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(Major League Baseball)   Victor Martinez is on pace for more homers (44) than strikeouts (36) in a season, something that's only happened twice in the past 34 years   (wapc.mlb.com) divider line 28
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2014-05-20 08:34:09 PM
Aging? Played a tough position? Recently hurt?

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2014-05-20 10:17:57 PM
Man, I'm so torn between two possible responses.

Option A: Oh look, John Kruk figured out how to submit to fark

or

Option B: Oh yeah? So's George Kottaras.
 
2014-05-20 10:18:09 PM
Huh. Surprised Pujols wasn't responsible for one of those seasons. He struck out at a remarkably low rate.
 
2014-05-20 10:33:52 PM
Baseball? Scrutinize his pee.
 
2014-05-20 10:37:14 PM
Just looked at his stats and, entering today's games, he was also leading the league in slugging and OPS. He really is one of the best hitters in the game and apparently something of a leader. Picking up Martinez turned out to be one of the best moves Detroit has made recently. Another one, at least so far, was sticking with Rick Porcello. I was bummed they let Fister go but it seems to be working pretty well.
 
2014-05-20 10:40:45 PM
One of my favorite stats is Joe D. I think he had 361 homers and only struck out 369 times.
 
2014-05-20 10:43:25 PM
Headline: "Only happened twice in the past 34 years"

TFA: "45 players have ever accomplished the feat"

God damn I hate the ESPNification of statistics. I don't give a flying fark if someone is the first person since Babe Ruth to hit two homeruns and two doubles on a tuesday during the second game of a doubleheader in April.
 
2014-05-20 10:49:06 PM
I don't care what he does, so long as the Tigers keep dropping games to the Indians.
 
2014-05-20 11:31:03 PM

Arkanaut: Huh. Surprised Pujols wasn't responsible for one of those seasons. He struck out at a remarkably low rate.


Pujols came close.  Hit 49 hr and struck out 50 times one year.
 
2014-05-21 12:26:30 AM
"Daddy, are we still an Indian?"  Link
 
2014-05-21 01:15:09 AM
DiMaggio struck out 369 times in his career.   Pffffffffft.   Mark Reynolds did that in a season and a half.
 
2014-05-21 01:50:44 AM
No dog food for Victor tonight!
 
2014-05-21 01:56:16 AM
Martinez has always been known as a person who struck out very very little.
 
2014-05-21 03:59:36 AM
Seems a little early in the season to be talking about this, no?
 
2014-05-21 07:36:51 AM

Gawdzila: Seems a little early in the season to be talking about this, no?


Such-and-such had three hits out of three at bats.  HE'S on pace to hit 1.000 for the season!
 
2014-05-21 08:18:44 AM

Gawdzila: Seems a little early in the season to be talking about this, no?


Well, it's 1/4 of the way through the season.  It's not like it's only been a week.
 
2014-05-21 08:23:52 AM

W.C.fields forever: One of my favorite stats is Joe D. I think he had 361 homers and only struck out 369 times.


Same here. My 2nd favorite stat.

/favorite is 3016, which is the number of hits Hank Aaron had IF you take away all his home runs
//dude was a remarkable hitter.
 
2014-05-21 08:28:35 AM
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2014-05-21 08:57:36 AM

Wadded Beef: Baseball? Scrutinize his pee.


I love VMart, but said the same thing. I'm suspicious of guys getting better as they age. Not that he couldn't always hit, but not with this much power. Check him weekly, and if he's clean, that's awesome.
 
2014-05-21 09:32:29 AM

Wadded Beef: Baseball? Scrutinize his pee.


Except you can beat piss tests almost indefinitely by microdosing, which is the problem nowadays.
 
2014-05-21 10:06:01 AM

ChrisDe: Wadded Beef: Baseball? Scrutinize his pee.

I love VMart, but said the same thing. I'm suspicious of guys getting better as they age. Not that he couldn't always hit, but not with this much power. Check him weekly, and if he's clean, that's awesome.


no longer being a full time catcher probably helps. The tigers announcers seem to think its a product of him training differently and his legs being stronger and healthier from not crouching down so much.

I mean, probably roids, but as a Detroit homer I'm gonna say different training regimine.
 
2014-05-21 10:19:32 AM

Champion of the Sun: ChrisDe: Wadded Beef: Baseball? Scrutinize his pee.

I love VMart, but said the same thing. I'm suspicious of guys getting better as they age. Not that he couldn't always hit, but not with this much power. Check him weekly, and if he's clean, that's awesome.

no longer being a full time catcher probably helps. The tigers announcers seem to think its a product of him training differently and his legs being stronger and healthier from not crouching down so much.

I mean, probably roids, but as a Detroit homer I'm gonna say different training regimine.


Maybe having a full season after a repaired acl and having a hot start is all there is to it. I don't know, but what I do know is your leg has to relearn every single thing and something as nuanced as hitting might take your leg a full year to relearn balancing and such
 
2014-05-21 10:22:16 AM

dookdookdook: Headline: "Only happened twice in the past 34 years"

TFA: "45 players have ever accomplished the feat"

God damn I hate the ESPNification of statistics. I don't give a flying fark if someone is the first person since Babe Ruth to hit two homeruns and two doubles on a tuesday during the second game of a doubleheader in April.


Baseball commentators should learn from cricket commentators - when the game is in a lull, rather than start digging up meaninglessly specific statistics, just start talking about buses going past the stadium, or how many pigeons there are, or how Botham was trying to get his leg over.
 
2014-05-21 12:52:14 PM

SurfaceTension: W.C.fields forever: One of my favorite stats is Joe D. I think he had 361 homers and only struck out 369 times.

Same here. My 2nd favorite stat.

/favorite is 3016, which is the number of hits Hank Aaron had IF you take away all his home runs
//dude was a remarkable hitter.


Musial did it at least once, I'm pretty sure. He never had more than 40 strikeouts in a season until he was over the age of 40, but he didn't have crazy high home run totals his entire career. That he's at 475 career homers is more because he had a 22 year career than because he was a 30-40 homer guy.

He has my favorite stat of all time, too. Musial had 3,630 career hits: 1,815 at home, 1,815 on the road.
 
2014-05-21 01:15:01 PM

xria: dookdookdook: Headline: "Only happened twice in the past 34 years"

TFA: "45 players have ever accomplished the feat"

God damn I hate the ESPNification of statistics. I don't give a flying fark if someone is the first person since Babe Ruth to hit two homeruns and two doubles on a tuesday during the second game of a doubleheader in April.

Baseball commentators should learn from cricket commentators - when the game is in a lull, rather than start digging up meaninglessly specific statistics, just start talking about buses going past the stadium, or how many pigeons there are, or how Botham was trying to get his leg over.


Or just do what Bob Uecker does and name drop each and every company that sponsored your team at some point in the last fifty years.
 
2014-05-21 01:18:52 PM
let's not start sucking his dick just yet kids, the season is barely 25% over.  A lot can happen in the remaining 121 regular season games.
 
2014-05-21 01:50:02 PM
I knew Brett was one of them, and the druggie doesn't count. And Brett played in a huge park. My standard memory of him is popping out to the warning track.
 
2014-05-22 03:53:56 AM

wxboy: Gawdzila: Seems a little early in the season to be talking about this, no?

Well, it's 1/4 of the way through the season.


Sure, but that means there's still 3/4 of the season to go.
He'll probably have a good season, but IMO talking about ANYONE'S end-of-year stats at this point is extremely premature.
 
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