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Saturday, August 02, 2014

TSN.ca: MacArthur: Buehrle shows fellow hurler Stroman the way

Mark Buehrle teaches baseball’s off-field unwritten rules to Marcus Stroman.

The two talk pitching, naturally, but Buehrle has taken Stroman under his wing in other areas too. Most importantly is how to be a good rookie.

“I think he’s been doing the dumbest stuff and I’ve had to call him out,” said Buehrle. “I think the majority of stuff, pitching wise, I’m not going to sit there and take credit for anything. We’ve talked a few times about little things but I think the biggest thing that I’ve tried to direct him and I tell every young guy that comes up, I say listen, I was a rookie, got picked on, I didn’t like it. You’re going to get picked on, you’re going to have to get your stuff done to you but if you have a question about where you need to be, what you need to wear, what you need to do, any of those questions come ask me and I’m going to lead you in the right direction.”
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“I got my ass handed to me in the third inning, sitting there and I got taken out,” said Buehrle. “I look over and I see him with a drink and a bag of chips in his hand, sitting there eating it. I wasn’t really in the mood to tell him what to do, what not to do but I went over, ‘Hey dude, you can’t be having a bag of chips here on the bench.’”

 

Boileryard Posted: August 02, 2014 at 10:50 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, marcus stroman, mark buehrle, unwritten rules

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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 03, 2014 at 08:46 AM (#4763324)
Can we get Mark Buehrle to go to every young pitcher and talk with them about how to pitch quickly?

Also: Baseball has to be the only sport where members of the active roster sit on their bench during a game and eat stuff. It probably is also the only sport where a significant percentage of the roster goes into that night's game knowing there is zero chance - or virtually zero chance - they are playing that night. Even seldom-used players like backup hockey goalies and backup quarterbacks have to be ready to play, because they are one instant injury away from getting in the game.

Baseball is awesome, but the most compelling argument against it being the best sport is the enormous amount of non-athleticism going on at any given moment...dugouts look more like airport gate waiting areas than a professional sports bench.
   2. NattyBoh Posted: August 03, 2014 at 03:20 PM (#4763476)
Baseball is the only sport where players in uniform go into the clubhouse during the game.
   3. MFS Posted: August 03, 2014 at 03:45 PM (#4763488)
And the only sport where the coach/manager regularly enters the field of play (although there is no real reason for him to do so.)
   4. cardsfanboy Posted: August 03, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4763494)
And the only sport where you have the ball when you are on defense.
   5. kthejoker Posted: August 03, 2014 at 04:50 PM (#4763521)
And the only sport where the two teams never have the same number of players on the field.
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: August 03, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4763524)
And the only sport where the two teams never have the same number of players on the field.


Unless Satchel Paige is pitching.
   7. Greg K Posted: August 03, 2014 at 05:49 PM (#4763541)
And the only sport where the coach/manager regularly enters the field of play (although there is no real reason for him to do so.)

It's also the only one in which the manager and coaches where the team uniform, right?

Which seems a bit bizarre. I guess technically coaches may hit ground balls or throw BP or something before a game so a suit may not be feasible, but hockey or soccer coaches manage to do that sort of thing in a track suit.
   8. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 03, 2014 at 06:04 PM (#4763546)
Which seems a bit bizarre. I guess technically coaches may hit ground balls or throw BP or something before a game so a suit may not be feasible, but hockey or soccer coaches manage to do that sort of thing in a track suit.


First and third base coaches are, while not in fair territory, essentially on the field of play during games. That does distinguish them to some degree from other coaches.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: August 03, 2014 at 06:14 PM (#4763549)
First and third base coaches are, while not in fair territory, essentially on the field of play during games. That does distinguish them to some degree from other coaches.

Yeah, but you'd think they'd have to wear day-glo orange or at least the stuff soccer goalies were so nobody for a second confuses them with a player.

While all sports have their "sneaky" plays, I can't think of a true equivalent to the stolen base.

And the only sport where you have the ball when you are on defense.
And the only sport where the two teams never have the same number of players on the field.


Cricket. Oh, you meant real sports.

I have no idea what the other batting team's players are getting up to during cricket. They've got to be doing similar things to baseball players ... how can anybody pay attention to anything for that length of time.
   10. Greg K Posted: August 03, 2014 at 06:24 PM (#4763552)
I have no idea what the other batting team's players are getting up to during cricket. They've got to be doing similar things to baseball players ... how can anybody pay attention to anything for that length of time.

At the Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham the pavilion is connected to the members' pub. So at least in Nottingham I can imagine what the other batsmen are doing before/after they're needed.

EDIT: And I've heard one of the many ways to get out in cricket is to not get out of the pavilion and appear at the wicket in a certain amount of time when its your turn. Seems like there's a presumption of enjoying some merriment during game time built into the rules.

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