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

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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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

Free Disco Hayes

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

Andy K, Sunday, 30 August 2009 16:31 (ten years ago) link

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

Andy K, Sunday, 30 August 2009 23:10 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

he really is baseball's most loveable asshole

frogbs, Thursday, 5 October 2017 16:58 (two years ago) link

literally LOL

na (NA), Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:02 (two years ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:47 (eleven months ago) link

mookieproof, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:21 (eleven months ago) link

he's the Happy Gilmore of baseball

frogbs, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:26 (eleven months ago) link

I think he is a shoe-in at this point and it's just a matter of padding stats.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 11 March 2019 17:13 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

Zack Greinke says he doesn't care about throwing a no-hitter. He'd rather not deal with the attention he'd get. "It'd be more of a hassle than anything."

— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) June 14, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 14 June 2019 03:21 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Zack Greinke made the All-Star team. Pregame, he had this exchange with the media:

How does it feel?

"It's nice."

What was the reaction in the room?


Would it mean more to you to start the game?

"No, it wouldn't."

Are you at a loss for words?

"Good question."

— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) June 30, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 July 2019 14:11 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...
one month passes...

I'd have to check his game logs, but it feels like Greinke's had a four- or five-run lead every time he's set foot on the mound for the Astros.

clemenza, Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:07 (four months ago) link

Greinke just threw Pujols a 63.1 MPH eephus.

— Daren Willman (@darenw) September 21, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:55 (four months ago) link

Checked his game logs...and I'm not even close.

clemenza, Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:19 (four months ago) link

just wanna say I love him for not giving a shit about a no-hitter

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 September 2019 15:57 (four months ago) link

Slow and steady wins the race.

On pitches slower than 70 MPH, Zack Greinke held opponents to a .078 BAA and a .130 SLG.

— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 7, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:55 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Pitching, Mental Game, Competitiveness: Zack Greinke vs. Chipotle

— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 25, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 25 October 2019 14:28 (three months ago) link

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