It has been a little while since we discussed a blog favorite, Yuniesky Betancourt … which is a shame because Yuni is having what might be his worst season and he is on pace to do something that has not been done in more than 100 years.
I’m shocked that I missed this -- I must denounce myself for being distracted by unimportant sports stuff like the U.S. Open and NBA Finals -- but Saturday morning, I was scanning the Baseball Reference best and worst batters of the day. There was our guy Yuni right at the top (or at the bottom) having gone 0-for-5 with an error in the Brewers 4-3 extra-inning loss to Cincinnati. When I clicked on the box score I saw that the Brewers were not only hitting Betancourt fifth -- FIFTH! -- but playing him at first base. Even the Royals didn’t do that. I believe there is a chapter in the Bible somewhere saying something like “He who shall batteth Yuni Betancourt fifth whilst at the same time standest him at the base that is first shall be perfumed in myrrh and beer and stoned with bags of Cracker Jack.”
Then I saw that twice this year, the Brewers have started Betancourt at first and hit him CLEANUP -- and even the Bible does not discuss such heresy.