Originally Posted by jojo
You should be against pinch hitters for the same reason you're arguing against the DH.
Do you think pinch hitting should be abolished?
Chapman hasn't had a single PA in a Reds uniform. Is he a professional athlete?
Specialists have always been part of the game. Seriously, buy a history book. Relief pitching and pinch hitting aren't newfangled tactics. Yet until the DH came along, specialists occupied the margins. You want to come in the game for an AB or as a pure defensive sub or to pitch an inning or two? That's specialist work.
You want to play the bulk of the game in most of the games your team plays? That requires a bit more. Players aspire to be the guys who have to do it all.
And I suspect if you asked Aroldis Chapman, he'd tell you he takes some professional pride in handling a bat even if the opportunity has yet to present itself. In fact, I'd be surprised if he wasn't itching to step to the plate.
Anyway, Joe Mauer doesn't need a booster seat and baseball fans don't need to be protected from baseball.