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Thursday, August 02, 2012

BCB: Ryan Braun’s Impressive At-Bat

Braun also had one of the best at bats of the season yesterday, a 14-pitch masterpiece that ended with a home run. Baseball Nation has a gif summing up the effort. Braun saw 33 pitches in his first four plate appearances yesterday before being hit in his last one.

You can watch the video here.

Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw Posted: August 02, 2012 at 12:17 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. phredbird Posted: August 02, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4199084)
following up the MVP season with a slightly better season so far ... how often does that happen with MVPs?
   2. SG Posted: August 02, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4199114)
Giambi and Bonds come to mind, albeit with potentially extenuating circumstances.
   3. Harlond Posted: August 02, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4199119)
Dale Murphy's second MVP year also looks better than his first.
   4. hokieneer Posted: August 02, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4199135)
Frank Thomas in the strike season.
   5. F171615 Posted: August 02, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4199152)
Last week Jemile Weeks saw 20 pitches in a single inning.
   6. Tippecanoe Posted: August 02, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4199165)
Braun exceeded normal levels of grit and determination by more than a factor of 20 in that at-bat.
   7. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4199172)
following up the MVP season with a slightly better season so far ... how often does that happen with MVPs?

Barry Larkin was considerably better in 1996 than 1995, and he didn't finish in the Top 10 the second year.
   8. Kiko Sakata Posted: August 02, 2012 at 05:04 PM (#4199178)
how often does that happen with MVPs?

Cal Ripken's 1984 was better than 1983, at least sabermetrically (and got 1 10th-place vote to show for it).
   9. Steve Treder Posted: August 02, 2012 at 05:08 PM (#4199182)
Joe Morgan, 1976
   10. Walt Davis Posted: August 02, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4199232)
following up the MVP season with a slightly better season so far ... how often does that happen with MVPs?

Alfonso Soriano 2013.
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4199242)
Mickey Cochrane was better in 1929 than 1928, yet didn't receive a single MVP vote!
   12. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 02, 2012 at 07:16 PM (#4199254)

Pudge Rodriguez before he got hurt in 2000 was on pace to put up a historically great season for a catcher (when you factor in his defense).
   13. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: August 02, 2012 at 09:32 PM (#4199350)
how often does that happen with MVPs?

Quite often, it seems (by WAR, at least):

Joe DiMaggio's 1948 was better than his 1947
Yogi Berra's 1956 was better than his 1955 or 1954
Frank Robinson's 1962 was better than his 1961
Elston Howard's 1964 was better than his 1963
Denny McLain's 1969 was better than his 1968
Steve Garvey's 1975 was better than his 1974
Don Mattingly's 1986 was better than his 1985
Roger Clemens' 1987 was better than his 1986

And I'm sure there's more where these came from.

   14. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 02, 2012 at 09:50 PM (#4199368)
for those who think braun is just a bat he is running the bases better than ever and i would state that braun is a defensive plus in left field

quite the player
   15. Walt Davis Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:09 AM (#4199476)
HW -- any ideas what's up with the K-rate this year? It's back to 2008 levels. Anything to worry about there? (By today's standards it's not a major problem at 20%).

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