Elrod Hendricks, catcher (1978)
Larry Harlow, outfielder (1978)
Todd Cruz, shortstop/third baseman (1984)
Jeff Tackett, catcher (1993)
Manny Alexander, shortstop (1996)
Needless to say, Earl Weaver actually does not seem to utilize this strategy as he was responsible for only Hendricks and Harlow throwing innings. I still think this is an underutilized strategy.
Burned out bullpens are something that managers hate. Earlier this season Buck Showalter mentioned how he had to leave his pitchers in longer than he preferred because of a few blow outs that forced him to run through relief pitchers. When the team was down by 10 runs or more at the end of a game, why fatigue a pitcher and prevent him from helping you tomorrow in a game that means soemthing? I imagine the answer to be two-fold:
- position players are not trained to pitch and might be unable to throw a ball across the plate, and
- a ten run loss is embarrassing, but a 20 run loss is more embarrassing. 20 run losses cause managers to lose their jobs.
Dealing with a 20 run loss? I think the long view needs to be taken into consideration. Teams should be more honest about their chances and do things more intelligently without regard to the final score.