Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez joined the 3,000-hit club on Friday with an opposite field home run against Justin Verlander. He got his 3,001st hit, passing Roberto Clemente to move into 28th place on baseball’s all-time hit list, in style as well.
With runners on first and third in the third inning, Rodriguez drove a 1-1 fastball from Ian Krol to left field for a no-doubt three run home run. He’s knocked in five runs thus far in the contest as the Yankees currently lead 10-0 as of this writing. Rodriguez now has 668 home runs in his career along with 2,009 RBI. On the season, he’s hitting .279/.381/.527 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI.
The Orioles don’t yet have the worst record in baseball. They’re tied for the most losses with 16, but they have two more wins than the Marlins and one more than the Royals, so let’s say that they have overachieved to this point. Kudos to being a bit plucky in the early going!
But make no mistake: the Orioles are not a good team and I suspect they will soon be the worst in the league. When they are, they will likely get blown out quite often and when they are blown out they will put position players on the mound more than almost any other team. Heck, they’ve done it three times already this year and the season is only three weeks old.
The latest Orioles position player to pitch was catcher Jesús Sucre, who took the mound in last night’s 12-2 loss to the White Sox. And he wasn’t half bad! He retired the side in order and needed only nine pitches to do so:
There once was a time when it was a novelty to see a position player pitching. It happens all the time now, partially because of blowouts, partially because teams have decided it’s better to get embarrassed a bit than to burn a bullpen arm in a game they’ve given up trying to win.
I suspect the Orioles will take the practice to a whole new level in 2019, though. For better or for worse.