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Great Moments in Sensitivity: Mitch Williams edition

Jul 11, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently last night on MLB Network Mitch Williams was talking about pitchers needing to throw inside to be effective. And one of the examples he used to show what happens when you don’t pitch inside? Brandon McCarthy getting hit with that comebacker last year. McCarthy, quite understandably, didn’t take too kindly to that example:


Apparently Williams’ point was also made by footage of he himself being hit by a comebacker so he’ll likely defend himself by saying he gave equal time or something. Still, it seems in horrible taste to use an instance where a guy was seriously injured and, yes, could have died, to make some point about mistakes pitchers make.

  1. jayscarpa - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    What is it with relief pitchers, especially closers? Knuckleheads. Another reason to appreciate Rivera.

  2. losangelesfan - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    What is it with the ’93 Phillies? Those guys all got concussed somehow.

    • delsj - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      … and we have a winner. Thumb down any cancer articles lately, troll?

  3. chacochicken - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Probably should have mentioned how soft McCarthy’s skull is compared to a real man, too. Got to play through it, you know. Maybe its time for Williams to make like Rob Dibble and disappear.

  4. Matt Hunter - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I try to never miss when Harold Reynolds and Mitch Williams are on at the same time, like last night. Just spectacular television.

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    What an ass

    • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      What? More of the Body Issue?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:32 AM

  6. 161andriver - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Is there anyone dumber than Mitch Williams? I don’t even mean just in baseball. Overall…on the planet Earth, is there anyone dumber than Mitch Williams?

    • mybrunoblog - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Joe Morgan? Harold Reynolds? John Rocker? Anyone who paid to see Gigli? Williams is a goofball but the list of goofballs is long and distinguished.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        “Anyone who paid to see Gigli?”

        I have avoided that film in it’s entirety just so I can be proud to say i’m not part of any Gigli statistic.

    • bigharold - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      “Is there anyone dumber than Mitch Williams? ”

      I nominate John Rocker.

    • mjvincent125 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      John Rocker

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      John Rocker, Aaron Hernandez, Eric Holder, the dude who lives across the street from me who screams at video games like a maniac as a full grown man and never leaves the house.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        I’ll trade you for the actors next door. They are unfriendly and she tap dances.

      • yahmule - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        I have been blessed with great next door neighbors over the last ten years. I had an old lady who lived underneath me in a condo 20 years ago who was certifiable. She used to like to call me “Jew” all the time. I was raised Catholic and was pretty much done with religion by that point, but I never bothered to correct her. It seemed to make her so happy and I didn’t want to take that away from her.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        Hey, Jesus was a Jew, too…at least in the beginning, after which he went all Christian.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Had college friends who lived above a crazy old man who yelled at the lightpole all night long and swore the red haired devil ( one of the nicest guys I ever met ) was going to get him.

        Of course, that was Wilkes-Barre, PA. So that’s kind of normal behaviour.

        At the moment, my neighbors include a vehicle horder to my left, who’s now taking up real estate in front of my house, to my right is a perfectly fine girl with a couple of kids that doesn’t know how to talk, only yell or scream, and next to the animal across the street is a half way house.

        I don’t spend alot of time out front.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Oh, I forgot to mention: musical theater…which I used to love.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Oh, and on the other side is an ol’ pothead on disability who makes mud puddles in his yard for the turtle who fell out of the sky. In case you were wondering, he does vote and the first thing he asked me when I moved in was if I was a cop.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Well? Did you tell him you were a cop?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        That would be terrible karma. Of course not.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        But I’m sure his reaction and the immediate aftermath would have been hilarious.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        And with his memory loss, he probably wouldn’t even remember it later. Rats!

  7. beefytrout - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Thanks to a couple of recent nationally broadcast Rangers games, I’ve had the chance to hear Williams call games.

    Talk about a painful experience. He’s a complete moron.

  8. dan1111 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    What was his point even supposed to be?

    • tfoz5150 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      That if you don’t own the inside part of the plate the hitter can Tee off on you wherever he wants.

  9. Jonny 5 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    This is what happens when people think they are smarter than they really are. Mitch Williams is not only a blowhard, but he’s also not very smart. As if “pitching inside” guarantees no come backers…. SMH. I’m just very glad he isn’t on any more car dealership commercials during my Phillies games. Also no more of him on the Phills post game show. I used to sympathize with him over the “Philly hate” over blowing up in the WS. But I’m beginning to hate him myself. He’s just another guy I wish would lose his voice forever.

  10. cohnjusack - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Wait…so according to Williams, does a pitcher have to pitch exclusively inside? I mean…any given outside pitch could be hit right back at the pitcher’s head. I don’t see how throwing inside on occasion would make that not happen…

    • hittfamily - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      An outside pitch being pulled or hit back up the middle means the batter is either looking outside, or a pull hitter. Pull hitters looking for outside pitches pull inside pitches into the stands. Strike 1. That was his point, made by every quality pitching coach in America

      • cohnjusack - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Oh, so if a pitcher throws inside, no balls are hit back up the middle! That makes total sense. I’m sure there aren’t literally thousands of instances on video to prove this theory 100% incorrect.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        I don’t want to be perceived as a “Williams apologist”…but you are on point Hittfamily.
        I have seen Williams lament the fact that very few guys seem to pitch inside anymore.
        This is the point he was trying to make. Admittedly…he failed miserably.
        But it is quite difficult to hit a hard comebacker on an inside pitch. If the ball isn’t fouled off (as you pointed out)…it is typically a very weak comebacker.
        Even a swinging bunt at times.
        This was Williams’ point. He just tends to be a moron at times.
        And using Brandon McCarthy as evidence is certainly moronic.

  11. hittfamily - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I like Brandon, but he comes off bad here. He just signed a big contractl, much of that money being guaranteed by TV rights. If he doesn’t like replays of him being shown as teaching tools, he should retire so no additional highlights of him will ever be made available again. 20 bucks says the first acceptable helmet/head guard will at one point be endorsed by McCarthy, Cobb, or Happ, just like Phil McKelson endorses arthritis medication that saved his career.

    • hittfamily - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Who the hell is Phil Mckelson. Phil Mickelson.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      You don’t think William’s point could have been made differently than “If you don’t pitch inside, you could end up almost dieing?” Aka, it’s McCarthy’s fault that this happened?

      • hittfamily - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        I do. I think McCarthy’s reaction was bs. When the HANS device was installed in NASCAR, they showed Dale Sr’s wreck a lot, because that is why it was installed? Should they have? Yes, that is why it was installed. If Williams talks about why pitching inside is important, then use every piece of evidence available. Should Greinke be outraged every time they show his injury? A torn Labrum or torn capsule instead of a broken clavicle could have ended his career. If that shoulder ended up lower on his chest, it could have stunned his heart, and caused cardiac arrest.

        McCarthy taking to twitter to express his moral outrage? Leave that to the Parents TV Council.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        I think you are missing the point, as shown by your analogies. Is anyone blaming Dale Sr for his own death? When you say if person A doesn’t do action B which results in C, then you are putting some of the blame of result C on person A. This is what McCarthy is objecting to. He’s indirectly blaming McCarthy for almost causing his own death.

      • ezwriter69 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        Earnhardt’s death WAS his own fault, he bashed his head to pulp because his harness was ridiculously loose, as was his joke of a helmet. He never tightened his harness, he was too macho, and a HANS device wouldn’t have helped him one bit…

  12. therealbigben - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Mitch Williams wearing a suit on tv is like lipstick on a pig.

  13. cubfan531 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    CSN Chicago with a very unique and original take on the incident:

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      I’m pretty sure Comcast is an NBC property, so I’m not surprised to see them regurgitating HBT posts on their site. It’s poorly executed, though, as that page doesn’t provide users the full text of the post or even a link to the full post.

      • cubfan531 - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Comcast is NBC property, but it wouldn’t be hard to take five minutes to properly translate that over.

  14. sportsdrenched - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    McCarthy’s ensueing twitter rant of “this is what’s gonna happen” was spectacular and awesome.

    • ltzep75 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      God that was awesome.

      “If you throw a mediocre fastball down the middle with two outs in the ninth to Joe Carter, this is what is going to happen.”

  15. jonirocit - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Omg !! These kids now days are so EMO! Mitch was a outta line but what’s up with dude camping out on twitter for days on end ? Is he a 16 year old female ? Easy bro , maybe time to find a new hobby I’m pretty sure a grown man let alone a professional baseball player should have a little bit thicker skin that this and I’m sure he can find better things to do than bumping around on twitter for hours on end .

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      What part of “McCarthy almost died from this event, let’s blame him for what happened to him” is so difficult to understand as to why McCarthy would be pissed?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      What exactly would be wrong with being a 16 year old female?

      Here’s a tip for you: if you want to insult the dude, call him a 13 year old boy at least — that way you don’t double down with sexism to top your insensitive post.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        “In case you were wondering, he does vote and the first thing he asked me when I moved in was if I was a cop.”

        Lol! I have not doubt all of that is true.
        On the flip side…
        If you are ever to the point of being so stressed out you can’t relax…you don’t have far to go to score a little herb.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        I think he was saying teenaged girls are the most emotional people on the planet.
        But your point is taken.

    • cubfan531 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      It’s not just the fact that McCarthy almost died from the incident Mitch Williams decided to use, it’s the fact that, coming from Williams, criticism of pitcher control is hypocritical at best. The man just sort of flung himself towards home plate and hoped the ball wound up in the general region of the strike zone.

  16. therealtrenches - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    The question isn’t whether there was any validity to Williams’s point (there is some; pitching in decreases the likelihood of come backers, but doesn’t prevent them).

    The question is whether he had to make his point in such a god awful, tasteless way (he absolutely didn’t).

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:24 PM


  17. Bob - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Mitch Williams just isn’t very smart, so you can’t expect tact from him. He’s also usually pretty ill-prepared as an analyst. Last Saturday, he said that Jake Elmore of the Astros hit a HR after coming into the game as a defensive replacement. Elmore actually started the game. Way to pay attention, Mitch. Sign of someone who should be paid to analyze baseball.

  18. dabirdguy - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO sick of whiny turds complaining about SENSITIVITY in the sports arena.
    If you must be a sniveling little toadie, go watch ballet,
    Grow a pair.

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