When a team plays a game with less than the required number of eddies, three things occur:
1) All eddies must play a position other than catcher
2) The team can field not more than 9
3) A batting out must be taken for each required eddie missing from the line-up
Being in Default
When a team plays an inning defensively with less than the required number of eddies, but has an eddie in the line-up because that eddie is running late, the team shall be considered in default of eddie requirements. For every inning the team is in default defensively, they are to begin their next offensive inning with a team batting out.
Being in default of eddie requirements is different than being short eddie requirements. A team is in default when:
1) A team does not meet eddie requirements in the field, but has an eddie in the line-up that is not present*
2) A team does not meet eddie requirements in the field, but has an eddie on the bench
3) A team uses a pinch hitter that puts the line-up in default of eddie requirements**
*If a manager is trying to get a player (eddie or otherwise) a game credit so that player can qualify for the post season, the team must take a batting out for that player in each of the player’s at-bats throughout the entire game. The manager must make his/her intention known to the scorekeeper. This way, the team avoids being in default and the player avoids going hitless statistically***.
**in this instance the pinch hitter is out if discovered before the next pitch is thrown (much like batting out of order)
***statistically speaking, anytime a team takes a batting out for a particular player, the player is credited with a game-played, but is NOT to be charged with any at-bats. The at-bat should be listed as a BO (batting out) on the score sheet.
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