Olympic Rings For Batting

Giancarlo Stanton became a baseball immortal, sort of, on Tuesday.  He struck out five times in a nine-inning game joining 65 other players (you can check our counting) in ignominy including Alex Rios who did it twice.

Several of the players on the list are pitchers so they are less compromised because batting five or more times as a pitcher almost always means a win.  For example, Lefty Grove won while striking out four Yankees but being struck out five times.  Ray Jarvis did it for the Red Sox by giving up one run and getting a win while pitching eight and two-thirds innings in relief of Ken Brett, George’s younger brother.  We did not do a comprehensive search but we are willing to bet that Ray is the only person who earned Olympic Rings without starting the game.


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