MLB History: A Strikeout Is the Cruelest Out

Posted: 1st May 2010 by Harold Friend in MLB
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There is nothing worse than a strikeout.   A strikeout is not just another out, it is an out that is a completely wasted at-bat for the offensive team.   Almost nothing positive occurs when a batter strikes out, and the few good things that can happen are so rare in today’s game that they can usually be discounted.
A batter can reach base after striking out if, with fewer than two outs and first base is unoccupied or with two outs and first base occupied, the catcher misses the third strike and the batter beats the throw to first.   There is an instance in which a strikeout can be as good as a base on balls. When the batter has two strikes and the next pitch is clearly going to get by the catcher, an alert batter can intentionally s ...

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