Friday, April 15, 2011

Spit take

Every baseball team, including the Tampa Bay Rays, uses a clean-up hitter, in the sense that the clean-up hitter bats fourth. Teams don't have to call the guy the clean-up hitter; that's the long-time naming convention, but I suppose they could call him Ray, and they could call him Jay . . .

However, somebody must bat fourth in every team's batting order. Stretching the principle that sometimes a team needs somebody, ANYBODY to bat fourth, I present you last night's lineup for the Rays.* And they won, so it must've worked!

*By comparison, Matt Stairs, clean-up hitter must seem like Godzilla on a speedball binge.


  • I guess there is solace in the fact that the Nats never batted FLop in the cleanup spot.

    By Anonymous bdrube, at 4/15/2011 9:00 AM  

  • Same day.. Take a look at Seattle's clean up hitter and DH.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/15/2011 9:07 AM  

  • Wow.

    Is it too late to do #6org jokes, or way too late?

    By Blogger Basil, at 4/15/2011 10:24 AM  

  • we live in a world where Jamey Carroll has turned himself into a valuable 37 year old lead off hitter. Don't try to understand anything.

    By Blogger Harper, at 4/15/2011 10:32 AM  

  • I always thought of FLop as more "Sally Forth" than "bat forth".

    By Blogger Nate, at 4/15/2011 10:41 AM  

  • Meanwhile, Jason Heyward is batting sixth in Atlanta. Sixth! I think Major League managers are losing their minds or something.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/15/2011 1:26 PM  

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