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Here’s what happens when you pitch too slow

Aug 9, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

From Baseball Prospectus, here’s a copy of the letter MLB sends you if you go full-Trachsel:


Better than the letter itself is Adam Sobsey’s imagining of what Mike Ekstrom was thinking as he took so long to warm up and deliver pitches. Based on the lameness and weirdness of my own internal monologue, I’m assuming the reality is not too far from this.

  1. hokiegajanisgod - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Josh Beckett must have a few filing cabinets full of these letters, ha ha.

    PS- Kudos on using that turtle graphic Mr.Calcaterra, it fits perfectly.

    • bigleagues - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Please note . . . these are warm-up pitches that are being referred to in this letter. (which makes it all the more hilarious that Ekstrom is being scolded for delaying each game by just a hair under a minute).

      The perceived problem with Beckett is the amount of time he takes between game pitches.

      I don’t think Beckett has ever gotten a letter. Or if he has, he’s just been paying his fines quietly.

      • hokiegajanisgod - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Sure, but believe me Beckett is even slower with his warm-up’s (although I did mean his between pitches slowness in my post).

  2. ponsonbybritt - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I see the word ‘regulations’ in the letter of warning’ is capitalized. Mike Ekstrom oughta live in terror.

  3. The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    There must be an easier way to get Joe Garagiola’s autograph.

    • paperlions - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Do people actually want Junior’s autograph?

  4. cleverbob - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    I don’t know why, but I was highly entertained by that inner monologue.

  5. shaggytoodle - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I just read the headline of this article and thought it was going to be about Randy Wolfs ice cube he lobbed in at under 50 MPH

    • koreanfandeath - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      I thought the same thing when I read the headline. I was picturing a gif animation montage of players teeing off on Jamie Moyer’s “reagan era” fastball.

      • lew24 - Aug 9, 2012 at 6:46 PM

        Reagan era fastball? More like Nixon!

  6. thatyankeedude - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    That looks like the turtle from bugs bunny lol anyway I completely agree with the letter though I mean c’mon the game is pretty slow paced anyway.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Am I the only person who’s amazed that someone is actually keeping track of such things?

  8. dluxxx - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Great, now I have the image of Joe Jr wearing panties sucking jello and marshmallow salad through a straw stuck in my brain.

  9. number42is1 - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Soooooooooooo how many of these does Bud get for not implementing instant reply?

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Probably none, he stills gets his information from ticker tape.

    • huffdaddyco - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Best part of the whole thing is that I bet they used instant replay to get the info they needed to for the letter.

  10. kkingprior - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    How many of these does ESPN get after a Sunday night Red Sox – Yankees game?

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      They should get fined double if they let Chris Berman do the game.

  11. chadwalters425 - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Craig –

    Here is an article about what MLB can do to help speed up the pace of play:

    My concern here is whether the umpires are enforcing the 12 second rule between pitches, and if they supposedly are was Eckstrom warned? It seems very passive-aggressive to *snail mail* a letter to a pitcher long after he completed his game that features his warnings or penalties.

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