Last week Major League Baseball yielded an assortment of crazy occurrences and coincidences.
From the comical, to the dramatic, to the downright bizarre, baseball fans were treated to a wild week of action..
Let's take a look at just some of the highlights.
On May 5th, a stellar Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets got his fifth win of the season, as the Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 3-2.
The wily veteran made history by becoming the only pitcher ever to beat a single team on seven different occasions for seven different teams. Colon beat the Orioles as a member of the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Anaheim Angels, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, and now New York Mets.
Another odd stat popped up recently about Colon. The soon to be 42-year-old veteran is not the image of perfect health – although the portly pitcher is surprising nimble for his size.
Weighing in at 285 pounds, the 5’10” Colon has faced 11,957 batters in his career and yet only 29 times did someone outweigh Colon. Believe it or not all 29 times the larger player was were first baseman Dmitri Young, according to a tweet by Sabeermetrics.
Young played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, and Washington Nationals during his 12-year career. Young, who was listed at 295 was believed to have been much heavier when he played baseball. He's said to have lost half his size since he retired back in 2008.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Joc Pederson had an odd streak last week. From April 27th, through May 6th, Pederson had seven consecutive hits for home runs. That is the third highest number of consecutive hits for home runs since 1974. Only Marcus Thames with 8 and Albert Belle with 8, Mark McGwire with 11 had more.
During that streak Pederson hit for a .267 batting average, a .389 on-base percentage, and a slugging percentage of 1.000 during the remarkable stretch.
Speaking of home runs, there were two remarkable blasts hit last week. Last Tuesday, Anaheim Angels rookie catcher Carlos Perez hit a walk-off home run, the first of his career - a magnificent way to cap off his major league debut.
Perez is in some good company with that accomplishment. The last player to hit a walk-off home run in his major league début was Miguel Cabrera with the Florida Marlins in June of 2003. Cabrera is a two-time AL MVP with the Detroit Tigers, nine-time All-Star, and 2012 Triple Crown winner.
Another rookie made waves the following day. Eddie Rosario hit his first career home run on the very first major league pitch he saw. The 23- year-old outfielder launched the shot off Oakland A’s lefty pitcher Scott Kazmir leading off the bottom of the third.
Rosario is just the 29th player in MLB history to hit their first pitch for a homer, with the last player being Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte back in June of 2012.
While one should expect the unexpected in sports, to have it all happen in one week of baseball is pretty amazing.
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