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Time to let CC Sabathia bat?

CC Sabathia stands in front of a Christmas

CC Sabathia stands in front of a Christmas tree at the MLB Fan Cave in Manhattan. CC and his family were on hand along with 52 kids from the Madison Boys & Girls Club for a private party on behalf of their PitCCh In Foundation. (Dec. 12, 2011) (Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Here's one solution to the Yankees offensive problems that's way outside the batter's box: let CC Sabathia hit.

Yes, tongue is planted firmly in cheek with this idea. However, thinking about it purely on paper, it could make some sense.

The designated hitter doesn't have to bat for the pitcher, that's just how it normally goes. But in the Yankees' case, their catchers have been so abysmal at the plate it might be best to never let them pick up a bat. Especially when the big lefty is playing.

Sabathia has a lifetime .250 average (25-for-100) to go along with a .257 on-base percentage and .370 slugging percentage (.627 on-base plus slugging percentage). He has three home runs and 14 RBIs.

Compare that with Chris Stewart, Sabathia's “not personal catcher” who's been catching Sabathia almost exclusively this season. Stewart is a career .206/.272/.288 hitter, with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 243 at-bats. This year Stewart has a .242 average, .537 OPS, zero home runs and five RBIs.

Russell Martin, a career .264 hitter with 76 home runs, has been even scarier than Stewart in 2012. Martin has a .181/.323/.333 line in 105 at-bats this year. He's hit four home runs and has 10 RBIs.

For fun, here's video of Sabathia hitting a home run. Just think what he could do with the short porch at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: CC Sabathia , Russell Martin , Chris Stewart

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