Despite what you may have heard from some baseball pundits, the most LOL moment of last night’s game didn’t have anything to do with Ron Washington’s managerial decisions. Nope. It was all FOX Sports analyst Tim McCarver, who did an excellent job proving he could spell, but wasn’t quite as convincing when it came to his arithmetic abilities.

Describing Marc Rzepczynski’s strike three slider to Esteban German to end the top half of the seventh inning, McCarver suggested it was:

A five letter word, S-T-R-I-K-E!

After McCarver’s mistake, his broadcast booth partner Joe Buck gave him some friendly ribbing, suggesting that out is a serious four letter word.

Let he who is without sin, Joe. Let he who is without sin.

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Comments (7)

  1. I was also a fan of the back and forth in the 8th inning about why there are left-handed catchers. I thought this was well known, but if not, the reason is that a left-handed catcher simply can’t unload to third base as quickly as a right handed catcher can, and therefore is likely to be stolen on more often. Or so the old school baseball adage goes.

    Additionally, on contact plays at the plate, a left-handed catcher has the ball away from the runner, and is more likely to get Posey’d as he tries to block the plate using his throwing hand out front.

    Tim McCarver said that he’d heard it was because left handed catchers will hit the batter as they throw the ball back to the pitcher. That made me laugh.

  2. Actually Kevin, McCarver is sort of correct about that, but it has more to do with throws to second on steals.

    • Alex, if a left-handed catcher has to worry about zinging a right handed batter as he tries to throw a runner out stealing second, why don’t right handed catchers need to worry about hitting left-handed batters while trying to do that?

  3. This! I couldn’t believe that these so-called experts didn’t have a better explaination than, ‘it is mostly a tradition, nowadays’. HA!

    It is the same reason all infielders are right handed, except for the preference of a lefty at first.. It’s much easier to unload a quick throw across your body, rather than away from it..

  4. And another, perhaps more likely reason is that left handed players with good arms are pushed into pitching

  5. 3b/SS/2B, there would be a whole lot more footwork if the guy was lefthanded and tagging runners would be tougher. I think a left handed 1st baseman is prefered for holding on runners and I wouldn’t be surprised if its more benficial in fielding because your glove is on the inside of the diamond. I don’t buy the throw to third, i mean right handed catchers can snap throw down to first pretty good, I would think the main reason is for tagging runners.

    Would there be any advantage to having a lefty in one of the corner outfield spots?

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