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Saturday, August 04, 2007
In an attempt to jump start his sagging offense, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa decided to bat his pitcher, Joel Pineiro eighth on Saturday against the Washington Nationals. Adam Kennedy, the Cardinals’ second baseman will bat ninth.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while. Our offense has been very erratic,” La Russa said. “We’re just not getting enough guys on base. (What) we’re trying to do is get a legitimate position player in the lineup.”
La Russa has done this before; in 1998, he batted his pitcher in the eighth slot 76 times. He hasn’t done it since.
The player La Russa chose to bat ninth wasn’t thrilled about it—even if he had batted ninth regularly last year with the Los Angeles Angels. “It’s what (La Russa) wants to do,” Kennedy said. “We all have egos, so definitely, that comes into play.”
Posted: August 04, 2007 at 11:01 PM | 35 comment(s)
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