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The Yount Brothers: MLB Extremes

September 16, 2018

Larry Yount: One of the few former major leaguers with less MLB field experience than Moonlight Graham.

Larry and Robin Yount were brothers whose MLB family experience with MLB is not likely to repeated again anytime soon, if ever.  This summary note we received from friend and devoted researcher Darrell Pittman the other day sums it up to a tee:

September 15, 1971: “Today in 1971, Larry Yount (Robin’s older brother) entered a game for Houston to pitch against the Braves for his MLB debut. He took the mound and injured himself throwing warmup tosses. He was taken out of the game, never having thrown an official pitch to a batter, but he’s in the official record, having been announced. He never returned to the big leagues (he pitched in the minors until 1975), while his little brother had a 20-year Hall-of-Fame career.” ~ Darrell Pittman.

For further edification of this phenomenal development, please use this link to read the excellent article by longtime baseball writer Ray Kirby on this happening:

http://astrosdaily.com/players/Yount_Larry.html

If you also want to check out the box score on Larry Yount’s one-game-entry MLB career of September 15, 1971, here’s the Baseball Almanac rather meaty version of that most primary base of all baseball records accounting:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=197109150HOU

Maybe the young sibling Younts should have listened to bystander Forrest Gump as they waited for the bus to life and the roads that would lead each brother to the big league fields of sweet destined or bitter fated possibility.

You do catch the reference, don’t you? ~ “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.”

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A Peek at the AL Batting Average Race 

Through Games of Sat., 9/15/18: 

BATTING AVERAGE

1.

Betts • BOS

.338

2.

Martinez • BOS

.328

3.

Altuve • HOU

.318

4.

Trout • LAA

.318

5.

Segura • LAA

.308

6.

Brantley • CLE

.307

7.

Merrifield  * KCR

.303

8.

Smith • TBR 

.303

9.

Andujar • NYY

.299

10.

Duffy • TBR

.297

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AL WEST SCORES, 

LAST THREE DAYS

(1) Thru Thur., 9/13/18:

Houston (did not play).

Baltimore 5 – Oakland 3.

Seattle 8 – LA Angels 2.

Texas (did not play).

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(2) Thru Fri., 9/14/18:

Arizona 4 – Houston 2.

Oakland 2 – Tampa Bay 1 (10).

Seattle 5 – LA Angels 2. 

Texas 4 – San Diego 0.

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(3) Thru Sat., 9/15/18:

Houston 10 – Arizona 4.

Tampa Bay 7 – Oakland 5.

Seattle 6 – LA Angels 5. 

Texas 6 – San Diego 3.

 

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AL WEST STANDINGS

Morning of Sun., 9/16/18

TEAMS

WON

LOST

PCT.

GB

Houston

93

55

.628

 —-

Oakland

90

59

.604

   3.5

Seattle

82

66

.554

 11.0

LA Angels

73

76

.490

 20.5

Texas

64

84

.432

 29.0

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SCHEDULE BALANCE FOR

HOU, OAK & SEA:

DATE

HOU

OAK

SEA

9/16

@AZ

@TB

@LAA

9/17

SEA

@HOU

9/18

SEA

LAA

@HOU

9/19

SEA

LAA

@HOU

9/20

LAA

9/21

LAA

MIN

@TEX

9/22

LAA

MIN

@TEX

9/23

LAA

MIN

@TEX

9/24

@TOR

@SEA

OAK

9/25

@TOR

@SEA

OAK

9/26

@TOR

@SEA

OAK

9/27

@BAL

TEX

9/28

@BAL

@LAA

TEX

9/29

@BAL

@LAA

TEX

9/30

@BAL

@LAA

TEX

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle