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  1. You literally used literally to mean the opposite of its definition. Otherwise, cool post.

    Comment by Scott — April 10, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

  2. I literally did that on purpose. It was a SUPER HYPERBOLE — a literary device of my own devising.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — April 10, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  3. I’ve mentioned this elsewhere on the site, but the fact that scouts also see something different lends additional credence to the argument that F7 is a different, better player than those who follow the sport once thought. See, for example, Klaw’s analysis. Same for Mendoza, who – and granted, it was against the A’s – acquitted himself well last night.

    Comment by Big Oil — April 10, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  4. His nickname is Shark so you shall refer to him as Shark from here on out.

    Comment by Adam — April 10, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  5. It was Sunday afternoon.

    Comment by Frank Costanza — April 10, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  6. Among his friends and associates, yes. Among bloggers, F7 is preferred.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — April 10, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  7. Aaaarrrgghhh-can we please retire “slide-piece” already? What does it add,where did it come from and can it go back there? Please?

    Comment by JR — April 10, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  8. +10000000000000000

    Comment by Nathan — April 10, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  9. So after reading the article, it seems you believe he COULD be the real deal. Headline is a bit misleading. Major SSS caveats apply, of course, but we could finally be seeing the promise that had him so overrated in recent years.

    Comment by Paul Sporer — April 10, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  10. Did you notice his change-piece and fast-piece on Sunday afternoon? Pretty impressive pieces.

    Comment by Paul Sporer — April 10, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  11. How bout a handclap for the Cubs for sticking with “F7″ ,developing him, and realizing his raw talents out of college. I thought they’d give up on this guy a long time ago but it appears after a strong finish last season and his success in the spring, he may actually be a stud.

    Comment by Rodney — April 10, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  12. Are you a p(irate)?

    Comment by Cory — April 10, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  13. Natural athleticism…guy has it in spades…the sport is heading back towards rewarding that. Year by year you saw his mechanics improve, and with it his pitches have started to take shape. It’s something I’ve definitely noticed, and it was great to see him look like a starting pitcher as a starting pitcher. Seriously thought his mechanics were more impressive than his stuff, because it’s the mechanics and athleticism that give me confidence in him lasting as a SP. Great size and frame for the position too…

    Really, really glad the Cubs went through with this. It also speaks towards the benefits of throwing your young SP talents into the bullpen and allowing them to work on fastball command, confidence, and mechanics out of the bullpen.

    Comment by The Rock — April 10, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

  14. BTW: Been waiting for someone to do a piece on Shark after that start. I really expected big things for this guy coming into the season, and I really liked how quietly the Cubs pulled it off (though I’m an EC Cubs fan so maybe I just didn’t read around enough).

    Comment by The Rock — April 10, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  15. When the Cubs face the Sox in mid June, I pray for a pitcher/batter matchup of F7 vs. TL;DR

    Comment by Desdroia — April 10, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  16. I like the nickname “Spellcheck” (which I thought was ? @JulieDiCaro original), but at least F7 is better than E1.

    Comment by TNCubsfan — April 10, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  17. I heard it from Joe Morgan first, as well as most frequently.

    Comment by Feeding the Abscess — April 10, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

  18. I think either ‘oxyperbole’ or ‘hypermoron’ would capture its essence better :)

    Comment by HuskerDru — April 10, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  19. Great article. The BB/K #’s and 2011 2nd half are truly starting to add up. I do believe this kind of morph is possible with this kind of athlete. Remember he came to arizona early to work on this. It’s almost as if he approached this new higher level as a new sport, something great athletes tend to be able to do at will. He learned how to pitch properly, like it was a new sport.

    Comment by Nick — April 10, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

  20. What Samardzija has going for him that most suprised me was he survived Larry Rothschild with an arm that still functions. Few can make that claim.

    Comment by channelclemente — April 10, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

  21. I very well might be mistaken,but it seems to me that it was first used to refer to the slide step. Slide step,slide piece-I can live with it. But somehow it morphed into being synonymous with slider,which makes no sense at all. Adds nothing,and absolutely meaningless. Who’s with me-let’s go!

    Comment by JR — April 10, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

  22. Slide piece, slide piece, slide piece, slide piece, slide piece, slide piece, slide piece, slide piece, change piece, slide piece, slide piece.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — April 10, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

  23. It depends on how you define the “real deal.” Is he good enough to be a starter? I believe: Yes. How good? I refrain from guessing.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — April 10, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

  24. I guess the real issue is that you need to stop wasting time with these fluff pieces and get back to making videos from the ST trip. :)

    Comment by Paul Sporer — April 10, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

  25. I’ll give him and the Cubs that handclap. They seemed to not know what to do with him for the longest time and it makes sense to try him as a starter. If it doesn’t work out over the course of the season, they already know he can be a decent reliever.

    He looked so confident on Sunday and threw the ball really well. The learning curve is pretty steep for pitchers anyway, and he seems ready to take off now.

    Comment by jirish — April 10, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

  26. the cards call rzepchinsky (i’m not even going to try to spell it.) “scrabble”

    Comment by henry — April 10, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  27. The Shark is hardly a bust entering this season. Was actually pretty good in relief last year.

    Comment by Bob — April 10, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

  28. Can I propose that everyone has now said his piece??

    Comment by HuskerDru — April 10, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  29. During the opener the Marlins announcer’s called him the “typographical terror,” which I think should be his nickname.

    Comment by deadpool — April 10, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

  30. Fun fact: Samardzija cut his walk rate, and improved his Str% every month of the 2011 season.

    Comment by Jack Nugent — April 10, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

  31. That WAS fun!

    Comment by Berttrum — April 11, 2012 @ 12:21 am

  32. it was almost like a roller coaster.

    Comment by Fun'd in his pants — April 11, 2012 @ 10:05 am

  33. Say Sunday night again.

    Comment by ted — April 11, 2012 @ 10:22 am

  34. I hope someone does because it was a day game on Sunday.

    Comment by RiskyBusiness — April 12, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  35. Imagine if he was a two sport athlete… He was a stud on Notre Dame’s football team.

    Comment by BrandonMatics — April 23, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

  36. I love this stat.

    Comment by Amgarvey — May 19, 2012 @ 1:20 am

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