Dusty Baker won’t shake Kirk Gibson’s hand because of DH rule during spring training
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Mar 5, 2013
Arizona's Kirk Gibson offered his hand to shake, and Cincinnati's Dusty Baker kept his to himself, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert wrote Monday. stupid that Major League Baseball doesn't let managers do whatever they want with the DH in spring training. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson and Reds manager Dusty Baker had a testy discussion when they met at home plate for the exchange of lineup cards prior to Monday's game. As the animated pregame conversation came to a close it looked as though Gibson offered to shake Baker's hand, but Baker refused. During spring training, the home team has final say on whether to apply the DH rule, only used in American League parks in the regular season. Gibby and Dusty in 2011, during happier times. Perhaps in protest, Baker had Johnny Cueto leave his bat on his shoulder for three straight strikes when the starting pitcher came to bat in the third inning. Arizona wanted right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who has spent his entire career in the AL where pitchers don't usually hit, to get some batting experience during a game. Fair enough.
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