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(Radio.com)   Claim: Adam Ottavino says he could get Ted Williams out. Reality: he'd have trouble getting Ted Koppel, Ted Cruz and Ted Kennedy out   (radio.com) divider line
    More: Dumbass, Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Home run, Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees, Adam Ottavino, lot of people  
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2021-02-27 9:54:32 PM  
He has the key to the cold storage facility.
 
2021-02-27 10:56:18 PM  
You'd only be able to get his head out.
 
2021-02-27 10:57:11 PM  
Who's Adam Ottavino?
 
2021-02-28 2:03:44 AM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: Who's Adam Ottavino?


He's not Steve Dalkowsi.
 
2021-02-28 2:05:32 AM  

Walker: You'd only be able to get his head out.


Impossible. Without knees and a waist, he has no strike zone.
 
2021-02-28 2:26:26 AM  

Hoopy Frood: Walker: You'd only be able to get his head out.

Impossible. Without knees and a waist, he has no strike zone.


Good eye, Owen.
 
2021-02-28 2:52:40 AM  
In all fairness to Ottavino, it's baseball.  Even Ted Williams, probably the greatest hitter ever, made an out 51.8% of the time.  I'm sure given 10 at bats, Ottavino would get him out once or twice.
 
2021-02-28 8:13:06 AM  

Maybe you should drive: In all fairness to Ottavino, it's baseball.  Even Ted Williams, probably the greatest hitter ever, made an out 51.8% of the time.  I'm sure given 10 at bats, Ottavino would get him out once or twice.


Even considering that, isn't it pretty well established and agreed upon that modern athletes, with the benefit of modern training and nutrition, are bigger, faster, and stronger in almost every single meaningful way?

I'd bet a decent college or AA/AAA pitcher would be able to strike out most of "the greats" at least a few times out of 10.
 
2021-02-28 8:31:00 AM  

grinding_journalist: Maybe you should drive: In all fairness to Ottavino, it's baseball.  Even Ted Williams, probably the greatest hitter ever, made an out 51.8% of the time.  I'm sure given 10 at bats, Ottavino would get him out once or twice.

Even considering that, isn't it pretty well established and agreed upon that modern athletes, with the benefit of modern training and nutrition, are bigger, faster, and stronger in almost every single meaningful way?

I'd bet a decent college or AA/AAA pitcher would be able to strike out most of "the greats" at least a few times out of 10.


True, but you can't coach the ability to see the seams of a 90 mph fastball.
 
2021-02-28 9:25:40 AM  

Shotgun Justice: grinding_journalist: Maybe you should drive: In all fairness to Ottavino, it's baseball.  Even Ted Williams, probably the greatest hitter ever, made an out 51.8% of the time.  I'm sure given 10 at bats, Ottavino would get him out once or twice.

Even considering that, isn't it pretty well established and agreed upon that modern athletes, with the benefit of modern training and nutrition, are bigger, faster, and stronger in almost every single meaningful way?

I'd bet a decent college or AA/AAA pitcher would be able to strike out most of "the greats" at least a few times out of 10.

True, but you can't coach the ability to see the seams of a 90 mph fastball.


There's a reason some of the best batters made good fighter pilots - naturally good eyesight and reaction time.
 
2021-02-28 9:28:56 AM  
Batting cleanup:
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2021-02-28 9:45:41 AM  

Maybe you should drive: In all fairness to Ottavino, it's baseball.  Even Ted Williams, probably the greatest hitter ever, made an out 51.8% of the time.  I'm sure given 10 at bats, Ottavino would get him out once or twice.


What he specifically said about Williams this week -- "I feel like I'd do just fine" --  is reflective of your reasoning above. Win some at-bats, lose some.

But when he said a few years ago, "I would strike out Babe Ruth every time," it was pretty clear that he's either a  delusional egomaniac or stirring up controversy for attention. Guy's never been an All-Star and is a relief pitcher with a career 3.5+ ERA. He just likes running his mouth.
 
2021-02-28 11:04:20 AM  
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I'd put my money on Ted.
 
2021-02-28 11:25:49 AM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: Who's Adam Ottavino?


He was good in fantasy baseball a couple of years ago if you needed someone who could get you holds and strikeouts on a consistent basis. Then he went to the Yankees and hasn't been the same.
 
2021-02-28 12:45:06 PM  

Flappyhead: Straight Outta Wells Branch: Who's Adam Ottavino?

He's not Steve Dalkowsi.


Compare him to Reggie Cleveland? Or maybe Richard Dotson?
 
2021-02-28 7:12:03 PM  

Bermuda59: [i.pinimg.com image 597x747]
I'd put my money on Ted.


That photo is pure macho awesomeness.

From what I understand, one of the biggest differences between the game of baseball today and in the past is the way bullpens are used and the amount of guys coming into the games throwing so hard. Babe Ruth faced hard throwing pitchers, namely Walter Johnson. They got him out, he took them deep, it's baseball. Ruth didn't face a seemingly endless parade of hard throwing specialists like he would today. Ruth or Ted Williams or Lou Gehrig would see lefty after lefty, most of whom throwing as hard as The Big Train. It'd be a shock to them and whomever was managing Ruth would immediately tell him to ditch the 48oz bat he used. Or whatever it was. Telephone pole.
But I bet they'd adjust. They'd sure love the juiced up balls and so much smaller parks.
 
2021-02-28 10:39:47 PM  
Hey, I struck out Ruth all three times I faced him scrolling down to make this comment.

K'd Williams twice, but his frozen head took a 2-2 pitch and roped a stand-up double in the eighth.

Fortunately, I struck out Ruth again and left the Splinter stranded.
 
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