Escobar back in lineup, Kimbrel headed to Gwinnett

Dark Star, Fla. – The Braves’ first equipment truck is already headed back to Atlanta, the unlicensed Jason Heyward No. 22 shirts are already being sold near Turner Field, and it’s T-Minus 55 hours, 10 minutes until my flight home.

Not that anyone’s counting.

We’re starting to wrap it up here at Dark Star, and the only people more excited than you are that spring training is ending and the season’s about to begin is everyone here – players, coaches, manager, and ink-stained wretches who’ve been here chronicling their exploits since Feb. 19.

Escobar's in lineup after missing three games with sore back

Escobar's in lineup after missing three games with sore back

Anyway, first things first. The news today: Heyward’s out of the lineup for a third consecutive game due to shin splints; Yunel Escobar is in the lineup after missing three games with a sore back; and future closer Craig Kimbrel is going to begin the season as Triple-A Gwinnett’s closer, as we’d anticipated.

More on Kimbrel in a moment.

Heyward followers, never fear. Non-licensed T-shirt sellers and fans in Greater Atlanta and throughout Braves Nation: Relax. It’s not serious, from everyone I’ve talked to including Heyward himself. The Braves are just being cautious.

Curiously, Heyward has declined to answer any questions about his shin, other than to say he expects to play opening day. (He’ll probably be back in the lineup tomorrow, from what I hear.) I asked him why he didn’t want to say anything else about the shin, and he said he just didn’t.

I talked to him this morning about other stuff including what it’s going to be like going back to Atlanta as the center of so much excitement that’s been building all spring, and about values instilled in him by his parents and others, plenty of stuff.

He addressed all of those questions without hesitancy. But he wouldn’t talk about his injury or about wearing No. 22 as a tribute to his friend and former Henry County High teammate, Andy Wilmont, who died in a car accident. Other than acknowledging he’s wearing the number as a tribute to Wilmont, he didn’t want to discuss that.

Anyway, as for Heyward’s status, Bobby Cox said he might play Wednesday. But even if he doesn’t, it’s because the Braves are being careful because they can afford to: Heyward already made the team and already has 60 plate appearances — third-most on the team behind Melky Cabrera and Matt Diaz.

This little late-spring rest might actually end up being a good thing for him, after all the energy he’s probably expended this spring making the team, doing countless interviews and handling all the attention as if it’s nothing but a thing, but surely has been more difficult than he’s shown.

Cox and the Braves want to do everything they can to assure the franchise cornerstone is healthy for opening day and the debut that Atlanta is abuzz over, and it won’t be surprising if he plays only a limited amount in the remaining four exhibition games, including two at Turner Field Friday-Saturday against Andruw Jones and the Chicago White Sox.

(Speaking of Andruw, I talked to a writer who saw him last week and said he barely recognized him, he’s in such great shape. Lost about 20 pounds, from what I understand.)

OK, on to other matters, in brief.

Oh, first the lineups. It’s a split-squad day for the Yankees, and Jeter and A-Rod are playing the other game tonight against the Rays. Teixeira got hit by a pitch yesterday and also isn’t here.

Braves

  1. Melky Cabrera RF
  2. Martin Prado 2B
  3. Chipper Jones 3B
  4. Troy Glaus 1B
  5. Yunel Escobar SS
  6. Matt Diaz LF
  7. Nate McLouth CF
  8. Clint Sammons C
  9. Kenshin Kawakami RH

Yankees

  1. Brett Gardner LF
  2. Nick Swisher RF
  3. Jorge Posada C
  4. Robinson Cano 2B
  5. Curtis Granderson CF
  6. Juan Miranda 1B
  7. Kevin Russo SS
  8. Brandon Laird 3B
  9. CC Sabathia LH

♣ Kimbrel at Gwinnett: The Braves’ likely future closer will begin season closing at Gwinnett, which is what I had anticipated and what made the most sense. He’s had a terrific spring, but he’s 21, has only pitching 13-2/3 innings above A-ball, and he’s not on the 40-man roster.

Headed for Gwinnett, but Kimbrel will be in majors before much longer.

Headed for Gwinnett, but Kimbrel will be in majors before much longer.

Cox said they talked to Kimbrel this morning, explained to him that he’ll be closing at Gwinnett but will occasionally come in early, pitch two innings so that he can keep working on command and all his pitches. But he’ll stay with the team, fly back to Atlanta with them Thursday, probably pitch Wednesday and in one of the Turner Field games against the White Sox.

Cox was been nothing but impressed with him this spring and said he could be here soon and that the command issues that cropped up at times last season and in the Fall League weren’t readily apparent most of this spring while Kimbrel’s posted a .125 opponents’ average in seven scoreless innings.

“I don’t think [his command] has been bad at all,” Cox said. “It’s been good. In the bullpens he was always good. That’s where you get a good look at how guys repeat pitches, things like that.”

As for pitching in some two-inning stints at Gwinnett, Cox said it’ll give him a better opportunity to work on sharpening all his pitches.

Could he get to the majors quickly? “I think so,” Cox said. “He could. If he gets it together – he’s a strikeout guy. He can come on and strike you out.”

Kimbrel allowed three hits in his seven appearances and had 10 strikeouts in seven innings, though he did issue six walks.

“I haven’t looked at his stats,” Cox said. “but for me, with just my eyes – I haven’t looked at stats in spring training – I like him.

“Just needs to get out there and do it [pitch innings]. If we didn’t have our [experienced] guys, he’d be on the team.”

Kimbrel at Triple-A further narrows the field of remaining competitors for two bullpen spots. We’re probably down to right-hander Jesse Chavez — I think he’ll get one of the jobs — and lefties Jo-Jo Reyes and Jonny Venters.

While Scott Proctor hasn’t officially been eliminated, everything points to the Braves having him spend 2-3 weeks at Gwinnett before he’s added to the big club. He’s less than 11 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery and has only pitched two weeks after going 17 months and two surgeries without being in a game.

You can check yesterday’s blog story about Reyes to see Cox’s latest rave reviews for his spring performance. Here’s what the skipper said about Venters when I asked him this morning:

“I like him a lot,” Cox said. “He got everything up yesterday [Venters got knocked around by the Phillies on Monday]. You could tell when he warmed up, he was going to try to blow everybody away, rather than do what we liked of him, the sinker. And paid the price. But I like him a <em>lot</em>.

“He’s just got to gain command of that sinker and breaking ball. He’s another strikeout guy and groundball guy…. He throws hard, man.”

♣ Ross confident of return: Backup catcher David Ross said his strained groin has improved each day and he’s confident he’ll be ready opening day. He has hit and thrown without difficulty the past couple of days, but will wait a little longer before he runs and tries to block balls in the catcher’s squad, that kind of thing.

“There’s no sense in trying to push anything when we’ve got extra days” before opening day, Ross said. “That’s everybody’s consensus: just don’t do anything stupid.”

The veteran strained the same groin on the last day of 2009 spring training while rounding first base. But like last spring, Ross said he’s been fortunate to have enough playing time since early in camp to be ready for the season.

“They just do a good job here of getting everybody at-bats,” he said. “Bobby uses a lot of guys and even when Mac gets his at-bats, I still somehow was able to get my at-bats.”

Ambidextrous pitcher today: We could be in for a treat this afternoon, as the Yankees brought the ambidextrous pitcher, Yankees minor leaguer Pat Venditte. He’s supposed to pitch in one of the late innings.

It’ll be his first spring appearance; Yanks manager Joe Girardi requested he be sent over for this game because he wanted to see him pitch once.  (Those of you who haven’t heard of this guy are probably going, are you serious? Yes, ambidextrous pitcher.)

Get this: Braves bullpen coach Eddie Perez had Venditte on the winter-ball team Eddie managed in Venezuela. He told us this morning how teams were required to signal which way a switch-hitter would be batting before coming to the plate, and the rule is that a hitter can’t change in mid at-bat.  (In the majors, I’m told pitcher or hitter can change one time in mid at-bat. I’ll try to get  ruling to clarify.)

Perez said the guy warms up with five pitches from each side before the inning, so he’s ready to throw either way.  He throws sidearm from left side, and over top from the right. According to Perez, the guy’s actually quite good from both sides, but particularly strong against lefty hitters.

Tom-tom-petty-53155_402_582

“INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN” by T. Petty, J. Lynne

Eddie waited til’ he finished high school

He went to Hollywood, got a tattoo

He met a girl out there with a tattoo too

The future was wide open

They moved into a place they both could afford

He found a night club he could work at the door

She had a guitar and she taught him some chords

The sky was the limit

Into the great wide open

Under them skies of blue

Out in the great wide open

A rebel without a clue

The papers said Ed always played from the heart

He got an agent and a roadie named Bart

They made a record and it went in the chart

The sky was the limit

His leather jacket had chains that would jingle

They both met movie stars, partied and mingled

Their A&R man said “I don’t hear a single”

The future was wide open

Into the great wide open

Under them skies of blue

Out in the great wide open

A rebel without a clue

899 comments Add your comment

ATL

March 30th, 2010
1:03 pm

buzzmeat

March 30th, 2010
1:05 pm

No css where im at. Shame Shame Shame

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:07 pm

Or we could do a Chipper blooper reel …?

Brandon from Warner Robins

March 30th, 2010
1:07 pm

I dont care if its spring trainging…beat the Yankees.

CB

March 30th, 2010
1:07 pm

Ignatius,thanks. I do know what a Wurlitzer is,just not as a blog term.

Ignatius J. Reilly

March 30th, 2010
1:08 pm

grape-ape grape-ape

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:08 pm

Anyone having trouble loading the game from MLBTV?

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:09 pm

NM it’s working now :)

bert

March 30th, 2010
1:09 pm

DOB I know this is a little off of the subject but is there any word on when the Braves will hoist up number 47 in left field? One week away from opening day I can’t be more excited.

Ignatius J. Reilly

March 30th, 2010
1:09 pm

CB- didnt even look at theblog term…if i had to guess id say just someone who knows what they’re talking about when talkin music

but i’m also pulling a brain jordan and talking completely out of my arse and may very well be way off

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:10 pm

Just in time too 1st and 3rd – 1 out for the Yanks -

Rodney Derrick

March 30th, 2010
1:10 pm

Andruw Jones now has four stolen bases, looks to be the White Sox regular centerfielder, has hit well over .300 during spring with less strikeouts than in past, has two or three home runs so far, one hit strongly to right. I am Braves fan to the max but would like to see big comeback year for AJ. Another 112 homeruns puts him at 500 plus 10 golden gloves in a row and he clearly makes Hall of Fame.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:10 pm

Just in case ya’ll want to know, Chipper dropped a mile high pop up in the IF and Posada just doubled to RF. Runners on 2nd/3rd 1 out.

bravesgrl4life

March 30th, 2010
1:10 pm

Anyone doing PBP today? Will try to keep a check on the old blog while I work.

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:11 pm

Cano just missed and i mean just missed hitting a 3-run bomb

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

1-0 Yanks, double by Cano. 1st/2nd 1 out. KK looks like poopy

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

1-0 Yanks…runners on 2nd and 3rd…1 out for Granderson

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

Cano CRUSHED that three-run homer. One run unearned via the E-Hoss when Swisher popup went off Chipper’s glove. Whoops. I got up after ball was hit. Coulda sworn it was way out. Only a double off top of the wall.

Ignatius J. Reilly

March 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

so if chip catches the popup they still put one on the board?

Mixxo

March 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

buzzmeat – Me neither. Dang it. Oh well, maybe someone will provide some PBP.

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

Chipper Jones an error already today – defense seem to be making a lot of errors this spring.

ugaaccountant

March 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

Glen W

March 30th, 2010
11:57 am
thinbreakness – I think the Rockies are the best team in the NL. I can’t believe Tulowitzki is not getting more attention. He is a SS that could go 300-40-120 this year… not even Hanley is going to come close to that.

He’s in every serious fantasy baseball owners top 22 player list, which is where the elite talent cutoff lies this year. Many guys are itching to take him above far more established guys. But everyone now has him in the elite talent. You are correct that he’s showing serious signs of being an MVP contender this year. Getting off to a hot start would get him into the everyday conversations on ESPN for instance.

Maturin

March 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

KC, you there? I heard you and some folks were going to the home opener. My email is nmaturin@gmail.com, send me the info if you’d like to coordinate something :)

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:14 pm

KK K’s Granderson

Ignatius J. Reilly

March 30th, 2010
1:14 pm

btw, i took in a game 2weeks ago btn the stros and yanks
cano yoked one of meyer that went dead center on a line….summonbitch might still be in the air

that kid has some pop for sure

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:14 pm

Granderson down on k’s – 2 outs

bert

March 30th, 2010
1:14 pm

rodney i agree with you. I would love to see Andruw with either a big year or a very solid one.

unbelievable

March 30th, 2010
1:14 pm

Who is the Rockies elite offensive player? – C

Tulo .297/.377/.552/.930 100R 32HR 95RBI 20SB….Im sure he wouldve lead the braves in almost all those categories last year also

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

Inning over … Chipper catches that pop up. 1-0 Yanks going to bottom of 1st ….

Luke

March 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

Only 1 run…wow…KK did a great job limiting that…thats nice to c out of a #5 starter

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

Chipper nice grab in foul territory to end the inning –

3 Run-homer DOB? I thought it was gone too actually.

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

On, and for fans of the Beach Boys (yes, they’re still performing, in some variation): The band is doing a free post-game concert on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, after the Braves-Phillies 1:10 tilt.

Ignatius J. Reilly

March 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

they dropped tulo to the 4hole as well…he stays healthy he’ll put up even better #s than last yr

unbelievable

March 30th, 2010
1:16 pm

so was Cano’s hit a HR or a double?

SC Smith

March 30th, 2010
1:16 pm

Well with everything settling down I guess only questions left are, two bullpen spots, utlity infield spot & how Bobby uses Melky, Nate, & Matt. I think everyone is ready to get this season started, and it looks alot brighter that it has in awhile. Give Bobby the best retirement party ever. In the
WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mixxo

March 30th, 2010
1:17 pm

Our D will be suspect I tell ya. Everywhere but the 6 & 9 hole anyway.

CB

March 30th, 2010
1:17 pm

TnBrian,are you and DOB watching the same game?

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:17 pm

Posada messin’ with Melky at the plate …

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:17 pm

It was a double off the wall – but it was crushed

Jay212033

March 30th, 2010
1:17 pm

Nova Scotia Steve just said Cano just missed a 3 run HR now DOB said he CRUSHED a 3-run HR which is true?!?!

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:18 pm

CB, I got DOB covered for a while here. Let him talk about his Beach Boys.

Venice Jim

March 30th, 2010
1:18 pm

Box score says double…

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:18 pm

Melky with a ground rule double.

Luke

March 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

Cabrera ground rule double – on a ball Swisher looked awful on

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

Prado flies to CF, 1 out.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:20 pm

RBI double for Chipper. Tied 1-1

Ignatius J. Reilly

March 30th, 2010
1:21 pm

i like swisher ok as a ballplayer, but that man can look as lost as anyone in the field

ugaaccountant

March 30th, 2010
1:21 pm

“Cox said they talked to Kimbrel this morning, explained to him that he’ll be closing at Gwinnett but will occasionally come in early, pitch two innings so that he can keep working on command and all his pitches.”

I hope everyone sees this quote, so when Kimbrel is called upon for non-save situations in AAA, we know it’s based on the overall strategy designed by Bobby. I think this is a good move for now, we need to keep him flexible in terms of roles and innings for now, until we’re ready to promote him full time to closer, which may not be for 2011 either.

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:21 pm

Damn, CC ain’t getting any smaller, that’s for sure. The mound is tilting beneath him.

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:22 pm

This is a 600-pound-plus matchup, CC vs. Glaus.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:23 pm

Glaus flies to CF, advances Cj to 3rd. 2 outs now.

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:23 pm

And Glaus flied out to CF, moves Chipper to third. Escobar up for first time since Thursday.

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

If it gets really windy, I think there’s potential for CC’s baggy pants to act as twin sails and carry him to the dugout.

OK, I’ll stop.

GTI in Chicago

March 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

I’m impressed with Glaus: 5+ weeks of ST and his brand new Braves batting helmet already looks like a Craig Biggio special. Shows a certain kind of dedication/determination.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:25 pm

Yunel down on K’s. 3 outs

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

Esco struck out.

This place is as packed as I’ve ever seen it. I mean, they’re standing beyond the standing-room only. They’re two rows deep standing atop the filled grass berm beyond left field.

buzzmeat

March 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

Not with all that weight DOB. no sails will carry CC!!!

Wayne in Utah

March 30th, 2010
1:27 pm

Rodney

Yes, I hope AJ comes back and does well. It’s just a shame that he didn’t get serious about his conditioning a few years earlier.

Is Escobar going to turn into a player who misses a game here or a game there due to little lingering ailments? I know that ALL players get dinged up from time to time, but it seems to me that he might be a tad bit soft.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:27 pm

Yeah, Sabathia’s pants look like parachutes. I bet he’s at least 340 lbs, at least.

Ignatius J. Reilly

March 30th, 2010
1:28 pm

To the dismay of no one, Superfly didn’t wrestle. He attended, though, and even said something to the crowd that sounded an awful lot like, “Mashed potatoes are wonderful, thank you Natalie Merchant’s dog but sushi I don’t ride.” (Enunciation has never been a Superfly strong point.)

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jeff_pearlman/03/26/wrestling/index.html

gobraves

March 30th, 2010
1:28 pm

i paid over 100 dollars to be able to listen and watch the braves on my phone and it works only 50 percent of the time im over it this will be the last year that i just give mlb.com money for nothing

Mixxo

March 30th, 2010
1:29 pm

CC’s bigger than The Prince?

Disgusting!

Nova Scotia Steve

March 30th, 2010
1:29 pm

gobraves – chicks for free

CB

March 30th, 2010
1:30 pm

You guys are prejudiced against the horizontally challenged.

Mark Biles

March 30th, 2010
1:30 pm

Kimbrel will be a great closer for us someday–may be as soon as 2011. By the way, love “Into the Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty. I’ve worn that casette tape out I’ve pleyed it so much.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:30 pm

2 easy outs for KK. CC up taking up my entire TV screen … he k’s. 3 outs

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:30 pm

The ambidextrous pitcher, Yankees minor leaguer Pat Venditte, is supposed to pitch in the late innings. It’ll be his first spring appearance; Girardi requested he be sent over for this game because he wanted to see him pitch once.

Get this: Eddie Perez had him on the winter-ball team Eddie managed in Venezuela. He told us this morning how teams were required to signal which way a switch-hitter would be batting before coming to the plate, and the hitter can’t change in mid at-bat.

He said the guy warms up with five pitches from each side before the inning, so he’s ready to throw each way. He throws sidearm from left side, and over top from the right. Said the guy’s actually quite good from both sides, but particularly strong against lefty hitters.

Wayne in Utah

March 30th, 2010
1:31 pm

CC is a modern day Mickey Lolich.

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:31 pm

oh, and the guy has a specially made six-fingered glove that he can switch to either hand.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:31 pm

Hey Mixxo. Hey.

GTI in Chicago

March 30th, 2010
1:32 pm

C.C. didn’t even deign to flinch at any of those 3 pitches from K.K.

Ignatius J. Reilly

March 30th, 2010
1:33 pm

switch-pitcher kid played down here in chas,sc the other yr
was pretty decent

Brian from SC

March 30th, 2010
1:34 pm

Venditte utterly destroyed single A ball the last couple of years. But the Yanks won’t advance him any further, even though he’s already 24.

Mixxo

March 30th, 2010
1:34 pm

Wayne in Utah – That’s cool then. The ‘68 Tigs are one of my all-time fav teams.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:35 pm

I think a Melky/Diaz platoon at leadoff will be just fine. He leads off with a single. Nate’s up …

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:36 pm

Nate buckled on a slider for a K.

C's

March 30th, 2010
1:36 pm

Tn – I agree. A Melky/Diaz platoon at leadoff would be best.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:36 pm

Diaz doubled off, inning over.

MaineBrave

March 30th, 2010
1:36 pm

SO DOB

“Teixeira got him by a pitch yesterday”

Are you sure he didn’t get HIT by a pitch? :p

ContactBuzz

March 30th, 2010
1:37 pm

Did he borrow the 6 finger glove from Antonio Alfonseca?

Shane

March 30th, 2010
1:38 pm

This place is as packed as I’ve ever seen it

Ive been there for some Cardinals games that were packed. Including the rain out earlier this year. Cards have a huge following. Yankees have an even larger following.

GovClintonTyree

March 30th, 2010
1:38 pm

Mickey got big, but never THAT big.

monty

March 30th, 2010
1:39 pm

Glen W

HAve Hanley and Troy switch parks and it’s a whole other conversation.

beachcomber

March 30th, 2010
1:42 pm

Pitcher who throws with both hands today – and what – Sidd Finch on Thursday?

pryguy

March 30th, 2010
1:42 pm

DOB,

Thanks for your work throughout spring training. Much appreciated.

I’m excited for this season to get started. Our rotation is set to be very strong and I like how Glaus has settled in with this team. Melky seems to be someone not to sleep on either. I really like our chances.

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:42 pm

I’m gonna check to make sure, but I’m pretty certain that was an opposite-field homer. Not a double.

Yes, Swisher home run.

MFin04

March 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

How come Brian Jordan, black people in general, can’t say the word “Strength”? Are they taught wrong in school or is it just like a “foreign” accent kind of thing?

monty

March 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

Interesting wrestling match might be Prince Fielder and CC.

McFann

March 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

he expects to play opening day.

Dang, he BETTER be able to play Opening Day! :(

bravesgrl4life

March 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

Sounds like the Yankee’s split squad is hurting us today.

gobraves

March 30th, 2010
1:44 pm

NCC what is chicks for free?

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2010
1:46 pm

ContactBuzz: Well done.

I’ll never forget Leyland’s line to Alfonseca: “Gimme six, Pulpo!” (Pulpo was his nickname with Marlins; it’s Spanish for octopus.)

Brian from SC

March 30th, 2010
1:47 pm

Antonio Alfonseca was one of the strangest-looking baseball players I’ve ever seen. Very tall, but very skinny, with the exception of the enormous pot-belly. And oh yes, the six fingers.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2010
1:47 pm

MFin04, my black friend Gerald says the word “strength” the way it’s pronounced.

jamin.benr

March 30th, 2010
1:49 pm

This place is as packed as I’ve ever seen it. I mean, they’re standing beyond the standing-room only. They’re two rows deep standing atop the filled grass berm beyond left field.

-thats beacause it a preseason preview of the post season finale!

MFin04

March 30th, 2010
1:49 pm

TnBrian – Interesting. That’s good to know it is possible. I wonder why most don’t then?

jim

March 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

MFin04

Might you speak with a regional dialect common to most white people in the neighborhood in which you grew up? Is there anything wrong with that if you do?

Innocent Bystander

March 30th, 2010
1:54 pm

So the way I read the rules, a switch hitter is at the disadvantage against the supposed “switch pitcher” since the hitter must first signal how he will hit. Not only is he at a disadvantage in terms of the platoon matchup, but a typical switch hitter isn’t comfortable hitting, say, left-handed with a LHP.

Brian from SC

March 30th, 2010
1:56 pm

Bystander…I thought I read somewhere that it was the opposite…that the pitcher has to decide first.

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