DVauthrin wrote:KCollins1304 wrote:DVauthrin wrote:When did I say hitting is easy? It's one of the hardest thing to do in sports, especially if you stop practicing it. But, again, my high school team faced Josh Beckett when he was at Spring. The guy hit near .500 with power in high school. He would have been an early pick as a hitter. You really think if he didn't continue to work on his swing in the cage as he progressed that he couldn't be a good hitter? Thing is, once he signed, he stopped putting the amount of time in the cage needed to stay sharp at the teams request i'm sure.
James Loney was both a stud pitcher, and stud left handed hitter while at Elkins. The dodgers told him to focus on being a position player, but if he had kept working as a pitcher, he had the talent to pitch in the majors...
These are just two cases. There are plenty more like them in baseball.
Sure some guys could never hit as a pitcher, but some position players struggle hitting as well. The lack of good hitting pitchers is do to the fact they stop practicing it, not their hitting talent. Teams would rather them focus all their time and energy on either pitching or hitting, but it's not like the time isn't there.
And the fact that they don't practice it and are horrible at it is enough justification for me to use the DH. If it was easy to maintain hitting while doing all the things they need to do for pitching, then you wouldn't see such horrible numbers from pitchers hitting. People wouldn't want the DH if the pitchers could hit as well as you think they are capable of.
To me the solution isn't using the DH(that's an unnecessary cop out), it's having the pitchers actually taking BP in the minors/mlb level and looking at video for at most an hour a day. That still leaves them with plenty of time to prepare for a start and/or get their throwing in for the day. A lot of them may not be stars, but could be serviceable hitters if they worked a little each day on it. And some could be really good at it.
Again, it's not time that's the issue, it is the request of the team paying their signing bonus/salary. They are so afraid they might hurt something that affects their pitching, that they have them put in minimum effort into hitting. And by doing so, you have an incident like you did with wang because he never works on running the bases because he never needs to in his league.
Stop babying pitchers and make them work on all aspects of their game is what I want to see done.
The fact that they don't work on hitting tells me that they don't care about hitting (and rightfully so, they're paid to pitch), and if they don't care about hitting I don't care to see them hit.
If pitchers did what you're talking about and put up better numbers, then the problem would be solved. There is no going back from the DH though, it serves too many purposes. It protects pitchers, provides more offense, and gives a job to aging sluggers.