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Friday, June 05, 2009
Right down the middleStories like these are one of the best things about baseball.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 9:35am
Pretty brilliant. This was an even better strategy considering that Gwynn’s relatively low power numbers during this period (17 HR in 1997, 16 in 1998, 10 in 1999, 1 in 2000) meant that even if he got a hold of one he might not have done much more than he would have with a pitch on the outside edge.
Posted 06/05 at 10:20 AM
Ken Arneson said...
I’ve heard a similar story from Mike Krukow about throwing hanging sliders to Mike Schmidt.
Posted 06/05 at 10:39 AM
Jeez, and all this time I thought Tomko threw it right down the middle to everyone.
Since we’re talking Yankees, here’s why I love the internet. Listening to the game at work (hey, it’s why I work for myself) and Sterling says “Because of injuries, Nick Swisher has been batting second a lot, and done very well there.” Well, that strikes me as fishy, and so I jump on to Baseball Reference (again, I work alone) and see that yes, Nick Swisher is hitting over .400 as the #2 hitter. In three games, 12 ABs. Which doesn’t strike me as a particularly large sample. I don’t know why, but the ability to prove instantly that John Sterling is full of it made me strangely happy. Is that wrong?
Posted 06/05 at 10:42 AM
Adam, perhaps you’ve seen this already, but if not you might enjoy it:
Posted 06/05 at 10:56 AM
Interesting story, but here’s the oddest part:
Tony Gwynn vs. Pete Harnisch
51 PAs, .364/.412/.523
Pete should have followed his own advice.
Posted 06/05 at 10:57 AM
Thanks, J.W. Hadn’t seen it, but everything in there is true. What’s so frustrating is that baseball and radio are a perfect marriage, and these two clowns make it nearly impossible to listen. Growing up in my family meant you didn’t choose to be a Yankee fan (like you didn’t choose your parents or religion), but boy, they do so many things that make it difficult to be a fan. And I would put having to grit my teeth through thousands of hours of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman at the top of the list.
Posted 06/05 at 11:54 AM
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