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Ned Yost wants his pitchers hacking

Jun 11, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

The Royals are beginning a stretch of 15 straight interleague games tonight, and Ned Yost has a message for his pitchers, who now have to bat: get your money’s worth:

“When we play in National League I’ve got one
rule for our pitchers: Never try to beat out an infield hit. But two, if
you can swing it, swing it. I don’t want them up there trying to hit
little base hits to right field . . . take
your best swing. Go ahead and try to hit a double. Try to hit the ball
off the wall. We’ve got some athletes here.”

The National League partisan in me wants to see Royals’ pitchers rake like crazy for the next two weeks. The realist in me believes that free-swinging American League pitchers may do more to hasten the NL’s adoption of the DH than anything Charlie O. Finley could ever muster.

  1. okobojicat - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    The collapse of the pitcher as a hitter is because in the minor leagues pitchers almost never hit.
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    Craig, if you really want to save the NL – NO DH, then you need to start advocating pitchers hit in every single game a NL-affiliated team plays. Then pitchers will actually learn how to swing a bat. And have expectations put upon them to not suck.

  2. Ray Knight Looks Like Tip O'Neill - What Happened? - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    If he wants his pitchers hacking, the only sure fire way to do that is to put them all on a steady diet of Macanudos.

  3. adam - Jun 11, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Maybe he’s just trying to find SOMEONE on the team who can hit so he can either use them at DH or plug them somewhere in the field.

  4. Benny Blanco - Jun 11, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Craig, tell me thats not really being discussed as an option for the NL. I would hate to see pitchers no longer bat. It brings an element to the game that many of us still enjoy.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 12, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    If AL managers really want to win those all-important interleague games, they should have their pitchers bat in every game to prepare themselves properly.
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    Then, they could get rid of those otherwise useless cripples and has-beens for whom the DH has been the combined career respirator and redoubt of last resort and bring up some EYP from the minors and give some kids who really can play the entire game a shot at a career. Society has, with occasional hiccups like the 2000 election, advanced too far to justify a regression to the veneration of the tribal elder. Baseball could re-emerge from its very own late Pleistocene period, and the Neanderthals who enjoy that mindless, textureless parade of club-wielding gimps that is designatedhitterball could go content themselves watching mammoth hunts with Raquel Welch in her fur bikini.

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