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Friday, April 13, 2012
Hooking… HOOKING… foul.
Bill - Jamey Carroll has been a utility infielder all of his career. Well, he did have one sesaon where he had over 90 games at one position - secondbase, but now at 38 he is considered the every day shortstop for his team. Do you know of any players who were given the best jobs of their playing career at such a late age - or how I would go about looking for one? . . . other than a bunch of old guys who got their chances during World War II?
Well, I was shocked when I realized that the Twins were actually intending to make Jamey Carroll their regular shortstop, and I can’t think of any parallel for that. You know, the Twins and Red Sox both train in Ft. Myers so we play each other all the time; it was like the fourth time I saw the Twins that I realized that they didn’t have another shortstop.
I don’t think there is a REAL parallel for that in history. Ersatz parallels include (and I’ll leave you to look up the details) Johnny Cooney, Al Todd, Eddie Mayo, Nixey Callahan and. . ..well, that’s about it. I’m about done.
Growing up on the East Coast, I never heard Brickhouse, but I remember a mention in a New York TImes column of a fan’s sign saying “Brickhouse sleeps with his teddy bear.” The columnist called it “a masterpiece of at least triple entendre.” Since at 13, I did not understand this, I asked my mother to explain, which she did while turning beet red. First time (and almost last) I ever saw her blush.
Takes you a while to think it through, don’t it?
On the question of why a foul ground ball is not in play. I believe Ross Barnes in the late1800’s developed a “fair-foul” bunt that was almost impossible to field and throw him out. This resulted in him hitting in the low to mid .400’s for all of his time in the origional professional league, and his first year in the National League. The rule makers then in about 1877 changed the rule to require trhe ball to pas either first or third in fair territory to be a fieldable ball. This put an end to the “fair-foul” hit and shortened Ross’s carier. ( a fair- foul ball is one which lands in fair territory and then rolls foul) A fly ball in either fair or foul terratory, that was cought, has always been an out At leastc that is my understanding.
Right, thanks. Occasionally you run into somebody who wants to put Ross Barnes in the Hall of Fame. Yechh.
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