Pitching is such a vital part of the game, as far as winning is concerned.

On most teams the set up man has become more valuable, on others not so valuable.

Something to keep in mind — it’s raining lightly. The infield could be very wet on ground balls.

What is a drop and drive pitcher? He is a guy who drops and drives. Very simple.

So by guessing right you might have guessed wrong.

Giambi walks too much. He’s always clogging up the bases with all that walking.

As a new day begins in New York, the sun sets in Hawaii.

If football is a game of inches then baseball is a game of inch.

If that ball had more elevation, it would have been a home run.

If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, what is a fielder’s choice? An acquaintance?

It’s better to have a fast runner on base than a slow one.

One thing about ground balls. They don’t go out of the ball park.

The reason we call that pitch up and in is because the arms are attached to the shoulder.

He wears his hat like a left hander!

Any ball that goes down is much heavier than any ball that stays on the same plane.

The blood on his sock looks exactly like Oklahoma!

You don't want to use too many statistics. The ones that apply to a July or August game won't be relevant on Saturday.

American McCarver

‘Sometimes I Saw the Catcher, Sometimes I Didn’t’

After Anker linked to it the other day, I started reading this great story by Mark Jacobson about Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson — the Yankee pitchers who literally swapped wives in 1972 — and this paragraph jumped out at me:

Thirty-eight years later, despite holding steady as ESPN.com's "sixth most shocking moment in baseball history," the Peterson-Kekich "Trade" has been largely regarded as a curio of the game's wacky period immediately preceding free agency, a time that included Charlie Finley's mule and Dock Ellis's supposedly pitching a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD.

What caught my eye is the supposedly. That’s a misplaced modifier, the sort of mistake that, a generation ago, never would have slipped past the copy-editing desk at New York Magazine. There’s nothing supposed about Dock Ellis having pitching a no-hitter: it happened on 12 June 1970, with Ellis’s Pirates beating the Padres 2-0.1

What Jacobson meant to write was “Dock Ellis’s pitching a no-hitter supposedly while under the influence of LSD.” But then I got to wondering: is there anything supposed about that, either?

For one thing, Ellis walked eight batters and beaned another — not exactly your typical no-hitter box score. We have to take Ellis’s word for the LSD, but listen to him tell the story and tell me you don’t believe it:

  1. Both Pirate runs came on solo dingers by Willie Stargell. ↩


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