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Monday, April 30, 2018

Panda Pitches Perfect Ninth

The curveball to Chris Taylor was a beauty.

. . . . . . Posted: April 30, 2018 at 08:33 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fat pitchers, pablo sandoval, panda

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   1. Nasty Nate Posted: April 30, 2018 at 09:10 AM (#5662766)
Ohtani, Shmohtani!
   2. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 30, 2018 at 09:13 AM (#5662768)
How did you guess my safe word?
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: April 30, 2018 at 09:48 AM (#5662778)
Sandoval's relief stint was the first by a Giants position player since utility man Greg Litton toed the rubber on July 4, 1991.


Wow, that's a really long time, particularly given how frequently some teams employ the tactic in recent years.
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 30, 2018 at 10:08 AM (#5662795)
I looked up Greg Litton and apparently he grew up in the Panama Canal Zone, moving to Pensacola in 8th grade. He is now, as you might have guessed, a real estate agent in Pensacola.

Career World Series OPS of 1.667 - pretty good.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: April 30, 2018 at 10:19 AM (#5662801)
He joins Babe Ruth as the only players with a 3-HR World Series game and also at least one career inning pitched!
   6. Batman Posted: April 30, 2018 at 11:21 AM (#5662831)
I've forgotten about Sandoval so completely that my first thought was mild surprise that Joe Randa was still around. My second thought was that an actual panda had pitched.
   7. Karl from NY Posted: April 30, 2018 at 02:30 PM (#5663028)
The Giants had old stodgy managers in Dusty Baker and Felipe Alou for much of that time. Seems like they might steer clear of such shenanigans. Did Baker ever pitch a position player with the Cubs or Reds?
   8. bfan Posted: April 30, 2018 at 02:34 PM (#5663036)
He joins Babe Ruth as the only players with a 3-HR World Series game and also at least one career inning pitched!


Perfect! That is a very clever take on the Ohtani selective end points listing of achievements.
   9. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2018 at 02:37 PM (#5663039)
Career World Series OPS of 1.667 - pretty good.

Amazingly, Litton's overall postseason OPS is even higher than that.
   10. SoSH U at work Posted: April 30, 2018 at 02:37 PM (#5663040)
Did Baker ever pitch a position player with the Cubs or Reds?


He did with the Reds. Paul Janish in 2009.

He didn't with the Nationals. I don't know about the Cubs.

   11. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 30, 2018 at 02:40 PM (#5663045)
Dusty Baker may have been stodgy in the 90s but he was not yet old.

He put Paul Janish in to pitch twice with the Reds.

Edit: SOSHU got there first
   12. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 30, 2018 at 02:40 PM (#5663046)
I hate this. Pablo Sandoval is the worst and he should have torn his labrum to shreds on the first pitch. Boo Panda. Booooooo.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 30, 2018 at 02:45 PM (#5663048)
Did Baker ever pitch a position player with the Cubs or Reds?
No, inasmuch as that would have required him being willing to lift his starter.
   14. Ziggy's screen name Posted: April 30, 2018 at 04:14 PM (#5663118)
He did with the Reds. Paul Janish in 2009.


Oh what might have been. Prior, Wood, Janish.
   15. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 30, 2018 at 04:55 PM (#5663140)
Hank Schulman says Bochy says he could pitch Panda again. Article includes this hilarious final note:

The Red Sox, who are responsible for the bulk of Sandoval’s salary, might need a morale boost after learning that they paid him about $93,000 Saturday to save the Giants’ bullpen.


I braved 'MLB MUST C' for the first time this season to catch highlights of this IP. He looked remarkably like a pitcher up there. More than he looks like a third baseman (or an astronaut), for that matter.
   16. bfan Posted: April 30, 2018 at 05:00 PM (#5663146)
2 of the outs he induced were credited to the Red Sox.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 30, 2018 at 05:11 PM (#5663153)
He looked remarkably like a pitcher up there.
...in that C.C. Sabathia is a pitcher.
   18. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: April 30, 2018 at 05:18 PM (#5663157)
He looked remarkably like a pitcher up there.

Or possibly a belly itcher.
   19. Howie Menckel Posted: April 30, 2018 at 05:19 PM (#5663159)
he says he could pitch as well with either hand. I want to see that.
   20. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 30, 2018 at 07:03 PM (#5663187)
he says he could pitch as well with either hand. I want to see that.


Well we know he can attack a buffet with both hands so both are getting good regular work outs.

Funnily enough, if the Red Sox had known about this "skill" maybe they should've tried to convert him to a reliever since they are already paying his fat arse anyway. He can't be nearly as big as Garces was so Sox fans are accustomed to fat relievers.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: April 30, 2018 at 08:32 PM (#5663223)
Near as I can tell, Dusty never pitched a position player with the Cubs.
   22. asinwreck Posted: May 01, 2018 at 12:29 AM (#5663418)
Second-best hitting pitcher in San Francisco after Bumgardner.
   23. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 01, 2018 at 08:52 AM (#5663472)
He can't be nearly as big as Garces was so Sox fans are accustomed to fat relievers.


I dunno about that. Garces was a listed 6' 250 lbs. Sandoval is a listed 5'11" 268 lbs. Even accepting that listed weights tend to not match actual weights, I think Panda was probably more roly-poly than El Guapo.

eta: How does BBRef's Garces page not have his nickname?!
   24. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: May 02, 2018 at 07:20 AM (#5664205)
My second thought was that an actual panda had pitched.

Never say no to panda!
   25. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: May 02, 2018 at 09:36 AM (#5664274)
It used to be fairly normal for pitchers to live in the high 80s on the fastball. Jimmy Key probably never threw much harder than that.
   26. PreservedFish Posted: May 02, 2018 at 09:42 AM (#5664280)
Jimmy Key, on today's guns, probably throws 94 mph

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