Games started by position
- On Thu Apr 8, 2004, Tom Ruane wrote:
>>What's the rule on visiting starters who never take the fieldAccording to the chronology of rule changes which appears in Total Baseball,
>>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?
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.