Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate
Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Who wants to see Shaquille O'Neal shoot free throws? It is part of the game. Just because a player has a weakness doesn't mean his team should be allowed to use another player to pick up his slack. If a player has a weakness he should work hard to improve and get better.
If you are a baseball player you have to play offense and defense.
Part of the reason pitchers can't hit is because the DH rule was invented. They stop batting as soon as they turn pro. All through the amateur ranks pitchers play both ways. Oftentimes a team's best pitcher is also their best hitter. A good athlete should be able to do both.
A pitcher who can hit can be quite an advantage for his team. Team's should be rewarded for having good all-around baseball players instead of nonathletic specialists who can only do one thing well.
If you are going to allow DHs to bat in the pitcher's spot, why not have a DH for the shortstop too? Shortstop is a defensive position often played by a weak hitter. Who wants to watch a shortstop hit? Shouldn't they allow a real hitter to take his spot in the lineup? Why not just be like football and one group of guys play offense and another group of guys play defense? Nah, that would be ridiculous -- just like the DH.
2012 mlb ave: .255/.319/.405
2012 ss ave: .257/.310/.378
2012 P ave: .129/.162/.166
Why not DH for a shortstop? Because generally, shortstops can actually hit. Pitchers are about as close to a sure out as any outcome in baseball. That's pretty boring.
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