A movie about Dummy Hoy? Sure, why not?

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A guy from here in Columbus, Ohio has written a movie about Dummy Hoy, the man who played for 14 years in the majors in the late 19th and early 20th century, stealing over 500 bases despite being deaf. The name: “The Silent Natural”:

Steve Sandy of Columbus has a screenplay ready for a movie about Dummy Hoy, the deaf-mute Reds Hall of Fame outfielder who was responsible for umpires using hand signals … “It will not be an entirely silent film like ‘The Artist’… Only the deaf roles would be captioned like ‘The Artist,’ ” he said … “It needs a gentle nudge in the right direction. The script is completed and ready to go,” he said.

Note: that bit about the hand signals for “safe” and “out” is disputed.  Many think that an umpire named Bill Klem did it. Sandy argues otherwise. Probably of no moment.

Anyway, they film needs investors. But I suppose if they walk into studios and try to pitch it as “The Artist, but on a baseball diamond!” they’ll get their money.  That’s how Hollywood works, right?

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.