Originally Posted by kaldaniels
I wondered about that. 290 AB would be scoffed at by many posters on here, myself included.
Hard to believe that with the IBB he gets from time to time in the 8 hole he would actually have better numbers in the 7 spot. It's just hard to get enough data to make a clear conclusion.
I do agree with you, it's hard to make a conclusion.
Especially because if there's a really weak hitter behind Hannigan, that might have a similar effect to hitting in front of the pitcher.
Hannigan does have nice pitch recognition skills. I agree with that.
I just have a very hard time getting behind the idea of the pitcher batting #8 and a guy like Hannigan #9. I know LaRussa tried it and the Brewers tried it, but it never really seemed to gain traction
Now, I could see the arguement for batting Hannigan #7 and maybe Cozart #8. Not sure it would be a noticable gain or loss, but it seems more logical.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
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