Comments on: Most PA for a pitcher in the DH era http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1315 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1315/comment-page-1#comment-6327 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 05:11:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1315#comment-6327 Re not playing a catcher at DH -- I've heard that said before, but I think that's probably being too risk averse. The chances of the catcher getting knocked out of the game are small, and having the pitcher bat once most likely isn't going to cost you that badly. If you have a good hitting catcher like Posada or Mauer and you can steal a few more games of his bat without tiring him out behind the plate, it's probably a smart idea.

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By: TheGoof http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1315/comment-page-1#comment-6326 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 02:48:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1315#comment-6326 Roger Clemens and John Wetteland each had instances where they accidentally wound up batting -- and had hits. Clemens did it in 1996, then doubled against the Mets in 1997. I'll never forget the Wetteland game. The Rangers had Leyritz and I-Rod both in the lineup, and I don't remember if it was myself, my dad or John Sterling, but somebody pointed out that you should never have both of your catchers in the lineup as catcher and DH, in case the one catching gets hurt. Sure enough, an injury, and the other guy had to come in to catch. So, stuck in extra innings, Wetteland is on deck in a tight spot. But the batter before him had a big hit, giving them the lead, and they let him bat. He drove in a run, then scored. And got the win.

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By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1315/comment-page-1#comment-6325 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 01:11:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1315#comment-6325 I'll do one of them.
May 13th 2000- The Red Sox have 1 hit through 7 and trail 1-0. 1st baseman Brian Daubach singles with 1 out in the 8th and is promptly pinch run for. The Red Sox then explode for 5 runs on 3 home runs. DH Mike Stanley come in to play first for Daubach forfeiting Boston's DH for the game. By the time the pitcher's spot comes around closer Derek Lowe has already pitched 1 inning. He comes to bat with 2 out and nobody on in the ninth up 5-1. The Red Sox are clearly better off trading the out for another inning of Lowe. So Lowe watches 4 pitches, gets called out on strikes and closes out the game.

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By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1315/comment-page-1#comment-6324 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 00:43:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1315#comment-6324 A bunch of Raphy's games make sense. Extra-inning games in which various pinch hitters and position switches led to the team losing its DH, and blowout games in which a regular got rested early or a position player came in to pitch.

A few (both '00 Boston games and a '97 Texas game, maybe one other) are a little tougher to figure out. Don't have time to look into the circumstances right now. I wonder if someone got hurt?

And Jimenez doesn't count as a real pitcher either.

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By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1315/comment-page-1#comment-6323 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 22:17:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1315#comment-6323 The requirement for what is called a pitcher will change in the game finder, but I’ll add this anyway.

Here are the pitchers to have plate appearances since 1997 in AL only games. (Does Wade Boggs really count?)
http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/w7jz

D’Angelo Jimenez is the only pitcher to have a PA in an interleague game at an AL park since 1997.

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By: JDV http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1315/comment-page-1#comment-6321 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:36:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1315#comment-6321 Even though he was just 1 for 12 that season with the White Sox, I can't fault Mgr Paul Richards for using Brett as a pinch-hitter (6x), or in the regular batting order (2x...once in the #8 position). He was a career .262 hitter with a .406 Slg percentage. Nonetheless, the next season, new White Sox Mgr Bob Lemon apparently didn't see it that way. Brett never batted in '77.

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By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1315/comment-page-1#comment-6320 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 18:44:46 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1315#comment-6320 The requirement for what is called a pitcher will change in the game finder, but I'll add this anyway.

Here are the pitchers to have plate appearances since 1997 in AL only games. (Does Wade Boggs really count?)
http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/w7jz

D'Angelo Jimenez is the only pitcher to have a PA in an interleague game at an AL park since 1997.
http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/tcqj
http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/376C

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