• Brief Single Season Pitching Brilliance

    Posted by on November 30th, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Pitching seasons since 1901 where the hurler threw less than 51 IP and had an ERA+ of 600 or better -

    Rk Player ERA+ IP Year Age Tm G W L SV H R ER BB SO ERA HR
    1 Joba Chamberlain 1221 24.0 2007 21 NYY 19 2 0 1 12 2 1 6 34 0.38 1
    2 Joel Johnston 1045 22.1 1991 24 KCR 13 1 0 0 9 1 1 9 21 0.40 0
    3 Craig Kimbrel 914 20.2 2010 22 ATL 21 4 0 1 9 2 1 16 40 0.44 0
    4 Buck O’Brien 875 47.2 1911 29 BOS 6 5 1 0 30 9 2 21 31 0.38 0
    5 Eric Bell 854 18.0 1991 27 CLE 10 4 0 0 5 2 1 5 7 0.50 0
    6 Brad Kilby 852 17.0 2009 26 OAK 11 1 0 0 10 2 1 4 20 0.53 1
    7 Cliff Markle 766 23.0 1915 21 NYY 3 2 0 0 15 3 1 6 12 0.39 1
    8 Derrick Turnbow 766 15.1 2003 25 ANA 11 2 0 0 7 1 1 3 15 0.59 0
    9 Juan Pena 742 13.0 1999 22 BOS 2 2 0 0 9 1 1 3 15 0.69 0
    10 Phil Coke 741 14.2 2008 25 NYY 12 1 0 0 8 1 1 2 14 0.61 0
    11 Dennis Cook 719 17.2 1991 28 LAD 20 1 0 0 12 3 1 7 8 0.51 0
    12 Dave Geisel 709 15.0 1979 24 CHC 7 0 0 0 10 1 1 4 5 0.60 0
    13 Orlando Pena 708 15.0 1958 24 CIN 9 1 0 3 10 1 1 4 11 0.60 0
    14 Joey Devine 706 45.2 2008 24 OAK 42 6 1 1 23 7 3 15 49 0.59 0
    15 Tony Faeth 700 18.1 1919 25 CLE 6 0 0 0 13 4 1 10 7 0.49 0
    16 Luis Aponte 693 15.2 1981 28 BOS 7 1 0 1 11 1 1 3 11 0.57 0
    17 Dave Geisel 675 16.0 1981 26 CHC 11 2 0 0 11 3 1 10 7 0.56 0
    18 Bill Cox 668 12.2 1937 24 CHW 3 1 0 0 9 1 1 5 8 0.71 0
    19 Kip Gross 658 15.0 1993 28 LAD 10 0 0 0 13 1 1 4 12 0.60 0
    20 Ray Bare 651 16.2 1972 23 STL 14 0 1 1 18 2 1 6 5 0.54 0
    21 Paul Kilgus 640 28.2 1993 31 STL 22 1 0 1 18 2 2 8 21 0.63 1
    22 Dennis Musgraves 640 16.0 1965 21 NYM 5 0 0 0 11 2 1 7 11 0.56 0
    23 Tom Davey 617 12.2 2000 26 SDP 11 2 1 0 12 1 1 2 6 0.71 0
    24 Justin Berg 610 12.0 2009 25 CHC 11 0 0 0 10 1 1 1 7 0.75 0
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/30/2011.

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    For the most part, it’s a pitching “Who’s Who?” of “Where Are They Now?”

    V Takes Over RSN

    Posted by on November 30th, 2011 · Comments (8)

    Joel Sherman on the Red Sox hiring Bobby Valentine -

    Bobby Valentine, who makes lifelong friends and enduring enemies in near-equal numbers, has reached an agreement to become the Red Sox manager, completing a process that for most of its duration did not include him. That, in itself, speaks to the current condition of the most neurotic team in the majors.

    The Red Sox have become the George Steinbrenner Yankees, and now they have their Billy Martin, a combustible manager as likely to throw the organization into further chaos as he is to bring championship glory. Valentine is ingenious and inflammatory, and his greatest detractors would add insincere.

    But his supporters — and I fall much more into this subset — recognize Valentine is a brilliant tactician, as good an evaluator of talent as there is in the game, a maestro at deploying the strengths of a full 25-man roster, a tireless worker, an independent thinker and a competition junkie. He also is a riveting personality, a human carnival who doesn’t do boring.

    The Red Sox, who are pretty darn interesting, just went off the scale by employing the most polarizing figure in the game. And this hire turns the division into the new Big East.

    Me? Valentine has not managed in the majors since 2002. He’s never managed a team that has finished first in the major leagues – ever. And, in 15 years of managing in the big leagues, his teams won 90+ games only twice.

    Hey, maybe he will do well in Boston? But, let’s not make him out to be Billy Martin…because he’s not.

    Best Seasons By An Old Full-Time D.H.

    Posted by on November 29th, 2011 · Comments (1)

    Here’s one list on that -

    Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm G PA R HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Dave Winfield 3.7 1992 40 TOR 156 670 92 26 108 82 89 2 .290 .377 .491
    2 Edgar Martinez 3.5 2003 40 SEA 145 603 72 24 98 92 95 0 .294 .406 .489
    3 Paul Molitor 3.4 1996 39 MIN 161 728 99 9 113 56 72 18 .341 .390 .468
    4 Brian Downing 2.5 1991 40 TEX 123 476 76 17 49 58 70 1 .278 .377 .455
    5 Harold Baines 2.3 1999 40 TOT 135 486 62 25 103 54 48 1 .312 .387 .533
    6 Frank Thomas 2.0 2007 39 TOR 155 624 63 26 95 81 94 0 .277 .377 .480
    7 Dave Parker 1.9 1990 39 MIL 157 669 71 21 92 41 102 4 .289 .330 .451
    8 Paul Molitor 1.4 1997 40 MIN 135 597 63 10 89 45 73 11 .305 .351 .435
    9 Reggie Jackson 1.3 1986 40 CAL 132 517 65 18 58 92 115 1 .241 .379 .408
    10 Carl Yastrzemski 1.2 1982 42 BOS 131 523 53 16 72 59 50 0 .275 .358 .431
    11 Chili Davis 0.7 1999 39 NYY 146 554 59 19 78 73 100 4 .269 .366 .445
    12 Al Kaline 0.6 1974 39 DET 147 630 71 13 64 65 75 2 .262 .337 .389
    13 Hal McRae 0.4 1985 39 KCR 112 369 41 14 70 44 45 0 .259 .349 .450
    14 Paul Molitor 0.1 1998 41 MIN 126 559 75 4 69 45 41 9 .281 .335 .382
    15 George Brett 0.0 1992 39 KCR 152 637 55 7 61 35 69 8 .285 .330 .397
    16 Hank Aaron 0.0 1975 41 MIL 137 543 45 12 60 70 51 0 .234 .332 .355
    17 Dave Winfield -0.2 1993 41 MIN 143 594 72 21 76 45 106 2 .271 .325 .442
    18 Gary Sheffield -0.3 2008 39 DET 114 482 52 19 57 58 83 9 .225 .326 .400
    19 George Brett -0.4 1993 40 KCR 145 612 69 19 75 39 67 7 .266 .312 .434
    20 Carl Yastrzemski -0.4 1983 43 BOS 119 437 38 10 56 54 29 0 .266 .359 .408
    21 Rico Carty -0.4 1979 39 TOR 132 512 48 12 55 46 45 3 .256 .322 .390
    22 Edgar Martinez -0.7 2004 41 SEA 141 549 45 12 63 58 107 1 .263 .342 .385
    23 Eddie Murray -0.8 1996 40 TOT 152 637 69 22 79 61 87 4 .260 .327 .417
    24 Dave Parker -1.4 1991 40 TOT 132 541 47 11 59 33 98 3 .239 .288 .365
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/29/2011.

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    So, the Big Hurt in 2007 was the last “good” old full-time DH in baseball history.  I wonder if we will ever see another?

    Baseball Prospectus

    Posted by on November 28th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    I want to say it was around 9 years ago that Baseball Prospectus was huge.  But, does anyone visit that site and/or read their books any more?

    Lefty Hitting Catchers Who Played A Lot & Who Are Not In Cooperstown

    Posted by on November 28th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Here is the list -

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    1 Darrell Porter 40.6 1971 1987 19-35 1782 6570 765 1369 188 826 905 1025 .247 .354 .409
    2 Smoky Burgess 31.8 1949 1967 22-40 1692 5013 485 1318 126 673 477 270 .295 .362 .446
    3 Tom Haller 29.3 1961 1972 24-35 1294 4519 461 1011 134 504 477 593 .257 .340 .414
    4 Ed Bailey 28.7 1953 1966 22-35 1212 4208 432 915 155 540 545 577 .256 .355 .429
    5 Tim McCarver 26.8 1959 1980 17-38 1909 6206 590 1501 97 645 548 422 .271 .337 .388
    6 Mike Scioscia 23.7 1980 1992 21-33 1441 5056 398 1131 68 446 567 307 .259 .344 .356
    7 John Roseboro 22.5 1957 1970 24-37 1585 5527 512 1206 104 548 547 677 .249 .326 .371
    8 Darren Daulton 22.3 1983 1997 21-35 1161 4336 511 891 137 588 629 726 .245 .357 .427
    9 Terry Kennedy 21.2 1978 1991 22-35 1491 5421 474 1313 113 628 365 855 .264 .314 .386
    10 Johnny Bassler 16.8 1913 1927 18-32 811 2858 250 704 1 318 437 81 .304 .416 .361
    11 Ernie Whitt 16.7 1976 1991 24-39 1328 4271 447 938 134 534 436 491 .249 .324 .410
    12 Clay Dalrymple 14.8 1960 1971 23-34 1079 3532 243 710 55 327 387 403 .233 .322 .335
    13 Milt May 14.2 1970 1984 19-33 1192 4074 313 971 77 443 305 361 .263 .318 .371
    14 Johnny Edwards 14.1 1961 1974 23-36 1470 5132 430 1106 81 524 465 635 .242 .311 .353
    15 Mike LaValliere 12.9 1984 1995 23-34 879 2871 185 663 18 294 321 244 .268 .351 .338
    16 Ron Hassey 12.6 1978 1991 25-38 1192 3906 348 914 71 438 385 378 .266 .340 .382
    17 Ivey Wingo 10.5 1911 1929 20-38 1327 4372 362 1039 25 455 264 285 .260 .307 .355
    18 Rich Gedman 8.0 1980 1992 20-32 1033 3468 331 795 88 382 236 509 .252 .304 .399
    19 Darrin Fletcher 7.8 1989 2002 22-35 1245 4270 377 1048 124 583 255 399 .269 .318 .423
    20 Clint Courtney 6.3 1951 1961 24-34 946 3147 260 750 38 313 264 143 .268 .339 .366
    21 Greg Myers 5.9 1987 2005 21-39 1108 3352 333 776 87 396 268 539 .255 .313 .395
    22 Ed Taubensee 4.9 1991 2001 22-32 975 3178 351 784 94 419 255 574 .273 .331 .430
    23 Brent Mayne 4.3 1990 2004 22-36 1279 4084 359 951 38 403 370 580 .263 .332 .348
    24 Ed Herrmann 4.1 1967 1978 20-31 922 3057 247 654 80 320 260 361 .240 .310 .364
    25 Dave Rader 3.8 1971 1980 22-31 846 2702 254 619 30 235 245 180 .257 .326 .349
    26 Jeff Reed 3.6 1984 2000 21-37 1234 3566 311 774 61 323 391 566 .250 .334 .361
    27 Paul Bako -2.6 1998 2009 26-37 789 2471 195 508 24 195 233 589 .231 .305 .318
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/28/2011.

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    The Johnny Bassler story is an interesting one.  Click here to check it out.

    Whereabouts

    Posted by on November 28th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Here’s the story.

    Yankees/Rays Draft Comparison

    Posted by on November 25th, 2011 · Comments (16)

    Still Active Picks from all Rays MLB Amateur Drafts:

    Year Rnd OvPck RdPck   Pos WAR 6 Drafted Out of
    1999 2 52 1 Carl Crawford (minors) OF 27.2 Jefferson Davis HS (Houston, TX)
    2006 1 3 3 Evan Longoria (minors) 3B 24.1 Long Beach State University (Long Beach, CA)
    1999 1 1 1 Josh Hamilton (minors) OF 20.2 Athens Drive HS (Raleigh, NC)
    2000 16 466 6 James Shields (minors) RHP 18.1 Hart HS (Newhall, CA)
    2002 1 2 2 B.J. Upton (minors) SS 16.7 Greenbrier Christian Academy (Chesapeake, VA)
    1998 5 162 29 Aubrey Huff (minors) 3B 14.2 University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
    2002 23 674 2 Jacoby Ellsbury (minors) OF 13.6 Madras HS (Madras, OR)
    2000 45 1327 6 Luke Scott (minors) OF 10.6 Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)
    2007 1 1 1 David Price (minors) LHP 10.4 Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
    1997 69 1583 3 Heath Bell (minors) RHP 9.8 Rancho Santiago College (Santa Ana, CA)
    1996 44 1314 25 Jason Michaels (minors) OF 7.4 Okaloosa-Walton CC (Niceville, FL)
    1996 34 1024 29 Dan Wheeler (minors) RHP 6.9 Central Arizona College (Coolidge, AZ)
    1999 17 505 1 Matt Diaz (minors) OF 5.0 Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
    2002 10 284 2 Jason Hammel (minors) RHP 4.9 Treasure Valley CC (Ontario, OR)
    2001 19 559 3 Jason Hammel (minors) RHP 4.9 Treasure Valley CC (Ontario, OR)
    2005 4 118 8 Jeremy Hellickson (minors) RHP 4.8 Hoover HS (Des Moines, IA)
    2001 4 109 3 David Bush (minors) RHP 4.6 Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
    2002 15 434 2 Mike Pelfrey (minors) RHP 4.5 Wichita Heights HS (Wichita, KS)
    1999 18 535 1 Ryan Raburn (minors) SS 4.4 Durant HS (Plant City, FL)
    2004 1 4 4 Jeff Niemann (minors) RHP 4.3 Rice University (Houston, TX)
    2000 34 1006 6 Nick Blackburn (minors) RHP 4.1 Del City HS (Del City, OK)
    2005 19 568 8 Ike Davis (minors) 1B 3.8 Chaparral HS (Scottsdale, AZ)
    1997 90 1605 1 Willie Harris (minors) 2B 3.4 Middle Georgia College (Cochran, GA)
    1999 21 625 1 Mike Fontenot (minors) 2B 3.0 Salmen HS (Slidell, LA)
    2005 18 538 8 Tommy Hunter (minors) RHP 2.9 Cathedral HS (Indianapolis, IN)
    2003 12 338 1 John Jaso (minors) C 2.4 Southwestern CC (Chula Vista, CA)
    2004 3 75 4 Wade Davis (minors) RHP 2.3 Lake Wales HS (Lake Wales, FL)
    2006 10 289 3 Desmond Jennings (minors) OF 2.2 Itawamba CC (Fulton, MS)
    2001 18 529 3 Jonny Gomes (minors) OF 2.1 Santa Rosa JC (Santa Rosa, CA)
    2003 36 1058 1 Wade LeBlanc (minors) LHP 1.2 Barbe HS (Lake Charles, LA)
    2003 37 1088 1 Kris Medlen (minors) SS 1.2 Gahr HS (Cerritos, CA)
    2006 4 109 3 Alex Cobb (minors) RHP 0.8 Vero Beach HS (Vero Beach, FL)
    2004 7 195 4 Fernando Perez (minors) OF 0.6 Columbia University (New York, NY)
    2000 30 886 6 Edgar Gonzalez (minors) SS 0.5 University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
    2001 32 949 3 Joey Gathright (minors) OF 0.4 La Place (La Place, LA)
    2004 29 855 4 Daniel McCutchen (minors) RHP 0.3 University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
    2002 2 43 2 Jason Pridie (minors) OF 0.3 Prescott HS (Prescott, AZ)
    2007 8 245 1 Matt Moore (minors) RHP 0.2 Moriarty HS (Moriarty, NM)
    2005 20 598 8 Wade Miley (minors) LHP 0.2 Loranger HS (Loranger, LA)
    2003 4 98 1 Travis Schlichting (minors) 3B 0.2 Round Rock HS (Round Rock, TX)
    2001 48 1414 3 Brad Davis (minors) C 0.2 Capistrano Valley HS (Mission Viejo, CA)
    2004 5 135 4 Jake McGee (minors) LHP 0.1 Reed HS (Sparks, NV)
    2003 16 458 1 Jared Hughes (minors) RHP 0.1 Santa Margarita HS (Laguna Niguel, CA)
    2001 34 1009 3 Chad Gaudin (minors) RHP 0.1 Crescent City Baptist HS (Harahan, LA)
    2004 13 375 4 Andy Sonnanstine (minors) RHP -0.0 Kent State University (Kent, OH)
    2006 2 47 3 Josh Butler (minors) RHP -0.1 University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
    2004 8 225 4 Rhyne Hughes (minors) 1B -0.1 Pearl River CC (Poplarville, MS)
    2000 38 1126 6 Steven Jackson (minors) RHP -0.1 Summerville HS (Summerville, SC)
    2006 13 379 3 Mike Minor (minors) LHP -0.2 Forrest HS (Forrest, TN)
    2003 1 1 1 Delmon Young (minors) OF -0.2 Adolfo Camarillo HS (Camarillo, CA)
    2004 2 45 4 Reid Brignac (minors) SS -0.3 St.Amant HS (St.Amant, LA)
    2005 49 1455 8 Casey Coleman (minors) RHP -0.4 Gainesville HS (Gainesville, GA)
    2002 6 164 2 Cesar Ramos (minors) LHP -0.4 El Rancho HS (Pico Rivera, CA)
    2002 9 254 2 Chris Leroux (minors) C -0.4 St. Joseph SS (Mississauga, ON)
    2001 38 1129 3 Thomas Diamond (minors) RHP -0.6 Archbishop Rummel HS (Metairie, LA)
    2000 24 706 6 Shawn Riggans (minors) C -0.6 Indian River CC (Fort Pierce, FL)
    1999 5 145 1 Seth McClung (minors) RHP -0.6 Greenbrier East HS (Lewisburg, WV)
    2001 11 319 3 Mark Worrell (minors) RHP -0.7 John I. Leonard HS (Greenacres, FL)
    2005 25 748 8 Clayton Mortensen (minors) RHP -0.8 Treasure Valley CC (Ontario, OR)
    2003 30 878 1 Adam Ottavino (minors) RHP -0.9 Berkeley Carroll HS (Brooklyn, NY)
    1997 89 1604 1 Robby Hammock (minors) C -0.9 Georgia Perimeter College (Covington, GA)
    2003 19 548 1 Josh Geer (minors) RHP -1.0 Navarro College (Corsicana, TX)
    2001 5 139 3 Chris Seddon (minors) LHP -1.1 Canyon HS (Canyon Country, CA)
    1998 48 1413 19 Mike Jacobs (minors) C -1.2 Hilltop HS (Chula Vista, CA)
    2003 9 248 1 Billy Buckner (minors) RHP -1.3 Young Harris College (Young Harris, GA)
    1997 17 534 30 Chris Bootcheck (minors) RHP -1.9 LaPorte HS (LaPorte, IN)
    2003 3 68 1 Andrew Miller (minors) LHP -4.8 Buchholz HS (Gainesville, FL)
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 11/24/2011.

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    Still Active Picks from all Yankees MLB Amateur Drafts

    Year Rnd OvPck RdPck   Pos WAR 6 Drafted Out of
    1992 1 6 6 Derek Jeter (minors) SS 70.4 Central HS (Kalamazoo, MI)
    1990 24 646 10 Jorge Posada (minors) SS 44.8 Calhoun State CC (Tanner, AL)
    1995 45 1259 24 Casey Blake (minors) 3B 23.6 Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
    1996 3 89 24 Nick Johnson (minors) 1B 14.2 McClatchy HS (Sacramento, CA)
    1998 1s 43 43 *Mark Prior (minors) RHP 13.7 University HS (San Diego, CA)
    2005 3 109 29 Brett Gardner (minors) OF 11.7 College of Charleston (Charleston, SC)
    2006 1 21 21 *Ian Kennedy (minors) RHP 8.2 University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
    2005 6 199 29 Doug Fister (minors) RHP 7.4 Fresno State University (Fresno, CA)
    2003 9 274 27 Tyler Clippard (minors) RHP 6.2 J W Mitchell HS (New Port Richey, FL)
    2006 1s 41 41 *Joba Chamberlain (minors) RHP 5.3 University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)
    2003 20 604 27 Daniel Bard (minors) RHP 5.3 Charlotte Christian HS (Charlotte, NC)
    2006 17 524 28 David Robertson (minors) RHP 5.2 University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
    2005 8 259 29 Austin Jackson (minors) OF 5.2 Ryan HS (Denton, TX)
    2004 1 23 23 *Phil Hughes (minors) RHP 4.6 Foothill HS (Santa Ana, CA)
    1996 30 899 24 Marcus Thames (minors) OF 3.9 Southwest Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)
    2001 29 875 19 Philip Humber (minors) RHP 3.2 Carthage HS (Carthage, TX)
    2000 32 968 28 Chris Dickerson (minors) OF 2.6 Notre Dame HS (Sherman Oaks, CA)
    2003 19 574 27 Jeff Karstens (minors) RHP 2.4 Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)
    2007 34 1050 29 Drew Storen (minors) RHP 2.3 Brownsburg HS (Brownsburg, IN)
    2001 2 63 19 Shelley Duncan (minors) OF 1.6 University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
    1994 24 675 24 Jason Grilli (minors) RHP 1.6 Baker HS (Baldwinsville, NY)
    1997 5 169 25 Randy Choate (minors) LHP 1.5 Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
    2006 9 284 28 Mark Melancon (minors) RHP 1.3 University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
    2002 26 786 24 Phil Coke (minors) LHP 1.3 San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton, CA)
    2004 33 999 28 Michael Dunn (minors) 1B 1.1 CC of Southern Nevada (Henderson, NV)
    2007 39 1191 28 Eric Thames (minors) OF 0.8 Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
    2005 45 1362 28 Brett Pill (minors) 1B 0.7 California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
    2006 13 404 28 Daniel McCutchen (minors) RHP 0.3 University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
    2003 47 1399 24 Daniel McCutchen (minors) RHP 0.3 Grayson County CC (Denison, TX)
    2007 18 574 30 Chris Carpenter (minors) RHP 0.2 Kent State University (Kent, OH)
    2001 21 635 19 Omir Santos (minors) C 0.2 East Central College (Union, MO)
    2007 1 30 30 Andrew Brackman (minors) RHP 0.1 North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
    2006 5 164 28 George Kontos (minors) RHP 0.1 Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
    2003 43 1290 25 Justin Berg (minors) RHP 0.1 Indian Hills CC (Centerville, IA)
    2002 23 696 24 Eric Hacker (minors) RHP 0.1 Duncanville HS (Duncanville, TX)
    2006 8 254 28 Dellin Betances (minors) RHP 0.0 Grand Street HS (New York, NY)
    2004 1s 41 41 *Jeff Marquez (minors) RHP 0.0 Sacramento CC (Sacramento, CA)
    2002 5 156 24 Matt Carson (minors) OF 0.0 Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
    2001 50 1475 13 Brandon Boggs (minors) OF -0.0 Pope HS (Marietta, GA)
    2007 2 94 30 Austin Romine (minors) C -0.1 El Toro HS (Lake Forest, CA)
    2005 4 139 29 Lance Pendleton (minors) RHP -0.1 Rice University (Houston, TX)
    2005 29 889 29 Justin Turner (minors) 2B -0.1 California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
    2001 3 95 19 Chase Wright (minors) LHP -0.1 Iowa Park HS (Iowa Park, TX)
    1997 55 1488 8 Aaron Heilman (minors) RHP -0.1 Logansport HS (Logansport, IN)
    2007 27 844 30 Brandon Laird (minors) 3B -0.2 Cypress JC (Cypress, CA)
    2005 5 169 29 Zach Kroenke (minors) LHP -0.2 University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)
    2002 24 726 24 Dane De La Rosa (minors) RHP -0.2 Riverside CC (Riverside, CA)
    2006 20 614 28 Kevin Russo (minors) 2B -0.3 Baylor University (Waco, TX)
    2003 40 1204 27 Brandon Kintzler (minors) RHP -0.3 Pasadena CC (Pasadena, CA)
    2001 1s 34 34 *Bronson Sardinha (minors) SS -0.3 Kamehameha HS (Honolulu, HI)
    1997 13 409 25 Brian Tallet (minors) LHP -0.3 Hill JC (Hillsboro, TX)
    1997 37 1129 25 Marshall McDougall (minors) SS -0.3 Santa Fe CC (Gainesville, FL)
    2002 8 246 24 Brad Halsey (minors) LHP -0.4 University of Texas (Austin, TX)
    2000 19 578 28 Brad Halsey (minors) LHP -0.4 Hill JC (Hillsboro, TX)
    2006 3 104 28 Zach McAllister (minors) RHP -0.6 Illinois Valley Central HS (Chillicothe, IL)
    2003 17 514 27 David Purcey (minors) LHP -0.7 University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
    1997 9 289 25 Randy Flores (minors) LHP -1.6 University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
    2000 26 788 28 Sean Henn (minors) LHP -2.2 McLennan College (Waco, TX)
    1999 30 921 27 Sean Henn (minors) LHP -2.2 Aledo HS (Aledo, TX)
    1998 2 67 24 Randy Keisler (minors) LHP -2.3 Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
    2004 50 1496 26 Chris Davis (minors) 3B -2.4 Longview HS (Longview, TX)
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 11/24/2011.

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    So, which team does a better job in the draft?

    Happy Tryptophan Day 2011!

    Posted by on November 24th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    I justed wanted to take a quick moment to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com (and their loved ones) a happy, and a safe, Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy.

    Does New MLB CBA Hurt Teams Who Rely On Amateur Talent?

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Interesting words from Ken Rosenthal on the new baseball CBA -

    The deal got done, and that fact overrides every other. As the NBA will learn, labor peace alone carries great value, helps a sport achieve continued growth.

    Unfortunately for baseball, low-revenue teams got trampled in its new collective-bargaining agreement, trampled in a way that raises genuine concerns for their future.

    “We are headed for massive problems in the next CBA,” one general manager said Tuesday night. “Competitive balance is going to get progressively worse.”

    We’ve heard it all before, but the GM isn’t crying wolf, even though the addition of a wild-card team in each league will create greater opportunity for all.

    The new restrictions on spending in both the amateur draft and international market are daggers to low-revenue clubs, robbing them of two of the few advantages they had.

    Of course, if GMs are upset – and many of them are – they have only their owners to blame. The owners and commissioner Bud Selig wanted meaningful cost controls. Their goal of “hard slotting” for the draft – predetermined signing bonuses – would have been even more restrictive.

    As one player agent pointed out, it’s a borderline miracle that a sport with such vast payroll disparity – $200 million at one extreme, $35 million at the other – can pull off a functional deal at all.

    That’s the larger point, and it’s important for even the most disgruntled to remember. But if competitive balance is truly the goal, then this agreement is indeed a step backward.

    Maybe baseball is OK with that. Maybe the dominance of the big markets – even with revenue sharing – makes the sport healthier overall. But tell that to all the clubs that now will face even more of an uphill fight, particularly as high-revenue teams secure one mammoth local TV deal after another.

    I think baseball’s logic here is: The “Amateur Market” carries great risk. So, to protect ourselves from over-spending on that risk, we’re putting these new provisions in place. And, kids who always wanted to play baseball will still sign in order to chase their dream. And, if that means we need to lose some “prospects” to other sports, then, so be it.

    I can see the logic in that last part. Name one NBA, NFL or NHL player who would have been a star in baseball if MLB could have locked him up. Michael Jordan was a star in the NBA. He was not MLB level talent. Ditto Danny Ainge. See also: Deion Sanders.

    Baseball Players Born On Thanksgiving

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Using the data from here and here, I was able to identify some of the baseball players born since 1900 and who were actually born on the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  Here they are:

    Tommy McCraw
    Denny Riddleberger
    Ricky Ledée
    Yusmeiro Petit
    Billy Rogell
    Rafael Santo Domingo
    José López
    Jarrod Parker
    Bob Finley
    Randy Veres
    Tavo Álvarez
    Lefty Gomez
    Ed Weiland
    Mike Moore
    Cal Howe
    John Harrell
    Mike Scioscia
    Tim Laker
    Chris Eddy
    Lynn King
    Russ Meers
    Pat Rooney
    Walt Weiss
    Scott Sheldon
    Terry Burrows
    Pedro Astacio
    Bill Currie

    Of course, some of these players were not born in the United States – and, the Thanksgiving Holiday means nothing in their place of birth.

    But, in any event, there are your “20th Century Thanksgiving Baby All-Stars.” Gobble, gobble…

    Ryan Braun’s In Good Company

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Mighty season brings Braun NL MVP Award.

    How many right-handed batters, since 1901, had 5+ seasons before the age of 28, with an OPS+ of 130 or better?  Here is the list -

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Jimmie Foxx 9 1925 1935 17-27 Ind. Seasons
    2 Rogers Hornsby 8 1916 1923 20-27 Ind. Seasons
    3 Albert Pujols 7 2001 2007 21-27 Ind. Seasons
    4 Alex Rodriguez 7 1996 2003 20-27 Ind. Seasons
    5 Frank Robinson 7 1956 1963 20-27 Ind. Seasons
    6 Hank Aaron 7 1955 1961 21-27 Ind. Seasons
    7 Frank Thomas 6 1990 1995 22-27 Ind. Seasons
    8 Juan Gonzalez 6 1990 1997 20-27 Ind. Seasons
    9 Dick Allen 6 1964 1969 22-27 Ind. Seasons
    10 Orlando Cepeda 6 1959 1964 21-26 Ind. Seasons
    11 Harmon Killebrew 6 1957 1963 21-27 Ind. Seasons
    12 Joe DiMaggio 6 1937 1942 22-27 Ind. Seasons
    13 Joe Medwick 6 1932 1939 20-27 Ind. Seasons
    14 Sherry Magee 6 1905 1911 20-26 Ind. Seasons
    15 Ryan Braun 5 2007 2011 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    16 David Wright 5 2005 2010 22-27 Ind. Seasons
    17 Miguel Cabrera 5 2005 2010 22-27 Ind. Seasons
    18 Vladimir Guerrero 5 1998 2002 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    19 Manny Ramirez 5 1995 1999 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    20 Jeff Bagwell 5 1991 1995 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    21 Rickey Henderson 5 1980 1985 21-26 Ind. Seasons
    22 Pedro Guerrero 5 1978 1983 22-27 Ind. Seasons
    23 Greg Luzinski 5 1971 1978 20-27 Ind. Seasons
    24 Al Kaline 5 1955 1962 20-27 Ind. Seasons
    25 Rocky Colavito 5 1955 1961 21-27 Ind. Seasons
    26 Willie Mays 5 1954 1958 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    27 Ernie Banks 5 1953 1958 22-27 Ind. Seasons
    28 Hank Greenberg 5 1934 1938 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    29 Al Simmons 5 1925 1929 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/22/2011.

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    Justin Most Valuander

    Posted by on November 21st, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Verlander turns double play, wins AL MVP.

    Is Justin Verlander now the best #2 overall pick in the draft ever? He’s creeping up on that honor -

    Year Rnd RdPck Tm   Pos WAR 6 G Drafted Out of
    1966 1 2 Athletics Reggie Jackson (minors) OF 74.6 2820 Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
    1985 1 2 Giants Will Clark (minors) 1B 57.6 1976 Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS)
    1997 1 2 Phillies J.D. Drew (minors) OF 45.9 1566 Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
    1999 1 2 Marlins Josh Beckett (minors) RHP 28.6 251 Spring HS (Spring, TX)
    1986 1 2 Indians Greg Swindell (minors) LHP 27.5 665 University of Texas (Austin, TX)
    2004 1 2 Tigers Justin Verlander (minors) RHP 26.8 166 Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
    1978 1 2 Blue Jays Lloyd Moseby (minors) 1B 24.1 1588 Oakland HS (Oakland, CA)
    1977 1 2 Expos Bill Gullickson (minors) RHP 22.2 398 Catholic HS (Joliet, IL)
    1969 1 2 Astros J.R. Richard (minors) RHP 21.7 239 Lincoln HS (Ruston, LA)
    1984 1 2 Mariners Bill Swift (minors) RHP 18.8 410 University of Maine (Orono, ME)
    1973 1 2 Phillies John Stearns (minors) C 18.6 810 University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)
    2002 1 2 Devil Rays B.J. Upton (minors) SS 16.7 820 Greenbrier Christian Academy (Chesapeake, VA)
    1981 1 2 Cubs Joe Carter (minors) OF 16.5 2189 Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
    1998 1 2 Athletics Mark Mulder (minors) LHP 16.3 205 Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
    2001 1 2 Cubs Mark Prior (minors) RHP 13.7 108 University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
    1990 1 2 Tigers Tony Clark (minors) OF 11.7 1559 Christian HS (El Cajon, CA)
    2003 1 2 Brewers Rickie Weeks (minors) 2B 10.9 760 Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA)
    1979 1 2 Mets Tim Leary (minors) RHP 10.6 293 UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
    2005 1 2 Royals Alex Gordon (minors) 3B 9.7 559 University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)
    1972 1 2 Indians Rick Manning (minors) SS 7.8 1555 LaSalle HS (Niagara Falls, NY)
    1992 1 2 Indians Paul Shuey (minors) RHP 6.8 476 University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)
    1994 1 2 Athletics Ben Grieve (minors) OF 6.7 976 Martin HS (Arlington, TX)
    1993 1 2 Dodgers Darren Dreifort (minors) RHP 6.2 277 Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
    1996 1 2 Twins Travis Lee (minors) 1B 4.6 1099 San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
    1995 1 2 Padres Ben Davis (minors) C 2.9 486 Malvern Prep School (Malvern, PA)
    2009 1 2 Mariners Dustin Ackley (minors) CF 2.5 90 University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)
    1983 1 2 Reds Kurt Stillwell (minors) SS 2.2 998 Thousand Oaks HS (Thousand Oaks, CA)
    1974 1 2 Rangers Tommy Boggs (minors) RHP 1.9 114 Lanier HS (Austin, TX)
    1970 1 2 Indians Steve Dunning (minors) RHP 1.7 145 Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
    1976 1 2 Tigers Pat Underwood (minors) LHP 0.8 113 Kokomo HS (Kokomo, IN)
    2007 1 2 Royals Mike Moustakas (minors) SS 0.5 89 Chatsworth HS (Chatsworth, CA)
    1989 1 2 Braves Tyler Houston (minors) C 0.1 700 Valley HS (Las Vegas, NV)
    1991 1 2 Braves Mike Kelly (minors) OF -0.1 327 Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
    1971 1 2 Padres Jay Franklin (minors) RHP -0.2 3 James Madison HS (Vienna, VA)
    1967 1 2 Cubs Terry Hughes (minors) SS -0.4 54 Dorman HS (Spartanburg, SC)
    1965 1 2 Mets Les Rohr (minors) LHP -0.5 6 West HS (Billings, MT)
    2000 1 2 Twins Adam Johnson (minors) RHP -1.3 9 California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
    1968 1 2 Athletics Pete Broberg (minors) RHP -1.3 207 Palm Beach HS (Palm Beach, FL)
    2008 1 2 Pirates Pedro Alvarez (minors) 3B -1.4 169 Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
    2006 1 2 Rockies Greg Reynolds (minors) RHP -1.4 27 Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
    1988 1 2 Indians Mark Lewis (minors) SS -3.7 902 Hamilton HS (Hamilton, OH)
    2011 1 2 Mariners Danny Hultzen (minors) LHP     University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
    2010 1 2 Pirates Jameson Taillon (minors) RHP     The Woodlands HS (The Woodlands, TX)
    1987 1 2 Pirates Mark Merchant (minors) OF     Oviedo HS (Oviedo, FL)
    1982 1 2 Blue Jays Augie Schmidt (minors) SS     University of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
    1980 1 2 Blue Jays Garry Harris (minors) SS     Hoover HS (San Diego, CA)
    1975 1 2 Padres Mike Lentz (minors) LHP     Juanita HS (Kirkland, WA)
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 11/21/2011.

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    Most HR In Year Of Death

    Posted by on November 21st, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Greg Halman was killed today. He hit two homeruns for the Mariners this season. That would put him right behind Dernell Stenson, Thurman Munson and Ray Chapman for most homeruns hit by a player in the season where he passed away. Here is the list prior to today -

    Rk Player HR Died To Year Age Tm G PA R RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Roberto Clemente 10 1972 1972 1972 37 PIT 102 413 68 60 29 49 0 .312 .356 .479
    2 Walt Lerian 6 1929 1929 1929 26 PHI 105 333 28 25 53 37 0 .223 .354 .352
    3 Lyman Bostock 5 1978 1978 1978 27 CAL 147 637 74 71 59 36 15 .296 .362 .379
    4 Austin McHenry 5 1922 1922 1922 26 STL 64 257 31 43 14 27 2 .303 .344 .466
    5 Len Koenecke 4 1935 1935 1935 31 BRO 100 374 43 27 43 45 0 .283 .369 .372
    6 Dernell Stenson 3 2003 2003 2003 25 CIN 37 93 14 13 11 24 0 .247 .333 .420
    7 Thurman Munson 3 1979 1979 1979 32 NYY 97 419 42 39 32 37 1 .288