Loyal Nation member WVRedlegs posted the link to this article by Paul White at USA Today this morning in the comment section. It’s about the trend in baseball to use the second spot in the batting order differently. I wrote about this recently, in relation to Todd Frazier batting second, but the White article develops the concept further and has plenty of new, interesting quotes from current big league managers.
No surprise that there’s no comment in it from the Cincinnati Reds manager.
The managers (and players) interviewed for the story keep coming back to the idea of getting a good hitter — like Joe Mauer, Robinson Cano, Jose Bautista — more at bats.
If you have some time before the game starts tonight, it’s an informative read.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.