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(Major League Baseball)   San Francisco Giants become the first MLB team in history to have their catcher and pitcher each hit a grand slam ... in the same game   (mlb.mlb.com) divider line 27
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2014-07-14 07:23:39 AM
That's incredible! ANd out of town when it happened.
 
2014-07-14 09:26:26 AM
All arguments for the DH are now irrelevant.
 
2014-07-14 09:29:43 AM
Wonder when it will happen again...
 
2014-07-14 09:36:22 AM
On top of that, it was Bumgarner's second grand slam this season.
 
2014-07-14 09:38:02 AM
Of course, my pitcher doesn't get any points in fantasy for this, in fact, his last couple outing have sucked.

/don't care if you don't care
 
2014-07-14 09:48:42 AM

CipollinaFan: All arguments for the DH are now irrelevant.


Bartolo Colon batting.

I'm as anti-DH a person as you'll ever meet, and even I can't counter that.
 
2014-07-14 09:54:26 AM

Gonz: CipollinaFan: All arguments for the DH are now irrelevant.

Bartolo Colon batting.

I'm as anti-DH a person as you'll ever meet, and even I can't counter that.


I don't know. Watching him "run" to first is pretty damn entertaining.
 
2014-07-14 10:12:29 AM
MadBum only works as a nickname in SF.

/sorry... in FRISCO
 
2014-07-14 11:37:49 AM
Granted, he doesn't have the at-bats, but with a .245/.550/.852 (avg/slg/ops), he should probably be playing 2nd base when he isn't pitching.
 
2014-07-14 11:46:32 AM
Leave it to SanFran to accomplish something regarding both a pitcher and catcher.

/NTTAWWT
 
2014-07-14 12:07:01 PM
OMG this is so fake it is absurd. I'm so sick of viral marketing and subliminal messaging for revenue.

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2014-07-14 12:31:03 PM
Really running out of obscure things to do that require a set of very specific conditions in baseball.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2014-07-14 12:38:03 PM

CipollinaFan: All arguments for the DH are now irrelevant.


There were never any relevant arguments for the DH, other than they had to dumb down the game for fans in places like Cleveland, Kansas City and Oakland.
 
2014-07-14 12:55:56 PM

jbc: dumb down the game


Yeah, baseball was just too mentally stimulating and it's just so incredibly difficult to manage when they have to pull a starting pitcher because the game's close and they're about to pull the starter anyway.

/if you actually think baseball is complicated, you might be a simpleton
 
2014-07-14 01:08:01 PM

DrBenway: On top of that, it was Bumgarner's second grand slam this season.


And now Bumgarner has one more career grand slam than Derek Jeter.
 
2014-07-14 01:10:56 PM
Thus far in 2014, Bumgarner has almost been more valuable to his team as a hitter (0.9 WAR) than as a pitcher (1.0 WAR).

A 3.47 ERA is still pretty useful in the 2014 NL, where league-wide starters have a 3.79 ERA.  But a hitter who hits .275/.302/.550 in a league where pitchers hit .126/.157/.158 is worth a good bit as well, even when we're talking about 47 trips to the plate to date.  (Him slugging 400 points over the league average is like a position player slugging .785, which is Ruth/Bonds territory.)

Granted, it looks like a fluke, since prior to this season Bumgarner had hit .138/.185/.192, which is decent but not enough for anyone outside of SF to notice.  All sorts of funny things can happen over 47 PAs, which would be a two-week stretch for a lot of position players.
 
2014-07-14 01:13:35 PM
San Francisco. Pitcher. Catcher. Too easy.
 
2014-07-14 01:32:10 PM

hundreddollarman: San Francisco. Pitcher. Catcher. Too easy.


I'm guessing there's an appropriate definition of "grand slam" on Urban Dictionary for this, but I believe I'll let someone else look that up.
 
2014-07-14 01:38:29 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: DrBenway: On top of that, it was Bumgarner's second grand slam this season.

And now Bumgarner has one more career grand slam than Derek Jeter.


Oh yeah? Well Jeter has more grand slams than your mom!

The funny thing is, much like the Challenger explosion, I remember exactly where I was when Jeter's granny occurred (and yeah, I was well aware he was 0-for-career when he came up to the plate with the bases loaded), but then, things like that tend to linger in the back of my mind anyway. For example, Jeter's been 1 double away from passing Gehrig for first on the all-time Yankees doubles list for a couple of weeks now.
 
2014-07-14 01:44:43 PM
That said, he also hit in the minors (8-for-22 with 2 HR), so maybe he's a guy who can hit a little but needed time to acclimate to batting against MLB pitching.  In the land of .100 hitters, the .175 hitter is king.

He's probably not going to hit even like a utility infielder, but in the NL, there's a often-neglected role for a starter who can pinch-hit for one of your other pitchers.  Bottom of the 6th, pitcher's spot up, 2 outs, no one on?  If your starter is done for the day anyway, the Giants might not want to burn a 'real' pinch hitter there.  Especially when a couple of their bench spots (Hack-Tor Sanchez, Joaquin Arias.... also Gregor Blanco once Pagan is back) are there for their gloves, and aren't huge offensive upgrades over a decent-hitting pitcher to begin with.
 
2014-07-14 01:55:11 PM

DrBenway: hundreddollarman: San Francisco. Pitcher. Catcher. Too easy.

I'm guessing there's an appropriate definition of "grand slam" on Urban Dictionary for this, but I believe I'll let someone else look that up.


There are a few, this one was the best:

Series of the following sexual positions performed in succession while maintaining continuous penetration: missionary then flipping to cowgirl then spinning around to reverse cowgirl and finishing with doggie style.
 
2014-07-14 02:02:58 PM
Once in a life time.
 
2014-07-14 02:09:28 PM
One would think that, in San Francisco, it would be the catcher nicknamed "MadBum," not the pitcher.
 
2014-07-14 02:55:26 PM

mootmah: One would think that, in San Francisco, it would be the catcher nicknamed "MadBum," not the pitcher.


Too late. The catcher was already named after a flower.
 
2014-07-14 03:54:52 PM
Something something Fernando Tatis snickers something something

JC
 
2014-07-14 06:01:51 PM
That's one powerful battery.
 
2014-07-15 08:36:56 AM

jmr61: Baseball sucks.

Always has, always will.


Hey, at least you tried. Poor little thing.
 
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