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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: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:58 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

A.J. Burnett was holding the bat practically in front of his face! Dumbass!



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:43 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

the pitcher's spot in the batting order is virtually an automatic out.
Roy Halladay and others are hardly automatic outs. You'd think a pitcher, knowing how to throw the pitches, would be an expert at hitting them ?



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:39 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

How about an optional maybe even required face mask on the batting helmet ?



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:24 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

No, the DH is a horrible insulting postition and ruins the game.  I rather they just have 8 batters then deal with the useless DH players that don't even deserve to play the position.  A position created to extend careers is nothing more then a sham of incompetent managment.  Perhaps if every team was actually utilizing players at the end of their careers, a intentioned I would respect the incompetent position more.  Now we are stuck with joke players that became premadona DHs way to early in their careers probably get into the HOF (Frank Thomas (1990) and Edgar Martinez).

If you can't play the full game you are clearly no HOFer, they quit playing the field as such they do not deserve some DH honor.  Quitters never deserve to be in the baseball HOF.   Respect and stuffs G bry



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

NO NO NO to the NL DH! I want to see real baseball the way that creators of the game intened it to be played!
...the way that creators of the game intended it to be played...   Hmmm...

Did you mean the game where balls could not be thrown overhand to hitters?  They had to be "pitched" like horseshoes.  I can't believe we allow pitchers to throw the ball they way they do today.  I liked it the way the creators meant the game to be played...back in 1884.

Or did you mean when balls bounced over a fence or hit out of play between the first and third base lines weren't counted as homeruns?  Under the Knickerbocker rules that were the rules from which our modern game evolved, there basically were no home runs.  Fences were usually so far away from home plate nobody could reach them.  You're right -- we should stay with the way the creators meant the game to be played.

Or did you mean when fielders used to be able to catch balls on one bounce and the hitter was declared out?  Until the late 1800s is was acceptable in the American Association to catch a ball on one hop to retire the batter -- you didn't need to throw to the base.

Or did you mean when it was acceptable for fans to stand along the foul lines and all throughout the outfield to watch the game?  Considering that was done well into the early 1900s, that must be the way the creators meant the game to be played since it went on for the first fifty years of the game.

Seriously, though.  Can we get past the concept of sticking to what the creators of the game intended.  The world has changed and having a DH in both leagues is not that evil of a concept.  Armageddon is not around the corner because we don't want to be subjected to A.J. Burnett trying to drop down a bunt without putting his own eye out.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:23 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

I'm with the new school on this one. As has already been pointed out, the pitcher's spot in the batting order is virtually an automatic out. I guess if you you grew up watching NL baseball and just have a blind partiality to it or are just really old and opposed to ANY form of change, you might be apprehensive to adopt the DH but for my money, I'd rather see a professional major league quality hitter at the plate instead of watching the pitcher either strike out or hit weak ass ground outs 90% of the time.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:59 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Yell NO NO NO to the NL DH! I want to see real baseball the way that creators of the game intened it to be played! It's bad enough that my 'Stros were forced/bribed into the Junior league, but we don't need Jr league gimmicks to ruin all of baseball.



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:34 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

 Maybe they should have a special school for pitchers to learn how to bunt. The school could have the top ten percent of hitting pitchers from the NL teach pitchers coming from the AL to the NL..... they could call it TOP BUNT.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

So Brendan Ryan should only have to play D, right?  He's an outstanding SS, but I'd take Yovani Gallardo over him at the plate.  Ryan wasn't drafted for his bat, he was drafted for his glove, so why make him hit?  He's a shortstop, not a hitter?
Because you are drafted as an everyday player or you are drafted as a pitcher.  A team may draft a player who isn't satisfactory with his bat but extraordinary with his glove, with the hopes he can become a solid hitter.  No team drafts a pitcher saying -- well he can't pitch worth a damn, but he will be an above average hitter from the pitcher's position.

 



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

I just want to make sure I got this straight -- Real baseball is drafting a player and paying him millions to be a pitcher, yet making him go up and make a fool out of himself at the plate and take the unnecessary chance of getting hurt??
So Brendan Ryan should only have to play D, right?  He's an outstanding SS, but I'd take Yovani Gallardo over him at the plate.  Ryan wasn't drafted for his bat, he was drafted for his glove, so why make him hit?  He's a shortstop, not a hitter?


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