Reader Jason Lukehart has a blog, and on that blog he has a good post. In it he creates a new statistic. Or at least names one, and the choice of name means that I am 100% likely to use it going forward:
Somewhere along the line, and I don’t recall what year this would have been, probably late 90s, I came across a box score for a game in which Maddux had thrown a complete game shutout, and used fewer than 100 pitches to do it. I LOVED that! Ever since then, I’ve kept my eye out for such games, and somewhere along the line I began calling such a pitching line a “Maddux.” … here are the parameters of the Maddux: a starting pitcher must pitch the entire game, said game must go at least nine innings (no rain shortened affairs), the pitcher must give up no runs, and he can throw no more than 99 total pitches.
I love it. And Jason goes on to offer up some factoids about The Maddux. My favorite: the guy who is second in Madduxes over the past 25 years.
As per tradition, towards the end of the regular season, veterans on baseball’s various clubs haze the rookies by making them dress up and do something a bit embarrassing. That used to include things like making rookies dress up like women and carry pink backpacks, but Major League Baseball banned that practice, so veterans had to get marginally more creative.
The Phillies had their rookies — including Rhys Hoskins, J.P. Crawford, and Nick Williams — dress up like characters in Grease and perform “Greased Lightning” at their hotel in Atlanta on Friday night. Not only did the Phils’ vets and other members of the crew get a free show, but so did employees of the hotel and nearby hotel patrons.
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As MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki explains, Hoskins was the inspiration for the gag as he has earned the nickname “Rhys Lightning.” (Rhys, for the uninitiated, rhymes with “Grease.”) Hoskins said, “You always hear about team chemistry. I think stuff like that let’s you get to know guys on a different level, when you’re not at the field. You just become more personable with people. The better relationships you have, there’s a different level of playing for each other. And I think that’s usually a sign of a good team.”
The Twins also had some fun at the rookies’ expense:
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge went yard twice in Sunday afternoon’s 9-5 loss to the Blue Jays, bringing his season total up to 48. That leaves him just one home run shy of tying the single-season rookie record set by Mark McGwire with the Athletics in 1987.
After Sunday’s performance, Judge is hitting .281/.416/.610 with 48 home runs, 105 RBI, and 122 runs scored in 651 plate appearances. He has the AL Rookie of the Year Award on lock and is neck-and-neck with the Astros’ Jose Altuve, Chris Sale of the Red Sox, and the Indians’ Corey Kluber in the AL MVP Award race.