Originally Posted by jojo
You really don't understand what browbeat means.
You'd certainly be the one to educate us.
There are so many different subtle elements of strategy in play when the pitcher hits.
Teams are rewarded for having a complete athlete when they have a pitcher who can hit a little and bunt. That may not be interesting to you, but it is to me and a lot of other fans.
I remember Koufax talking about how important it is to get the number 8 man for the third out, so the pitcher will have to lead off the next inning.
It's not about being a traditionalist. It's about a better brand of baseball, more thinking, more strategy, and to Chili's point, more punishment for lacking the basic skills of the game.