“Dad taught me that baseball consists of three things: hitting, fielding, and running the bases. And, to be a good ballplayer, they have to stay apart. Defense and baserunning should not be linked, nor should you take the bat to the field, let alone run when you are at bat. Now, yes, the defense is number one”…Ken Griffey Jr.
Today and tomorrow, as usual, are Mail Days. Please, send your name and place from where you write.
Néstor Zambrano R. from Maracaibo, asks…: “Which reliever has made more consecutive zeros?”.
Amigo Nes: Ryan Presley did 40 consecutive zeros in relay, until May 24, 2019. He surpassed Craig Kimbrel's 38.
Freddy Torres, from Caracas, comments: “Every day I understand his position more when asked about possible future Hall of Fame inductees. Why do some journalists dedicate centimeters to projecting players who are not even 10 years old in the Major Leagues, nor is it known what may happen in the future with their behavior? Like Fernando Tatis, Ronald Acuña, Manny Machado, Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge.”
Adafel R. Ríos, from Pamplona, Spain, asks: “What do you think of those who consider that the true record for home runs in a season is 61, by Roger Maris, because they were clean, while those of Barry Bonds, Mark McGüire and Sammy Sosa, were they with the help of steroids?
Amigo Felo: When Bonds, McGüire and Sosa took out those hits, it was not forbidden, in baseball, to consume steroids. Now, after Maris shot his 61 in 1961, some were of the opinion, including Commissioner Ford Frick, that Babe Ruth's record of 60 still stood because it had been set in 154 games, while Roger needed 162.
Eduardo Santiago G. from Cuautitlán Izcali, Mexico, exposes and asks…: “According to the Rules, the strike zone is over home-plate, from the bottom of the batter's knees, to the midpoint between the shoulders and the belt.
“But no umpire applies this Rule because they arbitrarily make the strike zone smaller.
“If they respected the Rule, there would be several advantages:
"1. They would reduce the length of games by having more strikeouts. And we would finish with the aberrant ideas of the commissioner.
"two. Pitchers would stay longer, by making more outs, even with 2 or 90 pitches per game.
"3. More no-hitter chances and nine-inning pitchers.”
Thanks to the life that has given me so much, even a reader like you.