Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Talkin' baseball oddities

Power pitcher Randy Johnson just became the first 40-year-old player to throw a perfect game. Bill James has found that power pitchers tend to age better than finesse pitchers, with the notable exception of pitchers who specialize in that odd pitch, the knuckleball.

I've always wondered why there aren't more knucklball pitchers in the major leagues. There may soon be more, according to this Ben McGrath piece in The New Yorker. (See also this accompanying interview.) I've always been a fan of knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, and I'm rooting for him to keep pitching until he's 50.

And if that isn't odd enough for you, here's a story about outfielder Moises Alou peeing on his hands.


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