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The Batter with No Position

May 31, 2015

David Laurila’s Sunday Notes on FanGraphs are like ice cold lemonade in the middle of the eighth. Make a habit of checking them out.

Two nuggets from this week:

On this date in 1975, Cliff Johnson of the Astros singled as a pinch hitter. Later in the same inning, he homered. According to Retrosheet, Johnson’s official position for the second at bat was “null.”

Yankees pitchers have thrown the highest percentage of sliders (27.7) of any team. Mariners pitchers have thrown the lowest percentage (8.5).

Much of the rest of this week’s column is dedicated to the bench life of a Rule 5 pick:


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