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    I nominate Joe Morgan's elbow-flapping as the weirdest batting quirk.
    Anybody want to second that nomination or add any others? For weirdest pitching motion, i've got to go with Hideo Nomo's hesitation wind-up. Anyone want to second that or add others?

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    Rupert Jones practically had a stare down with his bat between almost every pitch. Cecil Cooper's stance is also something that he'll be remembered for far greater than his run production.
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    • #3
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      Luis Tiant had my favorite pitching style. He would start into his windup, and he managed to have looked at everyone in the park by the end of the game. Not only did he move his head in nine directions per pitch, he would release the ball from a dozen different angles. He could change speeds, threw a wicked curve, and his heater was deceptively fast. He perplexed hitters for nearly twenty years, and no one else has duplicated his quirks as effectively. When Roberto Clemente stepped into the box, he would stretch, roll his neck like he slept funny, and then pose like a matador and glare at the pitcher until the egg was delivered. Not as distinct as Morgan's wing-flap, but just as odd.
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      • #4
        Joe Morgan versus Luis Tiant

        [updated:LAST EDITED ON Aug-05-02 AT 01:24 PM (EDT)]You guys have to help me in e-mailing ESPN to get SportsCenter to do a bit on this. :+
        Luis Tiant pitching to Joe Morgan was probably one of the most entertaining combos of all time.
        Doesn't Byun Yun Kim (is that right?) look funny when he looks toward 2nd base during his wind-up? It's a wonder he can deliver with such accuracy to the plate after doing that. Perhaps he took ballet lessons. I don't think any batter in history has held his bat higher than his teammate Craig Counsel. You have to wonder how many of these idiosyncrasies are natural and how many made up just to be different.

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        • #5
          RE: weirdest batting & pitching quirks

          Steve Carlton's facial contortions

          Mike Hargrove, The Human Rain Delay

          Nomar's toe tapping

          Satchel's windmill windups

          Willie Stargell's loopy-loop practice swing before a pitch

          Milt May had a very weird batting stance

          Al Hrabosky's Mad Hungarian act

          Mike Fetters' "stare/glare"

          Just a few more I can think of off the top of my head ... I'll always vote for Joe Morgan in just about any contest, however ... He was my fave ... My $0.02
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            [updated:LAST EDITED ON Aug-05-02 AT 07:46 PM (EDT)]I just sent an e-mail to Dan Patrick at the ESPN site to get their producers to do the video bit on this. It really would be funny to see it all compiled. If anyone knows any other ways to get e-mails to the SportsCenter folks, please plug this idea before them, or if they've already done the bit, to have them air it again.

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            • #7
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              [updated:LAST EDITED ON Aug-05-02 AT 08:35 PM (EDT)]Bobby Tolan's "reach for the sky" with his bat.
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              • #8
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                Tony Batista looks like the pitch is coming from the 1st base dugout.

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                • #9
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                  Nomar's routine takes about 3 minutes per pitch. I'd have to vote that as the most annoying, for sure.
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                  • #10
                    RE: weirdest batting & pitching quirks

                    Darrell Porter:

                    Step out of box/adjust sleeves/adjust grip/push glasses back up nose/step into box/(repeat after each pitch)


                    Tony Taylor:

                    Bow head/look at bat knob/pray/cross self/drag toe in dirt/etc, etc.


                    Willie Montanez:

                    Flip bat while approaching batter's box


                    Willie Stargell:

                    "Bat stuck on twirl" (to paraphrase a Fox cartoon)


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                    • #11
                      RE: weirdest batting & pitching quirks

                      Gary Sheffield also wags his bat like crazy. Knoblauch goes through a lot of steps at the plate. Jeff Bagwell's crouch and extremely spread out legs is quite peculiar. There seems to be as many styles as there are players.

                      You guys like the clips of Joe Morgan that ESPN shows in the lead-in to Sunday Night Baseball? The elbow flap is of course shown, but also Morgan intently zipping around the bases. It's quite funny looking, a fairly short runner hauling ass with total concentration.

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                      • #12
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                        Jesus Alou's neck-stretching wasn't something he started out doing ... He had a nasty collision (maybe with Roger Metzger) on a pop-up in the Astrodome ... Knocked Alou cold and really did a whiplash number on him ... He started holding the top of his helmet and rolling his neck after that.
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                        • #13
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                          I can't believe that no one has named my two favorite quirks so far, both by former Giants. How about the high leg kicks by Juan Marichal on the mound and by Mel Ott in the batter's box? Too bad they never had the opportunity to play against one another. I bet that would have been a trip to see.

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                          • #14
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                            I remember Marichal doing like the rockettes, but what did Ott do? Anyone remember Turk the quirk Wendell?
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                              RE: weirdest batting & pitching quirks

                              Ott had a very pronounced leg lift/kick when he started his swing
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