Thursday, January 11, 2007

About the Title

What is an immaculate inning? It is only the most dominant act that one can do in sport. Nine pitches, 3 batters, 3 strike outs. It is completely equivalent to the batters not even being in the batter's box. As shown by rule 6.02(c):

(c) If the batter refuses to take his position in the batter’s box during his time at bat, the umpire shall call a strike on the batter.

This hints at the idea of the Immaculate Game, which would be 81 pitches, 27 batters, 27 K's which is completely unthinkable, but would be stastically identical to a team of 9 toddlers trying to bat. A list of all pitchers who have thrown an immaculate inning can be found here.


Matt said...

Then again, a team of 9 toddlers would have a very small strike zone. Unless they were free swinging toddlers. Juan Pierre's children, maybe.

Lefty Grove, Sandy Kofax, and Nolan Ryan are the only pitchers to have done it twice. Jose Vizcaino is the only one to be involved twice. Other rare basbeall feats may be more famous, such as perfect games (only 16 ever) or unassisted triple plays (only 12 ever). But for something to have happened just 40 times in 150 years of recorded baseball... that's pretty special.

Lifeafter said...

Would this be the equivelent of "Elbering" the opposing lineup?

Matt said...

Not really. Let me offer the following definition:

Elber. vt -ed, -ing, To steal something (frequently a soccer ball) and as a direct result, exact some sort of reward (such as scoring a goal). The past tense ("Elbered") may be used as an exclamation for any theft, such as that of a friend's chair or French fry.

Hope that clears things up.