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Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:12 pm
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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

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Comments

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

I also think it is ridiculous that a team should have to pull a pitcher that is pitching great, just because it is his turn to hit in the lineup.
It's ridiculous to turn in your lineup and forget about it... which is what happens in the AL.  Maybe you go to the bench for a defensive replacement, but that's about it.  You basically just disregard current rules.  The Double Switch, for instance.  Half of baseball fans don't even know how this is implemented.  The DH makes for lazy, ignorant fans.  The game gets much more complicated (in this case, read: better) when you don't have the luxury of slapping a guy who can't play the field (Edgar Martinez, David Ortiz, Travis Hafner, etc.). 


The DH never made sense.  Why single out the pitcher?  Why not the position of your choice?  The Yankees of old may have had Ruth on the mound.  Why would they have wanted to DH for him.  Maybe they'd want to DH for a guy hitting .223.  Instead of THE WHOLE TEAM PLAYING BOTH WAYS you're saying now we can let TWO players only play half the game.  I know football has two sets of players, but that's the entire team.  It's not like the QB and  Mid LB only play on one side of the ball, but everyone else has to play both ways.


The DH is a symbol for America today.  "Oh, you're not good at something?  Afraid you might get hurt? Don't worry about it, you don't have to carry your weight, we'll just let someone else take care of it".  


Hal Steinbrenner made a big deal about pitchers having to run the bases... Wang is a professional athlete.  Any given night you can go by a local park and watch a bunch of half drunk 30 somethings playing softball while running the bases with no troubles (and no, that isn't a reference to the Red Sox rotation).


It isn't the 1900's anymore -- the NL needs to get with the times and let these guys do what they were drafted to do and that is to pitch.
They were drafted to be a part of the team.  Some guys get drafted for one position and end up in another.  They were drafted to play baseball, and baseball was meant to be played with the pitchers hitting.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

The existence of the DH ruins real baseball and lets steroid junkies extend their careers..I wish it never existed.
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??  

Can someone post the yearly combined batting totals for Pitchers in the NL???  I only found 2008 and pitcher's hit a combined .140.  Yet to NL fans, THAT is real baseball???  

In the MLB, you are either an everyday position player or you are a pitcher -- THAT is what you are paid to be.  I've yet to see an amateur draft where a team makes a selection and they say -- "with their pick in the 1st round, they have selected Pitcher John Doe -- he has a mid-90's fastball, to go with a plus change and curve and oh yeah, he hit .400 for Compton High School, so he will be a dual threat"

That doesn't happen, because teams are drafting these players to be a PITCHER!!!!!  



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Having pitchers hit is one of the more interesting things in baseball. The strategy surrounding the decision to pull a pitcher who might not be struggling for a better hitter when runners are in scoring position, adds a whole other dimension to the game. Plus pitchers who can swing a bat and not hurt themselves, perhaps even contribute offensively, become much more valuable. Overwhelmingly I feel they should keep it. People who don't agree can just watch the AL and gripe when the World Series comes around.
Did you miss the part of my post where pitchers hit a COMBINED .140 in 2008???  THAT is interesting??

I also think it is ridiculous that a team should have to pull a pitcher that is pitching great, just because it is his turn to hit in the lineup.  He was drafted to be a pitcher.  They aren't paying him millions to hit a baseball, they are paying him millions to throw a baseball and get hitters out.

As I have said -- the baseball purists who say it has been that way since the beginning...........all i have to say is, professional baseball is a business now and not just a game.  Teams are investing MILLIONS on players to pitch for their teams.  Making a player, who was drafted as a pitcher, get into the batter's box and do something they WERE NOT drafted to do makes no sense what so ever.

It isn't the 1900's anymore -- the NL needs to get with the times and let these guys do what they were drafted to do and that is to pitch. 



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:19 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

what, it wasnt bad enough when perennial 19 game winner Chen Ming Wang torn his achilles running the bases 3 years ago, .. NOW it s a problem. National league sucks. As long as pitchers DON'T hit or take swings like like Tim Hudson, its almost unwatchable.



Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

If pitchers were as plentiful as 40 year old american league softball ding dongers then the DH would not be needed however if you have a young pitcher that can throw 95 and get hitters out ou must protect him . Evolution it is time to DH full time both leagues and this coming froma  baseball NL purist : 


Wainwright gets hurt bunting I would pissed ! Frown 



Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Burnett isn't that bad of a hitter .130 career average w/ 3 homers, not bad. 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:09 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

The existence of the DH ruins real baseball and lets steroid junkies extend their careers..I wish it never existed.



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:40 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

The existence of the DH drives up ticket costs.

Nuff said.

 

 




Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:38 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

and owners will never vote for the DH in the NL. why pay millions on a guy who can only play half the game? that's not even baseball. if you don't how to bunt which even a little leaguer could do than you shouldn't be playing baseball. i prefer the AL keeps the DH and the NL never adopt it. that way both fans can enjoy either style. i personally like it without the DH since the manager is more involved and the game was meant to play that way.



Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:38 pm
 

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

HOW ABOUT MLB JUST DROPS THE IDEA OF DH ALL TOGETHER AND DONT LET PITCHERS BAT IN EITHER LEAGUE. HAVE ONLY 8 HITTERS IN THE LINEUP AND THEN PLAYERS WILL GET MORE AT-BATS THRU OUT THE YEAR...


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