Visual Baseball:  Homage to Ken Griffey Jr.

Lost in all the controversy about yesterday’s (im)perfect game was the sleepy retirement of Ken Griffey Jr. Here’s a look at the pitchers he took deep throughout his career.

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Dave Studeman
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Dave Studeman

Looks great, Kevin.  Obviously, lots of really good pitchers with long careers, but one name that jumpes out for me is Glendon Rusch, who didn’t have that long a career but looks to have a pretty big font size.

Kevin Dame
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Kevin Dame

Rusch gave up 4 dingers to the Kid.

Clave Jones
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Clave Jones

How I admired this guy when I was a kid! This is a fun idea.  Would’ve been nice if it was shaped like a baseball though.

Kahuna Tuna
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Kahuna Tuna

Here’s a bit of Ken Griffey, Jr. home-run trivia, courtesy of Baseball Reference’s “Vs. Pitcher” feature.

Billy Brewer (about 1:30 in the diagram) surrendered three homers in seven plate appearances, which is the highest HR/PA rate for any pitcher who faced Junior 5+ times.

Two pitchers faced Griffey twice and served him up gopher balls both times:  Brad Pennington and Mel Rojas.

Most times facing Griffey without giving up a home run:  Todd Stottlemyre, 40, and Roy Oswalt, 38.  Kenny Rogers allowed one HR in Griffey’s 56 plate appearances against him.

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