Last year, the 5’8”, baseball-loving nerd Sam Fuld was hitting .366/.395/.549 through his first 76 plate appearances. When he finished the season hitting .240/.313/.360, we all assumed he had merely regressed back to his previously established career norms.
But…what if we were wrong?
Sam Fuld vs Marlins, 3/20
@SamFuld5: My biggest fear happened today: two hits with a shaved head…what to do now???
just keep being cute, sam. just keep being cute.
Sam Fuld, Rays Photo Day 2012
Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times
“There is a desk set up outside Maddon’s office for video coordinator Chico Fernandez, complete with a bell and balloons, marking the opening of the “Camp Concierge” office.”
A season after the Tampa Bay manager put outfielder Sam Fuld to the mound to warm up for the sole purpose of giving a reliever extra time in the bullpen, Major League Baseball closed the loophole.
MLB has amended Official Baseball Rule 3.05 regarding such shenanigans. The change will “prohibit a manager from sending his current pitcher out to warm up with no intention of having him pitch because a relief pitcher is not ready to enter the game.”
Maddon does raise an interesting question about all this:How do they know the intentions are not to pitch him? How would you know that? You could easily leave him in there for one hitter if you had to. My concern would be you could still send out your previous inning’s pitcher to warm up and then pull him out of the game before the first batter. That’s still OK, correct?
We’ll see if this affects the game at all. It will do one thing: we will probably never see the “legendary” Sam Fuld pitch again…unless we wish really, really hard to the all-powerful DJ Kitty while wearing our Super Sam capes.
Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder Sam Fuld, who has Type 1 diabetes, came to USF last weekend to host a sports camp for kids with diabetes.
they have it on sale for 7 bucks, and they have others with Rays players like Evan and Benny.