SAN DIEGO –- Some American League managers enjoy the challenge of working in National League parks. With the absence of the designated hitter and the pitcher hitting, there are many more moves to make.
“Most people that have managed in both leagues have a pretty common opinion on the two-league managing challenges, ranking one worse than the other. They all present a different challenge,” Showalter said.
Showalter managed the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks for three seasons, his only National League experience.
“Rosters are put together differently. Bullpens are put together differently. Benches are put together differently. I always found it a little easier to keep teams happy in the National League because everybody seems to be involved every day. Different type of guys you look for in the bullpen, different roster, but it’s still baseball once you start playing,” Showalter said.
Showalter has said that American League teams face a disadvantage playing at National League parks. NL teams have a player they can use as a DH while AL teams have pitchers with little experience at bat.
It’s unlikely the Orioles will be using Henry Urrutia in the field over the next eight games, but perhaps Scott Feldman, who hit a home run earlier this year while playing for the Chicago Cubs, will get to pinch hit.