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Friday, October 18, 2019

The hit-by-pitch god

In the latest edition of SB Nation’s “Dorktown,” Jon Bois and Alex Rubenstein statistically rhapsodize on the career of “an otherwise normal-seeming person, who, to an extent baseball has never before seen, willingly uses his own body as a human baseball bat”—Brandon Guyer. Don’t miss the graphic around 8:30 and stay for the end, with bonus videos of players failing at sliding and at running into Albert Belle.

sotapop Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon guyer, hbpgod, hit by pitch, ouch, the fourth true outcome

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Ringer:  Ranking the Worst MLB Playoff Losses of the Decade

In the entirety of MLB history, not just this decade, only three teams have lost a series after holding a 99 percent chance to win. The 1986 Angels led Boston three games to one, then surrendered a three-run ninth-inning lead in Game 5 before dropping games 6 and 7. The 1986 Red Sox led the Mets three games to two and held a two-run lead in the 10th inning of Game 6, with two outs and no men on, before losing in evidently cursed fashion.  And the…

You’ll have to click the link to find out who. 

It’s probably the week’s best article to include Archie Bradley, Tony Wolters, Kolten Wong, Nyjer Morgan, Trent Grisham, Ryan Hanigan, and Wei-Yin Chen.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 12, 2019 at 04:48 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: help, ouch, pain, why

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Diving catches are amazing baseball highlights ... but don’t they hurt? We asked.

Skipping ahead a little….

Or, that the most impressive part of a diving catch is not the catch but the dive and the fact that they do it at all because: Doesn’t that hurt?

“Yes,” said Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward.

“It’s not as bad as you think,” said Yankees center fielder Cameron Maybin. Except that’s not saying much because I think it seems really, really bad.

Think about it: Do you ever land face first on the ground as part of your job? And if you did, wouldn’t that be the end of strenuous physical activity for the day, if not the week? I don’t mean that facetiously or as part of a self-effacing punchline. I’m used to seeing all sorts of athletic feats beyond my personal capabilities on a professional stage. But it’s not that I can’t imagine what it would feel like to belly flop onto the unforgiving earth — it’s that I can. Which is why I never do it, at least not on purpose.

Something to consider in parallel with the Kris Bryant piece.

 

QLE Posted: September 24, 2019 at 12:18 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: catches, fielding, ouch

 

 

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