• Jason, You Don’t Have To Put On That Red Light

    Posted by on February 26th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    I was just looking at Jason Giambi’s Batting Home Run Log over Baseball-Reference.com and saw something interesting.

    Giambi has 350 lifetime homeruns.

    How many do you think he’s hit on a 3-0 count?

    Just one.

    Yes, just one of Giambi’s 350 career homers was hit on a count of three balls and no strikes.

    Maybe this is the season that Jason should try and sneak up on some pitchers by taking a big rip on that 3-0 count?

    Comments on Jason, You Don’t Have To Put On That Red Light

    1. baileywalk
      February 26th, 2007 | 1:17 pm

      I often get this question while watching a baseball game with someone who’s not that familiar with baseball: “Why does the batter always take the three-oh pitch if he knows it’s going to be right down the middle?”

      The answer is that the batter is forcing the pitcher to get one over the plate, but truthfully it’s just the way things go. It would be interesting to hear how many batters swung three-oh last year. My guess would be few.

      Giambi is like almost everyone — they don’t want to swing on that three-oh count.

      Don’t know if you have time to look this up, but how many three-oh homers do Giambi’s teammates (Abreu, Jeter, A-Rod, etc.) have?

    2. February 26th, 2007 | 1:44 pm

      LOL – is this a set-up?

      A-Rod has one, and Abreu zip, according to B-R

    3. baileywalk
      February 26th, 2007 | 2:51 pm

      Ha, ha. No setup. Hitters just never swing away three-oh, so I figured it probably wasn’t too odd that Giambi only had one home run on that count.

    4. SteveB
      February 27th, 2007 | 12:09 am

      Guys don’t swing 3-0 because if they make an out on a 3-0 pitch jerks like us write about how dumb they are to swing 3-0.

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