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    • max.patch wrote:

      I think this is one of those times you should ignore the analytic guys. I like Maddon but was asleep on this one. Or in the bathroom.

      twitter.com/i/status/1384713912931737602
      Yordan Alvarez did it earlier this season, but that was leading off the inning.
      But this was with a runner on third. :huh:
      Rangers may not be good, but that doesn't mean they are dumb. Good for them :thumbup:
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      I think this is one of those times you should ignore the analytic guys. I like Maddon but was asleep on this one. Or in the bathroom.

      twitter.com/i/status/1384713912931737602
      Yordan Alvarez did it earlier this season, but that was leading off the inning.But this was with a runner on third. :huh:
      Rangers may not be good, but that doesn't mean they are dumb. Good for them :thumbup:
      mlb.com/astros/video/alvarez-s-perfect-bunt-single-041021
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • max.patch wrote:

      Recognizing Bumgarners no-hitter makes a lot more sense to me than recognizing stats achieved in the Negro League.,
      I would agree with that.

      And it is not Bumgarner's fault he didn't get to pitch the last 2 innings. But I would hold bar at 9. How about Harvey Haddix and Clay Kirby and all those other unique situations. But, I guess it gives us something to talk about. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • odd man out wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      Arizona beats Atlanta 7-0.
      Officially

      Madison Bumgarner pitches a no-hitter.
      Unofficially

      Something doesn't make sense...
      Gotta pitch 9.Tradeoff of playing 7 inning double headers.
      So the woman who pitched a 7 inning perfect game wasn't perfect?
      Not for MLB.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • First base vs first base.

      Freeman 4-4 and needs a triple for the cycle.

      <snip>

      Anthony Rizzo warned Freddie Freeman. From the on-deck circle at Truist Park, the Cubs first baseman caught Freeman's eye in the top of the seventh on Wednesday night.

      "I was kind of loosening my arm up," Rizzo said with a grin. "And I go, 'I want you,' pointing at him."

      Tony vs. Frederick.

      In a 10-0 rout by the Braves, it was a heavyweight bout that baseball fans did not realize they so desperately needed. In the bottom of the seventh, Rizzo took the mound, took on the reigning National League MVP, and neither All-Star could stop smiling.

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    • Interesting video about why we don't see screwball pitchers any more. Not surprising that Carl Hubbell and Fernando Valenzuela are the two pitchers to strike out the first five batters in an All-Star game. Hubbell in 1934 against five "future" Hall Of Famers was probably most impressive. But Fernando's in 1986 is special to me since I saw it in person at the Astrodome. :)

      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Sportscenter just happened to be on and they cut to the Orioles-Mariners game at the bottom of the 9th so I got to see the end of John Means no hitter.

      The only baserunner struck out, catcher didn't hold it, he made it to first (earlier in the game; didn't see it) on a ruled wild pitch and then was caught stealing. I guess that's as close to a perfect game that wasn't as your're gonna see.

      Don't know what the average is for context, but they said his first pitch was a strike to 26 of the 27 batters he faced.
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    • max.patch wrote:

      Sportscenter just happened to be on and they cut to the Orioles-Mariners game at the bottom of the 9th so I got to see the end of John Means no hitter.

      The only baserunner struck out, catcher didn't hold it, he made it to first (earlier in the game; didn't see it) on a ruled wild pitch and then was caught stealing. I guess that's as close to a perfect game that wasn't as your're gonna see.

      Don't know what the average is for context, but they said his first pitch was a strike to 26 of the 27 batters he faced.
      26 out of 27 first pitch strikes is very impressive. Starting ahead in the count is the way to dominate a game.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • I love it when the shift doesn't work.

      <snip>

      Astros' shift let Yankees' Gleyber Torres astonishingly score from first on a ball that never left the infield

      With the New York Yankees down two runs in the eighth inning and Gleyber Torres on at first, Aaron Hicks hit a hard liner up the middle that was knocked down by Carlos Correa, who was playing to the right of second base as part of a shift. That was when chaos ensued.

      Torres, seeing that third baseman Alex Bregman was around second base with third uncovered, continued running despite the ball staying in the infield. And when catcher Martin Maldonado tried to cover third, Torres saw that home was uncovered, so he channeled his inner Forrest Gump and just kept running (and outran Maldonado who tried to catch up to cover home).

      The Astros could only watch as Torres dove into home.

      It was equal parts hilarious and genius.


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    • max.patch wrote:

      I love it when the shift doesn't work.

      <snip>

      Astros' shift let Yankees' Gleyber Torres astonishingly score from first on a ball that never left the infield

      With the New York Yankees down two runs in the eighth inning and Gleyber Torres on at first, Aaron Hicks hit a hard liner up the middle that was knocked down by Carlos Correa, who was playing to the right of second base as part of a shift. That was when chaos ensued.

      Torres, seeing that third baseman Alex Bregman was around second base with third uncovered, continued running despite the ball staying in the infield. And when catcher Martin Maldonado tried to cover third, Torres saw that home was uncovered, so he channeled his inner Forrest Gump and just kept running (and outran Maldonado who tried to catch up to cover home).

      The Astros could only watch as Torres dove into home.

      It was equal parts hilarious and genius.



      Hard to fault the catcher Maldanado acting on instinct, but the pitcher needs to be aware of what is going on an cover home if the catcher is sprinting to third.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • 2 posts in one day -- the Astros are in the news today!

      If this Astros prospect makes it to the majors -- this is the Asheville Tourists High A team -- he's already got the bat flip thing mastered.



      ETA: 3/5, 2 HRs, 3 runs scored, 5 RBIs.
      Plays 2B. Altuve looking nervous... :)
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    • RIP Tawny Kitaen, 59 y/o.

      Probably best known for her performance in the Whitesnake video below.

      Making this baseball related, she was married to LA Angeles pitcher (traded to Cleveland before all the excitement happened) Chuck Finley when she beat him up by kicking him in the face with her stilleto heels.She was arrested for spousal abuse and battery. Finley understandably filed for divorce shortly thereafter. That was a big story at the time; if it happened today the internets would go crazy.

      And in a final baseball footnote, when Finley took the mound for a game against the White Sox, the Sox musical director played the music from the Whitesnake video. While I think this was brillant, he was fired for doing so depite apologizing for his musical choice.

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    • max.patch wrote:

      RIP Tawny Kitaen, 59 y/o.

      Probably best known for her performance in the Whitesnake video below.

      Making this baseball related, she was married to LA Angeles pitcher (traded to Cleveland before all the excitement happened) Chuck Finley when she beat him up by kicking him in the face with her stilleto heels.She was arrested for spousal abuse and battery. Finley understandably filed for divorce shortly thereafter. That was a big story at the time; if it happened today the internets would go crazy.

      And in a final baseball footnote, when Finley took the mound for a game against the White Sox, the Sox musical director played the music from the Whitesnake video. While I think this was brillant, he was fired for doing so depite apologizing for his musical choice.


      Had a few roles as an actress too, being engaged to Tom Hanks and dating Jerry Seinfeld.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • lol, an old article from ESPN:

      And now she faces domestic abuse charges and a possible year in prison for attacking her husband, Cleveland pitcher Chuck Finley, kicking him repeatedly with her high heels. He, meanwhile, faces constant heckling for the rest of his career and the distinct possibility that despite nearly 200 wins and more than 2,000 strikeouts, he will be forever remembered as the 6-foot-6 pitcher who got beat up by the chick in the Whitesnake videos.
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    • max.patch wrote:

      lol, an old article from ESPN:

      And now she faces domestic abuse charges and a possible year in prison for attacking her husband, Cleveland pitcher Chuck Finley, kicking him repeatedly with her high heels. He, meanwhile, faces constant heckling for the rest of his career and the distinct possibility that despite nearly 200 wins and more than 2,000 strikeouts, he will be forever remembered as the 6-foot-6 pitcher who got beat up by the chick in the Whitesnake videos.
      The concerning thing is she was my age. Which I feel is too young to be passing way, but I am sure my life has not been shall we say as "eventful" as hers. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General