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“The way he handled it was so impressive,” Bochy said. “I think he threw a bullpen that day"
“He’s always communicated,” the pitcher said. “Sometimes the truth was not what I wanted to hear, but it was the truth.”
“The best left-hander in the National League was pitching against us,” Lemon said, “and Reggie hasn’t been at bat in quite awhile. It wasn’t fair to him, and it wasn’t fair to us.”
Billy also benched Reggie in game 5 of the 1977 ALCS (against Splitorff)--though he was inserted as a PH in the 8th and got a crucial single
I don't know whether this was L/R in general, or Splitorff specifically. Seems like I remember the story being, Martin thought Jackson couldn't hit Splitorff, and checked with Catfish Hunter, who said "Not with a ####### paddle." Martin was not an index-cards kind of guy
Strat-o-Matic had been issuing lefty/righty split cards since 1971. It wasn't exactly unknown.
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