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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gleeman: Domingo Santana is 0-for-17 with 14 strikeouts and “just panicked” defensively

No biggie; there’s this guy in San Francisco who’s Panik all the time.

Astros prospect Domingo Santana hit .292 with 14 homers and an .844 OPS in 104 games at Triple-A to earn his first call-up to the big leagues, but the 21-year-old outfielder has been an absolute mess so far in Houston.

Santana has begun his MLB career by going 0-for-17 with 14 strikeouts at the plate… Santana also made a bone-headed defensive play in left field last night, lackadaisically fielding Joe Mauer‘s go-ahead single in the ninth inning of what had been a 2-2 game to allow an extra run to come around to score.

Here’s how Santana explained the defensive miscue afterward to Howard Chen of CSNHouston.com:

I just panicked. I was just trying to throw the ball to the cut-off man, but I just panicked.

...Santana still projects to have a solid career, but watching him last night it was tough not to feel sorry for him and wonder how long it’ll take him to get comfortable in the big leagues. He seems totally, utterly lost.

The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:53 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Davo Dozier Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:07 PM (#4769529)
   2. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:11 PM (#4769535)
Santana's description is a lot more accurate than Gleeman's. He wasn't lackadaiscal. He was frozen.
   3. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:18 PM (#4769548)
So if Dozier breaks Trout's string of leading the league in runs, this'll be why.
   4. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:41 PM (#4769571)
I think Santana will a decent player, but in his brief stay in the majors he has been the very definition of overwhelmed. One thing I know, his Strat card isn't going to be pretty.
   5. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:07 PM (#4769592)
What's the record for most consecutive at-bats at the start of a career without a hit? My google-fu and play index-fu has failed me.

edit to add: Randy Tate went 0-for-41 over his career. Did anyone go more than 41 AB before their first hit?
   6. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:21 PM (#4769610)
Let's all hope that the poor guy improves. It's hard not to feel sorry for him.
   7. Davo Dozier Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:23 PM (#4769614)
What's the record for most consecutive at-bats at the start of a career without a hit? My google-fu and play index-fu has failed me.

edit to add: Randy Tate went 0-for-41 over his career. Did anyone go more than 41 AB before their first hit?

Joey Hamilton got off to an 0 for 57 start. (1960s Giants pitcher) Ron Herbel had an 0 for 55.

I don't know if Hamilton is the answer, but I can't find a longer one.
   8. zonk Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:28 PM (#4769620)
Didn't Ryne Sandberg get off to a pretty dreadful start? Or am I just remembering that we always started the year damn near O fer April...

EDIT: OK, checking BB-REF - Sandberg got a 6 PA cup of coffee with the Phils in '81 going 1 for 6. He then won the Cubs 3B job in spring of '82 - and started the year 1 for 30... tallied 2 and 3 hits his next two games, but took until May to get his slash over the 200/220/300 mark. Of course - he didn't K at this rate.... but still -- starting your career 2 for 36 doesn't portend Hall of Fame.
   9. Bug Selig Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:28 PM (#4769621)
Santana's description is a lot more accurate than Gleeman's. He wasn't lackadaiscal. He was frozen.


It was like he was physically stuttering. He knew he was supposed to be doing something, and he wanted to do it. Just, nothing happened except hopping.
   10. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:31 PM (#4769626)

It was like he was physically stuttering.


That's a good way of putting it.

   11. Davo Dozier Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:33 PM (#4769630)
For position players:

Vic Harris (2B for the 1972 Rangers) started 0 for 36. Lou Camili (a Cleveland infielder from the same time) opened 0 for 34.

Chris Carter got off to an 0 for 33 start, while Stephen Vogt an 0 for 32 (with 0 walks!). They seem to have recovered nicely.
   12. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4769636)
I see a lot of references to Harris going 0-for-35, but his BB-Ref game log shows him at 0-for-36. He made his debut on July 21, 1972 and went 0-for-35 through August 3. On August 4, he struck out in his first AB, then singled in his second AB.

So I'm calling it 0-for-36.

edit: Coke to Davo.
   13. PreservedFish Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:46 PM (#4769642)
I just panicked. I was just trying to throw the ball to the cut-off man, but I just panicked.


But DiPerna assured me that human beings capable of panic get weeded out in the minor leagues!
   14. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4769646)
Lou Camilli (a Cleveland infielder from the same time) opened 0 for 34.

and that 0-fer was spread over 3 seasons, and I count 0-35
(0-14 in 1969, 0-15 in 1970, and started out 0-6 in 1971 before he got a hit off of Vida Blue, who was at the beginning of his VIDA BLUE! season)
the only other interesting thing about him is that he was no relation to Dolph and Doug
   15. Nasty Nate Posted: August 12, 2014 at 04:12 PM (#4769662)
But DiPerna assured me that human beings capable of panic get weeded out in the minor leagues!


Santana must be injured!
   16. Davo Dozier Posted: August 12, 2014 at 04:29 PM (#4769674)
Santana must be injured!
He went through the batting order three times!
   17. Canker Soriano Posted: August 13, 2014 at 09:53 AM (#4770032)
On the plus side, I think Willie Mays famously started something like 1-for-32.
   18. Ron J2 Posted: August 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4770052)
#17 "He was something like zero for twenty-one the first time I saw him. His first major league hit was a home run off me and I'll never forgive myself. We might have gotten rid of Willie (Mays) forever if I'd only struck him out." -- Warren Spahn.

Didn't quite go as he remembered though. He was "only" 0-12 going into the game, and following that HR in the 1st he went on another 0-13 run. He was hitting .038/.219/.154 going into game 8. (but 6 BB and 1 ROE)

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