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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Japan Times:Ham Fighters Face Ruthian Dilemma with Otani

Until July 10, the Fighters had the best of both worlds. In a season in which he set Nippon Professional Baseball speed record [163 KMH], Otani would bat as the club’s designated hitter during the week, take Fridays and Saturdays off before taking the mound — and batting — on Sunday. But that day in July the right-hander developed a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand and has pitched just one inning since.

...With pitchers Hirotoshi Takanashi and rookie lefty Takayuki Kato providing quality innings in Nippon Ham’s rotation, and Otani providing the lineup with his firepower six days a week instead of four, the Fighters overcame an 11½-game deficit to tighten the PL pennant race. With his team winning, there has been no rush for manager Hideki Kuriyama to ease Otani back to the mound


I don’t know that Otani has enough PA to qualify for a batting title, but the 21 year old is leading the Pacific League in OPS with a .326 / .429 / .610 line.


Friday, September 02, 2016

The Decline of Albert Pujols Underscores the Greatness of Frank Thomas

Piling on Phat Albert.

“Frank Thomas was a first-ballot HOFer, but in some respects he might be modestly underrated as a hitter. I suspect it’s because Thomas, like Pujols, endured an extended decline phase that began after his last truly great season (at age 32). But unlike Pujols, Thomas was actually a very good hitter deep into his 30s; Pujols (and the Angels) would kill for this kind of production.”


Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mark Teixeira: You Would Walk Gary Sanchez With Babe Ruth On Deck

Time to break out the hyperbole:

It is not a rare occurrence, except when the hitter being walked is in career game No. 21 and the batter behind him has 404 career home runs. The Seattle Mariners did not intentionally walk New York Yankees rookie sensation Gary Sanchez once Wednesday to face Mark Teixeira—they did it twice. And even Teixeira knew they had no choice.

“Shoot, if Babe Ruth is hitting behind him, you intentionally walk him,” said Teixeira after the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the Mariners. “I mean, he is as hot as any player I have played with in my entire career. You just don’t see guys doing what he is doing. I don’t care how old he is.” Sanchez, 23, had crushed a solo homer in the first. In the fifth, the double Sanchez smashed down the third-base line was as hard a hit as you will ever see, according to Teixeira.

Sanchez is now batting .389 with nine homers and 16 RBIs in 72 at-bats. His OPS is 1.297. Only four other players have hit nine homers in the first 21 games of their careers. That is in baseball history.

Still, you have to get off to a pretty good start to have anyone comparing you to Babe Ruth after 21 games.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-16-2016

Arizona Republican, August 16, 1916:

Babe Ruth came out the victor in a 13-inning pitching duel with Walter Johnson today, the Boston Americans defeating Washington in the latter’s final appearance at Fenway Park this season, 1 to 0.

Add that to the list of early MLB games I’d give a significant body part to be able to watch: Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson trading zeroes for 13 innings.

Also in the news 100 years ago today: A fan sues the St. Louis Browns for $15,000, claiming he was wrongly accused of stealing a ball that was batted into the stands.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 16, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history, walter johnson

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-5-2016

Toledo News-Bee, July 5, 1916:

It is said the Red Sox plan to shift Pitcher Ruth to the outfield. The Sox don’t miss Speaker. They only miss his fielding and hitting.

Man, the Red Sox must really be getting desperate if they’re thinking about using a pitcher in the outfield.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 05, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history, tris speaker

Monday, June 13, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-13-2016

Pittsburgh Press, June 13, 1916:

Babe Ruth of the Redsox is some athlete. He is not only a good pitcher, but can produce at the bat. He was used as a pinch hitter yesterday and made good with a home run.

Man, it’s too bad pitchers only make 38-40 starts per year. I guess we’ll never see what Ruth could do if he got 500 at bats. He could hit 15 or 20 home runs in a season!

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 13, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Separating Babe Ruth truth from fiction

The reports of Babe Ruth’s demise were often exaggerated.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, history

 

 

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