Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate
Originally Posted by M2
Hard to make this simpler: some people (let's call them baseball fans) like the requirement that field players, even the pitcher, have to hit and that all hitters have to play the field. We don't care to see pitchers and DHs get a free pass from having to the things they're not good at doing.
Hard to make this simpler: some people (lets call them baseball fans) think it's perfectly valid to prefer watching Edgar Martinez hit versus Aaron Harang and think it's completely arbitrary to demand that field players, even the pitcher, have to hit and that all hitters have to play the field. We can certainly understand how someone might revel in a great glove getting to play the field because a major league quality bat is taking PAs away from a specialized player that is largely encouraged to ignore hitting once he is signed and enters the player development system.
If someone would prefer to watch a pitcher take PAs and the relatively small amount of in game strategy that gets evoked to compensate for purposefully placing a black hole in the lineup, that's great. Each to their own.
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