They played 162 games in 1961. That is why the commissioner Ford Frick tried to have an asterik put by Maris's record.
Double switches are woefully underused. It gets a defensive liability off the field without hurting his feelings with the excuse that you want the pitcher to go for longer than an inning.
I like the 8 batters in a lineup idea. The "it will give players more at-bats and skew records" argument is a strawman to me. They didn't play 162 games a season until 1962, which makes Maris' 61 HRs even more impressive to me since it happened the year before. I agree that the MLBPA would oppose it due to the loss of jobs, but they could find a compromise in expanding the rosters or something like that.
I also like the idea of a Dejesus/Jackson/Byrd outfield with Soriano as the DH. That would have to rate as one of the better defensive outfields in the NL.
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