Comments on: First Pitch: Bringing the Designated Hitter to the National League http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:46:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Brian http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html#comment-26080 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 02:48:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49444#comment-26080 If the DH means we can improve our inexcusably awful offense and a defensive novice like Pedro Alvarez a DH, I’d take it.

I don’t buy into this whole art and strategy of double switches; it’s just a gimmick to overpay managers.

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By: TonyPenaforHOF http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html#comment-26075 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:48:38 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49444#comment-26075 No, read the first comment at the top.

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By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html#comment-26072 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 23:17:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49444#comment-26072 So if you’re DH is hitting for Gorkys, who is hitting for the pitcher? Are you allowing multiple DHs?

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By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html#comment-26071 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 23:14:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49444#comment-26071 :-)

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By: TonyPenaforHOF http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html#comment-26070 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 22:31:39 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49444#comment-26070 If we want innovation we need to create a climate designed to foster it. Your solution would replace moves that are predictable with fewer moves – which increases the predictability even more!

Give this example some thought. Most people would give the former Pirate Gorky Hernandez a good to very good defensive rating. Imagine him at PNC Park in left field, with a professional hitter like Jim Thome hitting for him. Not a bad signing for the Bucs as a player and good for a player like Thome to continue his career. On top of that we add more options for the GM and Manager to perform – which makes the games less predictable and fosters a climate for innovation.

If you do the opposite and hit for the pitcher, all you get is more offense, more predictability and a less intellectually stimulating product.

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By: Dropkickmurphys http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html#comment-26068 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:50:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49444#comment-26068 Me. I know I can match wits with every manager. I could manage every game each night from home. They all do the same thing.

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By: Dropkickmurphys http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html#comment-26067 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:49:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49444#comment-26067 It can get worse than 20 straight years of losing. I don’t think so.

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By: Dropkickmurphys http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html#comment-26066 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:48:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49444#comment-26066 NL Baseball: Dull, slow, predictable, station to station, see glove first players and relievers, and far too much managerial influence.

AL Baseball: Exciting, run scoring, players running around the bases, see the best players more, managers take a nap. Better baseball.

NL Baseball = Sac Bunt

AL Baseball = Home Run

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By: Dropkickmurphys http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html#comment-26065 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:42:41 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49444#comment-26065 No they don’t. They all do the same thing. They create match up lineups. They sac bunt with the pitcher without thinking. They use match up relievers. They have 7th and 8th inning set up relievers and closers. There is no strategy, there is no thinking, they all do exactly the same thing. Everyone could manage the Tony LaRussa style game.

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By: Dropkickmurphys http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-bringing-the-designated-hitter-to-the-national-league.html#comment-26064 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:40:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49444#comment-26064 The NL format means that many more players than 9 play each game. In the NL, you have more relief pitchers, more pinch hitters, more double switches, and while it means no more players, the perfectly dreadful sac bunt. If just about the best few players against the other best few players, the AL game is much closer to the traditional game.

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