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  • Robin Yount's shortest game:

    I remeber a funny incident when Robin Yount and the Milwaukee Brewers were playing the Detroit Tigers several years back. At the time, the Brewers had a player named Young who was also a regular player. I believe Young batted 2nd, while Robin Yount batted 4th or 5th.
    When filling out the line up card, Milwaukee's manager (Trebelhorn?) accidentally wrote in "Yount" in both the second and fifth batting positions. When Robin Yount came out to bat in the second inning, the ever sharp Sparky Anderson came trotting out of his dugout to explain the situation to the umpires.
    Since Yount was written in at the #2 slot on the line up card, and since Young had come up to bat at that time, it was ruled that Young had pinch hit for Yount in the first inning, and Yount was therefore done playing for the day!
    Yount's reaction was a somewhat milder version of George Brett's reaction to the "pine tar" ruling. It was nice to see one of my childhood baseball heroes prove just how badly he wanted to play that day.

  • #2
    You must be referring to

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...98808280.shtml
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    • #3
      If Young "pinch hit" for Yount in the first.... how did Sparky allow Yount to play defense right after that, and before he batted next inning?

      Does not make sense. I suppose the umpires "decided" he had been pinch hit for, then played the field, and then took him out of the game when he tried to bat in the second?
      "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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      • #4
        Incredible!

        Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post

        How in the heck did you find that? Stan is right too, since Young technically pinch hit for Yount in the first inning, then Sparky could have brought it up and prevented him from fielding in the following half inning. Why did he decide to wait until Yount was heading towards the plate? Drama?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Go get em Tigers View Post
          How in the heck did you find that? Stan is right too, since Young technically pinch hit for Yount in the first inning, then Sparky could have brought it up and prevented him from fielding in the following half inning. Why did he decide to wait until Yount was heading towards the plate? Drama?

          Maybe he didn't think about until the break between innings?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nutriaitch View Post
            Maybe he didn't think about until the break between innings?
            Which is the most obvious, and probably correct answer.... but it makes the umpires decision that a pinch hitter appeared for Yount in the first a bit odd.

            Undoubtedly, the Ump decided that the Brewers skipper should have some type of negative outcome befell his team for writing the same name twice on the lineup card.

            So the ump "decided" that Yount was pinch hit for in the 1st, despite the fact that Yount played defense after that. Sparky was certainly happy with himself, and the Brewers skipper pretty pissed at himself for sure, but neither of them could argue against the umpire's decision, at least not argue very successfully.

            Umpire iterpretation, yet another gray area of the game that makes it so special
            "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by StanTheMan View Post
              Umpire iterpretation, yet another gray area of the game that makes it so special
              I wonder if bluezebra would say there's only one way to rule it
              Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post
                I wonder if bluezebra would say there's only one way to rule it
                I have a buddy who was an umpire for years, making it up to AAA ball. I'll as him next time I talk to him.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post
                  This link doesn't seem to support the facts in the opening post. First, Yount is shown as 0-1. Second, Adduci (not Young) pinch hit for Yount.

                  Are we sure this is the right game?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Brooklyn View Post
                    This link doesn't seem to support the facts in the opening post. First, Yount is shown as 0-1. Second, Adduci (not Young) pinch hit for Yount.

                    Are we sure this is the right game?
                    Try to find another game where Yount & Young both played & Yount exited that early
                    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
                    Good traders: MadHatter(2), BoofBonser26, StormSurge

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