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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/06/17 13:00:59 (permalink)
Smoak is on my fantasy team so u don't need to remind me. And the ex-mariners that have been lost include R.A. Dickey as well. Jesus is not a very good defensive catcher but he will be an offensive force like napoli at some point in his career.
 
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/06/17 13:33:34 (permalink)
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And what was up with the Mariners giving away Gio Gonzalez?

 
Gonzales was with the A's, not the Mariners.
 
If any team should be kicking itself it's the White Sox.  Not only did they draft Gonzalez and trade him away, but then they reacquired him and traded him away again!
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/06/18 09:49:20 (permalink)
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MetroplexJim

And what was up with the Mariners giving away Gio Gonzalez?


Gonzales was with the A's, not the Mariners.

If any team should be kicking itself it's the White Sox.  Not only did they draft Gonzalez and trade him away, but then they reacquired him and traded him away again!


Oops!  I just remembered him having some good games against the Mighty Rangers for some team down there in the bowels of the division.  I guess Billy Beane is still playing "Moneyball" in his sad, sorry, little, "occupier-infested" market. 
 
When are the A's moving to San Jose? 
Are the Raiders returning to L.A. as soon as their stadium is built?
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/09 17:57:38 (permalink)
The season is at its midpoint break. What's the biggest positive surprise; the Nats or Pirates? On the negative side; Phillies or Boston?
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/10 08:54:06 (permalink)
I'd have to say the Pirates, as the Nationals' talent level has been noticeably rising over the past couple of seasons.  Their success has been expected but maybe not quite this early - 2013-14 seemed to be the years most experts were picking.
 
Having said that, I suspect the Pirates will deal Andrew McCutchen at the trade deadline just out of habit.
 
As a White Sox fan who's well aware of what the preseason expectations for 2012 were, I've been pleasantly surprised by their success so far.  But there are still 77 games to go and with a bajillion rookie pitchers in the bullpen, who knows what might happen.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/10 09:15:02 (permalink)
It is amazing to see how many people here in Pittsburgh have Bucco fever.  Even some people I know who don't care one lick about sports are into it this year.  It is truly wonderful to see.
 
This past Sunday, the local tv ratings were the highest in the cable stations history, as over 300,000 households tuned in.  And this was on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, when you would think most people would be outside.
 
Not sure what will happen from here, but the thought of meaningful games in September has me very excited.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/10 09:42:21 (permalink)
We're going to see the Pirates play in Milwaukee this coming Sunday.  Truth be told, with the Brewers being 8 games out and playing their next 9 games against the Pirates, Cardinals, and Reds the season's very much on the line right now.
 
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/10 09:56:31 (permalink)
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How about Zach Greinke starting three consecutive games for the Brewers?  I never thought that would happen in MLB again.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/10 10:15:36 (permalink)
That's one of those oddities that requires the perfect set of circumstances, especially for a power pitcher like Greinke.  Of course, some manager with nothing better to do at the end of the season could "start" a reliever for 3 straight games, let him pitch to 1 batter each time, and then bring in the real starter.
 
The Pirates have the best home record (+15) in MLB but are -4 on the road, and 16 of their next 22 games are away from Pittsburgh.  Looks like this will be a telling time for them, too.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/11 08:34:45 (permalink)
Dear Ron and Justin,
 
Thanks for being such great hosts last night!  We had such a wonderful time that we'd love to return the favor, so please bring your friends and stop by our place for Game 7 this October.
 
Sincerely,
 
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/15 14:47:28 (permalink)
What a wonderful season so far!
 
The Buccos are Mighty yet again; the Nats lead their division!
 
My adopted team, the Rangrs, lead their division and have, by far, the wealthiest ownership in MLB.  And the most talent.
 
That said, Josh Hamilton will not be a Ranger next year.  My prayers are with him.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/16 08:42:25 (permalink)
Just playing around on one of my favorite sites, http://www.baseball-reference.com/ , I discovered an amazing fact about my all-time favorite player:  Roberto Clemente.
 
I always knew that The Great One had a special way of rising to the occasion, but does anyone know that his lifetime batting average in the 1,210 AB's he had against Hall of Fame pitchers was .332, 15 points better than his lifetimeaverage of .317?  Wow!
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/16 21:44:22 (permalink)
MetroplexJim-
Thanks fo pointing out that interesting fact.  Needless to say, I'm not surprised.
 
What I didn't expect was over 1, 200 at bats against Hall of Famers?  That really seems like a lot.  But when you think about how many Hall of Fame pitchers were active during Roberto's long career, that he would see on a regular basis, like Koufax, Drysdale, Spahn, Marichal, Perry, Gibson, Carlton, Seaver, Ryan, Roberts, Jenkins, Niekro and surely several more I have forgotten. 
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/17 11:20:59 (permalink)
Since Tommy Lasorda's on the list it looks like Baseball Reference needs to distinguish between HoF players and HoF managers.
 
Those are some interesting numbers and it's kind of surprising that of the 13 pitchers he faced a significant number of times (draw the line at Phil Niekro) he actually hit under .300 against 7 of them.  I wonder if anyone had a higher lifetime average against Warren Spahn.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/17 13:18:15 (permalink)
How could I have forgotten Sutton and Bunning?  Considering #21's career .361 BA against Don Drysdale, it is surprising he only had two HBPs!
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/17 13:35:27 (permalink)
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How could I have forgotten Sutton and Bunning?  Considering #21's career .361 BA against Don Drysdale, it is surprising he only had two HBPs!


Not really.  Remember that he stood deep in the box with a closed stance.  And he was the dictionary definition of twitchy quick.
 
Probably the toughest pitcher for him was Bob Gibson.  I remember seeing the game on TV when Clemente fractured Gibson's leg with a line drive.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/07/17 13:48:08 (permalink)
Interesting thing about Gibson is that he is the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Buccos and he did it in 1971, when they had a very powerful lineup that would go on to win the World Series.  Considering how many truly awful teams the Pirates have produced since then, especially in the past two decades, you would think someone would have thrown one.  Both Matt Cain and Justin Verlander have thrown one-hitters against them this year alone.
 
And MetroplexJim, what you said is absolutely true, but I think you are underestimating Drysdale's ability and desire to pitch inside!
 
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/08/04 11:26:19 (permalink)
Actually, I was present for Gibson's no-no @ Three Rivers.  As I recall, the final was 5 - zip and Manny Sanguillen was the final out, a K of course.
 
I saw Drysdale many times @ Forbes back in the day when a 6'6" pitcher was truly HUGE.  His sidearm delivery and general "mean-ness" was most intimidating to RH batters.  That said, it was Koufax that was truly awe-inspiring:  he is, by far, the best pircher I have ever seen.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/08/04 11:32:25 (permalink)
The mystery of Josh Hamilton's slump has been solved:  he's trying to quit dipping!
 
http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/08/03/4150336/rangers-josh-hamilton-not-ready.html
 
You have to love the guy (they're actually making a movie about him) but watching him struggle with his various demons is more un-nerving than watching Wallenda walk across Niagra Falls.  I get the sense that he is getting on Nolan Ryan's nerves; I smell the Yankees in his future.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/10/06 11:32:45 (permalink)
The Texas Rangers:  OMG!  I haven't seen a collapse like that since the Phillies blew a 6 game lead to the Cards in the last week of the 1964 season!
 
From my post #40 above made February 24, 2012:
 
Cespedes was a fantastic pick up for the A's.  Billy Beane rules.
 
Chris Davis - only 25 and STOLEN from the Rangers by the O's:  34 HR and 84 RBI in 138 games - and the hottest hitter in baseball down the stretch!
 
Josh Hamilton - despite a good year prior to free agency - definitely not a Ranger next season.  The Rangers should have traded him in July and at least gotten some value for him like they did with Texiera.  Sadly, the strain of "staying clean" has made him a "head case".  What a player he could have been.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/10/06 15:24:16 (permalink)
Can't say I'm sorry about the Texas collapse but it was shocking. Hamilton is unpredictable and i wonder where he will end up. I hope for his sake it is not in the New York or Boston cauldron.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/10/06 15:48:46 (permalink)
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Can't say I'm sorry about the Texas collapse but it was shocking. Hamilton is unpredictable and i wonder where he will end up. I hope for his sake it is not in the new york orBoston cauldron.


Texas starting pitching fell apart after Lewis got hurt and Holland signed a big contract and slacked off.  Losing Feliz didn't help either.  Jon Daniels should have traded for Grienke instead of Dempster.  Young is done as an all-star caliber player; Cruz and Beltre aren't getting any younger.  Hamilton will be gone.  Good Lord, I think I'm getting depressed! 
 
Of course things could be worse if I were an Angels fan.  They will rue the day they signed Pujols for nine more "past his prime" years and, to a lesser extent, Wilson.  And let's not forget the mammoth contracts they still owe Hunter and Wells.  Where will they find the $$$ to sign Trout when he turns 25 and approached his prime?  Suddenly, I feel better!
 
So I'm rooting for a Detroit v. Washington Series and hope the Nats win.  Congrats to Cabrera on his well-deserved triple crown.  And it looks like Harper is finding his power stroke at 19. 
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/10/06 18:47:01 (permalink)
I am rooting for Detroit. My home town.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/10/06 20:48:58 (permalink)
Interesting article in this week's Sports Illustrated. Says that the giants and Tigers seem to have the skills that make them the most likely to make the series.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/10/12 08:01:04 (permalink)
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The Texas Rangers:  OMG!  I haven't seen a collapse like that since the Phillies blew a 6 game lead to the Cards in the last week of the 1964 season!
Put the Reds in that category now, too.  3 games at home and only needing to win 1 to advance to the NLCS...
 
Since he pitched yesterday, if he works on regular rest Verlander would start for Detroit in games 3 and 7 of the ALCS.  I'm sure that's not the scenario the Tigers wanted.
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/10/12 08:12:17 (permalink)
Going into these playoffs, I felt the Reds were the best team in the playoffs.  Losing Johnny Cueto in game one may have cost them a World Series title.  Still, there is no excuse for losing the last three games in a row at home. 
 
While Verlander having to pitch a game five definitely hurt the Tigers chances (they would have loved to have had him for game one of the ALCS), I wonder just how tired the winner of the Orioles-Yankees series is going to be.  Playing a 12 inning game, then a 13 inning one and then having to turn around and play an (late) afternoon game today, has to very tiring and taxing on the bullpens.  That is really asking a lot. 
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/10/12 12:14:40 (permalink)
Giants fan here, happily squeezing the NLCS ticket I bought in advance on spec, hoping against hope that they'd make it.
 
As a DC native, though, the Nats are my "emergency back-up" team.  DC has waited a long time for this, and I'm happy for their successful season. 
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/10/12 19:25:03 (permalink)
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I am rooting for Detroit. My home town.


Congratulations on besting the A's.  Verlander is a STUD!
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Re:"Hey Batter Batter, Sah WING Batter" Baseball 2012 2012/10/12 19:33:53 (permalink)
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As a DC native, though, the Nats are my "emergency back-up" team.  DC has waited a long time for this, and I'm happy for their successful season. 

 
Lived in Arlington - McLean 1978 - 05.  As a disappointed Rangers fan, the Nats are my "emergency back-up", too. 
 
What a nice thing that would be for Davey Johnson, a true gentleman who once hit 43 HR in a season, breaking Hornsby's long-standing season record for HR's by a 2nd. baseman. 

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