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Dusty Baker thinks Clay Hensley pitched in the World Series

Feb 18, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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I’ve always been confused by the notion that mediocre players somehow deserve extra credit for being on championship teams, which is a fairly prevalent cliche in all sports.

You’ll see a random role player referred to as “a winner” all the time thanks to his having great teammates–count the ringzzz and all that–but this note about Dusty Baker and the Reds’ bullpen depth from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer takes it to another level:

Baker looked up that roster board in his office. “You’ve a guy up there that pitched in the World Series last year and a guy who almost threw a perfect game on as non-roster players.”

Baker was referring Clay Hensley, who was on the Giants last year, and Armando Galarraga, who just missed a perfect game two years ago.

Clay Hensley had a 4.62 ERA for the Giants last season, allowing 80 baserunners in 51 innings, so the idea that his pitching in the World Series somehow makes him a better player seems absurd. Oh, and also: Clay Hensley did not pitch in the World Series. Or any of the Giants’ playoff games. In fact, they left him off the playoff roster entirely, presumably because he didn’t pitch well.

This isn’t a big deal or anything, obviously, but just saying.

  1. mustbechris - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    And as far as Galarraga goes: perfect game aside, he’s a non-roster player for a reason.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      I agree on his status, as he’s not generally shown great skills, but… he DID pitch a perfect game. He did everything necessary to retire all 27 batters. It just is not currently officially recognized as a perfect game due to an error by the umpire on what should have been the final play of the game, followed by a questionable decision by a Mr Selig (not his first such). Perhaps the next commissioner will right the wrong.

      • zzalapski - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        “Perhaps the next commissioner will right the wrong.”

        Don’t hold your breath. There will be no next commissioner, as Zombie Bud Selig will be in office until the end of time. California will have fallen into the sea by then, thereby resolving (in a sense) the A’s territorial rights.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Anyone can make a mistake Aaron.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      “Anyone can make a mistake Aaron.”

      On point P.C.! I will just add…some far more than others.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Earlier today, Aaron wrote that John Farrell was the manager of the Blue Jays. When he finally corrected it, he did not make any comment acknowledging his mistake.

      • tuberippin - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        “Aaron Gleeman thinks John Farrell is the Blue Jays’ manager”

  3. chacochicken - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Dusty Baker also think Drew Stubbs was a good lead off man and Joey Votto is clogging up the base paths with all those walks.

  4. paperlions - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    All white guys look alike, don’t worry about it Dusty, I can’t tell ’em apart either.

  5. hitdog042 - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    He was rambling like he always does. The reds should never let him talk (I know they have to) Seriously. This dude has said some crazy stuff over the years. He’s not all there in the head. Too much coke Dusty.

  6. crisisjunky - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    “Run on out there, Darren!”

  7. cosanostra71 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I personally think there’s some value in it. There is a difference in postseason games and having prior experience with that type of pressure and media scrutiny can be helpful. However, Hensley did not throw in the playoffs so it doesn’t apply here.

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