Babe Ruth Newsbeat
Monday, January 09, 2017
Really makes you think.
Ruth began his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, where he was arguably one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. The retired, dead baseball player Yogi Berra once said, “Babe Ruth is good at pitching.” This is correct. Babe Ruth was an extraordinary pitcher. At a time when most pitchers were throwing their pitches in the wrong direction, such as over the outfield wall or directly at their own head, Babe Ruth became known for throwing his pitches in the direction of the batter. The following picture of a graph shows how groundbreaking Ruth’s decision to throw his pitches toward the batter truly were:
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 21, 1916:
PITCHER RUTH OF RED SOX INJURED AS AUTOS CRASH
Word reached [Baltimore] last night of a serious automobile smash-up in Boston in which Babe Ruth, the left hander whose sensational pitching for the Red Sox won him great renown, and his wife figured. While the big fellow escaped with a few cuts and bruises, Mrs. Ruth had to be removed to a Boston hospital.
Babe and his wife were enjoying the comforts of a recently purchased machine in a suburb of the Hub when it collided with another automobile. The impact was terrific and Mrs. Ruth was pitched into the roadway.
The mind boggles at how different baseball history would have been if this accident had been worse.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
As Don Sutton once said, “he doesn’t just hit you; he takes your dignity.”
Saturday, September 03, 2016
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
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.”
Posted: September 02, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 113 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Prepare to lose hours of your day.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
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.
You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.
: OT - December 2016 NBA thread
(2496 - 12:44am, Feb 24)Last:
Athletic Supporter was shiny, now he's all rustedNewsblog
: Pump The Brakes On Kyle Schwarber? Well, Actually...
(9 - 12:33am, Feb 24)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3Newsblog
: OTP 20 Feb. 2017: Baseball in a Time of Politics
(1368 - 12:17am, Feb 24)Last:
: Don Mattingly thinks pace of play can be improved by changing views on strikeouts
(10 - 12:16am, Feb 24)
: Exclusive: Facebook in talks to live stream one MLB game per week - sources
(14 - 12:08am, Feb 24)
Last: Bote ManNewsblog
: Heyman: Romneys, who bid on Marlins, in talks to buy piece of Yankees
(7 - 11:33pm, Feb 23)
Last: Joyful Calculus InstructorNewsblog
: Why Joe Maddon sees Kyle Schwarber as the leadoff guy in Cubs lineup | CSN Chicago
(6 - 11:29pm, Feb 23)
: OT: January 2016 Soccer Thread
(268 - 11:27pm, Feb 23)Last:
Jose is El Absurd PolloNewsblog
: Baseball Reference has a New Look
(91 - 11:26pm, Feb 23)
Last: Walt DavisNewsblog
: In defense of Sammy Sosa
(3 - 11:25pm, Feb 23)
: Is 300-wins club done adding members?
(128 - 11:09pm, Feb 23)Last:
: Mike Piazza Learns How to Be an Owner. Of a Soccer Team. In Italy.
(99 - 10:26pm, Feb 23)
: The Bizarre Ending to Pitching's Greatest Winning Streak
(3 - 9:04pm, Feb 23)
: The End of “Stick to Sports”
(72 - 8:37pm, Feb 23)
Last: Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Newsblog
: How Buccaneers' Jameis Winston blew away Yankees prospects
(10 - 8:06pm, Feb 23)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3