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Zach Britton comments about hitting


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Funny guy.

Roch had this item today:

Britton has one more offensive goal in mind."The only thing I want to do maybe is get a triple," he said. "I could have a cycle for my career. But I feel like now the scouting report is out. See a lot more breaking balls. My last at-bat, George Sherrill struck me out on three pitches, three sliders. I was like, 'You're bringing in a lefty specialist to pitch to me?' Came in dropping sidearmed sliders.

"I remember talking to (Brian) McCann when he was behind the plate. I swung at the first two and he said, 'You're not going to see a fastball this entire at-bat.' I hadn't seen a left-handed slider ever. Like in high school, let's be honest, they don't throw like that. Cool memories, though."

Britton's home run came on July 3, 2011 against the Braves' Brandon Beachy at Turner Field. He returned to the dugout and got the silent treatment from his teammates.

Britton was the first Orioles pitcher to hit a home run since Kris Benson against the Mets' Pedro Martinez on June 17, 2006. He's also the last Orioles pitcher to homer.

"I have a lot of people tweeting at me the video of my home run," Britton said. "It's like my dad's go-to video. He doesn't even care that I pitch. He's just like, 'Have you seen my kid's home run?' 'Is your kid a hitter?' 'No, but he's got a home run.'"

That's one more home run than Zach's brother, infielder Buck Britton, the former Orioles farmhand who's now at Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Dodgers organization.

"I wear him out with it all the time," Zach said.

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That is a weird shot at Buck Britton not ever reaching the Majors. It would make sense if Buck Britton had either reached the Majors and never hit a home run OR never hit a minor league home run. But neither is true.

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That is a weird shot at Buck Britton not ever reaching the Majors. It would make sense if Buck Britton had either reached the Majors and never hit a home run OR never hit a minor league home run. But neither is true.

It's a brother thing. Also keep in mind Buck is the older brother.

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It's a brother thing. Also keep in mind Buck is the older brother.

I understand Zach razzing him about it, I just think that Roch could have been a little more clear in explaining that Buck hasn't made the Majors but does have 50+ minor league homers.

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I understand Zach razzing him about it, I just think that Roch could have been a little more clear in explaining that Buck hasn't made the Majors but does have 50+ minor league homers.

Being in the PCL, should help him hit more homers. :)

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I understand Zach razzing him about it, I just think that Roch could have been a little more clear in explaining that Buck hasn't made the Majors but does have 50+ minor league homers.

I think readers understand that Buck has hit home runs in the minors.

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if not, easy enough to look up.

Of course, but that shouldn't be necessary. If I were Roch's editor (I can't imagine MASNsports.com employs editors), I would simply change "That's one more home run than Zach's brother..." to "That's one more big league home run than Zach's brother..."

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Of course, but that shouldn't be necessary. If I were Roch's editor (I can't imagine MASNsports.com employs editors), I would simply change "That's one more home run than Zach's brother..." to "That's one more big league home run than Zach's brother..."

Editors these days?

Have you read the articles coming out of the papers these days?

Seriously, not that big of a deal, but thats just my opinion.

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There's probably a level of assumed knowledge that Roch keeps in mind as he writes his blogs. I doubt many casual fans read his work.

Frankly, what I assumed was not that Britton hadn't hit a minor league home run, but that Britton had been called up to the Majors at some point (and I had missed it) and hadn't hit a home run. Otherwise it didn't make sense to me.

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