If the owners get their way and have a 50 game season that's only 155 PAs to qualify for the batting title.
It's kind of too bad that David Newhan is always the poster child for these things, but in his first 155 PAs in 2004 he hit .376/.426/.567 with a nice little .410 BABIP. He was still at .403 at 141 PAs before finishing those 155 PAs 1 for 12 with 2 walks. I think it'd be great if a guy like that hits .400 in 2020*.
I remember Robbie Alomar was still over .400 in June of 1996 and just looked and he was at .404 after 59 games and 274 PAs. It won't be crazy at all if this happens. A guy like Newhan would be so much more amusing though. Maybe by some odd quirk the O's face like 80% lefties and Hanser gets there.
Reading this article on Asa Lacy, it would seen that he has a lot of talent but will need to change his delivery to find the control needed to make the majors.
The video shows Lacy not looking at the plate as he delivers some of his pitches.
Elias has shown a lot of faith in Chris Holt in his first year. He has moved him for minor league pitching coordinator to pitching director that includes the majors and minors. Some of the O's pitchers have commented on how Holt has helped them.
How much faith do you think Elias has in Holt?
The O's have had some excellent pitching coaches in the past. Bamberger, Miller, Wallace. Could Holt reach that level of importance to O's pitching?
LOL I forgot about that, the asterisk that was never there.
https://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/roger-maris-still-61-after-all-these-years-1.12358581#:~:text=In July 1961%2C Frick ruled,a scarlet letter for Maris.
I remember my daddy and granddaddy arguing about this, as late as the early 70s, they both knew how to poke the other's button.
There was never an asterisk. But for a while there were two entries in the official MLB records, one for Maris and one for Ruth. Because commish Ford Frick had previously written a bio of Ruth and kind of worshiped him, couldn't stand to see his record broken.