I’m sure Miguel Cabrera backers will claim that Trout’s offseason leaps are far less valuable than Cabrera taking smaller jumps during the season, but I still feel like you should all see this.
Also: Mike, I realize you’re not making big bucks yet, but dude, buy the guy who filmed that a real camera. This is kinda embarassing:
Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.
As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.