The San Francisco Giants have announced they will become the first team
ever since the White Sox in 1976 to decline use of the DH in an upcoming game against the Oakland Athletics. The Giants will instead opt to allow Madison Bumgarner to bat against the left handed Dillon Overton. Apparently San Francisco’s bench is just that terrible.
Bumgarner is batting .175/.261/.350/.611 this year with 2 home runs and 5 RBI.
I could make an obligatory San Francisco/Pot joke here, but I think we are all a little above that.
Look, I don’t claim to be a NL guy, and I fully admit I know very little about the Senior Circuit, but this just smacks as insanity to me. I get that Bumgarner is a good hitting pitcher, but he’s good for a pitcher. That’s like saying that Aqua-man is a good water based Superhero. There really isn’t all that much competition. Also, are you seriously going to tell me you don’t have one single guy that’s a little banged up that couldn’t use a day off, allowing a backup to play the field while that guy goes to the DH? This move is both insane and offensive. Of course, we all know that despite all logic, MadBum will likely hit for the cycle while pitching a perfect game. Or you know, blow his knee out running out an infield hit.
ScoutsEdit: This article originally stated the Giants would be the first team to decline the DH, however the Chicago White Sox did this in 1976, allowing Ken Brett to hit for himself.