Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2/17: Big Ed; One Pitcher, One Batter; Nate the Great...

  • 1905 - LHP Ed Brandt was born in Spokane, Washington. In his final two MLB seasons (1937-38), he tossed for Pittsburgh and went 16-14-2/3.23. He was mostly a good pitcher on bad teams, winning 121 games in 11 years after taking his lumps during his first three seasons.
6'1" "Big Ed" Brandt via Out of the Park Development
  • 1909 - And so the LOOGY was born… The NL made it mandatory that a relief pitcher face one batter, and gave him five pitches to warm up. The rule countered managers who would yank a pitcher, bring in another (slowly) to kill a little time, and then pull him without facing a hitter when the guy he really wanted on the mound was loose. It eventually became Rule #6.2.2.
  •  2009 - CF Nate McLouth signed a three-year, $15.75M contract with an option that bought out his arbitration years. It didn’t provide a lot of security - he was traded to Atlanta in June to clear the CF spot for Andrew McCutchen. He returned to the Bucs briefly in 2012, and since then has played in Baltimore and Washington. 
 Nate McLouth 2008 (photo: Rob Tringoli/Getty Images)

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