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J.W.
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J.W.

Pretty brilliant. This was an even better strategy considering that Gwynn’s relatively low power numbers during this period (17 HR in 1997, 16 in 1998, 10 in 1999, 1 in 2000) meant that even if he got a hold of one he might not have done much more than he would have with a pitch on the outside edge.

Ken Arneson
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Ken Arneson

I’ve heard a similar story from Mike Krukow about throwing hanging sliders to Mike Schmidt.

Adam
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Adam
Jeez, and all this time I thought Tomko threw it right down the middle to everyone. Since we’re talking Yankees, here’s why I love the internet.  Listening to the game at work (hey, it’s why I work for myself) and Sterling says “Because of injuries, Nick Swisher has been batting second a lot, and done very well there.”  Well, that strikes me as fishy, and so I jump on to Baseball Reference (again, I work alone) and see that yes, Nick Swisher is hitting over .400 as the #2 hitter.  In three games, 12 ABs.  Which doesn’t strike me as… Read more »
J.W.
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J.W.

Adam, perhaps you’ve seen this already, but if not you might enjoy it:

http://riveraveblues.com/2009/05/cant-the-yankees-do-better-than-john-sterling-11853/

Fish
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Fish

Interesting story, but here’s the oddest part:

Tony Gwynn vs. Pete Harnisch

51 PAs, .364/.412/.523

Pete should have followed his own advice.

Adam
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Adam

Thanks, J.W.  Hadn’t seen it, but everything in there is true.  What’s so frustrating is that baseball and radio are a perfect marriage, and these two clowns make it nearly impossible to listen.  Growing up in my family meant you didn’t choose to be a Yankee fan (like you didn’t choose your parents or religion), but boy, they do so many things that make it difficult to be a fan.  And I would put having to grit my teeth through thousands of hours of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman at the top of the list.

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