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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Steve Treder takes a terrific look at non-batting batters…or how I learned to cuss out Ross Moschitto in a flavorful sing-songy fashion!
In addition, a roster-management rule that was in place from 1953 through 1957 had an impact. It was the Bonus Baby era, in which many managers were forced to carry extremely inexperienced youngsters on their roster all season long, and often these managers found that pinch-running and late-inning defense were the only suitable roles for the kids. Schofield, Bertoia, Amalfitano, and Carroll were all Bonus Babies in these seasons.
The 1956 Boston Red Sox, managed by Pinky Higgins, became the first team to deploy two non-batting batters: 23-year-old outfielder Gene Stephens, who was the late-innings caddy for Ted Williams, and 21-year-old infielder Billy Consolo, who was deployed in an extremely limited role as a defensive sub at second base for Billy Goodman and Ted Lepcio. The odd thing about Consolo is that he had already been a Bonus Baby, in 1953-54, yet in those years he was given dramatically greater playing time than he was in ‘56, despite the fact that the Red Sox were free to choose to farm him out in ‘56.
Posted: February 21, 2006 at 03:15 PM | 41 comment(s)
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