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Managers who pull pitchers close to no-hitters desecrate the game 9 May
Birds of a feather
After Dodgers’ rookie manager Dave Roberts pulled Ross Stripling 5 outs
short of a no hitter (his replacement allowed a game-tying home run by
the first batter he faced), former Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly was
not to be outdone. Don, now manager of the Miami Marlins, pulled his
pitcher, Adam Conley, with two outs in the 8th inning, just
four outs shy of a no hitter, leading 5-0. Conley’s two replacements
promptly allowed 4 hits and three runs and loaded the bases with the
potential tying run before getting the final out.
about these two incidents is that there is nothing in baseball more
pressure-packed and tense than the final innings of a no hitter, where
every pitch creates tension and excitement. Baseball is a game of
entertainment. Managers who ignore baseball tradition and pull pitchers
who are so close to baseball immortality do the game and the fans a
terrible disservice by their ridiculous decisions.
What would it have
hurt Mattingly to at least leave Conley in until he allowed a hit? How
would that have jeopardized a 5 run lead? Just one hit! He didn’t pull
his inept replacement, Jose Urena, when he allowed a hit, then another,
then another. Mattingly still stuck with him. But he had to pull Conley
before he allowed a hit? It makes absolutely no sense.
Why the Dodgers
As of this writing the Dodgers are leading the division but are only one
game over .500. Their performance is disheartening, to say the least.
There are reasons, some of which are:
Why pull a
starting pitcher who is in control when the bullpen is one of the
worst, and consistently blows leads (the Dodgers lost Stripling’s no
hitter on a walk off homer in the 10th)? Stick with the
starter; it worked for 100 years!
When Yasiel Puig
(.243) came up he was a sucker for a low-breaking curve. Now he’s a
sucker for a fastball down the middle. Worse, he clearly is pleading
for a walk, constantly taking fat pitches on 2-0 counts.
My bad here. Kiké
Hernandez hasn’t been able to hit, even though given a good chance
The hearts of the
batting order, Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez, and Yasmani Grandal,
have been ineffective for the past two weeks. Sunday, in beating
Toronto, they were a collective 0 for 11, which has become par for
the course. Since April 23, Gonzalez was 8 for 48, .163; Turner was
11 for 42, .261, and Grandal was 6 for 35, .171. Together they were
25 for 126 for a combined batting average of .198 and the Dodgers
only won 6 of the 14 games. The Dodgers are 10th (out of
15) in the league in batting average (.241 v. Pittsburgh’s
league-leading .284) and 9th in runs scored (133 v. the
Cubs’ league-leading 184).
everyday player so far, without question, has been near-octogenarian
second baseman Chase Utley, who was the worst hitter in the league
last year. So far this year he’s been playing at MVP caliber (that’s
not a reason to disappoint; I want to give credit where credit is
“I seen it happen first hand,” Larry Bird, former NBA All Star and
President of the Indiana Pacers. According to WikiAnswers, “Bird
received his bachelor's degree from Indiana State University in physical
education in 1979. Larry Bird majored at sports in college.” They said
it, not I.
“The reason I would
have did it; the reason I would have did it; I’ve got to set the tone
for the next game.” Charles Barkley, former NBA All Star and now ESPN
talking head. Another of Barkley’s famous quotes is, “I don’t care what
people think. People are stupid.” Barkley attended Auburn University but
left after three years and did not graduate. English grammar must have
been in the final year of Auburn’s curriculum, or maybe it’s a
postgraduate course there.
The things you learn
from internet postings:
From the Snopes website reporting on the rumor that former NFL coach
George Allen died as the result of a Gatorade Shower.
posted: “Yet another ‘he was wet and got cold and therefore got sick’
story. Common sense could debunk this one. Being wet and cold doesn't
make you sick. Germs make you sick.”
To which dfresh
replied, “Yet another ‘Germs make you sick’ story.’ Germs don't make you
sick. Witchcraft or angry demons make you sick.”