• Happy New Year!

    Posted by on December 31st, 2011 · Comments (5)

    I would like to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com a very happy and healthy new year. And, may all your resolutions for 2012 come true!

    400 HR Club – Most Seasons Without 350 PA

    Posted by on December 30th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Of all the players with 400+ career homeruns, which ones have 4+ seasons in their career where they failed to reach 350 PA?  Here’s the list -

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Jim Thome 6 1991 2011 20-40 Ind. Seasons
    2 Juan Gonzalez 6 1989 2005 19-35 Ind. Seasons
    3 Willie Stargell 6 1962 1982 22-42 Ind. Seasons
    4 Willie McCovey 6 1959 1980 21-42 Ind. Seasons
    5 Harmon Killebrew 6 1954 1973 18-37 Ind. Seasons
    6 Duke Snider 6 1947 1964 20-37 Ind. Seasons
    7 Jimmie Foxx 6 1925 1945 17-37 Ind. Seasons
    8 Jason Giambi 5 1995 2011 24-40 Ind. Seasons
    9 Andruw Jones 5 1996 2011 19-34 Ind. Seasons
    10 Ken Griffey 5 1995 2010 25-40 Ind. Seasons
    11 Frank Thomas 5 1990 2008 22-40 Ind. Seasons
    12 Gary Sheffield 5 1988 2009 19-40 Ind. Seasons
    13 Babe Ruth 5 1914 1935 19-40 Ind. Seasons
    14 Manny Ramirez 4 1993 2011 21-39 Ind. Seasons
    15 Carlos Delgado 4 1993 2009 21-37 Ind. Seasons
    16 Mark McGwire 4 1986 2000 22-36 Ind. Seasons
    17 Jose Canseco 4 1985 2001 20-36 Ind. Seasons
    18 Andre Dawson 4 1976 1996 21-41 Ind. Seasons
    19 Darrell Evans 4 1969 1989 22-42 Ind. Seasons
    20 Mel Ott 4 1926 1947 17-38 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 12/30/2011.

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    Jim Thome, Andruw Jones and Jason Giambi could add to their numbers here in 2012.

    Top 20 World Series Game Sevens

    Posted by on December 30th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Here’s one way to slice it -

    Rk Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt aLI
    1 1997-10-26 WS 7 FLA CLE W 3-2 2.186
    2 1972-10-22 WS 7 CIN OAK L 2-3 2.017
    3 1991-10-27 WS 7 MIN ATL W 1-0 2.009
    4 1924-10-10 WS 7 WSH NYG W 4-3 1.924
    5 1924-10-10 WS 7 NYG WSH L 3-4 1.858
    6 2001-11-04 WS 7 ARI NYY W 3-2 1.840
    7 1946-10-15 WS 7 BOS STL L 3-4 1.824
    8 1962-10-16 WS 7 SFG NYY L 0-1 1.760
    9 1975-10-22 WS 7 CIN BOS W 4-3 1.727
    10 1952-10-07 WS 7 BRO NYY L 2-4 1.703
    11 1926-10-10 WS 7 NYY STL L 2-3 1.692
    12 1971-10-17 WS 7 BAL PIT L 1-2 1.613
    13 1925-10-15 WS 7 PIT WSH W 9-7 1.613
    14 1991-10-27 WS 7 ATL MIN L 0-1 1.559
    15 1979-10-17 WS 7 BAL PIT L 1-4 1.479
    16 1955-10-04 WS 7 NYY BRO L 0-2 1.440
    17 1940-10-08 WS 7 DET CIN L 1-2 1.384
    18 1960-10-13 WS 7 PIT NYY W 10-9 1.372
    19 1987-10-25 WS 7 MIN STL W 4-2 1.347
    20 1921-10-12 WS 7 NYY NYG L 1-2 1.328
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    Generated 12/30/2011.

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    I wonder if MLB and/or the Yankees will do anything next year to celebrate the 50th anny of that game back in 1962?

    Greg Spira

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

    This is very sad news.

    I didn’t really know Greg.  But, from what others are saying, seems like he was a really nice guy and a great baseball fan.  And, whenever we lose someone with those qualities, too soon, it’s very, very, sad news…indeed.

    The 2012 Oakland A’s

    Posted by on December 29th, 2011 · Comments (8)

    Can they be as bad as any of these teams?

    Rk Tm Year #Matching L  
    1 NYM 1962 120 120 Ind. Games
    2 DET 2003 119 119 Ind. Games
    3 BSN 1935 115 115 Ind. Games
    4 PIT 1952 112 112 Ind. Games
    5 NYM 1965 112 112 Ind. Games
    6 SLB 1939 111 111 Ind. Games
    7 PHI 1941 111 111 Ind. Games
    8 NYM 1963 111 111 Ind. Games
    9 BOS 1932 111 111 Ind. Games
    10 ARI 2004 111 111 Ind. Games
    11 SDP 1969 110 110 Ind. Games
    12 MON 1969 110 110 Ind. Games
    13 TOR 1979 109 109 Ind. Games
    14 PHI 1942 109 109 Ind. Games
    15 PHI 1928 109 109 Ind. Games
    16 NYM 1964 109 109 Ind. Games
    17 DET 1996 109 109 Ind. Games
    18 SLB 1937 108 108 Ind. Games
    19 PHI 1945 108 108 Ind. Games
    20 OAK 1979 108 108 Ind. Games
    21 FLA 1998 108 108 Ind. Games
    22 TOR 1977 107 107 Ind. Games
    23 PHI 1961 107 107 Ind. Games
    24 MON 1976 107 107 Ind. Games
    25 BOS 1926 107 107 Ind. Games
    26 BAL 1988 107 107 Ind. Games
    27 WSA 1963 106 106 Ind. Games
    28 TBD 2002 106 106 Ind. Games
    29 PHI 1939 106 106 Ind. Games
    30 PHA 1920 106 106 Ind. Games
    31 MIL 2002 106 106 Ind. Games
    32 KCR 2005 106 106 Ind. Games
    33 HOU 2011 106 106 Ind. Games
    34 DET 2002 106 106 Ind. Games
    35 CHW 1970 106 106 Ind. Games
    36 ATL 1988 106 106 Ind. Games
    37 TEX 1973 105 105 Ind. Games
    38 PIT 2010 105 105 Ind. Games
    39 PHI 1938 105 105 Ind. Games
    40 PHA 1946 105 105 Ind. Games
    41 PHA 1943 105 105 Ind. Games
    42 KCA 1964 105 105 Ind. Games
    43 CLE 1991 105 105 Ind. Games
    44 BOS 1925 105 105 Ind. Games
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    Generated 12/29/2011.

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    Perhaps…

    A-Rod Sitzen-N-Drehen!

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

    Via the Post

    Kobe Bryant can be credited with an assist to Alex Rodriguez.

    According to multiple sources, the Yankees third baseman recently followed a recommendation from Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers star, and traveled to Germany for an experimental therapy called Orthokine on his bothersome right knee.

    The innovative procedure was performed on Rodriguez — with the Yankees’ blessing — within the last month, according to one source. The Yankees first cleared the procedure with the commissioner’s office to avoid the appearance that Rodriguez might be receiving impermissible treatment.

    Rodriguez, the source said, would not have had the procedure without the Yankees’ permission. Last season, the team was blindsided by a report that pitcher Bartolo Colon had undergone controversial stem-cell treatment.

    Orthokine involves taking blood from the patient’s arm and spinning it in a centrifuge, a machine used in laboratories to spin objects around a fixed axis. The serum is then injected into the affected area — in this case, Rodriguez’s knee.

    Bryant underwent the same treatment last summer to try to strengthen his right knee. He also reportedly had the procedure done in October to treat a chronic left ankle ailment.

    It remains unclear if the procedure actually works long-term.

    “A lot of athletes I’ve talked to really think this stuff works, but we really don’t have a lot of scientific knowledge behind it of exactly what’s happening,” said Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the co-chief of sports medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.

    “It’s a great way to reduce inflammation and therefore pain, and that’s the essence of it. I think a lot of the athletes who have wear-and-tear on their knees benefit from this. You do it for a while and if it doesn’t stay good you do it again in a few years.”

    Rodriguez underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in July, but returned to the Yankees’ lineup for the stretch run.

    Now playing third base for the Yankees, number twenty-six, Eduardo Nunez, number twenty-six…

    Best Pitching From Age 36

    Posted by on December 27th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Since 1901, which pitchers put up the best numbers after age 35?  Here’s one way to slice it -

    Rk Player WAR G From To Age GS GF W L SV IP BB SO ERA ERA+
    1 Phil Niekro 54.8 465 1975 1987 36-48 453 9 188 167 2 3188.0 1228 1975 3.66 109
    2 Randy Johnson 42.7 287 2000 2009 36-45 281 3 143 78 0 1885.1 484 2182 3.34 137
    3 Cy Young 40.9 313 1903 1911 36-44 285 25 160 125 9 2556.1 323 1245 2.18 125
    4 Roger Clemens 35.8 259 1999 2007 36-44 258 0 121 60 0 1642.0 568 1519 3.48 129
    5 Jack Quinn 33.2 498 1920 1933 36-49 258 154 148 130 52 2299.0 507 659 3.51 119
    6 Dazzy Vance 32.6 268 1927 1935 36-44 192 39 102 84 10 1665.0 422 1073 3.18 131
    7 Warren Spahn 32.2 336 1957 1965 36-44 296 30 160 110 10 2283.2 574 1061 3.25 109
    8 Lefty Grove 31.4 157 1936 1941 36-41 148 7 77 42 3 1157.1 350 579 3.19 151
    9 Nolan Ryan 30.2 320 1983 1993 36-46 320 0 119 106 0 2061.2 874 2220 3.33 111
    10 Gaylord Perry 29.0 291 1975 1983 36-44 289 2 116 108 0 2046.2 502 1240 3.51 108
    11 Hoyt Wilhelm 29.0 670 1959 1972 36-49 42 449 96 83 169 1456.2 442 1104 2.29 156
    12 Jamie Moyer 27.5 372 1999 2010 36-47 366 2 163 111 0 2320.0 618 1378 4.22 105
    13 Charlie Hough 26.4 352 1984 1994 36-46 350 1 132 141 0 2378.1 1013 1430 3.89 107
    14 Pete Alexander 25.0 224 1923 1930 36-43 192 21 107 68 9 1576.0 219 361 3.24 128
    15 David Wells 22.5 250 1999 2007 36-44 249 0 115 68 0 1593.2 274 960 4.33 104
    16 Dennis Martinez 22.3 232 1991 1998 36-43 183 12 82 59 3 1288.2 361 726 3.44 122
    17 Eddie Plank 22.0 211 1912 1917 36-41 153 47 101 55 16 1322.2 341 632 2.33 124
    18 Ted Lyons 21.6 135 1937 1946 36-45 135 0 74 52 0 1133.1 232 359 3.24 135
    19 Dutch Leonard 21.1 322 1945 1953 36-44 141 119 82 74 29 1303.1 328 558 3.00 127
    20 Tommy John 20.6 310 1979 1989 36-46 290 10 117 98 0 1904.1 462 634 3.86 104
    21 Babe Adams 20.2 211 1918 1926 36-44 139 45 81 56 10 1216.2 131 344 3.02 120
    22 John Smoltz 19.6 256 2003 2009 36-42 120 116 50 37 89 919.1 202 844 3.28 133
    23 Mariano Rivera 19.4 385 2006 2011 36-41 0 342 21 22 224 404.2 60 383 1.98 227
    24 Early Wynn 19.3 255 1956 1963 36-43 225 20 99 83 7 1606.2 648 1042 3.60 107
    25 Curt Schilling 19.1 143 2003 2007 36-40 122 21 61 38 9 843.0 140 768 3.75 127
    26 Rick Reuschel 18.2 187 1985 1991 36-42 175 6 75 60 2 1187.2 285 626 3.17 115
    27 Red Faber 17.2 288 1925 1933 36-44 182 70 80 91 13 1514.0 458 441 3.85 109
    28 Don Sutton 17.1 240 1981 1988 36-43 239 0 94 81 0 1553.1 377 922 3.71 102
    29 Kenny Rogers 17.1 226 2001 2008 36-43 223 1 92 65 0 1374.0 446 727 4.50 104
    30 Jerry Koosman 17.0 236 1979 1985 36-42 181 29 82 72 12 1294.2 378 757 3.88 106
    31 Tom Seaver 16.8 175 1981 1986 36-41 172 1 66 64 0 1160.1 382 652 3.67 108
    32 Virgil Trucks 16.4 223 1953 1958 36-41 115 63 69 44 18 1001.2 419 531 3.23 122
    33 Johnny Niggeling 16.4 172 1940 1946 36-42 156 12 61 68 0 1208.1 502 599 3.12 117
    34 Steve Carlton 16.2 216 1981 1988 36-43 202 6 80 75 1 1428.1 541 1167 3.72 102
    35 Greg Maddux 15.3 239 2002 2008 36-42 239 0 98 81 0 1457.1 239 848 3.92 109
    36 Sal Maglie 15.0 166 1953 1958 36-41 138 17 55 40 8 918.2 293 476 3.45 119
    37 Rip Sewell 14.9 204 1943 1949 36-42 143 37 86 50 7 1207.1 423 343 3.35 113
    38 Tom Glavine 14.8 213 2002 2008 36-42 213 0 81 71 0 1293.1 438 680 3.87 110
    39 Tim Wakefield 13.9 270 2003 2011 36-44 243 18 95 86 1 1550.1 510 1002 4.59 101
    40 Walter Johnson 13.6 119 1924 1927 36-39 115 3 63 36 0 875.0 254 439 3.37 120
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    Generated 12/27/2011.

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    Was the Big Unit just a freak, or, was he using something?

    Players 40 Or Older To Hit .320+ In A Season

    Posted by on December 26th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Minimum 150 PA, here’s the list -

    Rk Player BA PA Year Age Tm G AB R HR RBI OBP SLG
    1 Ty Cobb .357 574 1927 40 PHA 133 490 104 5 93 .440 .482
    2 Sam Rice .349 668 1930 40 WSH 147 593 121 1 73 .407 .457
    3 Moises Alou .341 360 2007 40 NYM 87 328 51 13 49 .392 .524
    4 Eddie Collins .336 290 1927 40 PHA 95 226 50 1 15 .468 .412
    5 Stan Musial .330 505 1962 41 STL 135 433 57 19 82 .416 .508
    6 Tony Perez .328 207 1985 43 CIN 72 183 25 6 33 .396 .470
    7 Pete Rose .325 484 1981 40 PHI 107 431 73 0 33 .391 .390
    8 Sam Rice .323 323 1932 42 WSH 106 288 58 1 34 .391 .438
    9 Ty Cobb .323 393 1928 41 PHA 95 353 54 1 40 .389 .431
    10 Bert Campaneris .322 155 1983 41 NYY 60 143 19 0 11 .355 .357
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    Generated 12/25/2011.

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    Great trivia question. Only eight to do it.  Give yourself a gold star if you knew all of them without looking.

    Happy Holidays!

    Posted by on December 23rd, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Barring any breaking and hot baseball-related news, I do not expect to be posting many entries to WasWatching.com over the next four days. Therefore, I wanted to take this time now to wish all the readers of this blog a safe and happy holiday season.

    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday observance.

    Look for more stuff here starting next week!

    Gio Gonzalez & Company

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

    Here’s one way to group them -

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Fernando Valenzuela 3 1982 1986 21-25 Ind. Seasons
    2 Frank Tanana 3 1975 1977 21-23 Ind. Seasons
    3 Vida Blue 3 1973 1975 23-25 Ind. Seasons
    4 Gio Gonzalez 2 2010 2011 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    5 John Candelaria 2 1976 1977 22-23 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 12/22/2011.

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    Special, young, lefties.

    Playing The Rice Card

    Posted by on December 22nd, 2011 · Comments (7)

    Here’s two guys who should:

    Rk Player WAR/pos PA From To Age G R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Bernie Williams 47.3 9053 1991 2006 22-37 2076 1366 2336 449 55 287 1257 147 .297 .381 .477
    2 Dale Murphy 44.2 9040 1976 1993 20-37 2180 1197 2111 350 39 398 1266 161 .265 .346 .469
    3 Jim Rice 41.5 9058 1974 1989 21-36 2089 1249 2452 373 79 382 1451 58 .298 .352 .502
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    Generated 12/21/2011.

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    Cooperstown, take note.

    Larkin & Trammell

    Posted by on December 21st, 2011 · Comments (9)

    I never realized how alike these two are:

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA
    1 Barry Larkin 68.9 1986 2004 22-40 2180 9057 1329 2340 441 76 198 960 939 817 .295
    2 Alan Trammell 66.9 1977 1996 19-38 2293 9375 1231 2365 412 55 185 1003 850 874 .285
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    Generated 12/21/2011.

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    If one gets into the Hall of Fame, the other has to ask “Why not me too?”

    Pitchers With 2+ Seasons Since 1969 With 162+ IP & .300+ BA Allowed

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

    Here is the list -

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Livan Hernandez 3 2007 2009 32-34 Ind. Seasons
    2 Jaime Navarro 3 1993 1998 26-31 Ind. Seasons
    3 Tommy John 3 1983 1988 40-45 Ind. Seasons
    4 Lary Sorensen 3 1980 1984 24-28 Ind. Seasons
    5 Kevin Millwood 2 2007 2008 32-33 Ind. Seasons
    6 Zach Duke 2 2006 2008 23-25 Ind. Seasons
    7 Paul Byrd 2 2006 2007 35-36 Ind. Seasons
    8 Joel Pineiro 2 2005 2006 26-27 Ind. Seasons
    9 Jeff Francis 2 2005 2011 24-30 Ind. Seasons
    10 Carlos Silva 2 2004 2006 25-27 Ind. Seasons
    11 Jose Lima 2 2000 2005 27-32 Ind. Seasons
    12 Chris Holt 2 1999 2000 27-28 Ind. Seasons
    13 Brian Meadows 2 1998 1999 22-23 Ind. Seasons
    14 Glendon Rusch 2 1997 2001 22-26 Ind. Seasons
    15 Esteban Loaiza 2 1995 2001 23-29 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 12/21/2011.

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    At least Tommy John had the excuse of being old…

    Bill Conlin Resigns

    Posted by on December 20th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Via Deadspin -

    The Philadelphia Inquirer’s top investigative reporter, Nancy Phillips, has written a story containing what we’re told are allegations of child molestation against sportswriter Bill Conlin, a longtime columnist at the rival Daily News. Conlin resigned just moments ago, according to a source at the Daily News.

    Conlin, who turns 78 this May, won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award last May. The story supposedly will drop soon (the newspapers are published by the same company, sharing some resources and a website but otherwise competing for a number of the same readers). Conlin has hired an attorney to defend himself against the piece. We’ll have more details on this. For now, we can tell you that Conlin is at his condo in Largo, Fla.

    Pop singers, sports coaches, and now sports writers…the world is a scary place.

    3,000 Game Club

    Posted by on December 20th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Not many have played 3,000+ career games in the majors:

    Rk Player WAR/pos G From To Age PA Tm
    1 Ty Cobb 159.4 3034 1905 1928 18-41 13068 DET-PHA
    2 Hank Aaron 141.6 3298 1954 1976 20-42 13940 MLN-ATL-MIL
    3 Stan Musial 127.8 3026 1941 1963 20-42 12712 STL
    4 Rickey Henderson 113.1 3081 1979 2003 20-44 13346 OAK-NYY-TOT-SDP-NYM-BOS-LAD
    5 Cal Ripken 89.9 3001 1981 2001 20-40 12883 BAL
    6 Carl Yastrzemski 88.7 3308 1961 1983 21-43 13991 BOS
    7 Pete Rose 75.3 3562 1963 1986 22-45 15861 CIN-PHI-TOT
    8 Eddie Murray 66.7 3026 1977 1997 21-41 12817 BAL-LAD-NYM-CLE-TOT
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    Generated 12/19/2011.

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    Willie Mays just missed the cut.

    Omar Vizquel is an extreme long shot to join the club. 

    Maybe A-Rod can make it?  Other than that, who else has a shot?

    Yu Darvish

    Posted by on December 20th, 2011 · Comments (12)

    Here are his stats in Japan -

    Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS CG IP HR BB SO WHIP SO/BB
    2007 20 Nippon Ham JPPL 15 5 .750 1.82 26 26 12 207.2 9 49 210 0.828 4.29
    2008 21 Nippon Ham JPPL 16 4 .800 1.88 25 24 10 200.2 11 44 208 0.897 4.73
    2009 22 Nippon Ham JPPL 15 5 .750 1.73 23 23 8 182.0 9 45 167 0.896 3.71
    2010 23 Nippon Ham JPPL 12 8 .600 1.78 26 25 10 202.0 5 47 222 1.015 4.72
    2011 24 Nippon Ham JPPL 18 6 .750 1.44 28 28 10 232.0 5 36 276 0.828 7.67
    5 Seasons   76 28 .731 1.72 128 126 50 1024.1 39 221 1083 0.890 4.90
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    Generated 12/20/2011.

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    Reportedly, the Texas Rangers have won the rights to try and sign Darvish.

    I cannot imagine anyone pitching better in Japan.  How will he do in the major leagues here?

    Well, let’s put it this way:  If he doesn’t do well, I doubt anyone will ever lay out big bucks to bring over a pitcher from Japan again.

    Best Defensive Seasons By A Modern Outfielder

    Posted by on December 19th, 2011 · Comments (11)

    Here’s one way to look at it -

    Rk Player Rfield G Year Age Tm Pos
    1 Darin Erstad 39 150 2002 28 ANA *8/3D
    2 Jose Cruz 38 158 2003 29 SFG *9/8
    3 Barry Bonds 37 159 1989 24 PIT *7
    4 Andruw Jones 36 162 1999 22 ATL *8
    5 Andruw Jones 35 159 1998 21 ATL *8
    6 Brett Gardner 34 159 2011 27 NYY *78
    7 Ken Griffey 32 140 1996 26 SEA *8/D
    8 Devon White 32 153 1992 29 TOR *8/D
    9 Kirby Puckett 30 128 1984 24 MIN *8
    10 Tony Gwynn 28 134 1991 31 SDP *9
    11 Sammy Sosa 27 124 1996 27 CHC *9
    12 Curt Flood 25 121 1958 20 STL *8/5
    13 Roberto Clemente 24 111 1957 22 PIT *98
    14 Rickey Henderson 22 108 1981 22 OAK *7
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    Generated 12/18/2011.

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    Disclaimer:  This is not an end-all/be-all list.  Just some really good glove seasons for consideration/debate.

    Most 30+ HR Seasons By LH-Batter Before Age 28

    Posted by on December 18th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Here is the list -

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Eddie Mathews 7 1953 1959 21-27 Ind. Seasons
    2 Prince Fielder 5 2007 2011 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    3 Mel Ott 5 1929 1936 20-27 Ind. Seasons
    4 Adam Dunn 4 2004 2007 24-27 Ind. Seasons
    5 Ken Griffey 4 1993 1997 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    6 Fred McGriff 4 1988 1991 24-27 Ind. Seasons
    7 Ted Williams 4 1939 1946 20-27 Ind. Seasons
    8 Chuck Klein 4 1929 1932 24-27 Ind. Seasons
    9 Adrian Gonzalez 3 2007 2009 25-27 Ind. Seasons
    10 Todd Helton 3 1999 2001 25-27 Ind. Seasons
    11 Carlos Delgado 3 1997 1999 25-27 Ind. Seasons
    12 Jim Thome 3 1996 1998 25-27 Ind. Seasons
    13 Don Mattingly 3 1985 1987 24-26 Ind. Seasons
    14 Reggie Jackson 3 1969 1973 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    15 Boog Powell 3 1964 1969 22-27 Ind. Seasons
    16 Roger Maris 3 1960 1962 25-27 Ind. Seasons
    17 Duke Snider 3 1950 1954 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    18 Hal Trosky 3 1934 1937 21-24 Ind. Seasons
    19 Lou Gehrig 3 1927 1930 24-27 Ind. Seasons
    20 Babe Ruth 3 1920 1922 25-27 Ind. Seasons
    21 Justin Morneau 2 2006 2007 25-26 Ind. Seasons
    22 Ryan Howard 2 2006 2007 26-27 Ind. Seasons
    23 Eric Chavez 2 2001 2002 23-24 Ind. Seasons
    24 Shawn Green 2 1998 1999 25-26 Ind. Seasons
    25 Barry Bonds 2 1990 1992 25-27 Ind. Seasons
    26 Darryl Strawberry 2 1987 1988 25-26 Ind. Seasons
    27 Jason Thompson 2 1977 1982 22-27 Ind. Seasons
    28 Billy Williams 2 1964 1965 26-27 Ind. Seasons
    29 Johnny Callison 2 1964 1965 25-26 Ind. Seasons
    30 Willie McCovey 2 1963 1965 25-27 Ind. Seasons
    31 Norm Cash 2 1961 1962 26-27 Ind. Seasons
    32 Charlie Keller 2 1941 1943 24-26 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 12/18/2011.

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    I never realized how young Roger Maris was in 1961.  And, to think, he was on his third different team by the time he was 25.

    10+ Walks In Game Of 9 Innings Or Less & Still Shutout

    Posted by on December 17th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Since 1919, how many teams had 10+ BB in a game of 9 innings or less and still didn’t score any runs? Here is the list -

    Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt PA R H BB IBB SO LOB
    1 1970-05-21 WSA NYY L 0-2 41 0 6 11 0 8 14
    2 1941-08-01 SLB NYY L 0-9 42 0 5 11 0 4 15
    3 1982-04-24 MON NYM L 0-1 39 0 4 10 0 5 12
    4 1955-09-24 (2) DET CLE L 0-7 39 0 3 10 0 4 12
    5 1926-09-16 (2) NYY CLE L 0-5 38 0 2 10 0 1 11
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    Generated 12/17/2011.

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    Check out the 8th inning of that Expos game.  That was the ballgame, right there.

    Chico’s Has No Need To Bail Bonds

    Posted by on December 16th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    I guess you don’t have to keep your eye on the sparrow after all?

    Via the Times

    Barry Bonds, baseball’s home run champion, avoided a prison term Friday when Judge Susan Illston sentenced him to 30 days of house arrest, 2 years of probation, 250 hours of community service with youth groups and a $4,000 fine for providing evasive testimony to a federal grand jury eight years ago.

    Bonds’s lawyers stated their intention to appeal, and Illston agreed to stay the sentence through the appeal process.

    The sentence is in line with those Illston, who presided over Bonds’s perjury trial in April, has handed down to other similarly convicted athletes. Bonds, wearing a dark suit, a white shirt and a silver tie, did not react to the sentence, which was substantially more lenient than the 15 months of incarceration recommended by the prosecution. His mother, Patricia, sat in the front row of the packed courtroom.

    Afterward, Bonds hugged several people in the hallway outside the courtroom, then departed the courthouse without commenting. He had likewise declined to speak when Illston asked him if he wanted to address the court before she issued her sentence.

    10+ Seasons Of 250+ TOB w/o ROE

    Posted by on December 16th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Here’s the list of those batters to reach base 250+ times in a season, excluding reaching on an error, ten or more times in their career:

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Pete Rose 14 1965 1980 24-39 Ind. Seasons
    2 Barry Bonds 13 1990 2004 25-39 Ind. Seasons
    3 Stan Musial 13 1943 1956 22-35 Ind. Seasons
    4 Lou Gehrig 13 1926 1938 23-35 Ind. Seasons
    5 Eddie Collins 12 1909 1924 22-37 Ind. Seasons
    6 Bobby Abreu 11 1999 2009 25-35 Ind. Seasons
    7 Derek Jeter 11 1997 2010 23-36 Ind. Seasons
    8 Jeff Bagwell 11 1991 2004 23-36 Ind. Seasons
    9 Ted Williams 11 1939 1957 20-38 Ind. Seasons
    10 Luke Appling 11 1933 1949 26-42 Ind. Seasons
    11 Mel Ott 11 1929 1942 20-33 Ind. Seasons
    12 Jimmie Foxx 11 1929 1940 21-32 Ind. Seasons
    13 Charlie Gehringer 11 1928 1940 25-37 Ind. Seasons
    14 Paul Waner 11 1926 1937 23-34 Ind. Seasons
    15 Babe Ruth 11 1920 1933 25-38 Ind. Seasons
    16 Ty Cobb 11 1909 1924 22-37 Ind. Seasons
    17 Ichiro Suzuki 10 2001 2010 27-36 Ind. Seasons
    18 Albert Pujols 10 2001 2010 21-30 Ind. Seasons
    19 Todd Helton 10 1999 2009 25-35 Ind. Seasons
    20 Alex Rodriguez 10 1996 2007 20-31 Ind. Seasons
    21 Chipper Jones 10 1996 2008 24-36 Ind. Seasons
    22 Frank Thomas 10 1991 2003 23-35 Ind. Seasons
    23 Rickey Henderson 10 1980 1998 21-39 Ind. Seasons
    24 Willie Mays 10 1954 1965 23-34 Ind. Seasons
    25 Tris Speaker 10 1912 1926 24-38 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 12/16/2011.

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    Albert Pujols has a shot at owning this list by the time he is done.

    Baseball America Sold?

    Posted by on December 16th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Via Folio -

    In a move to expand its traditional sports portfolio, GrindMedia (a division of enthusiast publisher Source Interlink Media) acquires Baseball America magazine and accompanying properties. Baseball America’s original staff will remain in the magazine’s Durham, North Carolina-based offices.

    Norb Garrett, SVP group publisher with GrindMedia, says Baseball America is a strategic fit for its “sticks-and-balls” portfolio. SLAM, a basketball-focused title, is under this umbrella as well. “Our target audience is 18- to 45-year-old males. The opportunity presented itself for us to add a brand with great capability,” says Garrett.

    Baseball America produces 26 issues yearly (in print and digital), and has an average circulation of 32,300. The acquisition includes Baseball America’s book series, with titles like Prospect Handbook (which serves young amateur ball players looking to turn pro). “These properties in the printed form, and the opportunities in the digital form, will not only continue; we hope to expand them. We are also looking to deepen and expand their digital footprint, through video and other offerings,” says Garrett.

    Baseball America’s revenue and terms of the deal were not made available.

    “It’s our intent to carry on the business and not simply add depth from a strategic standpoint, but also a capability standpoint,” says Garrett. “We want to help expand what Baseball America means to the baseball audience, and to build their media properties by layering our capabilities on their team.”

    I’ve been reading Baseball America for over 20 years. (I have all their Almanacs going back to 1992.) I love their paper and I hope this news doesn’t lead to any undesirable changes in their product. That would be a shame…

    What, No Mariano?

    Posted by on December 14th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    Here’s a list of righty RP since 1988 to have one or more seasons with 20+ saves, an ERA+ of 130 or better and a K/BB ratio of 2.5+ while they were age 26 or younger:

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Joakim Soria 3 2008 2010 24-26 Ind. Seasons
    2 Huston Street 3 2005 2009 21-25 Ind. Seasons
    3 Francisco Rodriguez 3 2005 2007 23-25 Ind. Seasons
    4 Andrew Bailey 2 2009 2010 25-26 Ind. Seasons
    5 Matt Capps 2 2008 2010 24-26 Ind. Seasons
    6 Jonathan Papelbon 2 2006 2007 25-26 Ind. Seasons
    7 Chad Cordero 2 2005 2006 23-24 Ind. Seasons
    8 Mark Wohlers 2 1995 1996 25-26 Ind. Seasons
    9 Rod Beck 2 1993 1994 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    10 Drew Storen 1 2011 2011 23-23 Ind. Seasons
    11 Fernando Salas 1 2011 2011 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    12 Mark Melancon 1 2011 2011 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    13 Craig Kimbrel 1 2011 2011 23-23 Ind. Seasons
    14 Neftali Feliz 1 2010 2010 22-22 Ind. Seasons
    15 Jonathan Broxton 1 2009 2009 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    16 Bobby Jenks 1 2007 2007 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    17 Byung-Hyun Kim 1 2002 2002 23-23 Ind. Seasons
    18 Eric Gagne 1 2002 2002 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    19 Billy Koch 1 2000 2000 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    20 Armando Benitez 1 1999 1999 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    21 Ugueth Urbina 1 1998 1998 24-24 Ind. Seasons
    22 Rich Loiselle 1 1997 1997 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    23 Troy Percival 1 1996 1996 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    24 Robb Nen 1 1996 1996 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    25 Ricky Bottalico 1 1996 1996 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    26 Trevor Hoffman 1 1994 1994 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    27 John Wetteland 1 1993 1993 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    28 Mike Schooler 1 1989 1989 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/14/2011.

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    It is amazing that Mo didn’t get cranking in the save department until he was 27.

    Best “Not Tall” Right-Handed Starting Pitchers Since 1973

    Posted by on December 14th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    Fittingly, it’s a small list -

    Rk Player WAR Ht From To Age G GS W L SV IP BB SO ERA ERA+
    1 Pedro Martinez 75.9 71 1992 2009 20-37 476 409 219 100 3 2827.1 760 3154 2.93 154
    2 Bartolo Colon 34.7 71 1997 2011 24-38 357 351 161 113 0 2241.0 750 1742 4.09 112
    3 Mike Boddicker 29.0 71 1980 1993 22-35 342 309 134 116 3 2123.2 721 1330 3.80 108
    4 Tim Lincecum 23.2 71 2007 2011 23-27 156 155 69 41 0 1028.0 379 1127 2.98 138
    5 Juan Guzman 23.1 71 1991 2000 24-33 240 240 91 79 0 1483.1 667 1243 4.08 112
    6 Steve Stone 16.5 70 1973 1981 25-33 269 234 96 76 1 1554.0 612 917 4.03 98
    7 Francisco Cordova 12.7 70 1996 2000 24-28 166 112 42 47 12 753.2 235 537 3.96 112
    8 Cory Lidle 9.9 71 1997 2006 25-34 277 199 82 72 2 1322.2 356 838 4.57 98
    9 Johnny Cueto 8.2 70 2008 2011 22-25 116 116 41 37 0 687.0 232 532 3.83 109
    10 Nelson Briles 7.8 71 1973 1978 29-34 153 120 46 43 5 810.1 195 395 3.62 103
    11 Francisco Barrios 7.7 71 1974 1981 21-28 129 102 38 38 3 718.0 246 323 4.15 95
    12 Ian Snell 2.6 71 2004 2010 22-28 152 136 38 53 0 803.2 372 639 4.80 90
    13 Mike Paxton 2.5 71 1977 1980 23-26 99 63 30 24 1 466.1 146 230 4.71 88
    14 Ken Dixon 2.4 71 1984 1987 23-26 105 68 26 28 6 482.1 178 377 4.66 89
    15 Kip Young 2.3 71 1978 1979 23-24 27 20 8 9 0 149.1 41 71 3.86 105
    16 Mark Bomback 1.8 71 1978 1982 25-29 74 45 16 18 0 314.1 110 124 4.47 86
    17 Silvio Martinez 1.7 70 1977 1981 21-25 107 87 31 32 1 582.2 237 230 3.88 96
    18 Chuck Rainey 1.6 71 1979 1984 24-29 141 106 43 35 2 669.2 287 300 4.50 91
    19 Allan Ramirez 1.1 70 1983 1983 26-26 11 10 4 4 0 57.0 30 20 3.47 116
    20 Dennis Springer 0.9 70 1995 2002 30-37 130 98 24 48 1 655.1 258 296 5.18 89
    21 Dave Freisleben 0.6 71 1974 1979 22-27 202 121 34 60 4 865.1 430 430 4.30 83
    22 Kenshin Kawakami 0.5 71 2009 2010 34-35 50 41 8 22 1 243.2 89 164 4.32 94
    23 Tim Redding 0.2 71 2001 2009 23-31 179 144 37 57 0 822.1 337 552 4.95 87
    24 Stan Fansler 0.2 71 1986 1986 21-21 5 5 0 3 0 24.0 15 13 3.75 104
    25 Luke Prokopec -0.2 71 2000 2002 22-24 56 37 11 17 0 231.0 74 144 5.30 80
    26 Tony Mack -0.3 70 1985 1985 24-24 1 1 0 1 0 2.1 0 0 15.43 31
    27 Yuniesky Maya -0.5 71 2010 2011 28-29 15 10 1 4 0 58.2 21 27 5.52 72
    28 Dave Johnson -0.6 70 1987 1993 27-33 77 57 22 25 0 368.0 102 143 5.11 76
    29 Kirk Dressendorfer -1.0