But what good would it do if the next batter happens to be a switch-hitter? He'll just hit from the other side of the plate .....
Jorge Posada---he's a switch-hitter, and it doesn't matter who comes in to pitch to him, especially because he hits well from either side of the plate
That's what makes the game and the dynamics of the bullpen and a savvy coaching staff worth their salt. There aren't enough Jorge Posada's around and .." a manager might as well have saved his bullpen for a time when they would be really needed ..." is just the " makes ya think skipper" that guys like me inject into a game that'll send the sales of Pepto Pismol soring.
As a pitching coach it's my business to know the rosters of every club I face. And I know these guys and how they think, and sometimes even before they know themselves. So, when I see an advantage - I use it.
I'm a student of the late and great Casey Stangle. His creative genius created situations using ... amoung others, platooning, and with sucess I might add. In fact, his ability to keep the other bench off balance just enough, gave us some of the most memorable games in recent history.
With respect to Fenway Park.. it's just an hour and half drive from my home, and it's old school baseball, deep in tradition, my second home away from home, I pitchd there when I was a kid playing Legion ball for the state title (we lost), it's in the heart of Boston - another treasure of our Union, it's served the folks here a diet of good times when during WWII when things weren't going so well at first, it's hosted Presidents and the common man/lady alike .. the bleachers are a great mixing place for all kinds, and you won't find any park... and I mean any park .. that's more intimate with the hometown club and its fans.
Without being rude or crase, .... "...because it would ruin the whole atmosphere" or some such excuse ..". then go elsewhere. Here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts we like our family park, it's not a mega complex, it's what it is -- ours just the way we like it.