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Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:12 pm
 
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Let the debate begin anew over whether it's time for the National League to adopt the designated hitter.

Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett is out two to three months with a broken orbital bone suffered while bunting in the batting cage. And while he waits for the healing to begin, plenty of folks are chiming in, using him as Exhibit A for those who think it's time pitchers stopped batting altogether.

That's all well and good. But don't tell that to Reds pitcher Homer Bailey. The Cincinnati right-hander batted .282 with a .300 on-base percentage in 45 plate appearances last summer. He knocked home two runners.

"I think pitchers should hit in both leagues," Bailey says.

As for Burnett's injury ... hogwash, says Bailey.

"You have position players that foul balls off their feet and get hurt," Bailey says. "It's just a freak deal. You could have a position player do the same thing.

"Typically, pitchers are better bunters."

He's right. As ever, there remains no reason why pitchers should be such non-athletes that they're hopeless cases at the plate. Pitchers who can handle a bat, even to get a bunt down, help themselves. That's an advantage. Why take that advantage away?

"If it's that much of a problem," Bailey said of Burnett and the idea of pitchers injuring themselves batting, "then how come position players get hurt fouling balls off of their legs? They suffer torn hamstrings running to first, or torn knees.

"Look at what happened to Ryan Howard last year."

Howard this spring continues rehabbing the Achilles he tore during the last play of the Phillies' NLCS against St. Louis.

Sunblock Day? Nah. Jackets needed Friday morning as the temperature continues to struggle to get past 60 and a stiff wind blows.

Likes: Copies of USA Today's daily crossword puzzle and Sudoku puzzle stacked on a table in the middle of the Cincinnati clubhouse and several Reds stopping by to pick one up to work it. Those Reds, they're thinkers. ... Eric Davis in Reds camp, as usual, as an alumni coach. He loves everything about it, but don't tell him that the players keep him young. "I look younger than most of these guys in here," Davis says, and he's right. ... The jerk salmon at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant in Glendale. Surprisingly tasty. ... Heard a tune by The Hollies in a restaurant the other day, which reminded me of how unappreciated The Hollies are today. So much good stuff -- Bus Stop, Carrie Anne, Just One Look, (Long Cool Woman) In a Black Dress, On a Carousel, Under My Umbrella, The Air That I Breathe. They're celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, too, just like the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. ... The burgers at Five Guys. ... Learning that the Monkees actually have a direct link to David Bowie. Turns out, the latter's real name was Davy Jones. Yep, same as the Monkees' legend who passed away this week. So as an aspiring musician in the 1960s, knowing he couldn't be known as Davy Jones, he became David Bowie.

Dislikes: The photo cameras at red lights and, especially, the ones designed to catch speeders. They had a bunch of those on the freeways in Arizona a couple of years ago, but they're gone now. Someone told me one of the problems was the gun-toters here periodically would shoot the cameras on the freeways to put them out of operation. No idea whether that's true. But I sure like to think it is.

Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"If you don't eat your meat
"You can't have any pudding
"How can you have any pudding
"If you don't eat your meat?"

-- Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall

Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:47 am
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

DH is so stupid it will pretty much eliminate the small ball game and strategy involved with a pitcher at the plate

Your ignorance is showing... 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:46 am
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

You answered your own question. He shouldn't make a living at it because he's not a complete player. 

LOL...  Well thats 1 opinion. Who cares if he can hit .350 with 50 homers. Hes not a complete player, hes merely an utterly dominant hitter, so he cant help us score runs, which as we know, is the name of the game. Makes complete sense.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:33 am
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

The DH should be banned by Congress.  It's just a roster spot for an aging veteran who can't play the field any longer.  Every fielder should be in the batting order.  Ban the DH!

It would be alot easier to ban the pitcher hitting seeing as there is only basically 1 league in the world that doesnt use a DH. The DH will never go away in MLB because the PA would never let such a high paying position vanish into thin air. 



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:34 am
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Real Players can HIT!!  as well as pitch or play short and outfield!!!!!   or catcher!!! whatever the postion they play!!!  thats a crucial part of this game!!!   American League SUCKS!!!   i really hope that they dont change!!!



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:35 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

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You answered your own question. He shouldn't make a living at it because he's not a complete player.  



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:21 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Why do we need a DH at all?  I realize this would be pretty radical and probably change statistical records, but why not just leave the pitcher out of the lineup instead?  I realize it will probably never happen because it would signifiantly increase the number of ABs guys would get and make a lot of records meaningless, but I've never liked the DH so I would hate to see that come to the NL.  If you think about it skipping the pitcher in the lineup is just as arbitrary as having a guy who isnt playing the field take at bats.  Personally I like the strategy of having the pitcher hit since it creates decisions about when to take him out, pitch hitting, hitting the pitcher 8th etc.
Hitting a baseball is one of the toughest endeavors of any sport.  The fact the NL is strolling out a player drafted to be a pitcher to attempt to hit professional level pitching every 2 or 3 innings is humorous and 9 times out of 10, they flail at pitches and go back and sit down.  Or better yet -- they attempt to bunt.

If a player is a defensively liability but can knock the cover off of the best pitchers on the planet -- explain to me why he shouldn't have a chance to make a living doing so??

To me -- a pitcher is paid to pitch.  A position player is paid to be an everyday player.  With the logic of arguing against the DH spot -- explain to me why there are pitchers whose job it is to only face left handed hitters???  Shouldn't middle relievers be banned in the NL, since they are only coming into the game to pitch???  Or because the NL teams use multiple hitters in those pitchers spots in the lineup make it "real baseball"??

Should closers in the NL be banned too???  They are only being put into the game to pitch the last inning -- they can't possibly be real baseball players, when all they are doing is pitching the 9th inning.

The argument against the DH is nothing more than baseball elitists wanting to try and keep the game pure, when in reality, once baseball became a multi-billion dollar business -- the whole america's pasttime bit was played out.  It is about the bottom line for each and every franchise now and they are investing millions of dollars into these players to do what got them to the MLB and pitchers didn't get to the MLB to swing a bat.   



Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:44 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

NO!



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Tell the Twins that small ball is dead in the AL.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:19 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

DH is so stupid it will pretty much eliminate the small ball game and strategy involved with a pitcher at the plate.



Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:58 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Why do we need a DH at all?  I realize this would be pretty radical and probably change statistical records, but why not just leave the pitcher out of the lineup instead?  I realize it will probably never happen because it would signifiantly increase the number of ABs guys would get and make a lot of records meaningless, but I've never liked the DH so I would hate to see that come to the NL.  If you think about it skipping the pitcher in the lineup is just as arbitrary as having a guy who isnt playing the field take at bats.  Personally I like the strategy of having the pitcher hit since it creates decisions about when to take him out, pitch hitting, hitting the pitcher 8th etc.  


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