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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Palm Beach Post: Pitching machine overpowers hitters

Pitching machine 1, 2006 Marlins 0.

The Marlins’ prospects fighting for positions finally made their spring debut Tuesday in an intrasquad game. The biggest star? A pitching machine that recorded five strikeouts. “The machine was outstanding,’’ quipped Wayne Rosenthal, the team’s minor-league pitching coordinator.
Manager Joe Girardi wanted to save pitchers for exhibition games, so bullpen coach Pierre Arsenault fed baseballs into the machine from atop the mound…  “You can ask me about my off-season and you can ask me about my wife but just don’t ask me about my performance today,’’ said catcher Matt Treanor, one of the strikeout victims.

NTNgod Posted: March 01, 2006 at 06:53 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Hop-Clop Goes On (psa1) Posted: March 01, 2006 at 07:35 AM (#1879290)
[announcer voice]

Next at 11 o'clock, when snark is not enough.

[/announcer voice]
   2. Walt Davis Posted: March 01, 2006 at 08:45 AM (#1879355)
you can ask me about my wife

How does your wife feel about the pitching machine? (wink wink nudge nudge)
   3. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 01, 2006 at 09:15 AM (#1879363)
The Marlins immediately made it known that the pitching machine was available and that they were looking for a couple top minor league radar guns in return.
   4. catomi01 Posted: March 01, 2006 at 09:23 AM (#1879366)
   5. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: March 01, 2006 at 11:03 AM (#1879394)
Heck, I remember back in the mid-to-late 1990's when the Blue Jays' batting tee threw a two-hitter and led the pitching staff in ERA.

Shoot, Carlos Garcia and Alex Gonzalez both took the golden sombrero.

Best Regards

   6. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: March 01, 2006 at 11:07 AM (#1879396)
Whoops! Sorry, you probably want a link for the above post.

Best Regards

   7. Kyle S Posted: March 01, 2006 at 12:35 PM (#1879406)
I knew Treanor's wife was someone famous. He's married to Misty May, the beach volleyball player.
   8. jmac66 Posted: March 01, 2006 at 01:07 PM (#1879414)
you can ask me about my wife

How does your wife feel about the pitching machine? (wink wink nudge nudge)

more importantly, what did your wife think of Kingman's performance (nudge nudge)
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 01, 2006 at 01:39 PM (#1879424)
you can ask me about my wife

I'm sure he gets a lot of questions about professional beach volleyball.

"What's Karch Kiraly really like?"
"Who's a better player, Kerri Walsh or Holly McPeak?"
"Can you hook me up with Sinjin Smith's autograph?"

...and on and on. The mind boggles at the quantity of professional beach volleyball questions he must get on a daily basis.
   10. CraigK Posted: March 01, 2006 at 02:18 PM (#1879458)
Primey for #3.
   11. CraigK Posted: March 01, 2006 at 02:20 PM (#1879459)
And, BTW, I'm sick of players like Matt Treanor and Albert Belle taking all the hot women for themselves.
   12. 1k5v3L Posted: March 01, 2006 at 02:23 PM (#1879461)
I fully expect that A-rod will force his wife to take up beach volleyball so A-rod can fit in.
   13. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: March 01, 2006 at 03:07 PM (#1879499)
As someone who's been struck out countless times by a pitching machine, let me say that it can be harder to hit against the machine sometimes, especially when it throws all breaking balls. You can't see the the pitcher's windup or the ball coming out of a hand, so it's also harder to pick up the ball's rotation.

I hate pitching machines.
   14. Toolsy McClutch Posted: March 01, 2006 at 03:23 PM (#1879514)
Man, I remember playing some old beach volleyball computer game against Sinjin Smith and some other guy on my top-of-the-line 286. I remember my strategy was to bring both guys to the net, then peel one back when they invariably tipped it.
   15. Cris E Posted: March 01, 2006 at 03:38 PM (#1879540)
The cool thing about beach volleyball, versus some crappy sport like non-modern pentathalon or baseball, is that it's a certified, honest to God Olympic event. Treanor's just referring to the attention his wife gets for that every four years. Why, even in this Winter O year they're still innundated with media requests. He's just happy to be at camp away from the hoopla.
   16. AADeuce Posted: March 01, 2006 at 03:49 PM (#1879557)
I think Pitching Machine might be Diet Pepsi Machine's first cousin.
   17. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: March 01, 2006 at 04:04 PM (#1879575)
This machine wouldn't by any chance be named HAL, would it?
   18. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 01, 2006 at 04:17 PM (#1879596)
One summer at baseball camp, when momentarily left unsupervised, we set the ultra-advanced pitching machine for 100MPH sidearm breaking stuff. The first pitch moved like two feet and drilled the kid right on the bean; I guess it wasn't calibrated for the fake rubber balls we were using.

It knocked him clean over sideways, and he was still wobbly for the better part of an hour. Good times.
   19. "Catching Dianetics" by Dr. L. Ron Karkovice Posted: March 01, 2006 at 05:15 PM (#1879667)
Don't thank me, thank this inatimate carbon rod!
   20. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: March 01, 2006 at 09:52 PM (#1880120)
#10: Uh, no.

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