Discussion in 'MLB Baseball Forum' started by Chewbaccer, Jun 30, 2018.
The Mets franchise.
1. When Maris hit 61 HRs in '61, he received ZERO intentional walks.
Of course, he had a switch hitter who ended up hitting over .300 with 54 HRs behind him in the order (usually), so it actually kind of makes sense. Why are you going to walk a lefty power hitter to face another guy who can also hit lefty with tremendous power AND a higher BA?
2. Hank Aaron batted cross handed (left hand on top for a righty) until sometime during his 1952 season with the Eau Claire Bears in WI. Mantle also batted cross as a youngster but stopped well before he was a pro. I once played a few holes of golf with a cross grip and couldn't understand why my slice was so bad...I always liked to putt cross handed and forgot to switch for my drives and iron shots at first.
3. All 5 pitching performances with 20 strikeouts in 9 or fewer innings have also featured zero walks given up by that pitcher (Clemens twice, Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson, and Scherzer). Johnson's game went into extra innings, so he is not on the list for the highest number of Ks in a complete 9 inning game.
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