Does anybody know the origin of the now popular baseball strategy of the double switch? Settlement of a bar discussion hangs in the balance.
To the uninitiated, a “double switch” occurs when a team wants to change pitchers in the middle of an inning and because the pitcher’s spot is due to bat in the next half inning, a new position player is brought into the game at the same time as when the new pitcher is brought in, and the new pitcher and the new position player exchange places in the batting order.
My memory is that the double switch was popularized first by Whitey Herzog when he was managing the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1980s but I don’t have a cite for that. Any help would be appreciated.