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why do ptichers warming up in bull pen do not have a person stand in batters box?

by timothy dolan
(saint louis, mo)

Timothy asked: Why don't bull pen pitchers warming up have someone stand in box?

Rick answered: Timothy, thank you for your question.

At the MLB level pitchers don't need a hitter to stand in the box, as they are truly focused on working the corners of the plate, generally see nothing more than the catcher's mitt.

They could have someone stand in there, but there is always the possibility of a pitch getting away, and getting another player injured for no real gain to be had.

Since pitchers throw so many innings and pitches in a season, time in the pen generally is to get loose, and make sure you are hitting your spots. No need, for an additional body to stand in.

Yours in baseball,


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