Monday, August 30, 2010

The Baseball Double Switch


Why do managers 'double switch', and just what is a double switch in baseball? The reason for the double switch is to bring a new pitcher and another position player into the game at the same time, but their positions in the batting order are switched so that it takes longer for the pitcher to come to bat again. For example, let's say the 8th hitter (right fielder) makes the last out of the inning. To do a double switch, a new pitcher would be brought in with a new right fielder. The pitcher would occupy the 8th batting position and the left fielder would bat 9th and actually lead off the next inning. If the manager did not 'double switch', the pitcher would have to bat first when his team came to bat again. Even though double switching takes place when a team is in the field, it is really a valuable offensive tactic. Bobby Cox employed the double switch tactic Monday night, bringing in a new pitcher and center fielder, taking out the left fielder and moving the starting center fielder to left. The new center fielder batted in the pitcher's spot and promptly got a hit in the Braves 9-3 victory over the New York Mets.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

and thats why the dh sucks. Baseball is a game of strategy and its more fun to watch when the manager is forced to tinker with the lineup and make difficult decisions during the game. Unfortunately the modern casual fan is more interested in watching roided out freaks crush the ball into the next county 70 times a year and seeing football scores in a baseball game than watching pitchers attempt to execute a bunt to move the winning run into scoring position in a 2-1 ballgame....... Unfortunately the double switch is confined to the National League, and may be lost all together in my lifetime.

Anonymous said...

and thats why the dh sucks. Baseball is a game of strategy and its more fun to watch when the manager is forced to tinker with the lineup and make difficult decisions during the game. Unfortunately the modern casual fan is more interested in watching roided out freaks crush the ball into the next county 70 times a year and seeing football scores in a baseball game than watching pitchers attempt to execute a bunt to move the winning run into scoring position in a 2-1 ballgame....... Unfortunately the double switch is confined to the National League, and may be lost all together in my lifetime