Baseball Between the numbers, page 151....no managers show a consistent ability to select pitch hitters from year to year. In fact, the correlation in the adjusted pitch hitter performance...from season to season is so close to zero as to be completey random...it's clear that no manager has shown the tallent to put his pinch hitters in a situation to succed more than any other managers.
What players, if any, have been "successfull" as pinch hitters? Furthermore, how would you define "success" as a pinch hitter?
Any managers shown a knack for pitch hitting, despite the concluions drawn by the authors of the book cited above?
Other thoughts regarding pinch hitting?