Batting and Pitching (History Friday)

Let’s see below the years that the Japanese Shohei Ohtani has had in the Major Leagues, as a batter and pitcher and the legendary Babe Ruth. In the end let’s make a comparison of both phenomena.

OHTANI AT BATTING: He is in his 5th. major league year, all with the Los Angeles Angels. His overall average is .262 with 118 home runs and 313 RBIs, 472 hits. Naturally his best season was last year when he won the MVP award unanimously going .257-46-100, .348 OBP. Added to this was his pitching numbers.

OHTANI PITCHER: Ohtani made his first appearances as a pitcher in 2018 when he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA. The following year he released little due to physical discomfort. In 2021 he was strong at 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA. And this year he is 10-7 and 2.68. In total, in those years he is 23-12 and 3.21, in 294 innings 228 hits (7 per 9 innings) and 379 strikeouts (11.6 per 9 innings). Nothing bad.

RUTH AT BATTING: Let me clarify that this approach to Babe Ruth’s hitting covers only his early years when he was a pitcher-hitter for Boston at the same time. In the period 1914-19. On his offense, in 1915 he had only 92 at-bats while throwing, in 1916 he went up to 136 at-bats, .272 average, 3 home runs, 16 RBIs. In 1917 he reached 123 at-bats and his numbers were .325-2-14. In 1918 he in 432 at-bats (defending and throwing) .300-11-61 and the following year in more than 400 visits to the plate .322-29-113. It was there that the Yankees became convinced that this “guy” was a hitter rather than a pitcher and bought him from Boston for $100,000. In his first two years with the Yankees he hit 54 and 59 home runs and they could prove the suspicion of him.

RUTH THROWING: It is from 1915 that Ruth begins his great pitching demonstration. That year he was 18-8 and 2.44, then in 1916 he was 23-12 and 1.75 with 23 complete games and 9 shutouts, in 1917 a record of 24-13, 2.01 with 35 completes, in 1918 he went down to 13-7 and 2.22 and 1919 at 9-5 and 2.19. His career total was 94-46 and 2.28, 17 shutouts.

Ohtani is the modern phenomenon. Ruth was a superhero, coming out of an orphanage and leading a very messy life off the pitch. Still, her output was endless.

THREE WINNERS: In the afternoon session of the Major Leagues this Thursday there were three game-winning Dominican pitchers. The Miami Marlins defeated Philadelphia 3-0 and the winner was Edward Cabrera as starter. In 5.2 innings he allowed 3 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts and put his record at 3-1 and 2.05. The Marlins are 50-61 and Philadelphia is 62-49 fighting for a wild card spot. Framber Valdez scored his 11th victory and Houston beat Texas 7-3. Valdez is 11-4 with a 2.73 ERA, pitched 7 innings of 4 hits only, 0 runs and 8 strikeouts. Texas second baseman Marcus Semien hit his 17th home run, the same man who hit 46 last year. Enyel de los Santos, reliever, had only 2 outs and was the winner in Cleveland’s 4-3 victory over Detroit. De los Santos is 3-0 and 3.22. The loser was Gregory Soto, also Dominican, with 2-7 and 3.10.

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THE END. Alberto Avila (Al), the son of Rafael and Doña Gloria, was fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. In that position he was 7 years old and was never in the postseason. Worse yet, the team had a negative record in 6 seasons, which is annoying. Avila had a bad experience with the Tigers, but you know that when you have a lot of setbacks, you learn a lot. Surely he will continue in baseball, in some function, because that is his life. He is 64 years old, not much in these times.

OF INTEREST: They say on the networks that since Joey Gallo joined the Dodgers the team is 6-0, while the Yankees are 1-5. Gallo, by the way, homered on Wednesday, but the Dodgers don’t trust much. The man strikes out too much. Today, the Yankees start a series against Boston, but there is little noise. The Dodgers face Kansas City.

BEATEN: Former pitcher Julián Tavarez was hot yesterday, with photos of his left eye bruised and patched. He told each other everything, even an alleged battering fight at a baseball game. He had to make a video clarifying that this accident occurred on July 19, in the Cleveland area, while he was giving batting practice to a 13-year-old son.

MOVEMENTS: The Atlanta Braves put outfielder Mike Ford up for assignment and sent pitcher Huascar Ynoa to triple-A. They also moved outfielder Adam Duvall to the 60-day disabled list.

OLD HOUSE: The San Diego Padres will be visiting Washington starting today for a three-game series. What does this mean? That Juan Soto will visit his old team and city and it will be very sentimental. There he has spent his first four major league seasons and naturally it will be opportune to greet so many friends. In San Diego, Soto is 10-for-28 batting .357 with a .471 OBP. A true beast.

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