[Baseball History] Last pitcher to bat in an AL game
tomhamilton : June 25, 2007 12:15 PM

Can anyone tell me the last time that a pitcher batted in an AL game?

Tom

Ford Fricks Asterisk : June 25, 2007 12:49 PM

I'm sure he's not the last, but didn't we see a Rangers pitcher bat when we were at Municipal Stadium as kids?

After a quick search, I think we saw Kevin Brown bat in 1990.

With interleague play now, I can't even think of a convenient way to look up who was the last.

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tomhamilton : June 25, 2007 01:37 PM

So far I have found Rick Rhoden in 1988, Kevin Brown in 1990, and then Charles Nagy on July 22, 1999. Hargrove screwed up the lineup card which cost us the DH for the night. He went 0-2. That's where I'm at right now.

Tom

Ford Fricks Asterisk : June 25, 2007 01:43 PM

I'd forgotten about Nagy. I think I remember Rhoden batting as a DH once for the Yankees during a Saturday afternoon game of the week (late '80s when it was still Vin Scully on NBC).

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tomhamilton : June 25, 2007 01:53 PM

I saw the Rick Rhoden game, too. We were at the Kevin Brown game, and I remember watching the Nagy game as well. What are the odds that we would witness the last three times that this has happened, assuming we can't find any more recent occurrences?

Tom

Swampudlian : June 26, 2007 07:33 AM

Didn't Roger Clemens bat in a game once when his manager f-ed up the lineup card? I think he was a Red Sock at the time, though, which probably puts that farther back than the Nagy date mentioned in 1999... I remember when Sparky Anderson used to bat Lance Parrish as DH a lot, which led to a couple of circumstances where he was then brought in to catch in late innings, which put the pitcher back in the lineup. I remember this happening in a road game in the 10th or 11th inning, which led to the debacle of Willie Hernandez batting in the top half of the inning after the Tigers had already scored some, because Sparky wanted Willie to come back out to finish.

upthesecularhumanists : June 26, 2007 10:37 AM

Didn't Torre move Bernie Williams from DH to CF in a game a few years ago? I'm not sure if it resulted in the pitcher batting but it may be something to look into.

Joel

tomhamilton : June 27, 2007 08:03 AM

Joel,

No pitchers were forced to hit in that game but Sheffield did have to play 3B for the first time in a decade and I believe he had an error.

Tom

Ford Fricks Asterisk : June 27, 2007 05:55 PM

This actually became topical after last night's Tribe game. With catcher Victor Martinez lifted for a pinch runner in the 9th, and then using backup catcher Kelly Shoppach to pinch hit for third baseman Mike Rouse later in the inning, Eric Wedge would have lost the DH position if the game went into extra innings (this was, however, one of the few times where everyone should be willing to admit that Wedge made all of the right moves).

Shoppach ended the game with a home run, but had he made the third out, he would have stayed in to catch. Casey Blake would have had to move back to third base (he had switched to first when Rouse entered the game), and Travis Hafner would have moved from DH to 1B. I don't know if Eric Wedge actually said this himself, but on tonight's pregame show, Rick Manning suggested that if they went extra innings and the pitcher's spot came up, pitcher CC Sabathia would have been a likely candidate to pinch-hit (although outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was also still on the bench).

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