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That was the hardest thing. Got traded, go over there [to Milwaukee] and I’m a platoon player in Milwaukee. The next year I came back and I told them, ‘I still feel I can play every day.’ Nobody gave me an opportunity.
There is a reason some guys don't DH well. My gut feeling has always been that singles hitters are better suited to come off the bench because sluggers seem to get out of their swing mechanics easier but I've never seen any study one way or the other
I'm sure (virtually) every major league park has places for guys to hit while the game is going on - heck, I've been in the one for my local minor league team.
My only recollection of Kevin Mench was that he was a beast in my computer baseball game. I can't remember if it was High Heat Baseball or what but it was the 2002 or 2003 version of the game.
Mench becoming a backup generally meant that he just got fewer starts, not that he was primarily used as a pinch-hitter.
At one end of the Los Angeles Dodger dugout on Saturday night, the players could hear Kirk Gibson. He was at work up the runway, in the batting cage. Crack...clank. Crack...clank. Mitch Poole, the Dodger batboy, would put a baseball on the batting tee, and Gibson would send it clanking off the metal frame of the cage. Out on the field the Dodgers were down to their final three outs in Game 1 of the World Series. The Oakland Athletics held a 4-3 lead, and baseball's best reliever, Dennis Eckersley, was on the mound. Crack...clank. Crack...clank. Gibson paused, took a deep breath, looked up at Poole and said, "This could be our script." Gibson didn't elaborate. He put his head down and resumed swinging. Crack...clank.
When, with two outs, Eckersley went to 3 and 1 on pinch hitter Mike Davis, Dodger Tracy Woodson turned to teammate Mickey Hatcher and said, "If Davis gets on, wait till you see the crowd reaction." A puzzled Hatcher glanced out at the on-deck circle, where Dave Anderson, an unprepossessing utility in-fielder, was getting ready to bat for pitcher Alejandro Pena if Davis managed to keep the inning alive. Like the 55,983 fans in Dodger Stadium, Hatcher hadn't heard the sounds from the batting cage and hadn't noticed that by the time Davis went to bat, Gibson had appeared in a corner of the dugout, bat in hand.
When ball 4 sent Davis to first, Anderson turned back to the dugout, and the crowd erupted with the realization that this was one of those Hollywood moments: Gibson, half-man, half-beast, whose arrival as a free agent in February had so dramatically transformed the Dodgers, now limped toward the plate to face Eckersley.
my girlfriend in college, they told he I was on steroids in college.
a guy will be throwing low-to-mid 80s, and all of a sudden he’s throwing over 100 mph.
Kevin Mench had the largest hat size in major league history, as far as I know.
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