You can now find Major League Baseball’s newest rule listed in the official rule book under OBR 5.10(l). Make a note of this historic “pace of play” rule change because, one, it is the first of its kind and, two, it may be the tipping point for more changes to the game.
Mickey Callaway was front-and-center for a press briefing at today’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.
“The one sure thing about baseball is – you never know.” Yogi Berra? No. Casey Stengel? No. Try, Joaquin Andujar, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher.
As baseball analysts perform their post-season predictions in dogmatic fashion, history tells us uncertainty is the one certainty in the rear of almost every October baseball series.
David Wright watched a 3-2 pitch fly by. The umpire barked strike three. Wright shook his head and walked back to the New York Mets dugout as the Dodgers fired the ball around the infield.
Three innings later, Wright watched from the dugout steps as Curtis Granderson ripped a walk-off home run to give the Mets a 6-5 win over Los Angeles.
It was May 27, 2016, the last time Wright played a major league game.
Dickie Thon described it this way: “It was like a boom … a dead sound. Like a thud.”
Today, the boxscore reads HBP (hit by pitch) but, for Thon, it was more than that. The Astros All-Star shortstop had been hit by a pitch major league pitches four times prior to April 8, 1984. No. 5 — a fastball by New York Mets pitcher Mike Torrez — fractured Thon’s orbital bone around his left eye, changing his life and career.