57 minutes ago, I received this from Chris Jaffe.
It’s the most exciting way for a game to end. It’s the bottom of the ninth (or extra innings) when a bat connects on a pitch for a hit that drives home the game-winning and game-ending run.
A walk-off win.
Wanna know how much the culture of baseball fandom loves walk-off wins? Well, Almost all of baseball’s most famous games end on walk-offs. Think about. The Carlton Fisk game. The Kirk Gibson game. The Bill Mazeroski game. Last year’s World Series gave us the David Freese game. You can find some great games that aren’t walk-offs, but the enduring appeal of the walk-off winner is obvious.
7. Pitchers giving up game-ending hits
Since we’re looking at pitchers, let’s look at it from the other angle: who gave up the most game-ending hits? Whereas Frank Robinson leads hitters with 26 game-enders, 17 different pitchers can top that. It makes sense if you think about. Pitchers can be used exclusively in relief in close games, but hitters have to follow the batting order. Even a pinch hitter like Manny Mota won’t get as many chances as a relief pitcher.
At any rate, here are the leaders among pitchers:
Rollie Fingers 44
Roy Face 40
Lind McDaniel 39
Rich Gossage 35
Gene Garber 35
John Franco 34
Mike Marshall 32
Kent Tekulve 32
R. Hernandez 32
Randy Myers 31
Posted: August 06, 2012 at 10:29 AM | 47 comment(s)
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