The Batting Order: Where Managers Cost Their Teams Wins

The managers of MLB seem to have it down to an art.

  • 1st: Speedy guy who can steal bases.
  • 2nd: Guy who can drop a bunt or draw a walk.
  • 3rd: Your best pure hitter.
  • 4th: Cleanup man; your best power hitter.
  • 5th: Complete the “heart” of the order; a good power hitter.
  • 6th-8th: Your remaining position players, in descending order of quality.
  • 9th (NL): Your pitcher.

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