Gordon was thrilled -- Greinke is renowned for his baseball eye. Please. So, I wrote about Zack Greinke for like the 11 millionth time. In a piece by Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, Greinke’s former Arizona teammates reminisced about their time together with the team. There is another Greinke story I wasn't able to get into the piece, one I think I've told before but I'm not sure. The guy hit it. ‘One in 10 million’: An oral history of Zack Greinke’s years with the Royals. So, I wrote about Zack Greinke for like the 11 millionth time. He has also pitched for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Already have the app? "Yeah, that's it," I said.Greinke smiled again and immediately started complaining about how everyone on Twitter keeps talking about politics. "I pitched worse," he told the reporters, though he didn't go into it much. "You know," he said, "that wasn't a bad pitch. ""Actually," Greinke said. I ask him if it's a problem, and he shrugs. I relate the first time I ever interviewed him. "No, really, it took her like an hour to read to me." "I thought it was all right," he said.Greinke didn't say any more. Open Article in App. "It is fascinating to see the game through Greinke's eyes, even a little bit. "I don't have a good answer yet," he said.And then Greinke talked a little bit about velocity. Greinke won an American League Cy Young Award, almost won another in the National League, and he seems to have a good shot at 3,000 strikeouts (2,021 heading into this season). The mind whirls.Friday against the Dodgers was just Greinke's first spring start. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- This is how the conversation started after Zack Greinke's first start of the spring on Friday, a 15-3 D-backs win over the Dodgers:Me: So how did you feel today?Greinke: Really? Whew, I've been writing about Greinke for a dozen years, going back to when he was 19 years old. And then watched it again. "Follow me. ©2020 The Athletic Media Company. I ask him if he wants to add more velocity, and he smiles. The video was ... yep: Zack Greinke hitting a home run. Greinke watched it lovingly and then turned back to Gordon. He followed Greinke to to the monitor. I've seen him through good times and bad, talked with him when he was close to giving up the game, talked with him when he loathed pitching and considered becoming a shortstop, talked with him when he gingerly made his way back, talked with him when he was dealing, when he was about as unhittable as any pitcher in the last decade or more. "There are so many left-handed hitters," he said, "and unless it's perfect, they really hit the pitch down and away. This is the part of him that is so easy to miss because he's so quirky. "Thanks," I said. But underneath it all, I think it was just too much for him. At the time, you might remember, Gordon was a serious phenom that year, in the same category as, say, Kris Bryant before this season began. In 2007, the Kansas City Royals called up Alex Gordon. He appeared in the MLB All-Star Game and won the American League Cy Young Award in 2009 with the … That's what you want to ask me?Me: Yeah, not really.We've played this game for quite some time. Greinke said suddenly, like he always does when he's ready to stop talking. Others have said the same. All rights reserved. And then, at his low point, Zack Greinke came up to him. My two favorites, quickly: Once his teammate Jeremy Affeldt was pitching in relief. "One hundred," he said, "is better than 90. Greinke was a phenom. Greinke made his MLB debut with the Royals in 2004. Greinke purposely tried pitching up in the zone more. It doesn't really have much to do with anything except, well, it's just a perfect little Greinke story. Greinke's teammates will tell you: The guy's kind of a baseball savant. His swing even now has a hole in it -- it's something he simply has to overcome and it's a daily struggle --and in those early days pitchers just ate him up. Must read content, player grades, stuff you can't get anywhere else. Fun stuff. I want to show you something.". That wasn't a bad pitch. He wouldn't want to break up the balance to add one or two mph to his fastball. He had just been called up from Kansas City's Class A team after going 11-1 with a 1.14 ERA. His velocity dropped every so slightly last year. Greinke is quietly having what could be a Hall of Fame career. It … That variety is what has marked Greinke's career. This site requires JavaScript to run correctly. "I don't know," he said sadly, "I can't block everyone.". The second story is of the time that a different teammate, Alex Gordon, was really struggling at the plate. Greinke turned it on. RECAP: Greinke's strong debut and Goldy's 4-RBI day lead the #Dbacks to a big #DbacksSpring win over the Dodgers: https://t.co/u8LJrUM2xC pic.twitter.com/q1Vl38OBAb. By RotoWire Staff Oct 6, 2020 at 7:55 pm ET 1 ... Our Latest Stories Six players to get In Dynasty Frank Stampfl • 1 … He sees things nobody else seems to see. Fun stuff. There's a reason he doesn't go into it much. Man, did he struggle. I'm reminded of his former teammate, Brandon McCarthy, who happened to be pitching for the Dodgers vs. the D-backs on Friday, saying that few things made him happier or taught him more than just hearing Zack Greinke talk about pitching. He doesn't know exactly why, but he has a theory. "Is that it?" 1 New York Times best-selling author, an Emmy Award-winning writer and has been awarded National Sportswriter of the Year. ", Zack Greinke put together a strong #DbacksSpring debut with 1⅔ shutout innings and this K. pic.twitter.com/cFUA9e3kif, Beyond the funny stories, the quirky thoughts and the blunt observations, a marvelous pitching mind is at work. Subscribe now to get full access to the new sports page. "But then Greinke begins talking about that, saying he wouldn't change anything just to gain a few mph because in that velocity range it's more important to have your pitches in sync. Affeldt gave up a home run and got pulled from the game, and he was angry at himself. That's a lot of road behind us. He was beat up all year -- strained oblique, stiffness in his throwing shoulder -- but there was something else going on. If he has a few more good seasons, Cooperstown is very much in play.Greinke is also coming off a rough season, his roughest probably since he left Kansas City after the 2010 season. I was a Kansas City sports columnist desperately trying to find something hopeful to write for Royals fans. "it was a bad pitch. He thinks hitters stopped chasing his changeup last year. He is known for calling just how hard he will throw his curveball the next inning ("I'm going to try for 50 mph"). It would be worth it. It was much harder choosing which ones to include in this story looking back a decade after his last game in a Royals uniform. I relate the first time I ever interviewed him. He figured that Greinke must have found something in his swing, something small, some little flaw that he could fix and it would turn his entire season around. Gordon just couldn't hit anything at all, and one day Greinke came up to him and said he wanted to show Gordon something in the video room. Donald Zackary "Zack" Greinke ( born October 21, 1983) is a right-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Whew, I've been writing about Greinke for a dozen years, going back to when he was 19 years old. After his age-32 season, he has 51 career Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and 155 wins as a pitcher, a combination that compares well with Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson and Warren Spahn when they were his age. "That thing was a BOOK" was his review of the story. "No," Greinke said, "seriously, I went to the back, watched the video, it was a bad pitch, middle of the plate, right in the guy's zone. "But if I could add five mph," he said, "yeah, I'd change whatever. "Affeldt looked over at Greinke and saw that same placid look that Greinke usually wears. He will probably stay in baseball after he's done. We've been playing this game for just about all of Greinke's adult life. Oh, I have a million Greinke stories. In fact, I'm pretty sure Gordon was the first player in Baseball America history to be named minor league player of the year just one year after being named amateur player of the year. It was at the All-Star Futures Game in Chicago in 2003.