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The original and more deserving "eye chart" was <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=22862">Doug Gwosdz</a></span>.
Is there another <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=57712">Matt Wieters</a></span> who I don't know about? The catcher for the Orioles is hitting 270/323/437 with 9 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HR" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HR'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HR</span></a> and 37 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=RBI" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('RBI'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">RBI</span></a>. He's on the the All Star team. Is this really a $0 preformance?
An old Boston friend and I got many odd looks when we broke into wild applause at the appearance of "<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=28956">Sibby Sisti</a></span>" in the closing credits of "The Natural." It was his only acting credit.
I highly recommend "The design of everyday things" by Donald Norman to anyone interested in general design principles and an answer to why you never know which side of the door to use and whether to push or to pull it.
Reid-Foley is with Lansing in the Midwest League. I saw the game last night. He pitched 5 shutout innings then, after a messed up double play ball by an outfielder playing 2nd, gave up back-to-back homers and was gone.
Apropos of nothing:
My favorite minor league name of the year is <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=68794">Daniel Poncedeleon</a></span>, a Cardinal prospect. He says he's 23 but how can we be sure?
Now comes <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=103946">Joan Baez</a></span> with the Nationals, who already have 2 players named Zimmerman(n). I'd like to hear him sing "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."
Many years ago I went to a game in Rancho Cucamonga. Because I didn't control our arrival, we got there in the bottom of the first. The Lancaster pitcher was a tall, goofy looking guy who I finally realized was Johnson, pitching on a rehab assignment. The Quakes beat the crap out of him. I'm sure there are several guys who never made the majors and who, this day, talk about the time they got a hit off <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Randy+Johnson">Randy Johnson</a></span>.
So when is the online prospect tracker getting updated with 2013 stats?
I remember Willy Stargell attempting to steal 2nd base, for some unknown reason. His slide ended about 5 feet short of 2nd, where the ball was already waiting for him. He looked over to the umpire and signaled and called "time out."
Angell's greatest moment has to be his description of George Brett's reaction to being called out in the pine-tar game: "Brett, in demurral, attempted thuggee upon the arbiters and was excused for the rest of the day"
Almost as good is his analysis of Luis Tiant's delivery - check it out.
He's a marvelous writer and all his books are worth reading.
Honorable mention should go to Ted Williams in 1953. He had a .509 on base % in 110 plate appearances, hit 13 home runs and scored 17 runs. Subtracting homers, he was on base 43 times and scored 4 runs.
I meant Zach.
Jach Duke and Elijah Dukes just don't get no respect.
1950 Red Sox: .302 BA, .385 OBP as components for their 1027 runs scored. Slugging was only .464, but that's with Teddy Ballgame only playing 89 games. Another interesting stat for the team in 719 walks and and 580 strikeouts.
Under MLB rules, the batter has to commit, then the pitcher can throw with whichever hand he chooses. More info from Baseball Reference; http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Ambidextrous_Pitcher.
Greg Harris with the Expos in 1995. Here's the info from The Baseball Library: http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Greg_Harris_1955.
Whenever I hear "Sixto Lezcano" I think of "Three Finger" Brown.
I think we're dealing with a unique situation. Making rule changes or altering the nature of the game based on this incident is not a good idea. Discuss these changes at a later time, without the emotion of this horrible decision.
And, in that context, I believe Bud Selig could have said that in "the best interests of baseball" he would overrule the umpire's call and declare that a perfect game ended with Donald's out. He could then quote the Supreme Court from 2000 that this ruling was a one-time-only event and did not set a precedent for future action.