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Great Moments in batting practice

Feb 26, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

The last couple of days have seen hitters starting to take live batting practice from honest-to-goodness pitchers.  A lot of this kind of thing is happening:

John Bowker took one in the back Wednesday from Jeremy Affeldt, who naturally blamed the hitter for the whole ugly incident.

“It was a curveball. I told him it was coming,” Affeldt said. “I’m
just working on my hit-by-pitches. I want my walks to go down, so I’ll
just hit a dude.”

And it’s a great way to keep the pitch count down!

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    This could be a solution to the debate about intentional walks. Just tell the hitter “I’m going to throw a 60-mph lollipop curve, let it hit you in the a**.” If he chooses to get out of the way, the catcher will have enough time to react and block the ball.

  2. TF in Tampa - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    “John Bowker took one in the back Wednesday from Jeremy Affeldt”
    As a young unassuming lad back in Little League, my manager was pitching batting practice to me and nailed me square in the center of my back with a fast ball. It stung real good! I became very suspect from then on whenever in the batters box and it took me a while to shake off those fears. It was then I decided to come in from playing center field and thats when my pitching days began. I wanted to be in control.
    Did I have revenge on my mind, like some of what we see during big league play these days [Yanks vs Red Sux bean ball incidents come to mind with Pedro ultimately throwing Zimmer to the ground with bench clearing brawls]? No, even though I’m sure I misguided a few pitches along the way but those were not my intensions.
    But, shit happens.

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