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  1. If only you had written this in 2011. Wilson Valdez and Mike McCoy pitched circles around this year’s crop.

    Comment by Greg W — November 2, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  2. Ask R.A. Dickey where he really learned the beardsman’s art of the knuckleball.

    Comment by Wade Boggs — November 2, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  3. I fail to understand how this post doesn’t include the .gif of Chris Davis striking out Adrian Gonzalez.

    Comment by Chuck — November 2, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  4. Yeah – that was classic:

    Comment by Josh — November 2, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

  5. So are the numbers easily available for the last decade where we could get a good sample size? Also, perhaps it should be limited to pitchers who are relievers, as obviously the hitters are getting to see the starters multiple times.

    Comment by Daven — November 2, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  6. Not to sound funny, but does Chris Davis own the majority of this 4 strikeouts? He had that wicked screwball working for him that even caught Matt Wieters off guard, along with that 92 mph FB. Davis is the King of K’s among position players!

    Comment by Dave in GB — November 2, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

  7. I’m just waiting for a team to blow out the Giants bad enough so that Bochy finally gives in to the temptation to have Brandon Belt throw an inning. As a Texas prep left hander, he was apparently rated ahead of Clayton Kershaw..

    Comment by fergie348 — November 2, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

  8. I’d like to imagine that college closer Buster Posey would, Bugs Bunny-like, take the mound and catch his own pitches.

    Comment by Bhaakon — November 2, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  9. Anthony Vasquez and his 9.23 FIP surely would’ve made this list last year. I guess that’s what happens when your K/9 and HR/9 are both 3.99.

    Comment by Eric — November 2, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  10. Try this on for size!

    Comment by Jeff Sullivan — November 2, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

  11. And then Bugs Bunny-like zoom to get the assist at shortstop.

    Comment by dustygator — November 2, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

  12. Two things to add.
    1. Aaron Miles hit a home run off Skip Schumaker. At approximately the same point in time, the universe fell into a vortex of grit from which it has yet to return.
    2. Cody McKay.

    Comment by gnomez — November 3, 2012 @ 2:15 am

  13. Are you sure those guys are pitchers?

    Comment by shthar — November 3, 2012 @ 4:26 am

  14. I had the misfortune in the early 70’s of attending many Giants games in which they were crushed. Dave Kingman, a college pitcher at USC, ended up pitching in some of those games. It was actually kind of entertaining, as the batters never swung at his surprisingly high velocity fastballs, resulting in a lot of walks and a fair number of K’s.
    I took a girlfriend, not a baseball fan, to two games, and Kingman pitched in both. The second time, she asked me, “Why do they let that guy pitch all the time. He’s terrible!”

    Comment by Baltar — November 3, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

  15. I smell a sequel: outfielders who hit worse than pitchers.

    Comment by P — November 3, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

  16. You could just bundle all Twins middle infielders together into those who hit worse than pitchers. (And Butera may be a better pitcher than hitter–the joke was that, of course, he was effective: he hit like a pitcher).

    Comment by mgraves — November 3, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

  17. During one extra-innings game this year, when the Mariners were at Tampa Bay, Miguel Olivo was warming up in the bullpen in the 14th (?) inning – and I was really stoked that we might get to see him pitch. But it didn’t come to pass, and now it probably never will…

    I’m glad I’ll never have to see him catch again; but I really wanted to see him pitch.

    Comment by Westside guy — November 4, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

  18. The Pirates generally trotted out at least 2 position players who hit worse than most pitchers.

    Comment by Youthful Enthusiast — November 5, 2012 @ 10:30 am

  19. Is this sample sufficient to deduce that, if you want to stick around a major league rotation despite being a sub-replacement-level pitcher, it helps to have thrown a no-hitter or a near-perfect game?

    Comment by Bryan — November 5, 2012 @ 11:40 am

  20. Pitchers forget how to pitch, hitters forget how to hit, happens every year.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — November 5, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

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