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JEFF PEARLMAN: OK, Steve, I’m gonna start with this: I probably covered, oh, 20 of your starts over the years, and almost all of them took f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Hell, over 16 seasons this became your calling card—if Steve Trachel was starting, you were looking at, minimum, a three-hour game. Steve, being 100 percent serious: Why did it take you so long to throw a pitch, then another pitch? Was it strategy? Habit? Recovery? I’ve always wanted to ask.
STEVE TRACHSEL: It’s amazing how this is always the first question I get asked, even before McGwire. I wasn’t always a slow worker—it kind of evolved during the last years in Chicago and came to a head in New York. It wasn’t something I was ever conscious of during the game until I got to New York and started watching tapes with our pitching coach, Charlie Hough. I guess some of it was strategy that became a habit that took years to correct. I noticed that it only happened with runners on base as well. From the wind-up the game moved as it should. The correction came when I actually asked Charlie to time me in the dugout and let me know the results in between innings. That’s when the game times started to drop, but by then I’d been slow for so long that it was gonna stick no matter what. Newsday’s Marty Noble actually did a check on it one year and he showed that Kevin Appier and Al Leiter had longer game times than me. That made for a lot of long games that year, I guess
one plate appearance before Rolen would have been ineligible for '97 rookie honors.
I noticed that it only happened with runners on base as well.
Separate question. Let's say it's a down year for rookies, nobody's standing out, or even doing anything at all. Some guy comes up in August and goes Mike Trout on the league. Hits .380 with 22 HR and 20 SB. But in only 125 AB. Can he win Rookie of the Year? Can he win it again next year?
Let's say it's a down year for rookies, nobody's standing out, or even doing anything at all. Some guy comes up in August and goes Mike Trout on the league. Hits .380 with 22 HR and 20 SB. But in only 125 AB. Can he win Rookie of the Year?
Willie McCovey won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1959 (unanimously) by batting .354 with 13 home runs in 192 ABs (219 PAs, 52 G), having debuted on July 30th.
terms of endearment was primarily a woman's movie as the last 1/3 of the movie is about a married woman with kids and a cheating husband dying of cancer. jack Nicholson is comic relief.
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