The National League has always been unique in allowing pitchers to hit. Who are the best hitting pitchers in Dodgers history?
While debates continue in bars (or nowadays via FaceTime) about whether the National League should adopt the designated hitter, history has kept pitchers in batting lineups in the Senior Circuit throughout the history of the Dodgers franchise.
Call me old fashioned, but I like when the pitcher hits. I suppose your opinion on the subject is largely based on whether you grew up rooting for a National League team, or not.
For Dodgers fans, they have seen plenty of pitchers take their hacks at the plate, striking out, looking foolish, failing to land a bunt, killing countless rallies, wasting at-bat, after at-bat, after at-bat, carrying lumber to the plate to timidly complete their batting order duty before returning to the mound.
While the ninth spot in the order has proven to be a dead-end on most occasions, there are also the times when the pitcher gets a hit, one of those special moments that only happens in baseball, where an event usually lost in the mundane details of the game is suddenly an oddity worthy of attention.
You might text your friends when Cody Bellinger hits a home run. You DEFINITELY text your friends if the pitcher knocks one out of the park.
Who is the best hitting pitcher in Dodgers history? Let’s count down the five best.