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Bare-handed Evan Longoria breaks out

Jun 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

Evan Longoria, Carlos Corporan AP

I didn’t mention this in the recaps this morning because I was too busy being clever about a 14-10 final score, but Evan Longoria had a huge game yesterday, going 4 for 6 with two homers and five RBI. He had a huge weekend, in fact, getting eight hits, three homers and 10 RBI against the Astros.

The interesting thing about it: he did it without batting gloves. It’s something he did in his rookie year, but not since.  You can probably count the guys in baseball who don’t wear gloves on one hand. One, stinging, blistered, achy hand. It hurts my hands just thinking about it.

And don’t give me that “they used to do it back in the olden days and it was just fine” jive.  They used to put mercury on scraped knees, let kids take baths in DDT and give people lobotomies as a cure for depression too, but that doesn’t make it any better.  We’re civilized now, dammit, and we wear batting gloves.

  1. dodger88 - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Here’s hoping he doesn’t piss on his hands ala Moises Alou in order to go sans gloves.

    • b7p19 - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:43 AM

      That only works with Jellyfish stings.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM

        Toughen up the calluses on the fingers. Old spin-bowlers trick from way back.

    • cleverbob - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      And that is why no one would ever share their sunflower seeds with Moises Alou…

  2. kopy - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    On the contrary, I advocate decreasing the use of batting gloves because it speeds up the game. I’m tired of seeing players step out of the box to adjust them after every pitch. It’s even worse when they do it after not swinging.

    • cur68 - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      Have you seen Jose Bautista with his after an intentional pass? He takes FOREVER to get them off his hands. They must be like surgeon’s gloves they are so tight. I’m not sure how his hands don’t go numb in those things.

      I kind of admire Posada for never wearing gloves. The Long Glorious One’s move sure seems to have paid off. In an ironical twist a bare handed attempt by a fan nearly spoiled a homer for him. Replay (there’s a shocker) got it right hand he was allowed to trot bare handed, pants ripped open at the butt, round the bases. So he was bare handed and nearly bare-assed, too.

  3. trevorb06 - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    What about the Troy Tulo play where he hits the ball twice in the same swing?

  4. seanmk - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    it’s more then one hand for guys that don’t wear gloves. it’s a least 2 hands worth of guys and probably more

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Posada, Vlad, Longoria (for a couple days now) and who else?

    • mississippimusicman - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      Brooks Conrad, of the Braves. There was a writeup in the AJC on Conrad “raw dogging” which may have listed other players, but I’m not sure.

  6. madocyankfan - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Maybe he accidentally pissed on his hands (Jorge Posada) and figured that he might as well hit without gloves.

  7. indaburg - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Come on, Craig. Are your blogger fingers so dainty that it hurts to just think about it? Anyhow, Longoria explained why he tried it the other day. He said that as a matter of fact, it does hurt to hit the ball this way which in turn, forces him to be more selective with the pitches he is receiving. He was expanding his strike zone too much and swinging at too much junk. There’s nothing like a little bit of negative reinforcement to improve your pitch selection.

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