• Hitting 3 Batters & Not Retiring Any In One Game

    Posted by on April 19th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    It’s one of the most rare things to ever happen in baseball history. Here’s how many times it has happened:

    Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP
    1 Cesar Cabral 2014-04-18 NYY TBR L 5-11 0.0 3 3 3 0 0 0 3
    2 Dock Ellis 1974-05-01 PIT CIN L 3-5 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3
    3 Earl Moore 1914-06-17 BUF IND L 8-11 0.0 2 3 3 1 0 0 3
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    Generated 4/19/2014.


    Comments on Hitting 3 Batters & Not Retiring Any In One Game

    1. Raf
      April 19th, 2014 | 8:37 am

      At least Dock Ellis did it intentionally 🙂

    2. Corey
      April 19th, 2014 | 9:06 am

      @ Raf:
      Who knows what kind of drugs Ellis was on on that particular day.

    3. April 19th, 2014 | 12:33 pm

      And then the Yanks hit Cesar with a DFA.

    4. Raf
      April 19th, 2014 | 2:17 pm

      Corey wrote:

      @ Raf:
      Who knows what kind of drugs Ellis was on on that particular day.

      Ellis did it to make a statement.

      “Perhaps Ellis’ most startling act occurred on May 1, 1974, when he tied a major league record by hitting three batters in a row. In spring training that year, Ellis sensed the Pirates had lost the aggressiveness that drove them to three straight division titles from 1970 to 1972. Furthermore, the team now seemed intimidated by Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine.” “Cincinnati will bullshit with us and kick our ass and laugh at us,” Ellis said. “They’re the only team that talk about us like a dog.” Ellis single-handedly decided to break the Pirates out of their emotional slump, announcing that “We gonna get down. We gonna do the do. I’m going to hit these motherfuckers.” True to his word, in the first inning of the first regular-season game he pitched against the Reds, Ellis hit leadoff batter Pete Rose in the ribs, then plunked Joe Morgan in the kidney, and loaded the bases by hitting Dan Driessen in the back. Tony Perez, batting cleanup, dodged a succession of Ellis’ pitches to walk and force in a run. The next hitter was Johnny Bench. “I tried to deck him twice,” Ellis recalled. “I threw at his jaw, and he moved. I threw at the back of his head, and he moved.” At this point, Pittsburgh manager Danny Murtaugh removed Ellis from the game. But his strategy worked: the Pirates snapped out of their lethargy to win a division title in 1974, while the Reds failed to win their division for the first time in three years.”

      If you ever get a chance, pick up a copy of “Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball.” Unfortunately the book ends as he was traded to the Yankees. Would’ve been awesome if they were able to document his time in NY.

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