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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Pablo Sandoval accomplishes extremely rare feat in Giants loss to Reds

Pablo Sandoval accomplished a rare feat on Monday.

The San Francisco Giants’ third baseman became the first player since 1905 to hit a home run, steal a base and pitch a scoreless inning all in the same game. Sandoval did so in a 12-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Sandoval got the stolen base out of the way first, stealing third after reaching on an error in the second inning. It was the first stolen base since the 2012 season (and 12th of his career) for Sandoval, a player not exactly known for his speed.

Sandoval, however, is known for having home run power. And with two outs in the sixth with his team trailing 7-1, Sandoval blasted a three-run shot to right field to cut Cincy’s lead to 7-4.

A strange accomplishment, yes- and one that may get more common if this current reliever weirdness continues….

QLE Posted: May 08, 2019 at 04:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, pablo sandoval, position players pitching, stolen bases

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Not exactly a Matt Davidson moment, but Jose Rondon becomes latest position player to pitch for White Sox

It’s safe to say Jose Rondon probably doesn’t have ambitions of becoming baseball’s next two-way sensation.

Matt Davidson made headlines last season when he made three trips to the pitcher’s mound. But instead of just being a bullpen-saving novelty — though he was that, too — Davidson raised eyebrows by repeatedly saying that he’d like to add relief pitching to his game, which to that point had consisted almost exclusively of bringing a power bat to the White Sox lineup.

Davidson’s a Texas Ranger now, but Rick Renteria isn’t done using position players to pitch in times when his bullpen needs saving.

Friday night, in the same game where Chris Sale shut down his former team, Renteria turned to Rondon, who, to put it mildly, looked a lot different than Davidson did during the latter’s tryout of sorts in 2018. While Davidson leaned on the pitching experience of his high school days to rack up three scoreless innings over the course of the year — highlighted by a strikeout of home-run machine Giancarlo Stanton in a game against the New York Yankees — Rondon was lobbing balls to the plate, sometimes not even fast enough to register on the in-stadium radar gun at Guaranteed Rate Field.

So, if they’re going to do this, why the need to have seven or eight relievers on the team at any given moment, plus a taxi squad in the minors?

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jose rondon, position players pitching, white sox

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it’s because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don’t want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

Wondering who this is more telling about- the Orioles, or relievers….

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:35 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, position players pitching

Friday, March 01, 2019

Potential MLB, MLBPA rule changes could impact Giants at some point

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For weeks there have been rumors that MLB and the MLB Players Association could come to an agreement on new rules, but that hasn’t been at the forefront of conversations in the Giants clubhouse.

When asked about the possibility of changes, several veteran players have pointed out that the real issue right now is the slowdown in free agency and service time manipulation, not a universal DH or a pitch clock.

“Some of these rules seem pretty insignificant to me considering the bigger picture,” Buster Posey said earlier this month.

A discussion of rule changes being considered- of note as a summary of those apparently under active consideration.


 

 

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