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The best all-star pitcher there ever was

Juan Marichal
Juan Marichal

It's National Simplicity Day, so here's some clutter:

Before Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, it was good to see Major League Baseball honor Latinos who are in the Hall of Fame.

The venue was most appropriate for one of the honorees, pitcher Juan Marichal, perhaps the most underrated Hall of Famer in Cooperstown and certainly the best All-Star Game pitcher in history.

Marichal, a longtime San Francisco Giant from the Dominican Republic, had a better earned run average than Bob Gibson (look it up), as well as a much better winning percentage than Gibson.

But it was in the All-Star Game that Marichal really showed his greatness. He pitched 18 innings in eight All-Star Games, giving up just seven hits with 12 strikeouts, two walks and an ERA of 0.50.

That’s some impressive stuff when going against the top hitters of the era.

RANDOM SHOTS AND SECOND THOUGHTS:

-- More college rankings are out, and here’s a good one to consider: The best colleges by the beach. As expected, California dominates this list, although there is one from Connecticut. For the list, via Money magazine and Business Insider, click here.

-- No kidding department: The Phillies’ Odubel Herrera admits to a lack of concentration. That’s like saying the Sahara Desert has a lack of water.

-- Is it possible that the cost of drugs is so high because pharma commercials are so long and costly because they’re legally required to mention all of the possible side effects? Nah.

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