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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ALCS Game 3: The mistake pitch that led to the Aaron Judge of old for one at-bat

Judge had a great all-around game. He did a great job getting to the inside fastball on his homer. It was a good job of hitting.

Finally, in his second at-bat of the night, he got it: 93 mph, high for most but right at his belt, inside but not so far he couldn’t whip around the head of his 35-inch, 33-ounce bat, the kind of pitch that can change a series. And not because the three-run home run Judge topspun into the left-field stands at Yankee Stadium had a particularly profound effect on the ultimate outcome of New York’s 8-1 victory over the Astros in Game 3. It didn’t. In case Judge needed a reminder, though, that this hack-a-thon in which he’d participated over the previous two weeks didn’t render moot his ability to play this game as well as anyone still alive in this postseason, well, this was a push notification that went off at the exact right time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 06:04 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: aaron judge, astros, playoffs, yankees

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   1. Rally Posted: October 17, 2017 at 09:24 AM (#5555598)
Seeing Judge with his #99 destined to one day be among the retired Yankee numbers got me thinking about uniform numbers. All the single digit Yankee numbers are retired, except 0 (Oscar Gamble should have worn this, he did with the White Sox but not the Yankees). Of the 90 double digit numbers, 12 are retired. At some point they will run out of double digit numbers. It's not decades away, but within centuries it will happen. Do the Yankees have enough numbers right now to accommodate all their spring training players and coaching staff? How close are we to "Judge left the game after his 5th inning at bat here in Tampa, good old #121 will replace him in right field".

Maybe some day in the far off future players will wear their MLBAM ID on the back of their uniform, making it easier for the fans with cyber implants to cross reference his stats on all the available APIs. Maybe instead of a number they'll just have a bar code, which of course fans will have evolved to be able to scan.
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 17, 2017 at 10:28 AM (#5555638)
high for most but right at his belt

I was tired after a long day and was a bit dozy, but if that pitch was at his belt, he was wearing his belt on his chest. It wasn't a bad pitch at all, it was an impressive HR on a borderline high and inside pitch.
   3. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 17, 2017 at 10:31 AM (#5555645)
Aaron Judge "of old?"

What is he, Mickey Mantle in 1967? The guy's a rookie f'r chrissakes...


Seeing Judge with his #99 destined to one day be among the retired Yankee numbers got me thinking about uniform numbers.


I've been asking for 2 years what the over/under was on when the Yankees will have to go to triple digits...
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 17, 2017 at 11:37 AM (#5555746)
I've been asking for 2 years what the over/under was on when the Yankees will have to go to triple digits...

When Jeter's number is formally retired, that'll make 21 numbers in the 88 years since numbers were introduced. I'd put the over/under at around the year 2250, and only a fool would bet I'll be proven wrong.
   5. Jess Franco Posted: October 17, 2017 at 01:18 PM (#5555880)
How 'bout no number to go with no name?

Baseball players don't really need 'em.
   6. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: October 17, 2017 at 01:37 PM (#5555897)
Bah, they'll just switch to corporate sponsors ... now retired: Exxon/Mobile-Halliburton and Google-Facebook-Uber ...
   7. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 17, 2017 at 01:51 PM (#5555921)
The following one- and two-digit numbers have NOT been retired by ANY team in MLB:

0
00
38
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To be super unique, the following one- and two-digit numbers have NOT be retired by ANY NHL/NBA/NFL/MLB team:

0
38
48
59
62
64
67
68
69
83
84
91
94
95
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97
98


   8. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: October 17, 2017 at 02:07 PM (#5555957)
I was tired after a long day and was a bit dozy, but if that pitch was at his belt, he was wearing his belt on his chest. It wasn't a bad pitch at all, it was an impressive HR on a borderline high and inside pitch.
I'd say Passan's description of the pitch's location was pretty accurate -- if it wasn't at his belt it was *just* above it, certainly more belt-high than chest-high.

That said, I also agree with you that it wasn't a terrible pitch. Looks like they probably wanted it a bit further in on his hands though.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: October 17, 2017 at 02:28 PM (#5555989)
any fastball to October Judge is a bad pitch
:)

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