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  1. Nice article.

    One thing that I would like to point off that is slightly off subject but has relevance is that people say the fake to 3rd throw to 1st never works, yet Boxberger had 2 such instances as pointed out here where the play actually worked (though they failed to convert…).

    Comment by utmbrad — February 7, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

  2. Ditto. Those were the first two I saw that actually “worked”.

    Comment by tz — February 7, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

  3. Brad Boxberger debuted in 2012. He had three chances. He had three errors. See gifs

    That summary is overly simplistic, and some additional commentary is nice. However, you used a lot of words to say very little in this article.

    Comment by Summary — February 7, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

  4. He should go into business as a fast-food entrepreneur, calling his company: Bret’s Boxed Burgers.

    Comment by Jaack — February 7, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

  5. I noticed the same thing. He’s good at it.

    Comment by taprat — February 7, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

  6. I could’ve used more

    Comment by Jeff Sullivan — February 7, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

  7. I probably should just ignore and move on, but… too late. Many of Jeff’s articles elicit a few comments like this, complaining about his writing. To those who tend to make comments like this, please understand that there are many of us who really enjoy Jeff’s writing. It is refreshing to read an article on the topic of baseball that is not 100% about baseball, that is somewhat whimsical, that is humorous, that is not purely analysis, and that is not written with economy of words as a primary objective. As much as it apparently bothers you, it has the opposite effect on many others. I’m not discounting your view – just want to make sure that you and folks like you (certainly, you are not alone, either) appreciate (and that Jeff appreciates) that there are many of us who really like his writing style.

    Comment by taprat — February 7, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

  8. My fail! This belongs above.

    Comment by taprat — February 7, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

  9. Scrolled down to type this same thing.

    Comment by Mike E — February 7, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

  10. Have you not read Jeff’s articles before? This is what he does. And it’s wonderful.

    Comment by Matt Hunter — February 7, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

  11. Indeed, this post has taken a disproportionate share of the obviously limited space available to fangraphs, and is thus CROWDING OUT more important baseball news and analysis of the day, like… um…

    Comment by rusty — February 7, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

  12. I love this. It looks a lot like winning the internet.

    Comment by Joncarlos — February 7, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

  13. But it’s a salient point. This absolutely free baseball site, in the baseball offseason, has the audacity to print stories that aren’t relevant to future baseball games. The horror!

    I like the articles like these. People were hating on one recently about Michael Bourn hitting a long home run – who cares? I enjoy all of these. Don’t click them, peoples.

    Comment by Spraying Mantis — February 7, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

  14. All part of Brad’s plan.

    He will lull baserunners into a false sense of security and go on an unprecedented streak of consecutive successful pickoffs.

    Comment by Oh, Beepy — February 7, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

  15. I knew who Boxberger was on the basis his name makes me think of Fred Fredburger.

    Comment by Ruki Motomiya — February 7, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

  16. Why not name it after himself, though?

    Comment by Jay29 — February 7, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

  17. Obviously, it is a business he started with his older brother, Bret, and it is named after him.

    Comment by Sasquatch11 — February 7, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

  18. What could possibly have led you to thinking this was a smart comment to make? What kind of thought process goes into this, where the outcome of said thought process was “yes, I should share this thought?” Do people not have filters that allow them to realize when they’re saying something stupid that no one will agree with and serves no constructive purpose? Is there an area of the brain that controls that that may have been injured in some sort of accident?

    Comment by Society — February 7, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

  19. Also, welcome to the internet, where pretty much anything can be said in like 5 words but is not because that’s annoying.

    Comment by Society — February 7, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

  20. This was great! As an avid Padres fan and one who was watching at the time of Boxberger’s 1st and 3rd chances (but, I must have tuned out the night of the 2nd), this was a real hoot to read. I remember vividly the Mark Grant rant you alluded to and rememeber agreeing with him at the time. This sort of article is classic FanGraphs…. great fun.. Makes me want to be sure to be watching the next time he makes an MLB appearance. Will probably stand up and cheer in my living room when he gets his first assist/putout.

    Comment by Mustard n Brown — February 7, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

  21. I’m throwing a kegger to celebrate

    Comment by Spraying Mantis — February 8, 2013 @ 9:46 am

  22. The ‘et’ is pronounced ‘ad’

    Comment by Nadingo — February 15, 2013 @ 9:24 am

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