Strong Island's Finest: Pitchers

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In honor of the U.S. Open out at Bethpage this weekend, let’s look at
the greatest baseball players from Long Island, or Strong Island for
all you meatheads, in Major League history. The position players are here. Now the pitchers:

Frank Viola, Hempstead. 15 seasons with Twins, Mets, Red Sox,
Reds, and Blue Jays … 176-150 W-L, 3.73 ERA, 1.301 WHIP, 1,844 K in
2,836.1 IP … 1988 A.L. Cy Young with Minnesota … 6 seasons with 15+
wins … 1987 World Series Champion & MVP (won Game 1 and Game 7) … 3
All-Star games … All-Star mustache … prompted Mets fans to hang musical
notes for every strikeout … FROM! St. John’s.

Pete Harnisch, Commack. 14 seasons with Orioles, Astros, Mets,
Brewers, and Reds … 111-103 W-L, 3.89 ERA, 1.296 WHIP, 1,368 K in
1,959.0 IP … 1991 All-Star … led N.L. with 4 shutouts in 1993 … 26th
pitcher to strike out the side with only 9 pitches on September 6, 1991
against the Phillies … gave up back-to-back-to-back homers against the
Padres on Opening Day, 1997.

Pete Richert, Floral Park. 13 seasons with Dodgers, Senators,
Orioles, Cardinals, and Phillies … 80-73 W-L, 3.19 ERA, 1.186 WHIP, 51
SV, 925 K in 1,165.2 IP … 3 All-Star games … 1970 World Series Champion
… shares a distinction with John Smoltz for being players who have been
traded for Doyle Alexander.

Jason Marquis, Manhasset. 10 seasons (and counting) with Braves,
Cardinals, Cubs, and Rockies … 88-74 W-L, 4.49 ERA, 1.419 WHIP, 796 K
in 1,366.0 IP … led N.L. in L, ER, and HRA in 2006 … 4.76 ERA in 10
postseason appearances … .531 OPS, 5 HR … Silver Slugger in 2005.

John Habyan, Bay Shore. 11 seasons with Orioles, Yankees,
Royals, Cardinals, Angels, and Rockies … 26-24 W-L, 3.85 ERA, 1.358
WHIP, 12 SV, 372 K in 532.1 IP … former teammates with Mel Hall.

Paul Gibson, Southampton. 8 seasons with Tigers, Mets, and
Yankees … 22-24 W-L, 4.07 ERA, 1.448 WHIP, 345 K in 556.2 IP … gave me
pitching lessons in Bellport in 1999.

Matt Daley, Garden City. Rookie with the Rockies … ace pitcher for 2000 NY State Champion Garden City Trojans.

Play of the Day: Fan reaches over second deck railing, catches foul ball with her hat

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 28:  Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 28, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Today’s play of the day wasn’t made by a professional athlete. Rather, it was made by a fan in the second deck on the first base side at Miller Park during Thursday afternoon’s game between the Diamondbacks and Brewers.

Phil Gosselin fouled off a 1-1 fastball from Will Smith to the right side. A fan wearing purple — perhaps in support of the D-Backs? — leaned over the railing of the second deck and snagged the ball with her bucket hat.

The Brewers beat the Diamondbacks 6-4. They took three games out of the four-game series. Heading into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, they’ll host the Pirates for three games.

Royals place Luke Hochevar on the disabled list

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 29: Reliever Luke Hochevar #44 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Busch Stadium on June 29, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Royals announced on Thursday evening that reliever Luke Hochevar has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 25) as he’s showing signs of thoracic outlet syndrome, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Reliever Brooks Pounders has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

Thoracic outlet syndrome, simply put, is the compression of blood vessels and nerves between the neck and the shoulder. As we’ve seen lately, the fix for this often involves surgery to remove the pitcher’s upper rib.

Hochevar, 32, has compiled a 3.86 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who can become a free agent after the season if either he or the Royals decline his 2017 option, was a potential trade candidate recently mentioned by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball.