“You have to fall to know what it means to stand up, you have to be alone to appreciate your companions, and you have to cry to know the importance of smiling. Anonymous
In baseball cliques and clubs, records are meant to be broken is repeated like the vowels of the literary book Tatica y Ferito, except for the two of us who will be discussed later.
For me they are impossible, I say. Perhaps it’s because the game has changed so radically that it has had to offer a whole new section of the record book for the “postmodern” or “sabermetrics” era. Or maybe it’s because the challenge takes place privately, away from the stressful gaze of the media.RELATED
SEWELL’S STRIKES: With more strikeouts than ever before, anyone who can keep their total strikeouts below 100 per year could be classified as a contact hitter. Joe Sewell, who has 114 strikeouts in his 14-year career, should wonder what a hitter’s eye would look like at today’s massive collection of K’s.
In 1925, he struck out just four times in 608 plate appearances. Four years later, he made it again with just 578 trips.
Today’s players aren’t trying not to strike out. they don’t care anymore. It’s all about power, because big stats equal big money. To them, a strikeout is out by any name.
Sewell’s days are clearly over.
Ed Walsh, IP 400: Think about it. Given the fragile state of modern major league pitching arms, anyone asked to pitch that many innings in a year must be carrying the weight of a death wish.
Today’s workhorse, who is fairly content with hitting the 200-innings-a-year limit, is dead-ball-era White Sox ace Ed Walsh, who started 49 games in 1908, relieved 17 games, and batting average. You should see what he did when he got 40 wins in 1.42. He posted an ERA in a whopping 464 innings.
Walsh became the last pitcher to exceed 400 innings. The last person to reach 300 was Steve Carlton in 1980.
Believe me, no one can beat Walsh’s record. Never again.
days like today
1964: Federico Velázquez is called up to the Kansas City Athletics. He averaged .486 in AAA with a 21-10 record.
1992: Houston’s Juan Guerrero hits his first major league home run off Jim Mason of the Pirates.
2009: Albert Pujols, the major league leader in nearly every batting division, had another big day at bat, with two home runs, a bases slam, and six runs as St. Louis defeated Kansas City 12-5. broke. . For Tony La Russa, this will be the third coach to win 2,500 wins, after Connie Mack and John McGraw.
2010: The Blue Jays draft 3B Edwin Encarnacion, hoping to send him to AAA Las Vegas, but risk losing a talented player to waivers. Encarnacion was an explosive powerhouse this year, hitting five homers in three games at one point, but overall he struggled, batting .200 in 37 games and being erratic on the field. .
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