#Hot Corner

The 1984 Orioles and platooning

If you search Google for Earl Weaver and platoons, a lot of good stuff comes up. There's a SABR article, a great Hardball Times piece, and an "online encyclopedia" that anyone can edit. The Internet is a treasure trove of information!

But if you were wondering just how committed Weaver (edit: or Joe Altobelli, who was actually the manager in 1984! In my defense, I was remembering the 1982 Topps Earl Weaver as a 1984 Topps card, so I didn't even check. My bad.) was to the idea of platooning, this should give you a pretty good idea:

Split PA AB H BB
vs RHP as RHB 1758 1585 390 137
vs RHP as LHB 2816 2442 630 326
vs LHP as RHB 1597 1414 354 156
vs LHP as LHB 16 15 0 1

The '84 Orioles won 85 games. They did not have a hit from a left-handed batter against a left-handed pitcher. Four switch-hitting starters and the rules of the American League helped out, for sure. Still, I'm not sure if we'll ever see a commitment to the platooning arts like that again.

Hat-tip to Reddit

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