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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Adam Ottavino Rebuilt Himself in a Vacant Manhattan Storefront (Sawchuck)

Ottavino’s great start may be overshadowed by Josh Hader’s, but 31 K’s, 4 BB’s and 1 one run allowed in 17 innings is good stuff.

Between West 124th and 125th Streets on St. Nicholas Ave. in Harlem rests a street-level commercial space situated between a Dollar Tree and a Chuck E. Cheeseā€™s, and it is where Adam Ottavino might have saved his career last winter.

...He thought he had now had some solutions. He had bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment with which to try and make himself a better pitcher. But he needed a place to experiment.

His father-in-law, a real-estate developer, had an idea. He had a vacated commercial property, a former Nine West shoe store, that rented at $22,000 per month. He would allow Ottavino to use the space for four months for free that winter as a high-tech, makeshift throwing facility.


Ottavino began this year untouchable like he was in early 2015 before his elbow blew out (12 K’s in 6 1/3 innings in his first 6 appearances).  I thought he was finally getting his command back after recovery from TJ surgery, but as the article indicates, Ottavino attributes his improvment to the offseason work in the space with high speed cameras.

Oh, and nearly free rent to a guy making $7 million? Nice.

puck Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:42 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: mets let him down, rockies

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   1. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: May 02, 2018 at 04:57 PM (#5664788)
This is such a great story. Should prompt some kind of theme about the strangest place people have ever tried to play baseball. Mine was definitely the rooftop of a large city hotel.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2018 at 05:07 PM (#5664798)
Ottavino's a lot of fun to watch pitch. The only problem he has is that his slider moves sideways so much he sometimes has trouble throwing it for strikes.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: May 03, 2018 at 03:24 AM (#5665009)
Not baseball but my adolescent memory suggests the factoid that the Bears once played a game in old Chicago Stadium. That thing ain't close to 100 yards.

Hey, I was right. Elephant manure!

   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 03, 2018 at 02:08 PM (#5665381)
the strangest place people have ever tried to play baseball.

That's what the kids are calling it these days? Gives a whole new meaning to someone being in the #2 hole.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: May 03, 2018 at 02:39 PM (#5665430)
That's what the kids are calling it these days?

Haven't they always called it that?

   6. . . . . . . Posted: May 03, 2018 at 03:51 PM (#5665537)
If you're going to play hit and run from the #2 hole, the guy in front of you is going to get dirty.
   7. Jose Canusee Posted: May 04, 2018 at 09:06 PM (#5666587)
Note to de Blasio: Don't tax the father-in-law's empty retail spaces.
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 06, 2018 at 09:56 AM (#5667230)
My dad once drew a strike zone on our basement wall so I could practice pitching. That's close, right?

He drew the line at putting up a basket along the driveway, because we would ruin the lawn. (He really didn't exert too much effort on the lawn, especially once I started doing the cutting.) He didn't care for sports a bit, so I guess that's where the line was drawn in supporting our athletic desires.

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