May 15, 2011

Red Sox DHs Batting 9th

How many times have the Red Sox batted their DH at the bottom of the order?

A search at Baseball Reference turns up a list of 46 games between 1976 and 2008, but only twice since July 1999. Here are the players that did it at least four times:
               DH #9    YEAR(S)
Bob Bailey      10       1978
Midre Cummings   9       1998
Jack Brohamer    6       1978
Bernie Carbo     4       1978
Garry Hancock    4       1978, 1980
In 1978, the DH batted ninth 22 times. It happened 10 times in 1998, six times in 1980, twice in 1989, and once in 1976, 1979, 1993*, 1999, 2002, and 2008.

Last night was the 52nd time the Yankees had their DH batting #9 (Nick Johnson did it 27 times).

* Who the hell is/was Ernie Riles?

1 comment:

Jere said...

I'll answer without Google. (honor system)--Ernie Riles sometimes went by Ernest Riles, had been on the Brewers before we got him, and I feel like one of the recent Red Sox was the nephew or some type of relative of his.