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Bautista came to the plate with two outs and nobody on and representing the tying run, and it was just too rich. Had Stone and Hawk written out the lineup card, Bautista would’ve only been on deck while a lesser hitter tried to keep the game alive for Toronto.
The article strangely doesn't mention that Bautista indeed hit the game-tying home run. I guess the author of a team-specific blog assumes that the reader would know, but you think it deserves a mention.
Isn't it odd for a general manager to be dictating the lineup order? One would think that was the manager's prerogative.
There's certainly nothing much wrong with your best hitter batting #3, either. Insistence that the best hitter bat #2 instead would be trivial (and I don't see a lot of people arguing strenuously for it, for that very reason).
In a well functioning organization one would hope the field staff and the front office would discuss these things and be on the same philosophical page.
I absolutely agree that the best hitter should bat no lower than third, though
I think your best hitter should never bat 3rd. Generally, 2nd or 4th. 3rd and 4th are a similar role, and the ~18 extra PA's over the course of the season is more than made up for by the fact that at #3, he wastes 60-75 of his 1st-inning at bats with 2 out and nobody on. The 4 guy, on the other hand, always leads off the 2nd or hits with a baserunner in the first. Never a throwaway.
The 4 guy, on the other hand, always leads off the 2nd or hits with a baserunner in the first. Never a throwaway.
How? Or perhaps, in which inning?
Now mind you, if I have a decent team, there is not going to be one particular guy that is clearly the best choice so you have the option of tweaking for what works best for you
I want him batting in the first inning no matter what.
someone hits a homerun.
but as long as there aren’t any black holes in the first top five or six spots
there is probably a sense in which Harrelson and others feel that it's the eternal and immutable "right way to play."
• The guy isn't going to ground into a million double plays (I'd be reluctant to hit e.g. Mike Piazza 2nd)
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