You’ve seen the news by now and probably have a strong opinion about it: Major League Baseball has implemented a universal designated hitter for 2020. This will be the first season in Marlins history that the club’s pitchers do not bat for themselves.
This actually appears to be a competitive benefit for the Fish. It’s been more than five years since any of their pitchers have hit one out of the park. Since then, Miami has perennially ranked near the bottom of the National League in offensive production from the No. 9 spot in the lineup (even once it’s adjusted for park factors). Also, the extra plate appearances will ease Don Mattingly’s challenge to get reps for his surplus of outfielders.
Our latest Fish Stripes quiz pays homage to the pitchers who consistently “helped their own cause.” Try to name the top 17 players in career hits as a Marlins pitcher.
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