Official 2009 ILB Thread for Zack Greinke (and Teammates of Zack Greinke)

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Zack Greinke will have to battle more than the Toronto Blue Jays when he looks to extend his streak of innings without an earned run Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

There now will be the added weight — and alleged jinx — of appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

That’s right, the magazine selected Greinke to appear on this week’s cover. Subscribers should begin receiving the issue by mid-week. Newsstand copies will be available later closer to the weekend.

Greinke is the first Royals player to appear on the cover since pitcher David Cone on April 5, 1993 for the magazine’s preview to the upcoming baseball season. The last Royals player to appear on an in-season cover was outfielder Bo Jackson on June 12, 1989.

Impressed? Greinke isn’t.

“There’s a lot more interesting stuff going on right now,” he said. “They should have something else on the cover. Playoff basketball or something else.

“So it’s a mistake. They’ll probably sell their least amount of magazines in a long time -- except when NASCAR was on the cover.”

mona je twit (Andy K), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 09:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

They’ll probably sell their least amount of magazines in a long time

Truth bomb?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 10:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

you left out the important part: "except when NASCAR was on the cover.”

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 14:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

greinke is a pretty weird dude

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 14:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

“There’s a lot more interesting stuff going on right now,” he said.

rip hstencil

sanskrit, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

dude is dealing

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 5 May 2009 01:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

6-0, 0.40 ERA, 45 IP, 54 K, 8 BB

Hated at Hooters (Andy K), Tuesday, 5 May 2009 11:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

Not to take away from Zack Greinke’s masterful shutout, but a Guy Fieri imposter was interviewed on-air last night during Fox Sports Net’s broadcast of the Royals game.

Guy Fieri, for those who don’t know, is the Food Network host of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." He travels the country visiting these places. He has been to Kansas City before.

A call to PR person Rebecca Brooks confirmed it: It wasn’t Guy!

"Together we could rape the universe" (omar little), Wednesday, 6 May 2009 22:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

fun facts from joe p:

1. Zack Greinke has a 1173 ERA+. I would wager than no pitcher in baseball history has had a 1173 ERA+ through six games.

2. There have been two complete game shutouts thrown in the American League this year. Greinke threw both of them. That makes for a fun “Shutouts” chart on Baseball Reference.

3. There have been eight complete games thrown in the American League. Greinke has three of them.

4. Greinke currently leads the league in wins, ERA, ERA+, shutouts, complete games, strikeouts, WHIP and he has not yet allowed a home run.

5. The league is hitting .242/.294/.337 against him with nobody on base.

But the league is hitting .109/.136/.125 against him with runners on base.

And the league is hitting .097/.097/.097 against him with runners in scoring position.

6. Greinke’s strikeout-to-walk ratio with runners in scoring position — 14-to-0.

7. Batters are hitting .171 against Greinke in the seventh inning and after.

8. Greinke has fallen behind 3-0 to a hitter only four times all year. He did not walk any of the four. He struck out two of them.

9. Greinke’s 0.40 ERA is so low, he could give up nine runs in an inning in his next start, get pulled, and his ERA STILL would be lower than 2.00.

10. This from brilliant reader Rob: Dating back to last year, Greinke has won nine consecutive starts, and in those nine starts he has an 0.69 ERA. How good is that? Well, legendary. There have been 50 pitches since 1954 who have won nine or more consecutive starts. Greinke’s is the second-best.*

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 6 May 2009 23:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

WTF has gotten into Alberto Collapso?

Money Earnin' Wells, Vernon (Andy K), Thursday, 7 May 2009 14:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

i realy enjoy the self-deprecating player interview that avoids bull durhamisms.

for those of you in the seattle market, i highly recommend bedard post game interviews.

j.q higgins, Friday, 8 May 2009 03:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

another complete game..

extremely demanding on the hardware (ciderpress), Wednesday, 27 May 2009 02:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 17:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

i still belive in the royals
...22 minutes ago from web

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Tuesday, 30 June 2009 19:19 (nine years ago) Permalink


But no. The man is humble.

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Tuesday, 30 June 2009 19:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Congratulations Miguel Olivo! No one's had as many Ks (67) with as few BBs (3) before! It takes a great man to break Rob Picciolo's record.
2 minutes ago from TweetDeck

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Sunday, 5 July 2009 22:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

This club will now feature Yuniesky Betancourt.

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Friday, 10 July 2009 19:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

wtf royals.

call all destroyer, Friday, 10 July 2009 19:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

BOSTON | [b]The Royals pulled off a major trade today when they acquired shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt from the Seattle Mariners for two minor-league pitchers.

Betancourt, 27, has been a disappointment this season for the Mariners with his batting average tumbling to .250 and producing just two homers and 22 RBIs in 63 games. He is a .279 career hitter in 63 games.

In exchange, the Royals surrendered Danny Cortes and Derrick Saito.

Cortes, 22, was the organization’s minor-league pitcher of the year in 2008 but is just 6-6 with a 3.92 ERA this season at Class AA Northwest Arkansas. He joined the Royals in the 2006 trade that sent reliever Mike MacDougal to the White Sox.

Saito, 21, is 2-6 with a 4.15 ERA in 22 relief appearances at Class A Burlington. He was a 16th-round pick in 2008.[/q]

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Friday, 10 July 2009 19:45 (nine years ago) Permalink


Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Friday, 10 July 2009 19:45 (nine years ago) Permalink


Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Friday, 10 July 2009 19:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

this sounds like an awful trade

Batsman (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 10 July 2009 20:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

wait how does betancourt have any value at all at this point??/

extremely demanding on the hardware (ciderpress), Friday, 10 July 2009 20:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

what happened to aviles? they have like 4 shortstops now who don't hit any better than him and don't have upside

extremely demanding on the hardware (ciderpress), Friday, 10 July 2009 20:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Law, LOL: "Betancourt does nothing well on a baseball field. He can't hit and has lost bat speed since reaching the majors. He hacks at everything he sees, and even swings at pitches thrown to other hitters."

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Thursday, 16 July 2009 13:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ah, Trey Hillman. Soria pitches down five before ASB, down eight last night, but not up two in the eighth. Tie game.

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Thursday, 23 July 2009 08:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

When Greinke starts, his team is 10-10.

He just doesn't know how to win.

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Saturday, 25 July 2009 12:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Tony Pena Jr to work on becoming a pitcher.

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Sunday, 26 July 2009 02:59 (nine years ago) Permalink


(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 26 July 2009 08:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

Dayton said it on the pregame.

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Sunday, 26 July 2009 14:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Royals' Pena Jr. being moved from shortstop to pitcher

"Tony is still young enough if the pitching doesn't go the way we think it has the possibility of going or if the arm doesn't react, he can always go back the other way and continue to play winter ball, see if his at-bats gets better, see if he can become more of a productive hitter," Hillman said.


Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Monday, 27 July 2009 01:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

joe po has been advocating this for a while

meme-first attitude (J0rdan S.), Monday, 27 July 2009 01:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

you didn't include the part where he's 28 YEARS OLD xp

Batsman (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 27 July 2009 04:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

New Burlington roster add: RHP Tony Pena Jr.

Don Armando Galarraga's Second Inning Give Back Runs Band (Andy K), Wednesday, 12 August 2009 21:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

I was last seen five days ago, when I threw 30 pitches in a blowout win against the A's.

I have pitched in two of my team's last 15 games.

Who am I? (WHERE am I?)

Don Armando Galarraga's Second Inning Give Back Runs Band (Andy K), Thursday, 13 August 2009 12:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

3rd G Beckham homered to left.
4th C Quentin homered to left.
7th A Rios homered to left.

Damn, Zach.

Andy K, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 20:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

SEATTLE -- Things have been smoothed over after a confrontation between Royals players Mike Jacobs and Jose Guillen as the team arrived in Seattle.

Guillen and Jacobs went nose-to-nose outside the club's Seattle hotel after getting off the team bus on Wednesday night. Witnesses said they were arguing and were separated by teammates Miguel Olivo and Brayan Pena. There was a brief scuffle and witnesses said mediators Olivo and Pena were on the receiving end of errant blows.

Things quieted down immediately and the team entered the hotel without further incident.

"Just a misunderstanding. Obviously you don't want to have misunderstandings with a teammate but sometimes you do," Jacobs said. "It's OK. We kissed and made up."

Guillen, on the disabled list but traveling with the club, did not want to discuss the matter.

"Stuff happens," Guillen said. "We deal with that as professionals."

Manager Trey Hillman, who had already entered the hotel, declined to comment as did Olivo. Pena acknowledged getting in the middle of things.

"I was a peacemaker," he said.

Jacobs said he considered the incident with Guillen closed.

"We're all good. He's probably one of the closest guys on this team -- me and him are pretty close to each other," Jacobs said. "I chalk it up to one of those things like a misunderstanding with a brother or something like that. We're obviously spending seven, eight months out of the year with each other now."

All seemed serene in the Royals' clubhouse before Thursday night's game against the Mariners.

"No big deal," Jacobs said.

Andy K, Friday, 28 August 2009 08:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

Free Disco Hayes

They call Chris Hayes “Disco” because he throws in the 70s.

Andy K, Sunday, 30 August 2009 16:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

* Z. Greinke Kansas City Royals
* 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5 K, Win
* @ SEA | Final

Andy K, Sunday, 30 August 2009 23:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Posnanski on an "LH" pitcher:

Since World War II ended there have been 16 pitchers who have made 25 starts in a season and put up an ERA higher than 6.50....

A Patch on Blazing Saddles (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 02:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

from BP:

If the internet made crowd noises, the sabermetrics section would have belted out quite a cheer when Zack Greinke, upon winning his 2009 American League Cy Young Award, uttered, "That's how I try to pitch, to keep my FIP as low as possible."

Feingold/Kaptur 2012 (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 December 2009 13:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

In any case, Gordon came up to the most extreme expectations and he struggled. Man, did he struggle. Gordon has always had this detached nature which suggests he doesn’t feel pressure, and he carried himself quietly through the worst of it. But underneath it all, I think it was just too much for him. His swing even now has a hole in it — it’s something he simply has to overcome and it’s a daily struggle –and in those early days pitchers just ate him up. The poor guy was hitting .173 in early June, and he’d struck out 55 times in 53 games, and he was taking it out to the field, and even though he still carried himself in that placid and even-tempered way that now marks him as one of the better players in baseball, you could tell: He was seriously lost.

And then, at his low point, Zack Greinke came up to him.

“Alex,” he said, and he pointed to the video room. “Follow me. I want to show you something.”

Greinke’s teammates will tell you: The guy’s kind of a baseball savant. He is known for calling just how hard he will throw his curveball the next inning (“I’m going to try for 50 mph”). He sees things nobody else seems to see. Not too long ago, I was talking with Brandon McCarthy, who is one of the smartest guys in baseball himself, and he said that the coolest thing he can imagine doing is sitting next to Greinke during a game and just picking his mind, view the game through Zack’s eyes. Others have said the same. He will probably stay in baseball after he’s done.

So Gordon was pretty excited when Greinke called him into the video room. He figured that Greinke must have found something in his swing, something small, some little flaw that he could fix and it would turn his entire season around. He followed Greinke to to the monitor. Greinke turned it on.

The video was … yep: Zack Greinke hitting a home run. Greinke watched it lovingly and then turned back to Gordon.

“Do more of that,” Zack said.

mookieproof, Thursday, 5 October 2017 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

he really is baseball's most loveable asshole

frogbs, Thursday, 5 October 2017 16:58 (one year ago) Permalink

literally LOL

na (NA), Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:02 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Zack Greinke, asked about his expectations for the home run derby: "I expect the home run derby will be boring and I'll leave early."

— Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) July 16, 2018


mookieproof, Monday, 16 July 2018 19:34 (five months ago) Permalink

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