August 07, 2010

Now that's a debut!:

Blue Jays rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia racks up 11 total bases (2 HR, 1 double, 1 single) in 5 plate appearances, the most ever (since 1920*) in a debut.

He also hit a home run on the very first pitch he faced in the majors.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 07:48 PM - 13 comments

* doesn't go back any further than that for individual game play-by-play.

The previous top 300 list can be found here.

posted by grum@work at 07:50 PM on August 07

This has been a great year for rookies in baseball.

posted by rcade at 08:09 PM on August 07

He looks like the next Ernie Witt. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

posted by jc at 09:56 PM on August 07

Ever notice that the Rays are always on the receiving end of this stuff?

(I turned it on in the 6th, heard it was 11 to [does it matter?], and decided I didn't need to hear the rest.)

posted by dirigibleman at 04:37 AM on August 08

He looks like the next Ernie Witt. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

With the small, but not unimportant distinction of not being a left-handed hitter.

(Really? He didn't remind me of Ernie Whitt at all... Dude, Ernie Whitt was not particularly good either.)

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 10:05 AM on August 08

If he drops to one knee when he hits a home run, then it'll remind me of Ernie Whitt.

posted by grum@work at 11:08 AM on August 08

This Aaron Cibia guy could have a future in the bigs.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:00 PM on August 08

Great game, kid. That it came versus the Rays is all the better! That last ball bounces off the top of the wall, he may have legged out a triple for the cycle.

posted by dyams at 12:01 PM on August 08

Sorry I was being a little sarcastic. My memories of the 80s with Ernie Witt was that he could be an incredible power and clutch hitter at times and then disappear for extended periods. JP's game reminded me of games that Witt would have. i just hope he can do it over the long run.

posted by jc at 01:32 PM on August 08

Ever notice that the Rays are always on the receiving end of this stuff?

Brandon Morrow has to be liking his chances for a no-hitter today.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:36 PM on August 08

Got close, ooooooh so close !!!

posted by tommytrump at 03:41 PM on August 08

One out away, that is painful. Still, seventeen strikeouts is mighty impressive.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:46 PM on August 08

Holy shit, how tough to have a 17K no-hitter with two outs in the ninth and lose it? And worst, that hit wasn't super clean- it was very tough, but potentially playable, and I'm sure the 2nd baseman Hill is going to hate himself for not getting that. The official scorer must have been tempted for a second to rule it an error, but it couldn't really be called that.

Which- wow, if TB had been no-hit a third time? Crazy year, 2010...

It's only to be expected: the Mariners let this guy go when he didn't work out in Seattle, and he was the guy they picked instead of hometown hero Tim Lincecum. Man... Seattle has made some bad moves over the past decade...

posted by hincandenza at 05:00 PM on August 08

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