Re: watching pitcher bat----ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
posted at 8/25/2013 11:13 AM EDT
In response to chetgnat's comment:
I am anti-DH. DH's are less of an athlete than kickers in football. And I think kickers and punters should be eliminated by forcing the team to only use someone who was on the field the previous play to kick or punt. But the DH is probably the least athletic position in all of sports.
The NL game is much more interesting to watch. Pitching changes, bunts, hit and runs, plus the occasional pitcher getting a base hit is more interesting than "let the old guy who can barely walk around the base paths come up to the plate 4 or 5 times a game and then sit on the bench the rest of the day."
While I disagree with your point about how athletic a DH position is, it would be more compelling if you didn't reduce yourself to spouting cliches abut the DH being "the old guy who can barely walk around the base paths..."
What -- are you stuck in 1973 with blinders on watching just the Red Sox. Not every DH was Orlando Cepeda and his creaky knees, although I would take a Cepeda (20 HR, 86 RBI, .289 BA) EVERY time over any pitcher with a bat.
The fact of the matter is, there is no pro-typical DH. Was Jim Rice with 90 games in LF and no errors as a rookie unathletic at 22.
What about Ortiz in his prime with the Red Sox is 20s. In any other era, he would have been the starting 1B. If you're going to say Ortiz isn't athletic, then every lumbering 1B who ever played must not be athletic.
Is Dick "Dr. Strangeglove" Stuart more athletic than Ortiz simply because he played 1B because there was no DH in the 1960s.
The DH position, of course, is often filled by lesser defensive players, but not being good defensively isn't the same as not being athletic. And it definitely isn't reserved for the old guy. Heck, DH's are often young guys coming up who are blocked at their normal position by a better veteran. This was the case with Eddie Murray who was the DH when he first came up because Lee May was at 1B for the Orioles. He was the AL Rookie of the Year playing 111 games as the DH and just 43 games at 1B.
Players who have been DHs have come from every kind of mold imaginable.