It's called designated HITTER for a reason, Rossy
MLB is trying to let every team use nine acutal hitters and the Cubs keep saying 'no thanks'
Every day that there’s a Cubs game, David Ross dips into his prized 64 pack of Crayolas and picks the dullest one he can find and pushes down way too hard as he fills out his lineup card. And most of the time he completely misses the point of what a designated hitter is meant to do.
Ross has now managed the Cubs in 405 games—407 if you count the two playoff games against the Marlins that we’ve mostly forgotten ever happened—and for all of that experience he still has a few foundational ideas that he won’t let go of.
Whenever you can alternate your hitters between lefties and righties because it just confuses the shit out of opposing managers (or maybe just Dave) when they try to make bullpen decisions.
You can never have enough backup catchers. In the parts of four seasons he’s managed the Cubs have already run through 14 catchers:
Yan Gomes, Tucker Barnhart, Luis Torrens, Willson Contreras, PJ Higgins, Robinson Chirinos, Austin Romine, Tony Wolters, Jose Lobaton, Erick Castillo, Tyler Payne, Taylor Gushue, Victor Caratini, and Josh Phegley. Fourteen! Is that a lot? That seems like a lot.
OK, admittedly, that list was blown up exponentially when the Cubs’ genius idea that Wolters would be an adequate backup in 2021 blew up and they then basically held an open tryout until Chirinos returned literally 20 years after they originally signed him and finally made his Cubs debut that July.
Whatever. The point is that Ross, who was a journeyman backup catcher loves to employ as many of his ilk as possible.
He loves to use those backup catchers as DHs. Even though none of them can hit. And the word hitter is literally in the position name!
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