GFBB Note: I never could figure out why there was such a fuss about that crazy knuckleball. It only took one look at this video and I got it! Whew ….. that a pitcher could continually throw such a pitch is amazing! That a catcher could catch it? Phenomenal ~
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I came across this picture on the internet a couple weeks ago. Love it. I love the way the catcher is doing the best he can back there to catch it. Barely any spin on that pitch, and it dances up to the plate.
It reminds me of Jim Bouton and his book Ball Four – one of the books I plan on picking up this spring. In fact, I should start it soon, as I believe the book starts in spring training, 1969.
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I’m currently on vacation so hope you like this video I downloaded a few months ago. This might be of interest to those of you who are pitchers, want to know about pitching or just curious as to how those guys can do all the stuff they do. It’s educational and I hope you’ll find it as interesting as I did.
One of the more astounding statistics is that of Juan Marichal comingled in with the others. You’ll understand what it means once you view the video.
I watched a TV Special recently about Juan Marichal, the former SF Giants pitcher, and I was surprised to learn that he had never won the Cy Young Award.
And then again last week a discussion was had on whether an MVP could, or should, also be named a Cy Young winner. This was concerning Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers who holds most of the AL pitching records this season. The reasoning was that the MVP should be awarded to a field player who’s generally on the field every day, compared to the pitcher who pitches every four or five days on a rotation. Supposedly that’s the reason the Cy Young Award came about ~ to be able to honor the pitchers who are not visible on a daily basis.
The Marichal program was still very much in my mind when I came across an article (referenced below) about the worst MVP “snubs” in baseball history. I found it very interesting that so many of the most popular players were slighted as MVP’s back then. Maybe they weren’t as popular in their day as they’ve become later on, and posterity has been kind to them. But probably not. The MVP selections always seem to provoke some sort of controversy each year and its understandable. Those pesky statistics always seem to get in the way of those you and I consider to be the most valuable. Not always of course, but sometimes.
Here’s a link to the article, submitted by Tim Handorf, 10 Worst MVP Snubs in Baseball History published at bestonlinecolleges.com . Take a look and see what you think!
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