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  • Michael Mavrogiannis
    ... According to the chronology of rule changes which appears in Total Baseball, that rule went into effect in 1976. Lou Gehrig is a well-known example, prior
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 11, 2004
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      On Thu Apr 8, 2004, Tom Ruane wrote:

      >>What's the rule on visiting starters who never take the field
      >>in the bottom of the 1st? Wasn't a "Mark McGuire" rule put into
      >>effect at some point that wouldn't give a player like that
      >>credit for a defensive game played?

      According to the chronology of rule changes which appears in Total Baseball,
      that rule went into effect in 1976. Lou Gehrig is a well-known example,
      prior to the change, of a player credited with a game at a position (SS in
      1934) he never played. As games started is not an official statistic, there
      is no reason to be constrained by the rule. McGwire shows up as having
      homered at 2B in his batting splits, so it shouldn't be totally
      incomprehensible if he also shows as having 4 games started and 0 games
      played there. If it helps, you can consider games started by position as a
      batting statistic rather than a fielding statistic.
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