Why is it that major league pitchers can't bat? Ryan Drese just went down without a fight. These guys have been playing ball and presumably swinging the bat since little league. In high schools the best hitters are usually the pitchers. At what point do they forget how to hit? I mean Pedro Martinez doesn't even take the bat off of his shoulder when he hits. I watched him stand in the on deck circle and take one warm-up swing. It drives me bonkers that there is an automatic out every nine hitters.