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Arizona Fall League Recap: 11/11

Tony Sanchez was the only Pirates prospect who played today, and had a huge game, but the Mesa Solar Sox lost 6-5:

-Tony Sanchez (.228) started at catcher, batting seventh.  Sanchez went 2-for-4 with two home runs (4) and four RBIs.  Sanchez hit a three run shot in the second inning, putting Mesa up 3-0, then hit a solo shot in the ninth inning, bringing the Solar Sox to within one.  Sanchez was 0-for-3 against base stealers, with a throwing error.

Mesa plays Phoenix tomorrow at 12:35 PM MST/2:35 PM EST.

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John Lease

Daryle Ward has to be in the ‘running’ for slowest major leaguer of all time. Even Willie Stargell in his 40’s was faster than Daryle as a Pirate.

JohnDreker

I seem to remember Willie at the end trying to call time out as he ran towards second base, with the ball beating him there by a lot. Ron Hassey was always my favorite all-time slow runner, Yankee announcers used to say “There goes Hassey turning another triple into a double with his speed.”

RandyLinville

In one of his abstracts, Bill James tackled that question. He believes catcher and HOFer Ernie Lombardi was the slowest player of all time. He said Willie Aikens was the slowest player of the current age but felt that if the two raced around the bases four times that Aikens would lap him.

JohnDreker

Ralph Kiner just said on the air a week or so ago that Lombardi was the slowest player he has ever seen

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