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08:21 AM ET 03.05 | Variety will be the spice of life for Red Sox Nation. The days of one set lineup have been gone, for the most part in baseball, for some time. The set lineup will not reappear in Boston for the 2012 season. Bobby Valentine has interesting thoughts about lineup composition, and if you read between the lines, it's clear that Red Sox players will have no idea where they're batting from one day to the next. Valentine admitted this phenomenon will require patience and some getting used to by the players, but what he doesn't want to do is throw the same lineup out there every day. He'd like to tailor the lineup to the starting pitcher, the bullpen, the opposing manager, whatever it takes for him to have the competitive advantage.

The Boston Globe

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March 5, 2012  08:31 AM ET

He'd like to tailor the lineup to the starting pitcher, the bullpen, the opposing manager, whatever it takes for him to have the competitive advantage.

Newsflash - every MLB manager does this.

Lame Boston Globe reporting. Why does it not surprise me that they're owned by the New York Times?

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March 5, 2012  08:39 AM ET

It's goint to be fun to watch how this all plays out this year.

March 5, 2012  08:39 AM ET

I was waist deep in sippy cups, gerber baby food and diapers on Friday and through the weekend, so I didn't get a chance to comment on baseball's big announcement on Friday.

How awesome are the new rules for the the post season? I really liked the idea of the second wild card team with a one-game play in before, but now intra-divisional rivals can square off in the DSs and in the event of a season tie -- like the Yanks & Red Sox in 2005 -- that results in both teams making the postseason by way of division title and wild card, will be settled on the field instead of using head-to-head outcomes.

This is **** great! I love it. Imagine a scenario in which two teams tie for the 2nd wild card on the last day of the season, the two teams play a play-in game the next day and the winner goes on to play the Wild Card play-in game on the following day. Three days of complete, loser goes home drama.

March 5, 2012  08:40 AM ET

It's going to be fun to watch how this all plays out this year.

March 5, 2012  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He'd like to tailor the lineup to the starting pitcher, the bullpen, the opposing manager, whatever it takes for him to have the competitive advantage. Newsflash - every MLB manager does this.Lame Boston Globe reporting. Why does it not surprise me that they're owned by the New York Times?

Tomorrow's newsflash. Valentine will use something called a "platoon" in RF.

March 5, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Tom Verducci has a pretty good article about it. Here's an interesting clip:

There is a possibility that a team could face four games in four cities against four different opponents: in order, Game 162, Game 163 tiebreaker, Wild Card Knockout Game, Division Series Game 1.

I hope it gets crazy this year.

March 5, 2012  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Tomorrow's newsflash. Valentine will use something called a "platoon" in RF.

Wow. Will the innovation never stop?

March 5, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He'd like to tailor the lineup to the starting pitcher, the bullpen, the opposing manager, whatever it takes for him to have the competitive advantage. Newsflash - every MLB manager does this.

He was known as the Ron Popeil of Japanese Baseball. When it came to his lineup, he was all set it and forget it.

March 5, 2012  08:45 AM ET
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Tom Verducci has a pretty good article about it. Here's an interesting clip:There is a possibility that a team could face four games in four cities against four different opponents: in order, Game 162, Game 163 tiebreaker, Wild Card Knockout Game, Division Series Game 1.I hope it gets crazy this year.

It'll be something alright.

March 5, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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Wow. Will the innovation never stop?

No talk of Crawford batting 7th though.

March 5, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Huh. Next thing, he may take a look at the #5 starter position and have a competition for it.

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March 5, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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He may actually use non starting pitchers in relief roles, truly revolutionary

<makes notes of this for future reference>

March 5, 2012  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I was waist deep in sippy cups, gerber baby food and diapers on Friday and through the weekend, so I didn't get a chance to comment on baseball's big announcement on Friday.How awesome are the new rules for the the post season? I really liked the idea of the second wild card team with a one-game play in before, but now intra-divisional rivals can square off in the DSs and in the event of a season tie -- like the Yanks & Red Sox in 2005 -- that results in both teams making the postseason by way of division title and wild card, will be settled on the field instead of using head-to-head outcomes.This is **** great! I love it. Imagine a scenario in which two teams tie for the 2nd wild card on the last day of the season, the two teams play a play-in game the next day and the winner goes on to play the Wild Card play-in game on the following day. Three days of complete, loser goes home drama.

I don't like the idea of the lower seeded team opening the divisional series at home though. It goes against the whole idea of advantages going to the team that performed better in the regular season.

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March 5, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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I don't like the idea of the lower seeded team opening the divisional series at home though. It goes against the whole idea of advantages going to the team that performed better in the regular season.

My understanding is that this is for this year only.

 
March 5, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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I don't like the idea of the lower seeded team opening the divisional series at home though. It goes against the whole idea of advantages going to the team that performed better in the regular season.

What is the point of that?

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