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Was it a clean home run or did it hit the top of the fence first and then bounce over?
But probably my favorite little fact is that Ruth is, quite easily, the best hitter AND the best pitcher born on February 6. The second-best hitter is Smoky Burgess or Richie Zisk, and while they were both good hitters they were obviously a million miles from Ruth. But the second best pitcher is probably Bob Wickman, who did save 267 games. But -- and I find this amazing -- he threw FEWER INNINGS than Ruth, who was only a pitcher early in his career but still went 94-46 with a 2.28 ERA and was pretty close to unhittable in his three World Series starts.
A ball that hits the top of the fence and hops over is still a home run.
It's also a home run if it hits the top of Jose Canseco's noggin and hops over, or if Jason Michaels flips it over the fence with his glove.
As an aside, that Michaels play is a really underrated blooper.
Joe Posnanski recently started doing "birthday articles." (EDIT: Sodastream Crystal Light Fruit Punch to #4).
Russ Canzler continues his odyssey, being claimed by the Orioles. Canzler ended last season with the Indians. Since then he has been property of the Blue Jays, Indians again, Yankees, and now Orioles.
The difference between Shelley Duncan and Russ Canzler is that small. It's being in the right place at the right time. It's having a dad who's a famous coach, or having a manager who just happens to take an irrational liking to you.
Joe Posnanski recently started doing "birthday articles."
Wes Ferrell is probably the best hitting pitcher other than Ruth
Sodastream Crystal Light Fruit Punch to #4
Word to the wise: stay the **** out of that Schilling thread.
Owings' ERA+ projection in ZiPS came out today - 91, above replacement level. Wonder what his OPS+ is?
Shelley Duncan: I dunno in this case, at least not in 2013. He's signed to a minor league deal with Tampa and will probably be just another guy in Durham this year. (As was Canzler not long ago.)
May 10, 1996: Selected off waivers by the Kansas City Royals from the Cincinnati Reds.
July 8, 1996: Selected off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds from the Kansas City Royals.
July 12, 1996: Selected off waivers by the Kansas City Royals from the Cincinnati Reds.
August 15, 1996: Selected off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds from the Kansas City Royals.
June 5, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
November 12, 2010: Granted Free Agency.
January 10, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.
March 30, 2011: Released by the Florida Marlins.
April 6, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
June 9, 2011: Released by the Toronto Blue Jays.
June 15, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.
August 26, 2011: Selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Florida Marlins.
October 4, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
Why would this be happening?
Yup, I had wondered for years why teams weren't doing this on any kind of scale.
Don't you have to pay a waiver claim fee every time you claim someone? What is that, $20,000? That's nothing for a MLB payroll, unless you do it many times, which you'd have to to have a good chance to make it worthwhile.
February 6 33 20 .623 ----
February 4 33 21 .611 .5
February 5 35 23 .603 .5
February 22 34 24 .586 1.5
January 31 33 24 .579 2.0
It's a little trick the GM in Toronto started three or four years ago. Claim a fringe 40-man-roster guy who might be useful for organizational depth, and hope that you can be the one to get him through waivers so he can be outrighted. Sometimes it takes four or five rounds of this, but eventually the player often does clear waivers; I think Whiteside finally did
Another interesting category is "reliever who almost never got to hit, but was hard to stop when he did." Terry Forster became a minor celebrity with that, but there are other examples, like Terry Mathews, a former Ranger who hit .391 over three seasons with the Marlins. Heck, Brad Lidge hit .286 with a .429 SLG (in 7 career ABs, naturally). He may have missed an avocation.
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