Last week we talked about Alfredo Simon throwing an eephus pitch. Or maybe it wasn’t an eephus pitch. Some people have some pretty specific ideas of what makes an eephus an eephus and others are content to simply call any super slow non-knuckleball pitch an eephus.
What we were missing in that conversation was context. And thankfully Jonah Keri provides a hefty dose of eephus context today, going through the history of the pitch and other similarly slow balls. They’re pitches which have largely disappeared given today’s high velocity throwers and fear of having one zig when it should’ve zagged, putting you on SportsCenter as a result of some strong guy hitting it 500 feet.
Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.
It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.