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Hamels: 'I don't agree with the AL'

Posted on: June 17, 2008 8:29 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2008 9:32 am
 

Another American League pitcher fell victim to National League rules today, when the Red Sox put Bartolo Colon on the disabled list with a back injury suffered while swinging and missing on Monday night. At least Colon isn't as important to the Sox as Chien-Ming Wang is to the Yankees. In fact, the Red Sox were simply able to put Daisuke Matsuzaka into Colon's spot in the rotation.

But there's another side to this whole DH/no DH question, and Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels expressed it.

"I don't agree with the American League," he said. "I don't want to be in the American League. I don't want to face a No. 9 hitter making $8 million."

When Hamels beat the Red Sox Monday, he twice escaped trouble by striking out Colon with two on and two out.

It doesn't hurt that Hamels is a good hitter himself, with a .316 average this season (although he's a more pitcher-like .176 for his career).

A few other Tuesday thoughts:

Did you notice that the Tigers' Marcus Thames has homered in five straight games, with six home runs total in that span? Well, Red Sox first baseman Sean Casey noticed. "I think if you give that guy 500-some at-bats, he'd have a shot to hit 40," said Casey, Thames' ex-teammate with the Tigers. "He's in the top five as far as the longest balls hit by guys I've played with. I'm a big fan of his."

The Mariners have a lot of work to do in the next month, but scouts from opposing teams say they should be able to start the rebuilding process by trading away pitchers Carlos Silva and Erik Bedard. The pitching market should be interesting to watch in July, with quite a few teams looking but also quite a few decents arms available (C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Paul Byrd, among others).

While several other American League teams bemoan their lack of speed (White Sox, Indians, Tigers, to name three), the Red Sox are seeing the impact of AL steals leader Jacoby Ellsbury. "He's brought a brand of baseball that we're not accustomed to," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We talk about preparing for the Angels, Tampa Bay and Minnesota, teams that run and put pressure on you. Now other teams are having to prepare that way for us. We've always been good, but we've been big and slow. We went through periods where we didn't hit, and we looked big and slow."

 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:46 am
 

Hamels: 'I don't agree with the AL'




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Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2008 5:06 pm
 

Hamels: 'I don't agree with the AL'

I partly agree that the DH rule is good.  It does lead to more scoring and fan appreciation.  But on the flip side, I like the rule of not having a DH to watch how skippers manage the game.  For a true fan, it is fun to watch the chess match between managers when they bring in a lefty pitcher to pitch to a lefty batter.  And then watch how the other manager brings in a pinch hitter to combat the move.  For a normal everyday fan who doesn't care much about this aspect of the game, I am sure they would love to watch a high scoring DH only game.  But for a true fan like me, I like to watch how managers use pinch hitters to their advantage versus opposing teams.



Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2008 2:37 pm
 

Hamels: 'I don't agree with the AL'

I'm not really on the fence much about this, I think it's clear that MLB likes interleague play. But it's also clear that AL pitchers are simply not prepared to take part in this type of activity. The AL teams need to get their pitchers into better shape, it will probably help them overall, anyway. They have to hit in the world series when they're away, so it's not like it's anything that new. They do it more, with interleague play, but that's the game and the AL pitchers have known it for several years now.
Get into shape, make the AL pitchers train a bit differently and these freak injuries won't occur as often. Otherwise, injuries happen, they are part of the game. I think a game with a DH is more exciting, because the 8th spot has more protection and the 9th spot isn't a giveaway out. BUT, until the NL changes their DH rule, I think the AL needs to suck it up for the good of the game. Overall, I say make the whole league a DH league, increase scoring and fan appreciation.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2008 11:31 pm
 

Hamels: 'I don't agree with the AL'

It's not like Wang doesn't run.  All starting pitchers run several miles a day. Legs are the most important part of a pitchers body to keep in shape because if the legs go, everything goes.  The problem is running the bases which is a different element all together.  I am a Yankees fan but I'm really on the fence about the whole DH or pitcher batting debate.  I think pitchers should take more time, like a week or so, before their scheduled start at an NL ballpark to get a better feel of what it likes to run around the bases a few times.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 10:09 pm
 

Hamels: 'I don't agree with the AL'

Colon's back injury is from him being fat. 

As far as CM Wang is concerned, it's probably the first time he's had to run since ever.  I don't think it's too much to ask that someone be able to run or even be able to move at a decent clip if they are going to be involved in an athletic endeavor. 


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