Graham Womack’s recent blog post Why do people still think Jack Morris pitched to the score? got me wondering about a side point. Has anyone besides Jack Morris ever thrown 10 shutout innings in an elimination game in the World Series with a final score of 1-0? Sure enough, someone has and that someone was someone most fans probably never heard of — Clem Labine.
Back in 1956, the Dodgers would’ve lost the series but Clem threw a gem and held off the Yankees offense for 10 solid innings of a 0-0 tie, to keep Brooklyn’s hope alive. In fact, he gave up the same number of hits & walks that Morris did in 1991’s game 7 while facing the exact same number of batters. It’s a very close comparison.
So as great as Morris’s performance was on that October night in 1991, it was not so unique that it couldn’t have been done by someone else in a similar situation.
It’s plays like this, that inspire kids to want to play the infield. This double play is a work of art all the way ’round.
Ok, so last night in Cleveland, this happened…
I’m really surprised there’s no rule in the rulebook that covers what to do when multiple balls are on the field. I think the ball should be considered dead in a situation like this, and everybody should be safe where they are & cannot advance.
Here’s A’s centerfielder Sam Fuld, giving a quick lesson on how to play the outfuld.
This reminds me a little of that famous Ozzie Smith play from the 70’s where he dives and barehands a bad hop. Simmons doesn’t need to dive here, but he reacts so quickly to this bad hop that it almost doesn’t look difficult at all. I love how the Padres announcer says “oh, gimme a break.”
Your pitching staff will buy you steaks when you play center like this.
Sleepy Defense + Hustle = Awesomeness
No matter how Mike Trout’s career ends up, he will always have a good argument for being the best young position player the game has ever seen. He’s already got more fWAR through his age 22 season than anybody else, and now he’s on the verge of accumulating the most rWAR too.
22+ WAR in Their Age 22 Season
I’ve never seen the bases unload like this before. Great baserunning by Segura especially.
Amusing bit in the Rays batting practice the other day…
I didn’t think he’d catch this. Awesome hustle.