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Does the mercy rule protect athletes from injury, embarrassment?

During a foul-weather spring in western New York when Mother Nature was often merciless, there were as many frozen toes as frozen ropes.
To many, baseball and softball games ending early because one team was clobbering the other wasn’t exactly an unwelcome sight.
This is the first season in which a “run rule,” or what is widely referred to as a “mercy rule,” is being used statewide in high school baseball. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association voted to add it, but it was up to each of the 12 sections and then each league to decide whether they wanted to use it. Section V voted it in, but not every league locally is using it