Tuesday, August 15, 2006

And on the mound... Jose Canseco?

I know minor-league teams will do anything to attract a crowd, but this Wednesday the independent Long Beach Armada's starting pitcher will be none other than Jose freakin' Canseco. Yes, Mr. Steroid himself. Putting him on the team is one thing, converting him into a pitcher is just nuts. Well, they're in last place already; they must be desperate.

6 Comments:

At Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 6:50:00 PM PDT, Blogger Arb said...

And don't forget, Canseco missed most of the 1993 season after tearing a ligament in a pitching outing...

 
At Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 9:25:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canseco wasn't awful, 2 ER in 4.1 IP (with 5 BB). One poor bastard struck out against him.

 
At Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 9:39:00 AM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Wow! I remember when Catcher Todd Greene of the Angels struck out against Wade Boggs' knuckleball.

 
At Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 5:28:00 PM PDT, Blogger Arb said...

Have you ever tried to hit a knuckleball?

I can still catch up to a 85-90 mph fastball if I know it's coming. Knuckleball -- might as well close my eyes.

 
At Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 6:00:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

I guess the amazing thing was that Wade Boggs was throwing a knuckleball, not that Greene struck out against it. But still, striking out against a position player is up there on the scale of humiliation.

 
At Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 12:05:00 AM PDT, Blogger Arb said...

Throwing a knuckler isn't hard. Throwing one *reliably* is. But just about anyone who plays baseball at all fools around with it from time to time, if only to annoy the guys they play catch with.

The tough part is the ability to throw it reliably -- which is why there are so few knuckleball pitchers. As a stunt, or in a blowout, it's one thing; to do it for a living is a lot harder.

 

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