Some designated hitters are allowed to take grounders. Others aren’t.


The other day Alex Rodriguez was criticized by some for doing what is almost always lauded: showing up for camp early. He was also chided by at least one Yankees writer for having the audacity to take ground balls when he’s not expected to be a starting defensive player:

This followed on comments from Bob Klapisch in January about how pictures of Rodriguez taking grounders at his old high school field constituted evidence that A-Rod was going to try to cause trouble and make Joe Girardi uncomfortable at camp.

I guess David Ortiz “Didn’t Get The Memo” either, and is trying to “cause trouble” too: 

I really hope major league teams get their memo distribution system figured out soon or else we’ll have pitchers taking batting practice and managers running the bases soon.