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Monday, December 02, 2019

Ichiro Suzuki threw a 131-pitch complete game against group of teachers

Ichiro Suzuki retired from Major League Baseball in March, but over the weekend he showed he’ll never, ever be done with baseball.

The Kyodo News reported that Ichiro suited up for an amateur team of local Kobe, Japan, acquaintances and took on the teachers of Chiben Wakayama, a local high school with an excellent baseball program.

Around 3,000 people connected to Chiben Wakayama were in the stands, according to the Kyodo News, and the game attracted a huge media contingent of 80-plus people. The game took place at Hotto Motto Field in Kobe, which is significant for Ichiro. It’s the stadium he first played in when he began his career with the Orix Blue Wave (now the Orix Buffaloes) back in 1992.

Maybe it was the field that inspired Ichiro, or maybe it’s that he’s still a world-class baseball player at age 46. He tossed a 131-pitch complete game, using a rubber ball that’s traditionally used in “kusayakyu,” or neighborhood baseball. He allowed six hits, no runs, no walks and struck out 16. At the plate, he went 3 for 4 with a walk — a very Ichiro day. Ichiro and his team ended up beating the teachers of Chiben Wakayama 14-0.

Something to add to the list of things that Ichiro could do because he wanted to…..

 

QLE Posted: December 02, 2019 at 09:22 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, position players pitching

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Alex Cora has bold proposal to cut down on position players pitching

There are many segments of fans and analysts who believe that letting position players pitch in blowout losses is a way to cheapen the game. There’s no real way to stop it, but Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora has a few ideas.

Cora suggested that any team that uses a position player should be obligated to do it again in the next game to cut down on the practice. He also suggested that a team that uses a position player should not be allowed to hit again during that game.

Sadly, the really sensible ideas, “be brave enough to keep your starters in the game longer”, and “use your relievers under the old-time “fireman” model, instead of playing weird games over how they can be used”, seem not to be included….

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, position players pitching

Friday, August 16, 2019

Yankees first baseman Mike Ford’s pitching performance provides comic relief

NEW YORK — You wouldn’t think that when a team gets pummelled, 19-5, as the New York Yankees did by the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, that any of the pitchers for the losing team would leave the mound to an ovation.

Especially not in Yankee Stadium, where winning brings not pleasure, but relief and championships are treated as a birthright. They don’t often raise the nice-try flag in the Bronx.

But when the “pitcher’’ is a 27-year-old rookie first baseman/designated hitter who is on the roster only because his team has been decimated by injuries, and on the mound only because the real pitchers have been decimated by the Cleveland hitters, even a Yankee Stadium crowd can be moved to recognize an effort above and beyond the call of duty.

So it was that when Mike Ford walked toward the dugout at the end of the eighth inning, having pitched no worse three of the four professional hurlers who had preceded him – and significantly better than Chad Green, who started the game as an opener – what was left of a crowd that was once 44,000 people stood and cheered Ford as if his first name were not Mike, but Whitey.

I don’t know- if the Yankess lost by a 19-to-5 margin more often, it would make many of us cheer…..

QLE Posted: August 16, 2019 at 04:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mike ford, position players pitching, yankees

 

 

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