05/17/2004: Prospect Watch, Part II
Just stumbled across the USA Today writeup on Cardinals farmhand Brad Thompson's sterling performance his last several outings: Doughnuts symbolize a shutout string. The story notes that in the period starting August 16, 2003 and ending Friday, May 14, 2004, Thompson has reeled off a series of 52 scoreless innings. The current minor league record is 54 scoreless innings, set by Urban Shocker back when he was playing minor league ball back in 1916.
And now, the stakes just got sweeter, you might say. The Krispy Kreme franchise in Sevierville, TN has just said that if Thompson breaks Shocker's record, they'll give him free doughnuts for life.
I hear Homer Simpson's working on a slider and looking into trying to break into the minors now....
Len on 05.17.04 @ 07:20 AM CST