Bob Gibson, the hard-throwing Hall of Fame pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, 1958-1975, did not waste time tossing mere 93-mph pitches at a batter’s midsection. He tossed pitches close to 100 mph up under the batter’s jaw for what is known as “chin music.”
He and two of his fellow National League hard-ball pitchers of those days, the Dodgers’ Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax, felt no qualms about brush back or knock down pitches if a good hitter was digging in with any show of confidence. It was all part of the game not too many years ago.
...Hamels is a namby-pamby by comparison to such recent threatening hurlers as Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez because he just throws at a rookie’s ribs. Harper shook that off like it was a mosquito bite and then made a total fool out of Hamels.
Hamels is too young to have seen and learned from some of the mean but great old timers like Dizzy Dean, Early Wynn, Ewell Blackwell and Sal Maglie. They all did a real job of knocking down anyone they felt was getting too comfortable in that batter’s box.
Posted: May 14, 2012 at 04:36 PM | 20 comment(s)
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