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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Intentional Walk Issued to Bonds Yields Unintentional Disbelief (Happy Birthday, Barry)

The Diamondbacks led San Francisco, 8-6, with two out when Bonds walked to the plate with the bases loaded. When he walked to first base, the run forced in by the rare intentional walk made it 8-7. Gregg Olson, who had walked five other batters in the eighth and ninth, went to a 3-2 count on Brent Mayne before getting him on a line drive to right field, ending the game.

“There are only three or four players in this game you’d do it with, and Bonds is one of them,” [Buck] Showalter said. As the manager, he added, “You try to give your club the best opportunity to win a game; it might not have been good, but it was better than the option we had.”

From 1998! Said Showalter later: “They said he’s going crazy and we seen this before. But I’m doing pretty good as far as geniuses go.”

Happy Birthday, Barry Lamar.

Wins Above Paul Westerberg Posted: July 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 24, 2014 at 03:21 PM (#4757084)
“There are only three or four players in this game you’d do it with,

all-time, or in '98?
   2. bobm Posted: July 24, 2014 at 04:29 PM (#4757153)
All of MLB: 2 Intentional Walks in 1938-2014, With runners on 123

Date                Batter  Tm Opp       Pitcher    Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt)Sequence
1998-05-28     Barry Bonds SFG ARI   Gregg Olson down 8-6  b9 123   2           4(3-0)
2008-08-17   Josh Hamilton TEX TBR Grant Balfour down 7-3  b9 123   2           4(3-0)

   3. EddieA Posted: July 24, 2014 at 04:38 PM (#4757157)
I don't think IBB's were a stat until 1955, so it wouldn't show up on a sort.
The article mentions Bill Nicholson in 1944.
   4. AROM Posted: July 24, 2014 at 04:47 PM (#4757167)
Gregg Olson, who had walked five other batters in the eighth and ninth, went to a 3-2 count on Brent Mayne before getting him on a line drive to right field, ending the game.

Gregg Olson is the answer to: Who is the only pitcher to have ever pitched to both Barry Bonds and AROM?. I flew out to left during a 2008 fantasy camp.
   5. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: July 24, 2014 at 04:50 PM (#4757169)
Did he walk Bond to get to you?
   6. Batman Posted: July 24, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4757175)
Nicholson did have 10 IBB's in 1944 according to the event finder, but none of them were with the bases loaded. This game (70 years ago yesterday) matches the description. The next hitter was Ival Goodman, who had had a home run and two walks. If Goodman did make an out after the Nicholson IBB, it was his first of the game.

This 1992 Chicago Tribune article talks about the Nicholson IBB, but with some of the details different. It also mentions bases-loaded IBB's to Nap Lajoie and Mel Ott.
   7. bobm Posted: July 24, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4757201)

If one event in baseball signifies true respect, it has to be an intentional walk with the bases loaded. Bill Deane and Everett Parker recently completed research on the four instances and summarized the events of each game below. In 2007, research Trent McCotter added to this remarkable list with his Dalrymple discovery:

Abner Dalrymple, August 2, 1881 - the Bisons were were down 5-0 versus the White Stockings in the eighth inning. The "Chicago Tribune" described the moment with, "In the eighth the bases were filled, and nobody out, on successive hits by (Fred) Goldsmith, (Silver) Flint, and (Joe) Quest, and (Jack) Lynch was so afraid of Dalrymple that he gave him his base on balls and brought Goldsmith in with the gift." Another Tribune quote which described the moment said, "At one time, when the bases were full, Lynch deliberately sent in seven balls rather than take the chances of a hit by Dalrymple, who was at bat, and in this way forced a run upon Chicago."

Napoleon Lajoie, May 23, 1901 - the Athletics were batting against the White Sox in the top of the ninth inning. They were down, 11-7, but had the bases loaded and none out with Lajoie - on his way to a Triple Crown - up. Manager Clark Griffith inserted himself as relief pitcher and "calmly sent four wide ones across" to deliberately force in a run, bringing future home run champs Socks Seybold and Harry Davis up with the bases still full. Griffith then disposed of Seybold, Davis, and Morgan Murphy on infield grounders, saving the 11-9 win.

Del Bissonette, May 2, 1928 - the Giants led the Dodgers, 2-0, in the top of the ninth, but Brooklyn loaded the bases with two out. Giants' manager John McGraw then ordered pitcher Larry Benton to walk Bissonette, in his 16th major league game, purposely ending the shutout. Benton then struck out Harry Riconda to end the game. [...]
   8. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: July 24, 2014 at 07:09 PM (#4757224)
Geesh - bobm is our one-stop shop of awesome. Thanks Bob, that's a great little find.

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