Sunday, May 03, 2009

Tony Pena’s One-handed Swing Explained

Over the years, I’ve learned that if something looks odd, there’s usually a good reason. Last night, in the Royals half of the eleventh inning, Tony Pena Jr. took a one-handed swing at a ball, hitting a dribbler back to the pitcher, prompting broadcasters and fans alike to say, “What in the world was that?”

Turns out that he’d broken a bone in his left hand earlier in the at bat. I can’t understand why he wouldn’t have taken himself out of the game at that point though. How could he expect to play defense in the bottom half of the inning? I don’t know why he didn’t take himself out, but he ended up turning a double play to end the game, so he must have known his body.

Pena was placed on the 15-day DL and Luis Hernandez was called up from Omaha to take his place. In 20 games, Hernandez was hitting .292 in Omaha with 0 HR, 13 RBI.

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