Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

13 Jun 2003, 10:20 a.m.

Fake Me Out To The Ballgame

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I happened across a Sammy Sosa corked-bat roundup and pondered aloud, "Why don't we just let everyone use corked bats?" Then I wondered whether that's the J. Bradford DeLong solution. Answer from Leonard: No. The J. Bradford DeLong solution is to allow the pitcher to negotiate with each batter over whether the batter can use a corked bat, how many strikes the batter will get, and other rule modifications for that batter.