Giants will let Bumgarner hit for himself in AL park
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jul 09, 2016,
Jul 09, 2016, 1:50
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) delivers a pitch in the second inning of their baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 30, 2016.
The Giants will reportedly be the first "team in four decades to give up the designated hitter spot".
Doolittle said Wednesday the pain wasn't in the same area where he had an injury that cost him the better part of five months on the DL previous year.
The players' union didn't want a Derby slot being taken by a pitcher, Bochy said, but the plan is to review the idea again of having a pitchers' derby.
"This isn't done to have fun or make a joke of this", Bochy said. He s a competitor. I don't know what that feels like. This makes sense. It wasn t a tough call, really, with the way he s swinging the bat. Bochy will join Joe Maddon as the only two managers to forfeit their DH in the starting lineup since 1976.
When Bumgarner doubled off the glove of center fielder Billy Burns to start the third inning, he collected just the third hit by a starting pitcher in an American League park since the D.H. was instituted in 1973. The Yankees used pitcher Rick Rhoden as the designated hitter in 1988, but he didn't pitch in the game. Of course, the best hitting pitchers, of which Bumgarner is certainly one, are still typically lousy hitters overall and MadBum's no exception. (He went 0 for 6.) There are two other instances since the DH was implemented in 1973: Ken Holtzman, batted for the A s in a game against the Angels in 1975, and Fergie Jenkins got a hit for the Rangers against the Twins in a game in 1974. Bochy didn t weigh that risk as a potentially major disadvantage. Hey, I ll have to deal with that.
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He s earned this. He hasn't always been a good hitter, per se, until a couple seasons ago though.
Bochy chose Bumgarner over left-handed hitters Jarrett Parker, Gregor Blanco and Conor Gillaspie.
With second baseman Ramiro Pena out for at least five days because of a sprained left ankle, the Giants purchased the contract of yet another infielder from Triple-A Sacramento. But he s the lone backup catcher.
"Being a home-grown guy in this organization, it will definitely be special to throw here finally in front of our home crowd", Overton said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Bumgarner (9-4) gave up four runs over 6 1/3 innings to get the victory and reverse some bad history at the Coliseum.
Bumgarner's power is typically at the expense of fastballs left in the middle of the plate, although he does have two career home runs off sliders and one off a sinker and another off the change-up.