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Justin Ruggiano snaps 0-for-42 slump with three-hit game

Aug 14, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

Justin Ruggiano AP

Coming into today Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano hadn’t gotten a hit since July 8, going 0-for-42 during that time. Another hitless game and he would have tied or maybe even broken the modern hitless record of 45 at-bats, which is shared by Craig Counsell in 2011 and Bill Bergen in 1909.

But instead Ruggiano notched three hits today against the Royals, singling in second, fourth, and ninth innings. He was also thrown out trying to steal second base after his first hit, which is pretty hilarious for a guy who just snapped an 0-for-42 slump with an infield single.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I guess that he did not want to have the record.

    • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      I think that that is a reasonable assumption.

      Good for Ruggiano. You never want to see a guy go through that. Now maybe he can relax a little and start producing again.

      • jerze2387 - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        Well, he can relax now that tino is no longer around to get on his ass about picking up all the god damn baseballs!

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        It’s funny, but the Feesh’s recent slide – their win today notwithstanding; the Royals really did gift them a pair – corresponds with two events: the resignation of Tino Martinez, the injury to Marcell Ozuna (just prior to his demotion) and the demotion of Derek Dietrich, coupled with bringing up two more larvae from AA, Yelich and Marisnick. Put all of this together at once and it does seem to have shaken up the Feesh, though not in an apparently positive way.

      • jerze2387 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        @old Gator agreed. id suffice to say, from what i saw, Ozuna > the 2 guys brought up, he was actually a pretty decent player, so that injury hurt. and dietrich, for all of his shortcomings, had some pop which that team sorely lacks (fantasy baseball made me notice that..actually had him for a couple weeks). And makin Tino resign just let thekids run the preschool down there, so now without any good old fashioned discipline, they dont have to try. Bring back Ozzie and Tino, and watch them start kicking it into gear

  2. mikedi33 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Did not realize the Marlins have been around that long.

    • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Well, that may be because with the exception of the young guns in the starting rotation, they’ve rarely showed up lately.

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