Picking the MLB's Most Unorthodox Hitter at Each Spot in the Lineup

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Picking the MLB's Most Unorthodox Hitter at Each Spot in the Lineup
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Let's try an exercise.

Find a piece of paper and something to write with—a pen, pencil, magic marker, crayon...whatever you've got.

Write the numbers one through nine down the paper.

You are going to construct a lineup using the following criteria: any player in Major League Baseball is eligible to be selected, regardless of position. If you want to pick seven catchers, go ahead. Also, this is under American League rules, so you have a DH spot to fill.

You think it will be easy to do, but it will take you a while.

So you can imagine how difficult it is for a major league manager who only has a limited number of options and needs to take position into account when filling out their lineup card for the day.

Because of their limited options, they sometimes have to slot batters into spots in the lineup that their skill set traditionally would not fill.

It makes for some odd lineup choices around the league.

Keeping the same criteria in mind, and using the projected lineups comprised by CBS Sports, here are managers' most unorthodox choices when filling out their lineup card.

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