Thursday, April 4, 2019

Baseball's Back Special

           Top Ten Oddities from the 2018 Season

Feb. 7 – Catcher Raudy Read, who won Washington’s 2017 Bob Boone Award for “professionalism, leadership and consistency” is suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug.

May 1 – Slotted into the leadoff role for the initial time this season, slumping sluggers Bryce Harper and Anthony Rizzo hit home runs.

May 2 – Yoenis Cespedes’ diamond necklace snaps as he slides into second base, scattering thousands of dollars’ worth of gems in the dirt.

May 28 – Making his initial major league plate appearance, Dustin Peterson loses track of the count and trots to first base on ball three — then strikes out.

May 30 – A goose, chased from the Comerica Park outfield, falls two levels after crashing into an LED board, where it is wrapped in a blanket by a veterinarian and released after a check-up at the pet hospital.

July 2 – Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham misfires on a throw to first base after a comebacker, balks the runner to third and allows him to score when he misses a throwback from his catcher.

July 24 – Utilityman Enrique Hernandez gives up a three-run homer in the bottom of the 16th inning, likely making him the first player ever to go 0-for-7 and suffer a pitching loss in the same game.

Aug. 29 – Andrew Benintendi makes all three outs (sacrifice, grounded into double play) of Boston’s 11-run seventh inning.

Sept. 27 – Two innings short of a $500,000 bonus, CC Sabathia is ejected from his final start of the year.

Dec. 14 – The Indians trade players with the first names Yan, Yandy and Yonder in a 15-day period.

Thanks to the folks at Athlon Sports and the Elias Sports Bureau for these fascinating factoids.

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