A new section on Flip Flop Fly Ball today: First and Last.
I was listening to episode 446 (Living Without) of This American Life this afternoon, and there was a former baseball player talking about grounding out and knowing when the ball came off his bat that that was it, he was done playing baseball. It got me thinking about the last plate appearances of well-known players. The obvious extension of that thought was to look at the first and last plate appearances by well-known players. So I did. There’s 22 of them so far. I’m kinda picking them randomly, and maybe, just maybe, I might try and add a new one every day. We’ll see how that goes. And if it goes well, I might extend it to look at the outcome of the first batter faced by well-known pitchers, too.