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Thursday, September 02, 2021

Waino-Yadi partnership in ranks with legends

When the Cardinals open their series against the Brewers on Friday, Adam Wainwright will throw his first pitch of the game to Yadier Molina. It’s a given: If Molina is healthy and Wainwright is pitching, they will start together. They have done so 25 times already this year.

It’s Brunswick, Ga., and Bayamón, Puerto Rico, coming together every five days to play catch. From the mound in Milwaukee, it will mark 300 times—a milestone only three other sets of batterymates have reached before them. (And a tally that doesn’t include 14 more games started together in the postseason.)

The others? Mikey Lolich and Bill Freehan (324 starts). Warren Spahn and Del Crandall (316). Red Faber and Ray Schalk (306).

“It’s really a mind-blowing number, for me,” said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. “It speaks to the longevity. It speaks to each of their ability to compete well. It speaks well to the fact they want to stay in an organization for as long as they have. It’s really an amazing, amazing accomplishment for both of them.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2021 at 05:52 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: September 02, 2021 at 06:26 PM (#6038038)
Mikey Lolich

fantastic typo.

in the early 1970s commercial - with Lolich still in his prime - "Mikey" is the little boy who doesn't like to eat. so when he likes Life cereal, it must be good!

Mickey Lolich, on the other hand, well....
   2. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: September 03, 2021 at 11:10 AM (#6038101)
Based on the headline, I first assumed this was announcing some merger in the Japanese league.
   3. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: September 03, 2021 at 12:06 PM (#6038114)
List of all the 200+ start batterymates here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_(baseball)

Steve Rogers and Gary Carter at 270. Fun facts.
   4. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: September 03, 2021 at 12:08 PM (#6038115)
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   5. The Duke Posted: September 03, 2021 at 01:05 PM (#6038124)
Drysdale and roseboro got their 283 in just 11 seasons. Back when men were men.

McCarver and Carlton look like the only two that got it done with two different teams.

And my favorite battery was the brother team of Mort and Walker Cooper for the Cardinals who not only were brothers but shared 60 WAR.
   6. The Duke Posted: September 03, 2021 at 10:57 PM (#6038213)
On the cards broadcast tonight, they said that Wainwright and Molina had eight starts together in AAA. I think Freehan and lolich came up together as well so I bet they have something similar.

Do these numbers include post-season? If no, then I bet Yadi/Waino are much closer to Freehan/lolich

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