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Swinging hard ... and missing often

Today's players exceeding the 100-strikeout mark more than ever before

Originally Published: June 27, 2009
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

On the final day of the 1970 season, Cardinals third baseman Joe Torre checked the lineup card and noticed that Lou Brock, St. Louis' dynamic leadoff hitter, was not in the lineup.

"Lou, what are you doing?'' Torre said. "I have 99 RBIs. I have to get to 100. You have to be on base so I can drive you in.''

Brock was adamant: He wasn't playing. "I checked the stats, Lou had 99 strikeouts,'' Torre said. "He didn't want to strike out 100 times.''

Thirty seasons later, Rangers ...

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