Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times is at it again. Last time out he listed the ten worst career-ending performances. This time he trains his historical eye at the ten weirdest performances to end a career.
The first one he lists — John Kruk’s — is the best. I don’t think I ever knew this, but apparently Kruk stopped playing exactly when he did — and I mean right down to the last mid-game at bat — because he wanted to preserve his .300 career batting average. And as Chris reminds us, Kruk tore Jose Reyes a new one for asking out of his last game this season in order to ensure his batting title.
A sports talking head maintaining an inconsistent position on a given topic based on the identity of the player involved?! That’s unpossible!
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.