Baseball Crank
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June 3, 2009
BASEBALL: Fear Will Keep The Batters In Line

The WSJ notes that Randy Johnson has hit more batters with pitches than any pitcher since 1900 other than Walter Johnson and Eddie Plank.

Also from the WSJ Daily Fix blog, an analysis of A-Rod's declining foot speed.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:55 PM | Baseball 2009 | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

The fact that A-Rod has recently returned from hip surgery explains all of that - particularly the steals. I don't find anything in the article "odd," even though the author does. Give the guy some time, it's only June.

Incidentally, I wonder what A-Rod's hitting numbers would be if he switched positions with Teixiera in the line-up.

Posted by: MVH at June 3, 2009 7:43 PM

MVH is correct. He had hip surgery for christ sake, he is still recovering, lets see where he is in August.

Posted by: dch at June 4, 2009 2:05 AM

MVH is correct. He had hip surgery for christ sake, he is still recovering, lets see where he is in August.

Posted by: dch at June 4, 2009 2:06 AM

Yeah, I agree-hip surgery's bound to slow you down, and any loss in foot speed we see after hip surgery doesn't mean anything except that hip surgery slows you down. Common sense. Mike Lowell had hip surgery, and right now he's running about as well as my grandfather, who has had THREE artificial hips and is in a wheelchair. Plus he's 84.

As for hits batsmen...I mean, Plank and the two Johnsons (that was really fun to type) are among the three most durable pitchers of all time. I'm sure part of the reason they've hit the most batters is because they've pitched a really long time. A quick glance at the top 20 shows it's guys who generally had long careers. Even those in the top 20 who didn't have particularly long careers were hardly short flameouts. They're mostly guys like Pedro Martinez and Don Drysdale both of whom, while not noted for their durability and/or long careers, certainly had or have had substantial careers. One state I did enjoy, though, was that in something like 430 pitcher at bats in the postseason, Randy hasn't hit anyone. I find that interesting. Not sure what it means, but it's interesting.

Posted by: Rich at June 4, 2009 8:58 AM

See A-Rod scramble back to the bag this week to double up a runner? He looked pretty damned quick to me.

Posted by: spongeworthy at June 4, 2009 12:27 PM

And let's not forget the amazing footspeed he's shown in running away from his family.

Posted by: MVH at June 4, 2009 1:10 PM
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