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The other option is to bench Adrian Gonzalez in favor of Ricky Nelson, a guy with 320 career AB and a .247/.288/.363 (76 OPS+) career line.
Wilin Rosario (55 homers, 47 walks) has that record in his sights, though!
Not that one: Ricky Nelson
Well, if you're going to bench a first ballot Hall of Merit player so that a man who slugged .298 can play RF, why not go all the way?
After the Cardinals were blown out by the Brewers in Game 1 of the 1982 World Series, they fought back from an early 4-2 deficit in Game 2, tying it up in the 6th before Braun "drove in" the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th on a bases-loaded walk from Pete Ladd (Rollie Fingers was injured). Braun was then hit by a ground ball off the bat of Ozzie Smith with the bases loaded, ending the inning and turning the lead over to Bruce Sutter.
I've talked about this before, but I quite often note great Negro Leaguers and leave it at that. Guys like Charleston, Stearnes, and Wells are obvious inner-circle greats of the sport and I recognize that, but I don't want to be responsible for sifting through biographical records to see if, say, Bingo DeMoss or Edgar Wesley is available on a day when I'm thin at their position.
And Lenny Harris holds the record for pinch hits ... how else was he gonna get that record without a ton of PAs and no walks? :-)
If there's one place where an empty BA is most useful, I've always figured PH was it
(I'm a little surprised that of the 223 players with at least 200 pinch-hit PA, only 10 of them have a PH OPS above .800).
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