Whereas a position player has three or four other at-bats about which to reflect--in addition to his play in the field--the pinch hitter spends his entire day at the ballpark (sometimes nine hours, often more) geared toward one minute of work, maybe less, maybe none at all.
348 (8-for-23) as a pinch hitter through June 27 this season, "there are times you feel like you don't even have the donut off your bat.
Bernie Williams followed with a walk on four pitches, bringing pitching coach Bud Black out of the dugout for a meeting on the mound before pinch hitter
Jorge Posada came to bat.
187 average as a pinch hitter
, but his best weapon has been his experience, and over time he has developed an in-game routine for nights when he isn't in the starting lineup that has helped him excel at what almost every player in baseball would agree is the game's most challenging role.
Fick has been used as a pinch hitter
with the Padres and is 1 for 7.
Texas added a run in the ninth off Scot Shields when pinch hitter
Gary Matthews Jr.
Instead of being an everyday third baseman, he became a spot starter at first and third base and as a pinch hitter
It was Weaver's ninth strikeout of the game, after which he gave way to a pinch hitter
in the top of the ninth.
Glaus will appear only as a designated hitter or pinch hitter
the rest of the season.
DaVanon injures ankle: Designated hitter Jeff DaVanon had to leave Friday's game for a pinch hitter
in the fourth inning.
The JetHawks threatened in the ninth when Daniel Tosca and Sean Luellwitz led off the inning with consecutive singles, but Quakes reliever Von Sterzbach induced pinch hitter
Reggie Abercrombie (who batted for Biguenet) to ground into a double play and struck out Jarred Ball for the final out.