Fail: Intentional Walks Gone Wrong

  • By MyAlterEgo on

    August 9, 2010

  • In its basic nature, an intentional walk is where a pitcher throws four pitch-outs (throw a "ball" on purpose) to the catcher. This is usually done for different reasons:
    1. The hitter that is up is the best hitter on the team (or on fire--not literally--at the moment), and you would rather take your chances with someone behind him.
    2. The situation calls for it. For example, there are runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out; you want there to be a force out at every base, so you walk the current hitter.
    3. A pitcher may be struggling, and you want to bring someone else in. If the current hitter is right-handed, and the pitcher you intend to bring in is left-handed, you would rather him (the pitcher) not face a righty. You have your right-handed pitcher intentionally walk the hitter (assuming there is a base open), so your left-handed pitcher can come in and face the left-handed batter. Not to confusing, was it?

     This all sounds like a very easy task for any pitcher, and it truly is -- I pitched for about 14 years, so I know it is not a hard task. With what I have for your today, is those pitchers who found it a little difficult to accomplish this simple feat.

    This list will consist of videos and stories, where the outcome was not what the pitcher (or coach for that matter) were expecting. Trust me when I say this, the last one is a doozy.

    1.) Miguel Cabrera gets a better pitch than expected. Article Here
    (Video won't center.....go figure)

    2.) This is Alex Rios in MVP Baseball 05'. The walk goes alright, but he forgets to drop something when he is running to first base.

    3.) I thought Texas pitchers were supposed to be the cream of the crop? I guess there are a couple of bad apples every now and then.

    4.) The next bit, I found on Faniq. The Washington Nationals were the butt of many baseball jokes last year, and this did not help their cause.
    In the 8th inning of Sundays ballgame between the Astros and Natinals, Washington pitcher, Tyler Clippard had the task of intentionally walking Hunter Pence with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out. Normally pretty simple, but on the 1-0 pitch from Clippard, he loses his footing, stumbles, and gets called for the balk, scoring Lance Berkman from 3rd.

     5.) If you thought those were bad, you are in for a treat. This kid can barely get the ball over the plate the entire time, but one finally gets away from the catcher; and it has a bit of an effect on the outcome of the game.
                                                                                                   

    2 comments:

    Online Music said...

    This is really funny news, i really like the images specially the first one that is so LOL.

    AlterEgo said...

    I'm glad you enjoyed it my friend.

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