Upon first glance, it appears as though John Hirschbeck may have taken a baseball to the groin area (read: ‘nis). The ball actually hit him in the wrist, which is better, I suppose. Whatever the case, John Hirschbeck probably won’t be handling the goods for a day or so.
Up from the Getting Blanked .gif archives, it’s nine glorious bat flips. Between David Ortiz dropping the lumber and Domonic Brown’s surge of sluggery, bat flips are totally like the coolest thing going.
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This week’s collection of .gifs from around baseball is sure to set your browser on fire. It’s all thanks to a lengthy exception at the bottom.
We kick this instalment off with a home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez taking a ball off the balls, because men getting drilled in the groin with objects will never cease to be funny.
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever Robert Coello’s forkball is all the rage. The pitch pictured above in .gif form may look like knuckleball, but it’s actually an “original forkball”, as Baseball Nation‘s Rob Neyer refers to it.
Neyer wrote about Coello’s ‘WTF’ pitch, as his catchers call it, and the history of the forkball last week:
It looks like a forkball before he throws it, but a knuckleball after he throws it. I’m not saying that nobody’s thrown that pitch in recent memory, because before all the video and the guys record stuff from video, all we had were words and sometimes words fail us.
But this, my friends, is the original forkball. The forkball we know — a slightly slower split-finger fastball, but still with quite a lot of spin — is not the original forkball. The forkball we know was invented … well, I’ve never been able to figure out exactly when.
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Adam LaRoche probably should have hit the dirt here in this steal attempt. Thankfully, for LaRoche, Yamaico Navarro couldn’t hang on to Matt Wieters’ throw. That’s a stolen base in the box score, LaRoche’s second of the season.
Francisco Liriano has looked very good for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013. Of course, he’s made just three starts thus far, but he currently holds a 3-0 record, 1.00 ERA, 1.28 FIP, 2.23 xFIP, and he’s striking out 12.50 batters per nine innings.
The Bucs reached an agreement on a two-year, $12.75 million contract with Liriano in December. A right arm injury put the deal in jeopardy, but it was finalized in January once some adjustments were made to the language of the contract. Other than Liriano missing the first month and a half of the season, it’s looked like a good deal early on.
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Heath Bell fielding a ninth inning bunt off the bat of Will Venable went about as well as you could expect for someone with Heath Bell’s physique. The Diamondbacks beat the Padres 5-2, and Bell picked up his seventh save of the season. I’d like to say I appreciate his effort on this play, but I really just love watching portly men belly flop.