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Does 'batting around' mean 9 batters or 10, and why are we fighting about it?

What side of the 'batting around' debate are you on?

The world is divided into two kinds of people -- glove vs. no glove people -- wait, no -- white-and-gold vs. blue-and-black people -- oh, sorry, wrong again -- we meant people who believe "batting around" refers to sending nine hitters to the plate in one inning vs. people who believe it means 10 batters.

But before you decide which camp to join in the latest dialectic battle of humanity, let's examine the question. What is batting around and why are we fighting about it?

"Batting around" has long been vaguely understood to mean a team's entire batting order coming up to the plate in a single inning. When we say 'vaguely' understood, we mean it -- the Wall Street Journal tackled the question on Monday, and asked MLB's official historian John Thorn to clarify:

"The derivation of many of our baseball terms is cloaked in fog," said Thorn.

The fog we're talking about today is whether 9 or 10 batters must reach the plate in an inning for it to be actually considered "batting around." Members of Team 9 say it's like the phrase "around the clock," which means 24 and not 25 hours.

But Team 10, in addition to presumably saying that 'around the clock' is not a specific term and Bill Haley is not a mathematician, is pretty serious about their argument too:

Plus, Captain America is #Team10:

As far as [David] Wright was concerned, nobody could disagree. To prove as much, he called over his teammate, John Mayberry Jr. Mayberry said nine, just as emphatically. Wright was stunned.

Some players are a little more adamant: 

Here's a quick breakdown of the Wall Street Journal's findings on how the world of baseball stands:

#Team9 #Team10
John Mayberry, Jr. David Wright
Josh Satin LaTroy Hawkins
  Bobby Valentine
  Vin Scully
  John Thorn
  Brandon McCarthy

Do the 10s have it? What do you think -- does batting around mean 9 batters at the plate or 10?

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