Watch: Giancarlo Stanton Gets Struck Out by a Designated Hitter


Move over, Shohei Ohtani — there’s another two-way player in the American League.

Chicago White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson made his third appearance on the mound Monday night against the New York Yankees and kept his perfect record intact.

Davidson retired the Yankees in the eighth inning, giving up a walk and a hit but getting out of the inning unscathed.

On the season he has pitched three innings in three appearances and has given up one hit and one walk, along with two strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA.

One of those strikeouts was against New York slugger Giancarlo Stanton, whom he caught swinging on a 71 miles per hour curve ball in the dirt Monday night.

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Struck out by a third baseman/designated hitter — all Stanton could do was smile.

“I just wanted to get ahead and get to a good count to throw that pitch (curve ball) multiple timers like I did,” said Davidson after the game. “Luckily, he didn’t hit that hanging one 800 feet.”

He also got Brett Gardner to ground out and Gleyber Torres to fly out to right.

He did, however, give up his first hit, to old friend Aaron Hicks, who laced a single off him. Davidson played alongside Hicks in high school in California in a series of high school showcase tournaments. Davidson was a pitcher in high school, too.

It didn’t much matter as the Yankees won 7-0.

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But take nothing away from Davidson, as he has joined some pretty rare company. Only one other player in MLB history has hit more than 15 home runs and made at least three pitching appearances in a season — the other is Babe Ruth.

That’s right: The Babe made 17 pitching appearances in 1919 and hit 29 homers that year.

Davidson has 16 home runs this year and has made three pitching appearances.

Ohtani is knocking on the door to become the third as he has 11 home runs and nine pitching appearances for the Angels this year.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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