2016 MLB thread. THE CUBS HAVE BROKEN THE CURSE! Chicago Cubs are your 2016 World Series champions. - Page 1292
people make the argument that the 9th hitter is a second lead off man who just gets one fewer at bat. however, over the course of a season, that hitter would lose ~162 ABs.
You want your best hitters at the top of the order because they are going to get the most at bats. There's so many logic flaws in the "traditional" baseball lineup, such as it being mandatory to have a fast guy leading off
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The stupid thing about this though is that the Twins traded Gomez and Humber for Santana knowing Gomez was a raw talent that would need time. Not only did they field him for the entirety of his raw period, but right when he was exiting that they trade him for J.J. Hardy.... WHO THEY TRADED AWAY LESS THAN A YEAR LATER FOR JIM HOEY!