Why hasn't MLB fixed its September roster expansion rules? – ESPN

Some dugouts are overstuffed with players at this time of year, like the Dodgers’, but other teams might have as many as 10 fewer players active. 

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In roughly the amount of time it takes to drive from Anaheim to San Jose, Mike Scioscia displayed his strengths as an American League Manager of the Year candidate while simultaneously setting back baseball aesthetics 20 years.

Scioscia used a league-record 12 pitchers in the Los Angeles Angels’ 11-9, 11-inning Labor Day victory over the Oakland Athletics. He called upon Parker Bridwell and Blake Parker, the law firm of Chavez (Jesse), Alvarez (Jose) and Ramirez (Noe), the son of a Cy Young Award winner (Cam Bedrosian) and the first Sacred Heart University Pioneer to play major league ball (Troy Scribner). Over the course of 4 hours, 48 minutes, Scioscia did everything but coax Chuck Finley out of retirement to help the Angels win a game.

It was a strategic coup de grace and an artistic monstrosity. And it was only possible because of the MLB rule that allows rosters to expand from 25 to 40 players in September.

As baseball celebrates the Cleveland Indians’ sustained excellence, Giancarlo Stanton’s pursuit of 60 home runs, Rhys Hoskins’ power surge and an American League wild-card scramble, people throughout the game are lamenting incessant late-inning machinations and box scores that take longer to read than a Cheesecake Factory menu. Amid its efforts to reach out to a younger audience, baseball is plagued by a persistent case of September game creep.

“I agree with the sentiment that it completely changes the game in September when the games matter most — and I don’t like it,” said Miami Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler, a member of the players’ association’s executive committee. “This is the time of

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