From SABR member Jayson Stark at ESPN.com on September 29, 2011:
Any time a moth makes headlines, a relief pitcher gives up two touchdowns and a second baseman turns into the next Mariano Rivera, it is officially another Year in Review kind of season. So let’s take one last glimpse in the rearview mirror at our favorite injuries, box score lines, tweets and other assorted madness.
Injuries of the year
FIRST PRIZE — OK, so this wasn’t technically an “injury.” It was more like an invasion. But Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday really did have to take himself out of an Aug. 23 game against the Dodgers when a wayward moth moved into an unreserved seat inside his ear.
Box score lines of the year
FIRST PRIZE — How did Vin Mazzaro spell relief for the Royals on May 16? With the numbers 22.74, which was his ERA after this all-time box score classic against Cleveland: 2 1/3 IP, 11 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HR, 77 pitches to get 7 outs.
Read the full article here: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7030400/mlb-looking-back-nuttiness-2011-season
Originally published: September 29, 2011. Last Updated: September 29, 2011.