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May 7, 2012 3:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Sizing up the DiSar Candidates


Sam Miller

Which players are the most likely to go the longest before their first walk of 2012?

No one personifies this better than Angels’ shortstop Gary DiSarcina. DiSarcina went deep into April of the 1998 season before drawing his first walk, and proudly stated that it was a goal of his to not walk all season. He believed he was a better hitter when hacking away and being "aggressive". DiSarcina’s career OBP of .291 and five full seasons of .294 or lower haven’t deterred him, or moved the Angel coaching staff to dissuade him of the notion. So in honor of our misguided friend, I’ve elected to establish the DiSar Awards.
 Joe Sheehan, 2000

On Friday, with one out in the eighth inning of the Braves' 9-8 victory over the Rockies, Kris Medlen threw a 3-1 fastball up and in to Ramon Hernandez, and the Rockies catcher took it for a ball. It was Hernandez’ first walk of the season, in his 67th plate appearance. That is the longest stretch without a walk by any player to start this season, which means Ramon Hernandez is the DiSars leader in the clubhouse.

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March 31, 2010 4:28 am

Transaction Action: Return to Sender


Christina Kahrl

Can Nate Robertson find what Ponce de Leon missed out on in Florida?

For the Tigers deciding to make this trade, you're left asking a couple of questions. Why Robertson? Was this all they could get? And did they really have to make this deal? They're spending just as much money as they would have had they simply cut Robertson outright. Robertson was the cheapest of the three veteran starters they were already committed to overpaying, with a $10-million commitment; Dontrelle Willis is on tap to make $12 million, and Jeremy Bonderman's got $12.5 million coming to him. All three were going to be coming off the balance sheet after this season, so if you're going to cut one or eat salary with one guy, I suppose it's worth noting that Robertson is the least expensive.

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