Originally Posted by chicagowhitesox1
Why was Ken Harrelson responsible for the 24 man roster?
I think they used a juiced up ball that year too.
It was a different era back then, and all of MLB went along with the reduced roster until the end of the 1990 ST lockout.
Most teams had no more than a nine man pitching staff back then, as bullpens were not as specialized, closers often worked 90-110 IP a year, and starters worked deeper in games.
That meant there were seven players on the bench with a 25 man roster, including the DH (if you had a primary one). Seven.
Looked at primarily as a money-saving issue, with Hawk leading the way, teams dropped to 24 players even though they were still allowed 25 if they chose.