Fast the only way to work for Blue Jays' Mark Buehrle

Jays lefty Mark Buehrle heads to the dugout after working four quick innings against the Houston...

Jays lefty Mark Buehrle heads to the dugout after working four quick innings against the Houston Astros yesterday. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:17 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - How fast does Mark Buerhle work?

“He works so fast that you can’t write anything in your notebook,” said Houston Astros pro scout Paul Riccarini. “If you do, you miss seeing his next pitch.”

He works so fast that three of the 20 Astros hitters Buerhle faced Tuesday stepped out of the batter’s box to slow him down.

He’s so fast that he and Seattle Mariners’ Ryan Franklin hooked up in a 2-1 Chicago White Sox win in 2005 which took all of one hour 39 minutes. 

There had not been a quicker game since the Jays’ Jim Clancy faced Frank Viola of the Minnesota Twins Sept. 28, 1982.

“Buerhle was enjoyable to work when you had the plate,” said Richie Garcia, who umped the American League for 25 years and was at the Jays-Astros game on Tuesday.

“He throws strikes, gets lot of double-play ground balls. He works so fast that it doesn’t matter if he gets hit or not.”


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