The extra inning runner at second base is the player in the batting order who comes before the batter due up first. I assume this will follow the minor league rule that if it’s a pitcher, they are exempt and the ghost runner is the player before the pitcher.
Suppose 9 is the leadoff batter, 8 is a slow running catcher, and 7 is a speedster. Could the team at bat substitute a pitcher for 8 in the batting order, use 7 as the ghost runner, and plug the new catcher into what was the DH slot?
Also, does the rule have a provision for “running out of turn,” analogous to batting out of turn, if the wrong player takes the base?
To answer one of my own questions…if I’m remembering right, Chris said in one of his videos (which are great BTW, do more!) that there is no penalty for an incorrect ghost runner, just replace him with the correct one. That’s interesting because while that is what is done with an incorrect batter before a completed at bat, after a completed at bat it gets a lot more serious: the correct batter is out and the play is nullified. But nothing comparable to that with the ghost runner, say if he should score, right?
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