Designated Hitter

The last 9 games the Yankees have played have been Interleague games as are the next 6. The only difference between the National League and American League (that I know of) is that since 1973 the American League has a designated hitter and the National League does not. Fans of the National League say this is why the National League is better then the American League. They do not have pansy pitchers that don’t bat and the managers have to develop a line-up without the benefit of a DH.

During Interleague Play the designated hitter rule is used in all American League ballparks, but is not used in National League stadiums, this of course is the reason the National League has won 1,732 Interleague games and the American League has only won 1,894 Interleague games. Just look what happened when the Yankees played the Cubs on June 17th. They lost to the Cubs 1-3 and when they played the Reds in Cincinnati on June 22 they also lost 2-10. Apparently when American League pitchers get to a National League park they freeze with terror at the thought of batting and the managers curl up in the dugout and their heads explode when they try to work the lineup around having the pitcher bat and who to pinch hit. Um no, not really, the Yankees won the series against the Cubs, Reds and Rockies. The Rockies came to Yankee Stadium, they left as pebbles. Even with a D.H.

What really burns me up about National League fans though, is some say that American League pitchers don’t play. Excuse me? Most starting pitchers throw the ball 100 times in a game, and they have to throw it over home plate in the strike zone. Home plate is 17″ wide and

The Strike Zone is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the bottom of the knees. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter’s stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.

Not only that, they have to throw it in the strikezone in a spot where the hitter either can’t hit it or can’t hit it out of the park. Not only that but he has to, at times, cover first base, third base and home plate. A shortstop on the other hand, has to field pop-ups and ground balls and then usually throw them to the second or first baseman. He might have to cover second base, and while he does have to throw the ball with accuracy, it doesn’t have to be pinpoint accuracy and he doesn’t throw the ball 100 times a game. But because he takes his turn batting every 9th man, he is really playing baseball, and the pitcher isn’t? Give me a break.

And while we’re at it, lets take a look at the National League pitchers batting stats. Since they are so good at it.

Doug Davis, Chi Cubs: 410 AB; 12 R; 34 H; 0 HR; 13 RBI; .083 AVG
Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds: 76 AB; 9 R; 23 H; 0 HR; 4 RBI; .303 AVG
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds: 161 AB; 12 R; 15 H; 0 HR; 4 RBI; .093 AVG
Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies: 252 AB; 12 R; 28 H; 0 HR; 8 RBI; .111 AVG

So there you have it, 4 National League pitchers, 3 of which have batting averages lower then my weight. I know this is a small sample size, but I’m pretty sure you will find this is the case among most teams in the National League. The pitchers are mainly throwing down bunts to advance runners or get on base. Another thing is, two of these pitchers were the losing pitchers against the Yankees, and two were the winning pitchers.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛