Monday, February 25, 2008

Kendall Won't Bat Ninth

It's always fun in this day and age to see something start out as a blog rumor and then turn into a story that is picked up by the Associated Press. If you see an article today claiming that Brewers manager Ned Yost is going to be batting Jason Kendall in the 9th spot, and have a pitcher bat 8th, ignore it. No way in hell this happens.

You may remember Tony LaRussa doing a similar thing last year with the St. Louis Cardinals, but don't expect Ned to actually do the same thing. The "pitcher batting 8th" is a move managers resort to when they overthink themselves. The success rate of this move has to be quite low (although I think I remember a game last year where it paid off against Milwaukee, someone help me out on that).

As the JSOnline blog post reads, the move would be to give Ryan Braun more men on base if he were to bat from the two spot. Ned's Nine will surely go through some changes this year, but don't expect this to be one of them.


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