villone R (St. Louis)   pitched two games on 2008-06-05
Wilson C (Texas)        pitched two games on 2008-04-10
Wise M (New York)       pitched two games on 2008-05-20

I ignored Longs. Closers were identified, then everyone else was assumed to be a Short. Not perfect, but it’ll do.

Let’s look at Closers first. Closers (as defined by TPB) made 1,598 appearances during the regular season. That accounts for 66% of the 2,430 games, which sounds about right. Of those 1,598 appearances, only 35 would have violated the ABL usage rules. That’s 2.2%. All the violations are listed below. Here’s how to read the first line: The violation occurred because Capps, pitching for Pittsburgh on June 11, pitched 1 inning (first number) after having pitched 1 inning in each of the previous three games (three numbers in parentheses). The asterisk means that it’s a “four-in-a-row” violation. In the second line, no asterisk means that the violation was because he went over 1 inning on the previous day (first number in parentheses: 1.1), then pitched an inning on May 13. Notice that most of the violations were because the previous day’s appearance was just a bit over the one-inning limit.

CL VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Capps M          Pittsburgh       2008-06-11
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.1,   ,  1) Cordero F        Cincinnati       2008-05-13
CL VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Cordero F        Cincinnati       2008-07-06
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.2,   ,  1) Gregg K          Florida          2008-05-21
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.1,   ,  1) Gregg K          Florida          2008-06-11
CL VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  1,0.2) Gregg K          Florida          2008-07-12
CL VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,0.1,  1) Hoffman T        San Diego        2008-07-28
CL VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Jenks B          Chicago          2008-05-17
CL VIOLATION     1 (  2,   ,   ) Jenks B          Chicago          2008-08-25
CL VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Lidge B          Philadelphia     2008-05-04
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.1,  1,   ) Nathan J         Minnesota        2008-08-13
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.1,   ,  1) Papelbon J       Boston           2008-05-05
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.2,   ,   ) Papelbon J       Boston           2008-07-22
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.1,0.2,   ) Papelbon J       Boston           2008-09-09
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.1,   ,   ) Rivera M         New York         2008-04-15
CL VIOLATION     1 (  2,   ,  1) Rivera M         New York         2008-05-28
CL VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Rivera M         New York         2008-06-10
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.1,   ,   ) Rivera M         New York         2008-08-23
CL VIOLATION   1.2 (1.1,   ,   ) Rivera M         New York         2008-08-29
CL VIOLATION   1.1 (   ,  3,   ) Rodney F         Detroit          2008-08-07
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.1,   ,   ) Rodney F         Detroit          2008-09-26
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.2,   ,   ) Sherrill G       Baltimore        2008-05-14
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.2,   ,   ) Sherrill G       Baltimore        2008-08-05
CL VIOLATION     1 (  2,   ,   ) Soria J          Kansas City      2008-07-08
CL VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Soria J          Kansas City      2008-07-30
CL VIOLATION   0.1 (  2,   ,0.2) Torres S         Milwaukee        2008-05-14
CL VIOLATION   0.2 (  2,   ,   ) Torres S         Milwaukee        2008-05-18
CL VIOLATION     1 (2.1,   ,  1) Torres S         Milwaukee        2008-06-15
CL VIOLATION   0.1 (1.1,   ,   ) Torres S         Milwaukee        2008-06-19
CL VIOLATION     1 (  2,0.1,  1) Torres S         Milwaukee        2008-07-22
CL VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,  1) Valverde J       Houston          2008-09-02
CL VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Wagner B         New York         2008-04-19
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.1,   ,   ) Wilson B         San Francisco    2008-07-13
CL VIOLATION     1 (1.1,   ,   ) Wilson C         Texas            2008-06-03
CL VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Wood K           Chicago          2008-08-28

Now let’s look at the Shorts. Of the 12,537 appearances during the 2008 MLB regular season, 3.1% of them (384) would have been ABL violations. It’s a long list that follows. Notice that most have an asterisk, meaning that the violation is due to the Short pitching on three consecutive days. Some are clearly set-up guys (like Marmol), some are LOOGies (like Villone), but many are tougher to classify.

SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Acosta M         Atlanta          2008-04-19
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,0.1,   ) Acosta M         Atlanta          2008-05-08
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (1.1,1.1,   ) Acosta M         Atlanta          2008-05-31
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,   ) Adams M          San Diego        2008-08-17
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Affeldt J        Cincinnati       2008-04-23
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,  1,   ) Affeldt J        Cincinnati       2008-05-12
SH VIOLATION *   2 (  1,  1,   ) Affeldt J        Cincinnati       2008-08-07
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (1.1,0.1,   ) Arias A          Colorado         2008-05-15
SH VIOLATION   0.1 (2.1,   ,   ) Arredondo J      Anaheim          2008-06-02
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,2.1,   ) Arredondo J      Anaheim          2008-06-03
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.2,0.2,   ) Ayala L          New York         2008-09-24
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Ayala L          Washington       2008-05-01
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,1.1,   ) Ayala L          Washington       2008-05-15
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  0,  1,   ) Ayala L          Washington       2008-08-11
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Balfour G        Tampa Bay        2008-08-14
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Balfour G        Tampa Bay        2008-08-24
SH VIOLATION * 1.2 (0.1,  2,   ) Bass B           Minnesota        2008-06-01
SH VIOLATION * 1.2 (  1,0.2,   ) Batista M        Seattle          2008-08-18
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  2,  2,   ) Bautista D       Pittsburgh       2008-08-26
SH VIOLATION     1 (2.1,   ,  2) Beam T           Pittsburgh       2008-07-09
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  1,   ) Beimel J         Los Angeles      2008-04-07
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,0.2,   ) Beimel J         Los Angeles      2008-08-13
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Beimel J         Los Angeles      2008-09-10
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,0.2,   ) Beimel J         Los Angeles      2008-09-18
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Bell H           San Diego        2008-06-06
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Bell H           San Diego        2008-06-07
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Bell H           San Diego        2008-08-26
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Bell H           San Diego        2008-09-05
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.2,0.1,   ) Beltran F        Detroit          2008-08-17
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (  1,  1,   ) Bennett J        Atlanta          2008-05-31
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  0,  1,   ) Bennett J        Atlanta          2008-06-20
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Bennett J        Atlanta          2008-08-05
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Bennett J        Atlanta          2008-08-23
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Betancourt R     Cleveland        2008-04-07
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Betancourt R     Cleveland        2008-09-16
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Blevins J        Oakland          2008-08-28
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,1.2,   ) Blevins J        Oakland          2008-09-22
SH VIOLATION * 1.2 (  1,0.1,   ) Borkowski D      Houston          2008-04-28
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,1.1,   ) Boyer B          Atlanta          2008-04-20
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Bradford C       Tampa Bay        2008-08-18
SH VIOLATION *   1 (1.1,0.2,   ) Bradford C       Tampa Bay        2008-09-25
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  1,   ) Bray B           Cincinnati       2008-05-04
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Bray B           Cincinnati       2008-05-30
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Bray B           Cincinnati       2008-05-31
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,  1,   ) Bray B           Cincinnati       2008-07-21
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,0.2,  1) Bray B           Cincinnati       2008-07-22
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,0.2,   ) Breslow C        Minnesota        2008-09-17
SH VIOLATION     1 (   ,  4,   ) Broadway L       Chicago          2008-08-29
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Brocail D        Houston          2008-04-13
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  0,0.1,   ) Brocail D        Houston          2008-06-22
SH VIOLATION * 1.2 (0.2,0.2,   ) Brocail D        Houston          2008-06-29
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,0.1,   ) Brocail D        Houston          2008-08-30
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  1,   ) Broxton J        Los Angeles      2008-08-09
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Bruney B         New York         2008-08-30
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  2,0.1,   ) Buchholz T       Colorado         2008-04-18
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Burnett S        Pittsburgh       2008-07-13
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,0.1,   ) Burnett S        Pittsburgh       2008-08-19
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (1.2,0.2,   ) Burnett S        Pittsburgh       2008-09-28
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,1.1,   ) Byrdak T         Houston          2008-05-15
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Byrdak T         Houston          2008-07-03
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.2,  0,   ) Byrdak T         Houston          2008-07-22
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.2,   ) Carlson J        Toronto          2008-05-10
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  0,  0,   ) Carlson J        Toronto          2008-05-14
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (0.1,  0,  0) Carlson J        Toronto          2008-05-15
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Carlson J        Toronto          2008-09-18
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  0,1.1,   ) Carrasco D       Chicago          2008-08-16
SH VIOLATION *   0 (0.2,  1,   ) Casilla S        Oakland          2008-04-11
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Castillo A       Baltimore        2008-08-19
SH VIOLATION *   1 (1.2,  1,   ) Colome J         Washington       2008-05-04
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Colome J         Washington       2008-09-01
SH VIOLATION * 2.1 (  1,0.1,   ) Condrey C        Philadelphia     2008-07-07
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Corey B          San Diego        2008-07-20
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Corpas M         Colorado         2008-04-08
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  2,  1,   ) Corpas M         Colorado         2008-07-05
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (1.1,  1,   ) Cotts N          Chicago          2008-06-28
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  1,   ) Cotts N          Chicago          2008-07-05
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,  1) Cotts N          Chicago          2008-07-06
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,0.1,   ) Cotts N          Chicago          2008-07-24
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  2,   ) Crain J          Minnesota        2008-07-12
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,0.1,   ) Cruz J           Arizona          2008-04-25
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,0.1,   ) Cruz J           Arizona          2008-06-11
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Dolsi F          Detroit          2008-06-04
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  0,   ) Dolsi F          Detroit          2008-07-19
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,1.1,   ) Dotel O          Chicago          2008-07-10
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,0.2,   ) Downs S          Toronto          2008-05-04
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Downs S          Toronto          2008-05-14
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,  1,   ) Downs S          Toronto          2008-08-13
SH VIOLATION     2 (2.1,   ,   ) Dumatrait P      Pittsburgh       2008-04-20
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.1,   ) Durbin C         Philadelphia     2008-07-31
SH VIOLATION   0.1 (   ,3.2,   ) Elarton S        Cleveland        2008-06-03
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Embree A         Oakland          2008-05-06
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Embree A         Oakland          2008-06-21
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  1,   ) Eyre S           Philadelphia     2008-09-09
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Eyre S           Philadelphia     2008-09-24
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Falkenborg B     Los Angeles      2008-07-12
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  0,   ) Farnsworth K     New York         2008-07-06
SH VIOLATION *   0 (0.1,  0,   ) Feliciano P      New York         2008-04-19
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  0,0.1,  0) Feliciano P      New York         2008-04-20
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (1.1,  1,   ) Feliciano P      New York         2008-04-26
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,1.1,  1) Feliciano P      New York         2008-04-27
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  2,  1,   ) Feliciano P      New York         2008-05-22
SH VIOLATION *   0 (0.2,0.2,   ) Feliciano P      New York         2008-06-07
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Feliciano P      New York         2008-06-29
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,1.1,   ) Feliciano P      New York         2008-08-07
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  0,   ) Feliciano P      New York         2008-09-01
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,0.1,  0) Feliciano P      New York         2008-09-02
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,0.2,   ) Feliciano P      New York         2008-09-19
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Foulke K         Oakland          2008-06-15
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,   ) Franklin R       St. Louis        2008-06-15
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Frasor J         Toronto          2008-04-11
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Gagne E          Milwaukee        2008-04-19
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,0.2,  1) Gagne E          Milwaukee        2008-04-20
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Gagne E          Milwaukee        2008-04-27
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Gagne E          Milwaukee        2008-09-25
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  2,   ) Gaudin C         Chicago          2008-07-28
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.1,0.2,   ) Gaudin C         Chicago          2008-08-04
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Geary G          Houston          2008-04-19
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) German F         Texas            2008-04-14
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.1,  1,   ) Glover G         Detroit          2008-09-23
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,0.2,   ) Glover G         Tampa Bay        2008-05-19
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Gobble J         Kansas City      2008-05-23
SH VIOLATION *   2 (  1,  1,   ) Gonzalez E       Arizona          2008-05-28
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Gordon T         Philadelphia     2008-06-03
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Grabow J         Pittsburgh       2008-09-18
SH VIOLATION *   1 (1.2,  1,   ) Green S          Seattle          2008-05-11
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Guardado E       Texas            2008-06-19
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Guardado E       Texas            2008-07-06
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Guardado E       Texas            2008-07-30
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Guardado E       Texas            2008-08-05
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Guerrier M       Minnesota        2008-07-06
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  1,   ) Guerrier M       Minnesota        2008-08-05
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Guerrier M       Minnesota        2008-08-27
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,  0,   ) Guerrier M       Minnesota        2008-09-17
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Hanrahan J       Washington       2008-06-29
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,0.2,   ) Hart K           Chicago          2008-09-25
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,  1,   ) Heilman A        New York         2008-04-19
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  2,0.1,   ) Heilman A        New York         2008-06-12
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Heilman A        New York         2008-06-17
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Heilman A        New York         2008-07-02
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Heilman A        New York         2008-07-07
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,0.2,   ) Heilman A        New York         2008-07-19
SH VIOLATION *   3 (0.2,0.1,   ) Heilman A        New York         2008-07-26
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  2,0.2,   ) Heilman A        New York         2008-08-09
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,0.2,   ) Hensley C        San Diego        2008-07-30
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,  1,   ) Hensley C        San Diego        2008-08-27
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Herges M         Colorado         2008-04-04
SH VIOLATION *   2 (  1,1.2,   ) Herges M         Colorado         2008-04-18
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,0.1,   ) Hinckley M       Washington       2008-09-16
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  0,   ) Hinshaw A        San Francisco    2008-06-01
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  0,  1,   ) Hinshaw A        San Francisco    2008-07-29
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Howell J         Tampa Bay        2008-05-19
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.2,  1,   ) Howell J         Tampa Bay        2008-06-01
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,1.2,   ) Howry B          Chicago          2008-05-26
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,1.1,   ) Howry B          Chicago          2008-06-22
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Howry B          Chicago          2008-07-25
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,0.2,   ) Jimenez C        Seattle          2008-07-23
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,0.2,   ) Jimenez C        Seattle          2008-07-30
SH VIOLATION * 1.2 (  1,0.2,   ) Johnson J        Baltimore        2008-05-05
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,  1,   ) Julio J          Atlanta          2008-09-07
SH VIOLATION *   0 (0.1,0.1,   ) King R           Washington       2008-04-19
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Kobayashi M      Cleveland        2008-06-21
SH VIOLATION *   1 (1.1,  1,   ) Kobayashi M      Cleveland        2008-07-31
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,   ) Korecky B        Minnesota        2008-09-19
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) League B         Toronto          2008-08-13
SH VIOLATION *   2 (  1,  1,   ) Lewis J          Cleveland        2008-09-16
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  2,  1,  1) Lewis J          Cleveland        2008-09-17
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Lindstrom M      Florida          2008-08-22
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Linebrink S      Chicago          2008-04-05
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,   ) Linebrink S      Chicago          2008-04-17
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Linebrink S      Chicago          2008-05-10
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Linebrink S      Chicago          2008-05-22
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (0.2,  0,   ) Logan B          Chicago          2008-04-24
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,1.1,   ) Logan B          Chicago          2008-07-10
SH VIOLATION   0.2 (2.2,   ,2.1) Lopez A          Detroit          2008-07-31
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  0,1.1,   ) Lopez J          Boston           2008-04-25
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.1,   ) Lopez J          Boston           2008-05-22
SH VIOLATION *   0 (0.1,  1,   ) Lopez J          Boston           2008-06-03
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Lopez J          Boston           2008-07-06
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,0.1,   ) Lowe M           Seattle          2008-08-01
SH VIOLATION     1 (   ,3.2,   ) Madrigal W       Texas            2008-08-08
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,1.1,   ) Madrigal W       Texas            2008-08-25
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  1,   ) Madson R         Philadelphia     2008-07-06
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,0.1,   ) Madson R         Philadelphia     2008-08-07
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Madson R         Philadelphia     2008-09-09
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Madson R         Philadelphia     2008-09-22
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Mahay R          Kansas City      2008-05-31
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Majewski G       Cincinnati       2008-07-22
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.1,  1,   ) Majewski G       Cincinnati       2008-07-27
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Manning C        Washington       2008-06-10
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  0,0.2,   ) Manning C        Washington       2008-07-03
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Marmol C         Chicago          2008-04-07
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Marmol C         Chicago          2008-04-23
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Marmol C         Chicago          2008-05-11
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Marmol C         Chicago          2008-05-19
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Marmol C         Chicago          2008-05-31
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Marmol C         Chicago          2008-08-03
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,  1,   ) Marte D          New York         2008-08-29
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,0.1,  1) Marte D          New York         2008-08-30
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Medders B        Arizona          2008-04-14
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Mercker K        Cincinnati       2008-04-09
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Meredith C       San Diego        2008-04-02
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,  1,   ) Meredith C       San Diego        2008-04-20
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,  1,   ) Meredith C       San Diego        2008-05-18
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  2,   ) Meredith C       San Diego        2008-05-30
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Meredith C       San Diego        2008-06-27
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Meredith C       San Diego        2008-07-08
SH VIOLATION *   0 (0.2,  2,   ) Meredith C       San Diego        2008-08-09
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Meredith C       San Diego        2008-09-26
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  1,   ) Mickolio K       Baltimore        2008-09-24
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,0.1,   ) Miller J         Florida          2008-04-27
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,  1,   ) Miller T         Tampa Bay        2008-04-12
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,0.2,  1) Miller T         Tampa Bay        2008-04-13
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,0.1,   ) Miller T         Tampa Bay        2008-04-26
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  1,   ) Miller T         Tampa Bay        2008-08-18
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Moylan P         Atlanta          2008-04-07
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Mujica E         Cleveland        2008-06-30
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,0.2,   ) Nelson J         Florida          2008-07-05
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Nelson J         Florida          2008-07-24
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,0.2,  1) Nelson J         Florida          2008-07-25
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Nelson J         Florida          2008-08-11
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Nelson J         Florida          2008-09-21
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,1.1,   ) Nunez L          Kansas City      2008-04-26
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,  1,   ) O'Flaherty E     Seattle          2008-04-07
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,  1,   ) Ohman W          Atlanta          2008-05-08
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,0.1,  1) Ohman W          Atlanta          2008-05-09
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Ohman W          Atlanta          2008-06-04
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Ohman W          Atlanta          2008-07-03
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Ohman W          Atlanta          2008-07-27
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,  1,   ) Ohman W          Atlanta          2008-08-15
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  0,0.1,   ) Ohman W          Atlanta          2008-08-20
SH VIOLATION *   0 (0.1,  0,0.1) Ohman W          Atlanta          2008-08-21
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,0.1,   ) Okajima H        Boston           2008-04-12
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Okajima H        Boston           2008-09-23
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,1.1,   ) Oliver D         Anaheim          2008-05-02
SH VIOLATION   1.1 (2.1,   ,   ) Oliver D         Anaheim          2008-06-14
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.2,   ) Oliver D         Anaheim          2008-08-21
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,0.1,   ) Osoria F         Pittsburgh       2008-04-05
SH VIOLATION   1.1 (   ,   ,4.1) Osoria F         Pittsburgh       2008-05-31
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Pena T           Arizona          2008-04-22
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Pena T           Arizona          2008-06-11
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Pena T           Arizona          2008-06-30
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Pena T           Arizona          2008-08-21
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,1.1,   ) Perez R          Cleveland        2008-05-18
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (1.1,0.1,   ) Perez R          Cleveland        2008-05-24
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Perez R          Cleveland        2008-06-22
SH VIOLATION * 1.2 (  2,0.1,   ) Perez R          Cleveland        2008-07-11
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.1,   ) Pinto R          Florida          2008-04-27
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Pinto R          Florida          2008-05-01
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  1,   ) Pinto R          Florida          2008-07-04
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Pinto R          Florida          2008-07-20
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  1,   ) Pinto R          Florida          2008-07-30
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,0.1,   ) Proctor S        Los Angeles      2008-06-21
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Qualls C         Arizona          2008-05-15
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,  1,   ) Ramirez H        Chicago          2008-09-07
SH VIOLATION * 1.2 (0.2,0.1,   ) Ramirez R        Kansas City      2008-07-08
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (1.2,0.2,0.1) Ramirez R        Kansas City      2008-07-09
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Rauch J          Arizona          2008-08-14
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Rauch J          Washington       2008-05-01
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Rauch J          Washington       2008-06-14
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Rauch J          Washington       2008-07-01
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  1,   ) Reyes A          Tampa Bay        2008-06-01
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,  0,   ) Reyes D          Minnesota        2008-04-03
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (1.1,  1,   ) Reyes D          Minnesota        2008-04-26
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  0,   ) Reyes D          Minnesota        2008-05-10
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,  0) Reyes D          Minnesota        2008-05-11
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Reyes D          Minnesota        2008-07-10
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Reyes D          Minnesota        2008-08-10
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  0,0.1,   ) Reyes D          Minnesota        2008-09-04
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Reyes D          Minnesota        2008-09-17
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,0.1,   ) Rhodes A         Florida          2008-08-12
SH VIOLATION   0.1 (2.1,   ,0.1) Rincon J         Cleveland        2008-09-14
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (1.2,  0,   ) Ring R           Atlanta          2008-06-01
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Ring R           Atlanta          2008-06-06
SH VIOLATION *   0 (0.1,  1,0.2) Ring R           Atlanta          2008-06-07
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  0,   ) Ring R           Atlanta          2008-07-28
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,1.1,   ) Rivera S         Washington       2008-04-25
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  2,0.1,   ) Rivera S         Washington       2008-06-14
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,0.1,   ) Romero J         Philadelphia     2008-04-04
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  0,   ) Romero J         Philadelphia     2008-05-01
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  1,  0) Romero J         Philadelphia     2008-05-02
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,   ) Romero J         Philadelphia     2008-07-07
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Romero J         Philadelphia     2008-07-26
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,  1) Romero J         Philadelphia     2008-07-27
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,1.1,   ) Romero J         Philadelphia     2008-08-10
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Romero J         Philadelphia     2008-08-26
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,1.2,   ) Rowland-Smith R  Seattle          2008-05-14
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,  1,   ) Sampson C        Houston          2008-08-20
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Sanchez D        New York         2008-07-06
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Sanchez D        New York         2008-07-11
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (1.2,0.2,   ) Sarfate D        Baltimore        2008-04-28
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,1.1,   ) Sarfate D        Baltimore        2008-06-12
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,  1,   ) Sarfate D        Baltimore        2008-07-01
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.2,   ) Schoeneweis S    New York         2008-04-27
SH VIOLATION *   1 (1.2,  1,   ) Schoeneweis S    New York         2008-05-30
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Schoeneweis S    New York         2008-06-07
SH VIOLATION *   1 (1.1,0.1,0.1) Schoeneweis S    New York         2008-06-08
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.1,   ) Schoeneweis S    New York         2008-08-07
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,0.1,   ) Schoeneweis S    New York         2008-08-11
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,0.1,   ) Seay B           Detroit          2008-06-22
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,1.1,   ) Shell S          Washington       2008-08-13
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Shields S        Anaheim          2008-04-15
SH VIOLATION * 1.2 (  1,0.2,   ) Shields S        Anaheim          2008-04-24
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,  1,   ) Shields S        Anaheim          2008-05-14
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Shouse B         Milwaukee        2008-04-17
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Slaten D         Arizona          2008-06-10
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,0.1,   ) Smith J          New York         2008-06-07
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,0.1,   ) Smith J          New York         2008-08-11
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  0,  1,0.1) Smith J          New York         2008-08-12
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,0.2,   ) Smith J          New York         2008-09-02
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,0.2,0.2) Smith J          New York         2008-09-03
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  1,   ) Smith J          New York         2008-09-18
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Smith J          New York         2008-09-26
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  2,0.2,   ) Sosa J           New York         2008-04-10
SH VIOLATION * 1.2 (0.1,  1,   ) Sosa J           New York         2008-04-22
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Sosa J           New York         2008-05-05
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  1,   ) Speier J         Anaheim          2008-04-15
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (  1,  1,   ) Speier J         Anaheim          2008-04-25
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (  1,  1,   ) Speier J         Anaheim          2008-09-05
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (1.1,  1,  1) Speier J         Anaheim          2008-09-06
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Springer R       St. Louis        2008-06-22
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Springer R       St. Louis        2008-08-03
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Stokes B         New York         2008-08-31
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,  1,   ) Stokes B         New York         2008-09-26
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Street H         Oakland          2008-05-25
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Street H         Oakland          2008-06-03
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Street H         Oakland          2008-06-15
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Street H         Oakland          2008-08-15
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.1,0.1,   ) Tallet B         Toronto          2008-05-16
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,   ) Tankersley T     Florida          2008-05-02
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,  1,   ) Taschner J       San Francisco    2008-04-09
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.2,0.1,  1) Taschner J       San Francisco    2008-04-10
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.1,   ) Taschner J       San Francisco    2008-05-04
SH VIOLATION *   0 (  1,  1,   ) Taschner J       San Francisco    2008-05-30
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (1.2,  0,   ) Taschner J       San Francisco    2008-06-22
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Tavarez J        Atlanta          2008-07-28
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Tavarez J        Atlanta          2008-08-15
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Tavarez J        Atlanta          2008-09-11
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Thornton M       Chicago          2008-06-06
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,  1,   ) Thornton M       Chicago          2008-07-31
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.1,   ) Thornton M       Chicago          2008-09-29
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Veras J          New York         2008-08-24
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  0,   ) Veras J          New York         2008-08-31
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,0.2,   ) Villanueva C     Milwaukee        2008-09-18
SH VIOLATION * 1.1 (  1,  1,   ) Villarreal O     Houston          2008-04-29
SH VIOLATION *   0 (0.1,0.1,   ) Villone R        St. Louis        2008-04-04
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Villone R        St. Louis        2008-05-31
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,0.1,   ) Villone R        St. Louis        2008-07-19
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Villone R        St. Louis        2008-08-16
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  0,0.1,   ) Villone R        St. Louis        2008-09-02
SH VIOLATION *   0 (0.1,  0,0.1) Villone R        St. Louis        2008-09-03
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Villone R        St. Louis        2008-09-14
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,  0,   ) Villone R        St. Louis        2008-09-24
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Vizcaino L       Colorado         2008-07-21
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.1,0.1,   ) Waechter D       Florida          2008-07-05
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,   ) Waechter D       Florida          2008-07-20
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  0,0.2,   ) Walker J         Baltimore        2008-04-12
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,   ) Walker T         San Francisco    2008-04-09
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,  1,   ) Walker T         San Francisco    2008-04-14
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,  1,   ) Walker T         San Francisco    2008-08-21
SH VIOLATION   1.1 (2.2,   ,0.1) Wassermann E     Chicago          2008-08-03
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,  1,   ) Weathers D       Cincinnati       2008-05-13
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.2,0.1,   ) Weathers D       Cincinnati       2008-05-25
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Weathers D       Cincinnati       2008-07-13
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Weathers D       Cincinnati       2008-07-21
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Wheeler D        Tampa Bay        2008-06-30
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Wheeler D        Tampa Bay        2008-07-26
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,0.1,   ) Wheeler D        Tampa Bay        2008-08-19
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,   ) Wright J         Texas            2008-06-19
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,  1,  1) Wright J         Texas            2008-06-20
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,0.2,   ) Wright W         Houston          2008-06-15
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.1,0.2,   ) Wright W         Houston          2008-07-01
SH VIOLATION *   1 (0.1,0.1,   ) Wright W         Houston          2008-07-30
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  0,  1,   ) Wuertz M         Chicago          2008-06-02
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,  0,  1) Wuertz M         Chicago          2008-06-03
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.2,  1,   ) Wuertz M         Chicago          2008-09-28
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Yabuta Y         Kansas City      2008-05-19
SH VIOLATION *   2 (0.2,0.1,   ) Yabuta Y         Kansas City      2008-06-11
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (0.1,1.1,   ) Yates T          Pittsburgh       2008-05-09
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (  1,  1,   ) Yates T          Pittsburgh       2008-09-18
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,1.1,   ) Yates T          Pittsburgh       2008-09-26
SH VIOLATION * 0.1 (1.1,  1,   ) Ziegler B        Oakland          2008-06-20
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (0.1,1.1,  1) Ziegler B        Oakland          2008-06-21
SH VIOLATION *   1 (  1,  1,   ) Ziegler B        Oakland          2008-09-21
SH VIOLATION * 0.2 (  1,  1,  1) Ziegler B        Oakland          2008-09-22

There are 35 more violations involving appearances of more than 4 innings. I didn’t count these, because some of the guys Longs or Starter/Shorts, and a lot of the games look to be guys “taking one for the team” when they’re getting whipped.

One more curiosity. No pitcher appeared on five consecutive days. There were, however, 42 streaks of four consecutive days. Pedro Feliciano did it three times!

Bell H          San Diego        4 in a row  short
Bray B          Cincinnati       4 in a row  short
Bray B          Cincinnati       4 in a row  short
Capps M         Pittsburgh       4 in a row  closer
Carlson J       Toronto          4 in a row  short
Cordero F       Cincinnati       4 in a row  closer
Cotts N         Chicago          4 in a row  short
Feliciano P     New York         4 in a row  short
Feliciano P     New York         4 in a row  short
Feliciano P     New York         4 in a row  short
Gagne E         Milwaukee        4 in a row  short
Gregg K         Florida          4 in a row  closer
Hoffman T       San Diego        4 in a row  closer
Jenks B         Chicago          4 in a row  closer
Lewis J         Cleveland        4 in a row  short
Lidge B         Philadelphia     4 in a row  closer
Marte D         New York         4 in a row  short
Miller T        Tampa Bay        4 in a row  short
Nelson J        Florida          4 in a row  short
Ohman W         Atlanta          4 in a row  short
Ohman W         Atlanta          4 in a row  short
Ramirez R       Kansas City      4 in a row  short
Reyes D         Minnesota        4 in a row  short
Ring R          Atlanta          4 in a row  short
Rivera M        New York         4 in a row  closer
Romero J        Philadelphia     4 in a row  short
Romero J        Philadelphia     4 in a row  short
Schoeneweis S   New York         4 in a row  short
Smith J         New York         4 in a row  short
Smith J         New York         4 in a row  short
Soria J         Kansas City      4 in a row  closer
Speier J        Anaheim          4 in a row  short
Taschner J      San Francisco    4 in a row  short
Torres S        Milwaukee        4 in a row  closer
Valverde J      Houston          4 in a row  closer
Villone R       St. Louis        4 in a row  short
Wagner B        New York         4 in a row  closer
Wood K          Chicago          4 in a row  closer
Wright J        Texas            4 in a row  short
Wuertz M        Chicago          4 in a row  short
Ziegler B       Oakland          4 in a row  short
Ziegler B       Oakland          4 in a row  short

OK, now for the summary.

  • 2.2% of Closer appearances would have violated ABL rules.
  • 3.1% of Short appearances would have violated ABL rules.

How does this compare to your answer to the question at the beginning: “What’s the right percentage that would make you feel that the ABL rules are just about right?” I’d say that these figures make me feel pretty good about the current ABL rules. Yes, there are cases when set-up men or LOOGies go three days in a row, but it’s still a very small percentage.

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