2016 MLB Season Thread - Page 302
That is crazy. I also heard something the other week after Yogi passed away they were talking about his hitting. He did not strike out often, but there was one year where he had obviously hundreds of at bats and I believe they said he only struck out 12 times the entire season!! What?!? These days dudes strike out 12 times before the weekend series is even over.
One thing about Ryan, though, is learned to pitch with control and dramatically reduced his walks as he matured. By the end of his career his BB/9 was generally hovering in the mid-3's while his K/9 averaged around 10.
i heard a story about ryan not ever wanted to "give in" to hitters. and in his mind, "giving in" meant giving up a hit. he'd rather walk someone than risking giving a hit. that probably at least partially explained that he walked over 200! batters a year. in contrast, i think kershaw's bb/9 is around 1.6 in the last few years. i think the definition of 'giving in' is now changed to allowing a walk.
hah. well. about half of them were not strikes. the yanks kept swinging and missing them. so that kinda forced the ump's hand a little...hard to call it a ball with a swing and miss sometimes...