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Monday, March 30, 2020

‘I’m sorry neighbors’: Rangers’ Joey Gallo turns home into indoor batting cage during MLB’s hiatus

It’s a problem for many across North Texas. What is everyone supposed to do with all of their extra time around the house as the state attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus?

Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo found a pretty productive answer.

After Major League Baseball put spring training as well as its season on hold due to COVID-19, players became unable to use team facilities to stay ready for if or when the 2020 season actually begins.

In light of those circumstances, Gallo decided to turn his Dallas home into his own personal batting cage.

Could be worse- the neighbors upstairs appear to have taken up either clog dancing or furniture throwing, and I’m not sure which is more alarming…..

 

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2020 at 01:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: batting, joey gallo

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Ian Happ Learned What Kind of Hitter He Is

It’s tough to imagine how the final few weeks of the 2019 regular season could have gone worse for the Chicago Cubs. Just two games back in the National League Central division on September 17, the team finished the year by losing 10 of its final 12 games, plunging not only out of the division race but out of the Wild Card hunt as well. It was a nightmarish run for the Cubs, but for one player on the team, that stretch represented the height of his season. Ian Happ, the young switch-hitting utility player, made 39 plate appearances in the final 14 games of the season and hit an astonishing .405/.436/1.000, crushing six homers and four doubles in that span. In the Cubs’ only two victories of that stretch, Happ went a combined 6-for-10 with three homers and two doubles.

It’s appropriate that it was Happ who enjoyed this success to close the season; it seemed like no one else on the team needed to finish the year on a high note as much as he did. He was the one who, just one year prior, had such a poor finish to the season that despite being one of the most exciting young players on his team, he went into the following spring training fighting for a job. Over the final two months of 2018, Happ hit just .192/.298/.333, with a wRC+ of just 72. Those two months tanked what had been a promising campaign, and had carryover effects well into the following year. In 56 spring training plate appearances in 2019, he ran on base and slugging percentages both south of .200.

This spring, it seems to be a different story, at least so far. Now carrying on his success, not struggles, from a previous season, Happ did this on Monday

Did he, or is this another case of Small Sample Size Playhouse at work?

 

 

QLE Posted: March 07, 2020 at 01:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: batting, ian happ, spring training

 

 

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