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The Year of the Pitcher Continues

1998 will always be remembered as the year of the home run.  That was the year of the historic home run chase with the Cardinals Mark McGwire and the Cubs Sammy Sosa going head to head chasing Roger Maris’ single season home run record.  2010 will be remembered for the complete opposite.  It will be remembered as the year of the no-hitter. 

We have not yet reached the July 31st trade deadline date and we have had five no-hitters (we would have six, but you can thank umpire Jim Joyce for that).  We had Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies throw a no-no vs the Braves on April 17th, then Dallas Braden was perfect on Mothers Day for the Athletics vs the  Rays, a few weeks later Philadelphia Phillies pitcher decided he want to be perfect vs. the Marlins, a month later Diamondbacks pitcher Edwin Jackson walked eight batters and threw 149 pitches, but still threw a no-hitter vs the Rays, and finally on July 27th Matt Garza of the Rays threw the first no-hitter in Rays history vs the Tigers.  This is the most no hitters since 1991 in which there were 7 no-hitters.  We’ll see if 2010 can produce  at least 2 more no-hitters to tie the ’91 season. 

I don’t know what the deal is with MLB hitters this year, but it’s definitely the year of the pitcher.

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July 27, 2010 Posted by | Baseball | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MLB Mourns Death of Angels Prospect

Angels Pitcher Nick Adenhart

Angels Pitcher Nick Adenhart

If you travel a little over 30 minutes south from my hometown, you will find a little town called Williamsport, Maryland,  that was where Los Angeles Angels 22 year-old pitching prospect Nick Adenhart played his high school baseball.  After coming off of six scoreless innings for the Angels against the Oakland A’s, Adenhart was in a car hit by a drunk driver around midnight along with another passenger and the driver of the car he was in.

Coming out of high school Adenhart was projected to be a top five pick in the 2004 draft, but weeks earlier he had elbow problems and his draft stock fell.  He was drafted in the 14th round  by the Angels and had Tommy John surgery and spent four seasons in the Angels minor league system.

Adenhart made his Major League debut last year in May against the same team he made his unfortunate final start of his career against.  He finished his Major League Career with a 1-0 record, 6.00 ERA, 9 strike outs and 16 walks.  As much as he will be missed on the diamond, Angels outfielder Torii Hunter will remember him off of the diamond more.  “He was a great kid, he was funny, he was very popular in the clubhouse and off the field. People loved him,” Hunter said of him.

With a future as bright as Adenhart’s was, it is unfortunate that we will not be able to see this kid grow as not only as a pitcher, but as a person.

I was surprised by the news of his death as i was getting ready to go to Baltimore for the Yankees/Orioles game and a friend that i was going to the game with told me he received a phone call from his friend about Adenhart’s accident this morning.  I was in shock since he just pitched yesterday and it was no where on MLB Network or ESPN before we left.

My condolences are out to all of Adenhart’s friends and family.

April 10, 2009 Posted by | Baseball | , , , , , | 2 Comments