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Old 11-29-2012, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by chicagowhitesox1 View Post
Why was Ken Harrelson responsible for the 24 man roster?

I think they used a juiced up ball that year too.
It was a different era back then, and all of MLB went along with the reduced roster until the end of the 1990 ST lockout.

Most teams had no more than a nine man pitching staff back then, as bullpens were not as specialized, closers often worked 90-110 IP a year, and starters worked deeper in games.

That meant there were seven players on the bench with a 25 man roster, including the DH (if you had a primary one). Seven.

Looked at primarily as a money-saving issue, with Hawk leading the way, teams dropped to 24 players even though they were still allowed 25 if they chose.

'We drafted him... He achieved greatness here... A 2-time MVP, and one of the BEST hitters in MLB history... And soon he will wear a White Sox uniform again... On his Hall of Fame plaque. He's #35, Frank Thomas!
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