Quiz – “Great baffling box scores, Batman!” (solved)

In the game-searchable era (since 1916), there is something that has happened during a major league game only 4 times, specifically in the games below.

What is it?

1923-06-06 – White Sox 4, Yankees 1, Red Faber homered off of Herb Pennock

1929-06-24 – Tigers 13, White Sox 4, Red Faber homered off of Emil Yde

1948-09-20 – Phillies 5, Pirates 2, Bob Chesnes homered off of Robin Roberts

1962-05-05 – Athletics 18, Indians 6, Jerry Walker homered off of Pedro Ramos

Happy sleuthing!

Congratulations to Stuart! He correctly identified the above games as the only contests since 1916 to feature a home run hit by a switch-hitting pitcher off of another switch-hitting pitcher who also homered in his career. Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com for the home runs logs.

As the most prolific active power-hitting pitcher, Carlos Zambrano (assuming he finds a suitor for 2013) presumably stands the best chance to join this group. These are the active switch-hitting pitchers who played in 2012.

Here are the switch-hitting pitchers with the most PAs without ever getting a hit (at least, not yet).

Rk Player PA H From To Age G BB IBB Pos Tm
1 Carl Bouldin 23 0 1961 1964 21-24 29 2 0 /*1 WSA
2 Charlie Whitehouse 22 0 1914 1919 20-25 25 2 /*1 IND-NEW-WSH
3 Bill Denehy 18 0 1967 1971 21-25 49 4 0 /*1 NYM-WSA-DET
4 Marv Rotblatt 18 0 1948 1951 20-23 35 1 /*1 CHW
5 Jack DiLauro 14 0 1969 1970 26-27 66 0 0 /*1 NYM-HOU
6 Chris Hatcher 9 0 2010 2012 25-27 28 2 1 /*12 FLA-MIA
7 Fred Beene 9 0 1968 1975 25-32 115 0 0 *1 BAL-NYY-TOT-CLE
8 Derek Holland 8 0 2009 2012 22-25 108 0 0 *1 TEX
9 Keith Brown 8 0 1988 1992 24-28 25 0 0 /*1 CIN
10 Rich Beck 8 0 1965 1965 25-25 3 1 0 /*1 NYY
11 Jack Richardson 8 0 1915 1916 22-23 4 0 /*1 PHA
12 Guy Cooper 8 0 1914 1915 21-22 12 0 /*1 TOT-BOS
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Generated 2/4/2013.

That IBB by Chris Hatcher came in a game that he played as catcher. Hatcher is one of just 3 players with a career with more IBB than hits.

Rk Player PA IBB H From To Age G BB SO Pos Tm
1 Neil Wilson 11 1 0 1960 1960 25-25 6 1 2 /*2 SFG
2 Rex Johnston 10 1 0 1964 1964 26-26 14 3 0 /*78 PIT
3 Chris Hatcher 9 1 0 2010 2012 25-27 28 2 6 /*12 FLA-MIA
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Generated 2/4/2013.

Hatcher  has also  put just one ball into play in his career, yet debuted as a pinch-hitter, striking out for Emilio Bonifacio. Hey Chris, just havin’ some fun. We love you. Really. Just know you’re gonna knock one out the next time you’re up (probably off the Z-man).

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Ed
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They all have a home run by a pitcher. So that’s probably part of it.

John Autin
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This is not the answer, just a delicious observation: In the 1962 game, Jerry Walker hit Pedro Ramos with a pitch in the top of the 7th, then hit a home run off Ramos leading off the bottom of the 7th.

Voomo Zanzibar
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Hatcher’s minor league hitting stats:

.210 .290 .364 .654

And pitching:

95 IP
1.32 era

He made his debut as a pitcher, pitching a perfect inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in a 13-3 win, less than a year after making his major league debut as a position player. The last player to make a similar quick transition from the backstop to the mound was Art Doll, with the 1936 Boston Bees

Richard Chester
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Doug: Is there a quick way to track down switch-hitting pitcher HR against switch-hitting pitchers? I know one way to do it but it would take quite a while. There have been 321 switch-hitting pitchers and 54 of them have homered. You then would check those 54 HR logs individually and look for matching pitchers.

Tim Pea
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Darren Oliver throws left and hits right. I don’t remember him ever hitting from the left side in the majors. Carlos Zambrano homered off Darren Oliver and Darren Oliver has a HR, so close.

Tim Pea
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Speaking of Oliver, he was a decent hitter over his career. Someone correct me if I’m wrong but usually natural left handed pitchers stick to hitting left handed because the throwing arm is protected. Not to mention you pick up the natural advantage of the Coriolis force from the left side of the plate.

deal
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He is not listed in his bio info as one but Vincente Padilla is a switch hitter check his batting splits:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=padilvi01&year=Career&t=b

Althought there never seemed to be any rhyme or reason as to when he decided to switch hit.

He was active in 2012, but I think I heard he is headed to Japan for 2013.

My favorite Padilla PA is in the Bud Selig All-Star gm. He had to bat RH that day because he didn’t bring a batting helmet and he needed to borrow Scott Rolen’s helmet.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NLS/NLS200207090.shtml

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