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Chris Davis And The Greatest Out-Of-Position Performances Of All Time

Yesterday afternoon I was treated to one of the greatest endings to a baseball game I have ever seen. No, it wasn’t the playoffs. No, there wasn’t a dramatic walk-off homerun. No, it didn’t involve Bryce Harper. What made the Baltimore Orioles’ 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday so special is that by the end of it, the 17th inning, the two pitchers of record were both position players.

What made it even more special is that the Orioles first baseman Chris Davis not only picked up the win—the first for an American League position player since 1968—but he was also downright filthy. When a position player is called upon to pitch, you generally expect to see him throwing fastballs in the low 80s, maybe mixing in a slow curve or a bad slider just to mix things up. Continue reading

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Bandwagons To Jump On (And Off) After Five Days Of Baseball

Possibly the best part of opening week in baseball is watching people jump on bandwagons and hit panic buttons with equal prematurity (side note: I use the term “panic button” way too frequently not to have one on my office desk. I could just imagine getting 200 words into a post, drawing a blank, and quickly reaching for the panic button). The first week is a time, long before the doldrums of August, that players and fans are excited at the possibilities of what may lie ahead.

Every season has early surprises, both good and bad, and this season is no exception. As a result fans tend to extrapolate the first week stats over the entire season, which we know makes no sense in a 162 game season, but we just can’t help ourselves. Most of the time we’re wrong (Albert Pujols last season), but sometimes we’re right (Adam Dunn last season). Continue reading

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The Number 11: Great Moments in History

I had to do something for 11-11-11, and other websites have already done the best #11’s in sports history. Who posts a story about 11-11-11 on November 9th? Seriously.

Anyway, I’ve decided to take it a step further and catalog the greatest moments in the history of the number 11, sports or otherwise. My 11th birthday narrowly missed the cut, although that was one hell of an ice cream cake. Continue reading

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