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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World

As some of you may know, I am quite fond of ridiculously lopsided batter-pitcher match-ups. The match-up that everyone’s been freaking out about lately is Paul Goldschmidt vs. Tim Lincecum, and rightfully so. It’s completely ridiculous. Anyway, I was recently checking out Starlin Castro’s most lopsided match-ups. Sure enough, there was Resop. Castro is 6-8 with three home runs, zero walks, zero strikeouts, and one hit-by-pitch against Mr. Resop. Interesting! Sorta. Using our buddy Daren Willman‘s amazing Media tab on Chris Resop’s player page over on baseballsavant.com, I went back and found video of the three dingers he gave up to Starlin.

Wait. What? I went looking for these videos in search of a pattern; maybe a pattern of pitch location, or pitch type. What I found was something far more fascinating.

Howie B. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: chris resop, junk, pawtucket sox, red sox

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   1. Rants Mulliniks Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4687641)
RTFA!!!! Resop grabs his balls every time he gives up a homer (EDIT - or any other flyball) - dozens of screenshots to prove it.
   2. salvomania Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4687680)
It's hilarious that this was the trend that was found when looking deeper into his splits... those first three photos are tremendous---without having any idea of what's still coming---and then it just becomes absurd.
   3. Dock Ellis Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:10 PM (#4687860)
wha
   4. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:14 PM (#4687865)
Man, if your last name is "poser" spelled backwards ... change it.
   5. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:24 PM (#4687877)
Chris Resop is a guy I always think is a lot better than he really is, because in one of the older editions of Baseball Mogul (2005, I think) he could be gotten cheaply and then turned into a solid middle reliever who could give you a lot of innings at 1+ K per inning. Then I look at the real man and, except for the crotch grabbing he's the very definition of a fungible reliever -- a 30-year-old with 243 MLB innings who's in his sixth organization. He's twice been acquired through waivers, this year signed as a minor league free agent, and has all of 0.2 career WAR.

In other news -- how long has BBRef included FIP in the pitching numbers?
   6. Athletic Supporter wants to move your money around Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:03 PM (#4687922)
Amazing.
   7. TVerik, who wonders what the hell is "Ansky" Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:18 PM (#4687937)
This is exactly the best role for bloggers in baseball. This is probably not a national story, and I don't think I would include it in the "newsworthy" column if I were an editor. It's definitely a small-time thing, and it has a tinge of the unsavory to it. And Resop isn't even in the bigs at the moment.

But fans of whatever team Resop pitches for should know this. In no other sport do we "live" with these athletes for as many hours in a year as in baseball. These extremely human eccentricities come out, and this blogger just stumbled upon one. Excellent.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4687948)

In other news -- how long has BBRef included FIP in the pitching numbers?


Glad I wasn't the only one having that thought. I thought maybe I missed something but about an hour ago I noticed it for the first time.
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:43 PM (#4688024)
I wonder if Resop even knows he does this.
   10. dlf Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:54 PM (#4688041)
It's definitely a small-time thing ...


That's what she said.
   11. Publius Publicola Posted: April 17, 2014 at 04:20 PM (#4688070)
Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 05:38 PM (#4688124)
In other news -- how long has BBRef included FIP in the pitching numbers?


So it wasn't just me? I did a PI today and noticed it and said "that seems new."

Edit: Just read post 9...seems like it must be something new then.
   13. spike Posted: April 17, 2014 at 06:06 PM (#4688136)
His tenure in Atlanta warranted many descriptors - I don't think "interesting" was one that ever occurred to me.
   14. Zonk is a cagey fellow Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:24 PM (#4688166)
Wasn't Resop drafted as an OF?
   15. flournoy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM (#4688262)
His tenure in Atlanta warranted many descriptors - I don't think "interesting" was one that ever occurred to me.


Man, I don't know, there was definitely something interesting about it. He pitched for the Braves in 2008, sucked, and was released midseason. Then he went to Japan, and came back in 2010. He signed back with the Braves on a minor league deal, and had a clause in his contract that if he wasn't in the majors by a certain day, he could become a free agent. He was fantastic in AAA, and the big "Chris Resop decision" was actually pushed as a really big deal. Between the clause in his contract and his dominant AAA performance, he was going to force the Braves to call him up, and he was going to be a revelation! Take note everyone, Chris Resop was coming! The Braves called him up, he was absolutely atrocious in one relief appearance, and they shipped him out again, never to be seen in the Braves' clubhouse again.
   16. JLAC is engulfed in a harmless burst of flame Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM (#4688289)
I wonder if Resop even knows he does this.


He does now.
   17. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM (#4688292)
This post should go in some sort of Best American blog anthology for 2014.
   18. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 18, 2014 at 12:41 AM (#4688304)
I noticed the FIP thing Wednesday, I think. I remember I immediately went to Pedro's page to look at that glorious 1.39 FIP in 1999.

Maybe Resop has a memory from little league of getting nailed in the nards after a pitch and this is just his reflexive reaction to incidents of past trauma?
   19. MuttsIdolCochrane Posted: April 18, 2014 at 04:59 AM (#4688322)
He's not the only one. http://nomaas.org/2010/04/what-jonathan-papelbon-thinks-about-run-prevention/ At least Resop doesn't make that Paplebon anus face when he delivers the pitch.
   20. MuttsIdolCochrane Posted: April 18, 2014 at 06:17 AM (#4688324)
http://nomaas.org/2010/05/jonathan-papelbon-baseballs-michael-jackson/
   21. I Am Not a Number Posted: April 18, 2014 at 02:05 PM (#4688595)
Anyone who's ever parented young children will immediately recognize Resop's behavior as the pee dance.
   22. CrosbyBird Posted: April 20, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4689901)
This is exactly the best role for bloggers in baseball. This is probably not a national story, and I don't think I would include it in the "newsworthy" column if I were an editor. It's definitely a small-time thing, and it has a tinge of the unsavory to it. And Resop isn't even in the bigs at the moment.

You can bet that a lot of people are rooting for him to return now.

I thought this was one of the best "flavor" baseball pieces in a long time. You can see the time that the author put into collecting the pictures and crafting the story. We need more of this stuff.

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