BDD: Randy Johnson a LOOGY?

No, get your mind out of the gutter. I’m not talking about spit; I’m talking about turning Randy Johnson into a lefty-specialist relief pitcher.

You know what else I’m talking about? Whether or not the Phillies are better off without Aaron Rowand.

Hey, guess what else I will shamelessly self-promote? My thoughts on starter Jamie Moyer.

I haven’t been putting much up here because the Phillies’ recent tailspin has me in a funk as well. After the three-game series in Texas, I’ll analyze just how damaging the month of June was for the Phils. Hint: It wasn’t pretty.

While I’m thinking of it, I’d like to take advantage of my platform here and pimp Bridging the Statistical Gap, written by Eric Seidman of FanGraphs, The Hardball Times, Baseball Prospectus, and MVN. If you’re thinking about delving into the world of Sabermetrics, Eric’s book is a great place to start, and it’s a good reference tool for those who have already taken the dive.

Elsewhere, Chase Utley was on a podcast recently for EAS.com. If you’re into health and fitness, Utley offers up his approach. I believe I’m beyond repair, but for those of you who can walk from your doorstep to your mailbox without getting winded, check it out.

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  1. Ernie

    June 27, 2008 08:33 PM

    I dont know if you remember this, but, the all star game after the john Kruk incident, they showed the replay, and immediately after they showed the replay, he did the same thing to larry walker. Walker then switched sides and put his helmet on backwards, and I believe he struck out. It was weird timing.

  2. Bill B.

    June 27, 2008 09:12 PM

    Oh yeah, I do remember that now that you bring it up. That may have been the best All-Star Game ever, just for those two very entertaining at-bats.

    Thanks for reminding me!

  3. Ernie

    June 29, 2008 01:06 PM

    No, they were seperate All-Star games. The larry Walker incident happened the year after. the reason it was so crazy is because they showed a replay of Kruk getting a ball over his head, and then after that, the same thing happened to walker. I remember watching it with my friends, and we all had that “what the fuck” look on our faces. I keep calling them incidents, when nothing tragic really happened. Oh well.

  4. Bill B.

    June 29, 2008 01:14 PM

    I decided to look it up and apparently it was in 1997.

    Their fear of Johnson most likely comes from the combination of his ability to throw biting fastballs over the inside part of the plate, and his tendency to throw them at a batter’s head. In the ’93 All-Star Game, Johnson brushed Philadelphia’s John Kruk off the plate with a ball that might have been a strike to a giraffe. Kruk proceeded to strike out in a fairly embarrassing manner. A similar pitch thrown a few feet above Colorado’s Larry Walker in an All-Star appearance four years later caused Walker to jokingly turn his batting helmet around and switch to the other side of the plate.

    Link

  5. Ernie

    June 29, 2008 01:23 PM

    Yeah, i knew it wasnt the same year. I didnt realize it was four years later, though. I looked for a youtube video of it, and apparently there is none.

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