Tony La Russa is the only manager in the National League to bat a position player ninth regularly. Other managers, Ned Yost and John Russell come to mind, have done so occasionally.
La Russa's unorthodox practice drives some sportswriters crazy, but it makes sense to me. With Big Bats hitting third in the lineup (McGwire in 1998, Pujols in 2008, 2009), putting an additional player more likely than a light-hitting pitcher to get on base ahead of the Big Bats seems like a prudent idea. La Russa, who keeps charts about just about everything, is certain of it.
Free Bill Siedhoff.