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Friday, August 17, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-17-2018

Chicago Eagle, August 17, 1918:

“The most peculiar happening in baseball during my career took place when I was with the St. Louis Feds,” said Bob Groom. “In a game at Pittsburgh, we had the bases filled and Larue Kirby came to bat. He hit for a home run, his hit accounting for four runs. Then the Pittsburgh management discovered that according to the score card Delos Drake should have hit ahead of Kirby. The umpire ruled Drake out for not having batted and allowed Kirby to hit over again. This time he tripled, driving in three runs, a total of seven runs in one time at bat.”

A neat story, but Larue Kirby never hit a triple against Pittsburgh or had more than two RBI in a game.

But it does lead me to wonder if there’s any situation in which it’s advantageous to intentionally bat out of order. A situation something like extra innings, first and third, one out, no pinch hitters available, and a horrendous-hitting pitcher (Don Carman and his career .057/.066/.057 line, for example) at the plate. He’s almost certainly going to make an out and if he manages to make contact, it’s probably not getting out of the infield. He’s at least as likely to hit into a double play than score the run. Can a manager skip the pitcher, report it to the umpire himself, and send the next batter to the plate?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
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