Mike Oz

  • The curious case of Giants rookie Andrew Susac's 'first' MLB hit

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago

    Great Scott! Andrew Susac, the rookie catcher for the San Francisco Giants has altered the timeline of his rookie season, rewriting both the date of his MLB game and his first hit.

    It's going to take a full 1.21 gigawatts to explain this curious case of baseball gone "Back to the Future,"so fire up your flux capacitor and let's do this:

    The Giants resumed Monday a suspended game against the Colorado Rockies from May 22 that was delayed three months and 10 days because of rain. Susac, who spells Buster Posey behind the plate these days, was still in Triple-A when the game began. 

    But when he was inserted into the lineup for Monday's continuation, Susac was *technically* making his MLB debut.

    The game goes down in the books for May 22, so even though this was Susac's 18th game with the Giants, it was *technically* his first.

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  • Phillies pitchers give ball from combined no-hitter to ailing team president

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago

    When four pitchers combine to throw a no-hitterlike a Philadelphia Phillies foursome did Monday, it's probably easier to give the final ball to someone else than decide which pitcher gets to keep it.

    Starter Cole Hamels and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon threw the combined no-hitter, the first in MLB since 2012 when the Seattle Mariners did it. And the four of them knew just whom the final ball should go to.

    Team president David Montgomery took a leave of absence from the Phillies on Thursday because of ongoing health issues. He had surgery in May to remove cancer from his jaw. Montgomery, 68, has been the Phils president since 1997, making him the perfect choice to get the last ball from the franchise's 12th no-hitter. 

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  • Watch a Japanese baseball player try to hit a 186 mph fastball (Video)

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 days ago

    It's tough to figure out exactly what's going on in the video above because it's in Japanese, but we know the important stuff: That's former Nippon Pro Baseball home-run king  Takashi Yamasaki guesting on some sort of funny Japanese TV show.

    His goal is to try to hit a 186 mph fastball from a pitching machine. Yikes.

    You know how fast that is? It's so fast Yamasaki couldn't even swing before the ball passed him. It's so fast that all he could do was laugh. By all means, watch the video above, but check out this slow-motion GIF. Notice how everything is slow except the ball.

    After watching this, my life won't be complete until someone rounds up 20 of the best MLB hitters and makes them try.

    Mike Trout could do it, right?

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