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  1. As a Tigers fan I can’t root for him…but I did enjoy reading this and liked getting to know about Buehrle. Thanks DL.

    Comment by Jon E — June 3, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

  2. These are awesome, please keep them coming! Good work DL

    Comment by Chadam — June 3, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

  3. This is such a great series of Q&As. Between this and the A-Gon interview you’re producing some of the best baseball journalism I’ve read in a while. Keep it up.

    Buehrle was a great choice and I’m really happy he participated; he’s always struck me as a straight-shooter and a really smart dude. This interview solidifies that. Thanks, Mark and David!

    Comment by Joel — June 3, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

  4. I love Buehrle.

    Comment by PG — June 3, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  5. I root for Buehrle any time he’s not playing the Jays.

    Comment by bluejaysstatsgeek — June 3, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

  6. great work

    Comment by eric — June 3, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

  7. Really unique, interesting guy.

    Comment by Eminor3rd — June 3, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

  8. Great interview, thanks.

    I always wondered about that “decieving the runner” thing. Isn’t the runner decieved almost every time he gets picked off? If he wasn’t, he’d get back in time.

    Comment by MikeS — June 3, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

  9. How do you find the most articulate and interesting players and get them to speak with you? Terrific as always.

    Comment by Rich Mahogany — June 3, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

  10. This is overthinking by Buehrle. A pickoff move is simply throwing to first as quickly as possible. That isn’t deception, it’s efficiency.

    Comment by Rich Mahogany — June 3, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

  11. This was amazing, this interview makes me long to meet Buehrle (even more than just as a White Sox fan) and take the man out for a beer. I wonder if i could start a movement to nickname him “The Dude”.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — June 3, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

  12. P.S. Great questions!

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — June 3, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  13. Buehrle sounds like a real pleasure to catch for.

    Comment by Bill — June 3, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

  14. He succeeds at the MLB level because he throws a good changeup and every single pitch he throws comes out of the exact same arm slot and location. That is much harder than it sounds. A good chunk of pitchers have tells in their delivery or slot that reveals a split-second early to the hitter what they are throwing. Interesting that he does not throw too many bullpen sessions, some guys lose pitch location if they do not have regular bullpen sessions.

    Comment by Phantom Stranger — June 3, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  15. I rarely comment, but I just want to add my voice to those remarking on how great these are, they’re just an enormous breath of fresh air. And it seems clear by the length of their responses that the players really appreciate that they’re actually getting asked intelligent questions about their craft, instead of the standard boilerplate.

    Comment by sure — June 3, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

  16. I’m on the same page – these interviews are tremendous. Next time I see Buerhle pitch, it will be from a totally different perspective. Look forward to reading more of this series.

    Comment by arcarsanel — June 3, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

  17. I enjoyed that thoroughly. Nice to see a pitcher who believes in his ability without thinking he’s better than the next guy. Wonderfully honest answers to the questions.

    Comment by Greg W — June 3, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  18. Once again, excellent stuff, David. I really enjoyed the specificity and thoughtfulness of your questions.

    Comment by Mike Fast — June 4, 2011 @ 12:23 am

  19. Has Buehrle addressed the retirement question elsewhere since he mentioned that he was considering retiring after his contract was finished (after this season)?

    Comment by kab21 — June 4, 2011 @ 7:02 am

  20. Great interview David, really enjoy the player’s perspective from time to time. Its great to see the diversity in approaches between guys like Buehrle (feel) and Byrd (more analytical). One possible player request, it would be interesting to hear from someone like Saltalamachia and how he was able to overcome his throwing issues earlier in his career.

    Comment by Tim E. — June 4, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

  21. I’m glad the interviewer didn’t ask that question (not saying you would have), because that’s his business, and like someone else mentioned, a boilerplate.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — June 5, 2011 @ 1:06 am

  22. Awesome as always, David. Keep them coming.

    Comment by Ryan — June 5, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  23. Not as a lefty.

    You pick guys off by having your pick-off move closely resemble you motion to the plate … often, skirting the line (okay erasing the line) between pickoff and balk.

    Lefties are not “quick to first” … what they/we do is raise our lead leg, and rather than step toward first, we lower our foot and begin to “slide it toward home”, and then as late as possible nudge the foot toward first … then walk off the mound before anyone can really see where you stepped.

    I remember in college I got called for a balk. Now, I know I balk every time. There were times I would step 80-degrees. 1st base coaches would go nuts. Umpire is standing behind me, between mound and 2B. So, he calls a balk, and I sheepishly ask “What did I do?” (knowing exactly what I did) “Too deceptive”. “With my arm? Did I hang my leg? Did I flinch?” “Too deceptive”. “Isn’t that the point? If I’m not deceptive, won;t they just take off on first move.” “Too deceptive”.

    I never could tell if he “knew” and was just giving me the “broken record” treatment so we wouldn’t have to discuss it … or if he just reacted to the 1st base coach and couldn’t give me a specific reason.

    Anyway, a pickoff from a RHP is all about freezing the runner and “quick feet”. But, from a lefty, it’s almost all deception. I’d like to meet the LHP that picks off runners by being as “quick as possible” to 1B … he’s be the new chairman of our organization to rule the world.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 6, 2011 @ 10:54 am

  24. One of the best guys in baseball, thanks for this.

    Comment by mk — June 15, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

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