Rules Changes for 2011: Brian Walton Likes Carrots

Writing at, Tout NLer Brian Walton describes changes to the Tout rules to reward better finishes. Brian hits most of the nails on the head, but the motivation for (the now abandoned plan of relegation) and this pair of less dramatic incentives wasn’t to motivate players to stay involved. They do. The issue is rewarding better finishes, in order to put a price on very risky all-or-nothing strategies adopted at midseason in an attempt to salvage things. If you don’t complete the Hail Mary, it will cost you.