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Blast from the Past

A Casey Kelly sighting @ KBO ...

2019 Korean Baseball Organization ERA Leaders

Name Age Tm W   L  ERA   IP
Hyeon‑jong Yang 31 KIA 16 8 2.29 184.2
Josh Lindblom 32 DOO 20 3 2.50 194.2
Gwang‑hyun Kim 30 SKK 17 6 2.51 190.1
Casey Kelly 29 LGK 14 12 2.55 180.1
Angel Sanchez 29 SKK 17 5 2.62 165.0

See 2019 KBO leaders at Baseball-Reference.com

Luis Urias flashing leather ... speechless!

https://twitter.com/LMPbeisbol/status/1208225984467615744

Sounds like Matt Vasgersian was in Texas last night ...

https://www.mlb.com/video/all-calls-of-rays-walk-off-win

Ain't that him at the 2:26 mark?  Santa Maria! 🙂

In case you missed it ... https://www.mlb.com/news/padres-all-time-best-pitches

Of course my fav is #2 ...

2. Jones' sinker
Without context, Randy Jones' numbers in 1975 and '76 are almost laughable. The left-hander compiled more than 600 innings across two seasons with a 2.50 ERA -- but he recorded only 196 strikeouts in the process. Jones was able to do so because of the pitch that came to define an era of Padres baseball: his sinker. The pitch tantalized opposing hitters, then darted below their barrels, as Jones became the king of weak contact. The pitch was easy to connect with but impossible to square up, and Jones used that to his advantage, amassing 43 complete games across two seasons. (For context, no pitcher has more than 24 complete games in the past decade.) On the strength of that sinker, Jones won an ERA title in '75 and the NL Cy Young Award in '76. He became one of the most beloved players in franchise history in the process.

Here are the top ten last year LOB% (minimum 100 PA):

Name LOB%
Matt Wisler 99.3%
Merrill Kelly 92.0%
Zach Plesac 91.7%
Shane Bieber 91.1%
Trevor Bauer 90.9%
Brandon Kintzler 89.9%
Josh Fleming 89.7%
Edwin Diaz 89.7%
Andre Scrubb 89.3%
Dustin May 89.1%

An update on Kyle Blanks, one of my favorite prospects ...

https://theathletic.com/2298953/2021/01/04/marijuana-changing-mlb-drug-policy/

“That (Skaggs’ death is) the only reason the rule changed,” said Kyle Blanks, who played pro ball for a decade with four organizations and now co-owns a CBD company in New Mexico. Blanks also never failed a drug test and says he turned to pills and alcohol when he wasn’t on a 40-man roster because it was the only legal way to deal with pain.

It was liquor during the day, Ambien and Benadryl at night. Blanks said he once went through 200 pills in a 45-day stretch and, while he has sympathy for those who were suspended for weed, he points out there were other options to keep getting paid.

“I knew full well they weren’t great options, but they kept me with a job,” he said. “That (marijuana) rule was bullshit the entire time I was abiding by it and taking pills and alcohol instead. It should have never got this far.”

Looks as if Colin Rea has been released by CHC and will look to sign a deal in Japan.

An Anthony Bass sighting 🙂

Highest ground ball to fly ball ratio in 2020 (min. 20 IP)

Name Tm IP GB/FB
Victor Gonzalez LAD 20.1 2.25
Blake Treinen LAD 25.2 1.88
Josh Fleming TBR 32.1 1.82
Brusdar Graterol LAD 23.1 1.76
Eric Yardley MIL 23.1 1.68
Anthony Bass TOR 25.2 1.65
Luke Jackson ATL 26.1 1.62
Jake Diekman OAK 21.1 1.60
Randy Dobnak MIN 46.2 1.59

See the full list at Baseball-Reference.com