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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


Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:07 pm

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

In my opinion it be point less to renew a debate IF the NL should adopt the DH, most collegiate, amateur, and professional league has adopted the rule or some variant. 2 biggest leagues that don't used the DH is the National League and a league in Japan, I doubt that people opinion would change over the Injury of 1 Pitcher.

I loved the DH for it allow a team to keep a great hitting player that can't play defense in the lineup, or a player is returning from Injuries that he could be a DH till he come back to full strength. It is also a good way to give a player a day off from the field,  but still have his bat in the lineup.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:03 pm

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

I'm fine with the AL playing by one set of rules and the NL playing by another. But if we streamline things, the DH has to be added to the NL. It's the only league at any level that doesn't use the DH. Besides the fact that baseball is better with the DH, it would be insanity to have the DH allowed at every level and then remove it at the majors.

And yes, Scott, red light cameras are a pox on society. 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:54 pm

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

the DH is the worst thing that happened to baseball.  its the reason Ozzie Guillen can manage, cant wait until he fails at the new Miami marlins....nice colors BTW.

It extends the careers of washed up ball players.

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:42 pm

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!

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:38 pm

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Homer.....pitchers shouldn't hit. Get over it. I know tradition is tradition, but using a pitcher in the 9 hole instead of a professional hitter is like watering down the top shelf booze.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:36 pm

Don't tell Homer Bailey pitchers shouldn't hit

Good for Homer Bailey! Get on another soapbox Mr. Miller - if you plan on bringing the DH bit up every time a pitcher screws up a bunt or fails to move a runner over its will be a long season. As baseball fans will never be in full alignment behind either DH or no DH, why not leave it as status quo? If you aren't a fan - follow a team from the other division.

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