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George Sherrill: Career OBP 1.000

August 11, 2010 | 11:17 am
Of all the bizarre events in the Dodgers’ 15-9 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night, the most bizarre might have been George Sherrill’s ninth-inning plate appearance.

Sherrill, who had never previously hit in the big leagues, faced J.C. Romero and drew a walk.

The bat never left his shoulder.

“I was taking the whole way,” Sherrill said. “I hadn’t had an at-bat before. I’m not going to go out there trying to swing.”

Sherrill said he hadn’t even taken batting practice this year. In fact, he said he had never done so until he was traded to the Dodgers’ last year. Sherrill’s first two teams were in the American League.

Sherrill said he never hit at Austin Peay State University.

He said he played some first base and outfield in high school on days he didn’t pitch. Asked if he was a decent hitter at that level, he smiled and replied, “Career .311 hitter, so not really.”

-- Dylan Hernandez in Philadelphia
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