Originally posted by Phlabibit
Bastardization? It's called an improvement, modernization of the game.
There was a time when a batter had to call his 'strike zone' as Hight or Low, and a pitcher would need to put the ball in that general area. There were no balz, and a batter wouldn't even need to swing.
They came up with 3 strikes and 4 balls to make the game better.
I don't cause they got skulled at the plate or broke their leg running the bases. Nuf Sed!
While it is true enough that many pitchers don't hit particularly well, there are several position players who don't hit their weight (or the Mendoza line). There are several pitchers in the NL that I would take in a heartbeat, the first of which is Micah Owings, Carlos Zambrano, Mike Hampton, Adam Wainwright, Roy Oswalt, Brandon Backe, Rick Ankiel (he couldn't pitch, so they made him an OF), and there are several others who are decent with the stick.
I also believe that you should force the manager to make the choice between leaving his pitcher in the game or pinch hitting in a crucial situation. It makes the game more tactical than it is in the AL.
If pitchers can't run the bases, then why are they perpetually used as pinch runners? There are so many plodding runners on the BoSox, this could help to improve your proficiency on the basepaths and allow you to score a run to finish a game rather than lose it in extra innings.