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(Chicago Trib)   Like many baseball traditions you can always count on the Cubs to do something strange. This time, they played their longest game & had their catcher not only score the winning run but also be the winning pitcher   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 30
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2014-07-30 07:58:52 AM  
"I trust my stuff"

Brilliant. If Baker isn't a Cubs broadcaster within 10 years the team is missing a huge opportunity.
 
2014-07-30 11:23:41 AM  
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2014-07-30 11:26:29 AM  
"I think about all the guys I played with who are pitchers who are very good and never got a chance to pitch in the big leagues," Baker said. "My hat is off to all those guys that grinded for so long and never got a chance to pitch.  It's something I definitely will cherish for a long time.''

That guy gets it.
 
2014-07-30 11:26:37 AM  
we may need grammar lessons, as this headline is crafted like an 8 year old stealing things off the internet for his science project on volcanoes. & he even won second 3rd place of the writing!
 
2014-07-30 11:42:56 AM  
I love it when position players are brought in to pitch.
 
2014-07-30 12:13:24 PM  

craigzy: we may need grammar lessons, as this headline is crafted like an 8 year old stealing things off the internet for his science project on volcanoes. & he even won second 3rd place of the writing!


You definitely might.

/Did he win second 3rd first?
 
2014-07-30 12:14:13 PM  
"So I just decided I was going to bang it and go with a straight 76 mph heater. That seemed to be the most effective pitch in the game."

Lol, awesome. Good for him.
 
2014-07-30 12:18:13 PM  
...this 16-inning game took longer to play than a 21-inning game in 1982.  That tells you all you need to know about why baseball is fading in popularity.
 
2014-07-30 12:28:05 PM  
Now if only the Rangers would stop sucking so the Cubs can lock down the #1 draft spot.

/that's pretty much all we have left to root for on the north side
//Darwin Barney got Wally Pipped by Arismendy Alcantara
 
2014-07-30 12:52:54 PM  

someonelse: I love it when position players are brought in to pitch.


Then you should support my "everyone has to pitch to be a real player" baseball.

9 players. 9 positions. 9 spots in the batting order. 9 innings.

That means each player has to play a full inning at each position, including pitcher. Now THAT'S baseball. I'm tired of all these people who only play part of the game by only hitting and playing a position. If the DH isn't a "real baseball player" then neither is anyone who doesn't pitch - it's at least a full third of the game. (realistically it's half), with hitting being probably 1/3 of the game and defense being about 1/6.
 
2014-07-30 01:01:22 PM  

IAmRight: someonelse: I love it when position players are brought in to pitch.

Then you should support my "everyone has to pitch to be a real player" baseball.

9 players. 9 positions. 9 spots in the batting order. 9 innings.

That means each player has to play a full inning at each position, including pitcher. Now THAT'S baseball. I'm tired of all these people who only play part of the game by only hitting and playing a position. If the DH isn't a "real baseball player" then neither is anyone who doesn't pitch - it's at least a full third of the game. (realistically it's half), with hitting being probably 1/3 of the game and defense being about 1/6.


I personally am not a fan of the DH. If I wanted to watch fat 40-year-olds strike out I'd hang out at Hooters.
 
Al!
2014-07-30 01:02:14 PM  

IlGreven: ...this 16-inning game took longer to play than a 21-inning game in 1982.  That tells you all you need to know about why baseball is fading in popularity.


No, that tells you that both teams had combined to throw over 400 pitches by the 7th inning.  Any stat geeks want to take a crack at something?  I was thinking to myself during the 11th or 12th when Bonifacio was working another long 3-2 count that I had never in my life seen a game with so many pitches thrown during a full count.  Any idea how this game stacks up in the records?
 
2014-07-30 01:11:28 PM  
A better headline would have been something highlighting the fact that the backup catcher out-pitched the starting pitcher for the Cubs.

Gawd, Jackson sucks...
 
2014-07-30 01:12:50 PM  

IlGreven: ...this 16-inning game took longer to play than a 21-inning game in 1982.  That tells you all you need to know about why baseball is fading in popularity.


Technically, that game took about 24 hours to play, since they had to suspend play for darkness in the 18th inning, and picked it up the next day. And if instant replay had been in use back then, the game would have been even longer, since replays showed the wining run was clearly tagged out at the plate.
 
2014-07-30 01:27:49 PM  

Gonz: "I think about all the guys I played with who are pitchers who are very good and never got a chance to pitch in the big leagues," Baker said. "My hat is off to all those guys that grinded for so long and never got a chance to pitch.  It's something I definitely will cherish for a long time.''

That guy gets it.


Yep. That's a guy who didn't make a major league roster until he was 27 years old, and has appeared in fewer than 350 games in parts of seven seasons for three different clubs. He knows how lucky he is to be playing a game for a living. And considering how much demand there is for 33 year old backup catchers with a career .253/.338/.350 line, this could end up being the highlight of his career. He might not play for much longer, but with an attitude like that, I could see him sliding right into coaching whenever he's done.
 
2014-07-30 01:28:18 PM  
Wadded Beef: I personally am not a fan of the DH. If I wanted to watch fat 40-year-olds strike out I'd hang out at Hooters.

You prefer to watch comically inept and often out-of-shape 30-year-olds do it at a much higher rate. Well, that makes sense.
 
2014-07-30 01:29:24 PM  

Trainspotr: Gonz: "I think about all the guys I played with who are pitchers who are very good and never got a chance to pitch in the big leagues," Baker said. "My hat is off to all those guys that grinded for so long and never got a chance to pitch.  It's something I definitely will cherish for a long time.''

That guy gets it.

Yep. That's a guy who didn't make a major league roster until he was 27 years old, and has appeared in fewer than 350 games in parts of seven seasons for three different clubs. He knows how lucky he is to be playing a game for a living. And considering how much demand there is for 33 year old backup catchers with a career .253/.338/.350 line, this could end up being the highlight of his career. He might not play for much longer, but with an attitude like that, I could see him sliding right into coaching whenever he's done.


Yeah, but now I feel bad for all the pitchers that don't get to make it instead of being excited about a backup catcher pitching.
 
2014-07-30 01:35:10 PM  

IAmRight: Wadded Beef: I personally am not a fan of the DH. If I wanted to watch fat 40-year-olds strike out I'd hang out at Hooters.

You prefer to watch comically inept and often out-of-shape 30-year-olds do it at a much higher rate. Well, that makes sense.


Actually, not even that.

/Go Rockies.
 
2014-07-30 01:42:04 PM  

Al!: IlGreven: ...this 16-inning game took longer to play than a 21-inning game in 1982.  That tells you all you need to know about why baseball is fading in popularity.

No, that tells you that both teams had combined to throw over 400 pitches by the 7th inning.  Any stat geeks want to take a crack at something?  I was thinking to myself during the 11th or 12th when Bonifacio was working another long 3-2 count that I had never in my life seen a game with so many pitches thrown during a full count.  Any idea how this game stacks up in the records?


During the 7th or 8th inning they showed catcher Wellington Castillo on the TV broadcast and Jim DeShies said, "That young man is going to sleep well tonight."

/gave up watching after 12 innings
 
2014-07-30 03:15:54 PM  

Al!: IlGreven: ...this 16-inning game took longer to play than a 21-inning game in 1982.  That tells you all you need to know about why baseball is fading in popularity.

No, that tells you that both teams had combined to throw over 400 pitches by the 7th inning.  Any stat geeks want to take a crack at something?  I was thinking to myself during the 11th or 12th when Bonifacio was working another long 3-2 count that I had never in my life seen a game with so many pitches thrown during a full count.  Any idea how this game stacks up in the records?


I was there last night....it was a dreadfully slow game.  Their pitcher came out in the 7th and threw over 100...so I don't know how the cubs threw the other 300 by then.  It took an hour and a half to get through the first three innings.  You are right about the full counts, it was painful.  Jackson would get guys 1-2, they would foul off 5 pitches then end up walking.  How's this for dicking around, the Cubs sent out Jackson in his final inning to warm up then brought in Russell (iirc) before the inning started to warm up with his allotted pitches on the mound.  Jesus tap-dancing christ.  I didn't think they could delay between innings any more but they found a way.
 
2014-07-30 04:08:59 PM  

surewewang: How's this for dicking around, the Cubs sent out Jackson in his final inning to warm up then brought in Russell (iirc) before the inning started to warm up with his allotted pitches on the mound.  Jesus tap-dancing christ.  I didn't think they could delay between innings any more but they found a way.


That's all you needed to say.
 
2014-07-30 04:22:43 PM  

IAmRight: Trainspotr: Gonz: "I think about all the guys I played with who are pitchers who are very good and never got a chance to pitch in the big leagues," Baker said. "My hat is off to all those guys that grinded for so long and never got a chance to pitch.  It's something I definitely will cherish for a long time.''

That guy gets it.

Yep. That's a guy who didn't make a major league roster until he was 27 years old, and has appeared in fewer than 350 games in parts of seven seasons for three different clubs. He knows how lucky he is to be playing a game for a living. And considering how much demand there is for 33 year old backup catchers with a career .253/.338/.350 line, this could end up being the highlight of his career. He might not play for much longer, but with an attitude like that, I could see him sliding right into coaching whenever he's done.

Yeah, but now I feel bad for all the pitchers that don't get to make it instead of being excited about a backup catcher pitching.


Well, look at it this way: those guys may not have made it to the majors, but they still got paid to play baseball. That's pretty awesome.
 
2014-07-30 04:35:23 PM  

Gulper Eel: "I trust my stuff"

Brilliant. If Baker isn't a Cubs broadcaster within 10 years the team is missing a huge opportunity.


The Cubs (and the Chicago sports media) are pretty adept at identifying these types. It's how Ron freaking Coomer ended up in the radio booth for the Cubs. Didn't really do squat as a player but people liked him.
 
2014-07-30 05:15:02 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Gulper Eel: "I trust my stuff"

Brilliant. If Baker isn't a Cubs broadcaster within 10 years the team is missing a huge opportunity.

The Cubs (and the Chicago sports media) are pretty adept at identifying these types. It's how Ron freaking Coomer ended up in the radio booth for the Cubs. Didn't really do squat as a player but people liked him.


I thought they brought in Coomer to fill Santo's clownshoes?
 
2014-07-30 05:15:47 PM  

surewewang: Al!: IlGreven: ...this 16-inning game took longer to play than a 21-inning game in 1982.  That tells you all you need to know about why baseball is fading in popularity.

No, that tells you that both teams had combined to throw over 400 pitches by the 7th inning...

I was there last night....it was a dreadfully slow game.  Their pitcher came out in the 7th and threw over 100...so I don't know how the cubs threw the other 300 by then....


Does the official pitch count include pitches thrown that are fouled off when there is a full count? I think "Al!" is saying there were a ton of pitches that weren't included in the count.

/I don't know the rules on pitch count, but I wouldn't be surprised if only pitches resulting in a ball, strike, or play counted towards the count.
 
2014-07-30 06:02:03 PM  

skrame: Does the official pitch count include pitches thrown that are fouled off when there is a full count? I think "Al!" is saying there were a ton of pitches that weren't included in the count./I don't know the rules on pitch count, but I wouldn't be surprised if only pitches resulting in a ball, strike, or play counted towards the count.


Pitch count includes fouls, intentional walk pitches, bean balls, etc. -- basically anything thrown towards home plate.
 
2014-07-30 06:36:57 PM  

KickahaOta: skrame: Does the official pitch count include pitches thrown that are fouled off when there is a full count? I think "Al!" is saying there were a ton of pitches that weren't included in the count./I don't know the rules on pitch count, but I wouldn't be surprised if only pitches resulting in a ball, strike, or play counted towards the count.

Pitch count includes fouls, intentional walk pitches, bean balls, etc. -- basically anything thrown towards home plate.


Except warm-up pitches.
 
2014-07-30 11:57:02 PM  

Al!: No, that tells you that both teams had combined to throw over 400 pitches by the 7th inning.


Nope.  About 400 pitches for the entire 16-inning game, though.

Here's the pitch counts for the entire game, courtesy of the box score:

Pitches-strikes:
(Rockies) De La Rosa, J 118-72, Kahnle 8-6, Ottavino 14-8, Logan 17-10, Belisle 10-7, Brothers 36-22, Masset 36-19, Hawkins 27-20, Matzek 16-9,

(Cubs) Jackson, E 105-64, Villanueva, Ca 37-23, Wright, W 11-6, Grimm 18-11, Schlitter 19-11, Parker, B 27-16, Russell 26-19, Strop 20-11, Baker, Jo 11-6.
 
2014-07-31 12:52:36 AM  
I watched that game from the third inning until the bitter end...go Rockies.
 
Al!
2014-07-31 02:34:34 AM  

chimp_ninja: Al!: No, that tells you that both teams had combined to throw over 400 pitches by the 7th inning.

Nope.  About 400 pitches for the entire 16-inning game, though.

Here's the pitch counts for the entire game, courtesy of the box score:

Pitches-strikes:
(Rockies) De La Rosa, J 118-72, Kahnle 8-6, Ottavino 14-8, Logan 17-10, Belisle 10-7, Brothers 36-22, Masset 36-19, Hawkins 27-20, Matzek 16-9,

(Cubs) Jackson, E 105-64, Villanueva, Ca 37-23, Wright, W 11-6, Grimm 18-11, Schlitter 19-11, Parker, B 27-16, Russell 26-19, Strop 20-11, Baker, Jo 11-6.


It was somewhere around the 11th inning that they passed 400 pitches.  The teams totaled 556.  I was a little off, but not really.  I was going off of what the color commentator said somewhere around the 7th inning.
 
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