One of the issues, that a manager deals with,
and that you need to pay attention to, as a fan, is how players are substituted, in
and out of the game because, once a player is substituted out of the game, they cannot
return and so, therefore, it is very important, that late in the game, if you’re making a
defensive replacement, you need to make sure that the player that you’re replacing, isn’t
needed. What you’ll see many times, in baseball, the biggest replacement area, is on the pitching
mound and what you’ll see is a coach come out and they’ll kind of call to the bull pin,
that means you’re calling for whoever is warming up, in the bull pin, to come replace their
pitcher. You’ll see this, usually, in the sixth or seventh inning, that’s kind of the
norm. Sometimes you’ll see it as early as the third inning and sometimes you won’t see
it at all because the pitcher throws the entire game. Once that pitcher is out, they’re done
for the day and the same goes for a hitter. If they are pinched hit for, that player,
that pinch hits for that player, replaces him in the field. Therefore usually you’ll
see a right fielder pinch hit for a right fielder or first baseman pinch hit, for a
first baseman. So you can see that there’s an easy transition there, for the manager.
You’ll also see pinch hitters, who may be out of position, just hitting, and then another
defensive replacement comes in from the bench. That means he kind of convoluted and it’s
basically that you’re using your bench, and usually you have six to seven players on your
bench, to come in and kind of help you in situations. You’re more doing these for situational
stuff and late in the game, defense is much more important to try to contain a lead or
maintain a lead, so therefore you bring in your more better defensive players who aren’t
always the ones who are starting. Many times you start better offensive players, to build
a lead and then you get defensive. Much like at basketball or football, you build a lead
and then you try to protect it. Also many times when a pinch hitter is called upon,
the manager’s most likely looking at a match-up. If you have a left handed pitcher on the mound,
most likely you’re going to bring up a right handed hitter because a right handed hitter
can see the ball, out of a left handers hand, much easier than a lefty can because for a
lefty, it is hidden back here but for a righty, they can see that ball, at all times, because
of where they are in the box, they can see the ball coming all the way through, and the
same goes vice versa. If there’s a right handed pitcher, on the mound, most likely you’re
going to call on a left handed pinch hitter. It doesn’t mean that’s the rule but, more
often than not, you’re going to see it for those reasons. You’re trying to create a match-up
that is positive for you, on the offensive end.