Monday, August 29, 2005

the lost plunk

Well, I can't say it didn't occur to me that this might happen, but I'm still going to commission a team of genealogists to establish whether or not Doug Eddings and Tommie Tucker are related. Eddings has, by the way, award first base to Biggio on plunks 3 times in his career. Then again, maybe there's some kind of article on being fundamentally sound jinx like the SI cover curse. I still think if pitchers are going to continue to use inside pitches as intimidation, batters should get to stand there and not be intimidated, and if pitchers are going to continue to suck so much that they occasionally throw a fastball off a batters arm, batters should continue to get to protect their career with a protective arm guard.
And, while people in the game are doing things I've actively discouraged here, the Astros continued their quest to move Roger Clemens to dead last in the league in run support, but somehow he actually moved up to 93rd. He's only 7th from last though, so a few pitchers dropped off the bottom of the list.
The Astros get a day off today, and Biggio has never been hit on August 29th.


At 8/29/2005 08:40:00 AM, Blogger Stephen Hebert said...

I suppose this ruling is tantamount to recent rulings on the "phantom tag" ("neighborhood play") at 2nd on double plays. It seems like we've seen a lot of runners called SAFE on those plays. Difficult to decide what the right call is...depends on who you're cheering for, I suppose.

I'm cheering for Biggio and friends.

At 8/29/2005 06:52:00 PM, Blogger TheBentKangaroo said...

Joe Morgan says that even though Roger Clemens is the best pitcher in the National League this year, he probably won't vote for him for the Cy Young because his team doesn't score him any runs.

I'm paraphrasing, but he admits Clemens gets no run support, but still thinks wins is what should determine the Cy Young winner. That's about as silly as giving the Cy Young to guy who plunks Biggio the most.

At 8/29/2005 06:54:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Wait, are you saying Jason Jennings ISN'T going to win the Cy Young Award? Inconceivable.


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