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2023 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards: Voting Open Now!

Last night, Franklin Morales got a save. Here is what Franklin Morales did: 

  • Enters game, leading by three, with one runner on and one out in the inning; 
  • Gets groundout for second out; 
  • Allows single; 
  • Walks batter; 
  • Showers; 
  • Goes home; 
  • Watches Tosh.0;
  • Falls asleep. 

So how did he get a save? His horse is named Friday!!!

No wait. That's the wrong riddle. He got the save because …

Yes, Morales was actually pitching in the sixth inning, and when the game was called on account of weather, he was given credit for getting the last out of a three-run game. He did not retire the last batter he faced. But he recorded the last out of the game.

There are all sorts of stupid ways to get a save. This is the stupidest way to get a save. We've found the stupidest way to get a save. On the one hand, who cares? I don't care. On the other, baseball is the worst and we should stop watching it henceforth. 

h/t to Matt Sussman

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eddiewinslow
8/01
What I want to know, is how Franklin Morales singled to right field in the middle of pitching an inning. That's the thing I find most impressive.
lyricalkiller
8/01
Argh I hate myself and all that I do
eddiewinslow
8/01
Your correction now makes my comment make no sense. Thanks a lot. You've made a fool of me.
lyricalkiller
8/01
Everybody: I screwed up and Josh A pointed it out and I changed it but he's no fool.
gyoung858
8/01
Jerome Williams notched his first career save on Monday night with the following line: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 1 K. The Angels actually got outscored, 5-3, while Williams was in the game.
mattymatty2000
8/01
I think what Sam (and Russell and Geoff) have shown here is that Franklin Morales, Wes Littleton, and Jerome Williams are vastly under-rated and under-paid and smart-thinking teams everywhere would do well to trade any and all assets to acquire said players.
Chucko
8/01
Sorry man but the Sox aren't really into the whole "trading for assets" thing. However they will happily flip Morales for some unusable organizational depth, or perhaps a guy they had wash out last decade. Just so long as they don't have to put him back in the rotation where he out-pitched most of his moundsmen teammates over the better part of a month. Because that would make the front office look dumb and prideful, and for the sake of the fans avoiding that fate has to be the first consideration.
sam19041
8/01
Really liked this post. Saves are dumb.
saigonsam
8/02
He could have given up a two-run HR before getting the last out, that would have been even stupider.
saigonsam
8/02
I mean before hitting the showers.
harderj
8/02
Dave Goltz, anyone?

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