• Batters Appearing In 20+ World Series Games Won

    Posted by on February 29th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Lotta Yankees on this list -

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    The Best G.M. In Baseball

    Posted by on February 29th, 2012 · Comments (17)

    Please consider taking the following poll:

    {democracy:121}

    Thanks in advance. And, please feel free to add comments on your opinion in the comments section.

    Baseball Leap Year Babies

    Posted by on February 29th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Not many of them:

    Rk   Born Yrs From To ASG G
    1 Terrence Long 1976 8 1999 2006 0 890
    2 Bill Long 1960 6 1985 1991 0 159
    3 Jerry Fry 1956 1 1978 1978 0 4
    4 Al Autry 1952 1 1976 1976 0 1
    5 Steve Mingori 1944 10 1970 1979 0 386
    6 Al Rosen 1924 10 1947 1956 4 1044
    7 Pepper Martin 1904 13 1928 1944 4 1189
    8 Ralph Miller 1896 3 1920 1924 0 163
    9 Roy Parker 1896 1 1919 1919 0 2
    10 Ed Appleton 1892 2 1915 1916 0 48
    11 Dickey Pearce 1836 7 1871 1877 0 291
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 2/29/2012.

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    How cool would it be if the next guy to make this list also had the last name of “Long”?

    Batters To Hit 30+ HR In A Season From 2-Spot Since 1973

    Posted by on February 29th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Here is the list and those who just missed -

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    A-Rod did OK as a two-hitter.

    Best Bullpens In Recent History

    Posted by on February 28th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Here’s one way to list them -

    Rk Year Tm #Matching  
    1 2011 Atlanta Braves 4 Craig Kimbrel / Cristhian Martinez / Eric O’Flaherty / Jonny Venters
    2 2010 Tampa Bay Rays 4 Grant Balfour / Joaquin Benoit / Rafael Soriano / Dan Wheeler
    3 2010 Texas Rangers 4 Neftali Feliz / Darren O’Day / Alexi Ogando / Darren Oliver
    4 2007 Boston Red Sox 4 Manny Delcarmen / Hideki Okajima / Jonathan Papelbon / Mike Timlin
    5 2005 Cleveland Indians 4 Rafael Betancourt / Bob Howry / Arthur Rhodes / David Riske
    6 2004 St. Louis Cardinals 4 Kiko Calero / Jason Isringhausen / Ray King / Steve Kline
    7 2002 Atlanta Braves 4 Chris Hammond / Darren Holmes / Mike Remlinger / John Smoltz
    8 2001 Seattle Mariners 4 Norm Charlton / Jeff Nelson / Arthur Rhodes / Kazuhiro Sasaki
    9 1995 Cleveland Indians 4 Paul Assenmacher / Jose Mesa / Jim Poole / Julian Tavarez
    10 1989 Oakland Athletics 4 Todd Burns / Dennis Eckersley / Rick Honeycutt / Gene Nelson
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    Generated 2/28/2012.

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    Funny, just a couple of World Series winners on this list.

    Gary “A-Rod Is An” Oldman

    Posted by on February 27th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Funny.

    Right Said Fred

    Posted by on February 27th, 2012 · Comments (10)

    Via Rob Neyer -

    Actor William Frawley, who would have turned 125 yesterday, had a unique clause in his I Love Lucy contract: If the Yankees were in the World Series, he didn’t have to work. And in those days the Yankees were in the World Series every year. So Frawley was written completely out of two episodes.

    That’s a man of my own heart…

    “Player” TBA Gets College Perk In A.J. Burnett Trade

    Posted by on February 27th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    Via the Post-Gazette

    Some players get a watch when a veteran who joins the team takes their jersey number. Daniel McCutchen got a college fund.

    For his unborn daughter, due in May.

    A.J. Burnett, who took McCutchen’s No. 34 jersey, will start a College America 529 plan for McCutchen’s daugher, McCutchen said. Not quite yet — the child has to be born first so she can get a Social Security number — but soon.

    “When a veteran comes in and takes a number, some of the guys usually get something,” McCutchen said. “I know he has kids. He asked me what I wanted, I brought that up.

    “Eighteen years from now, we’ll see what the market is.”

    In a way, I guess you can say that the Yankees are sending McCutchen’s kid to college…since New York is still paying a chunk of Burnett’s salary.

    Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees From Before The Babe To After The Boss

    Posted by on February 26th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    I’m currently reading a review copy of Marty Appel’s Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss – which is due out on May 8th of this year.

    Here’s some background on the book via the publisher:

    It has been almost 70 years since Frank Graham wrote The New York Yankees and not since then has there been a truly narrative, traditional history of the team. Thankfully historian Marty Appel, the Yankees’ former PR director, definitively updates their storied history in Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss (May 8, 2012; Bloomsbury hardcover; ISBN 978-1-60819-492-6; $28.00; 640 pages).

    While the book hits every important historical milestone in the team’s history, it is the backstage anecdotes and the personalities of players, managers and executives that make the story great reading. The reader is in the clubhouse as the team finally celebrates its first championship – and in the dugout at Fenway Park when they learn their manager, Miller Huggins, has died. There is Bob Shawkey’s bitterness over being fired as manager after one season, and the romp upending tradition produced by Larry MacPhail as his three-year reign as owner ends with a punch-out. There is the day scout Tom Greenwade first laid eyes on Mickey Mantle. There is Gene Michael pondering trading Mariano Rivera for Felix Fermin to play shortstop instead of Derek Jeter. And all the while in the background is New York City – a character in its own right in the story of this colorful team’s history.

    Further, here’s what Jane Leavy had to say about the book:

    “An opus. Marty Appel brings a fan’s passion and a historian’s dispassion to bear on the Pinstripe Empire. He makes familiar terrain new again and uncovers original material where no one else thought to look. This is the definitive history of the New York Yankees.”

    I am sincerely enjoying what I have read in Pinstripe Empire so far – and will do a full review of it when I am done with the book.

    When I first started reading it, my mind flashed back to the late 1970′s, when I was a young fan visiting Yankee Stadium. I remember, at that time, visiting a souvenir stand in the bowels of the Stadium where they sold yearbooks, those plastic batting helmets, baseballs stamped with team signatures, etc. There, in the display case, among the other sundry items for sale, was a stack of Peter Golenbock’s Dynasty. Seeing the cover of that book, then with pinstripes and the Yankees interlocking “NY” on the cover, on sale in the House That Ruth Built, I thought to myself “This must be a book that every Yankees fan has to read.”

    Now, reading Appel’s Pinstripe Empire, I’m thinking the same thing. I love how it tells the story and is not just a collection of hard facts. It’s a novel, not a text book. But, it’s still a great chronicle of the Yankees franchise – from its beginning through last season.

    Further, I would imagine that any fan of baseball history would enjoy reading this book.

    Again, I will share a complete review once I am done with the book. In any event, I wanted to share some news on this one now – in case some were not aware of its release in a couple of months. Based on what I have read so far, it’s worth having on your radar.

    Good Wood

    Posted by on February 25th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    I recently read Stuart Miller’s Good Wood: The Story of the Baseball Bat.

    Funny story: When I first started reading it, my wife and daughter saw me with it and asked “What are you reading?” And, when I told them that it was a book about the origin and history of baseball bats, they said “Only you…”

    Having read the book, I hope that’s not the case.

    Good Wood was very well researched and entertaining. Granted, I am a baseball junkie and perhaps someone who had little interest in the game may not have the same experience (as I did).

    In any event, there’s a lot of interesting things in Stuart’s book that I never knew about before reading it. And, Stuart has a nice writing style.

    I was very happy to have read Good Wood. In fact, given that it’s probably one of a kind due to the subject matter, and since it’s so well done, I would say that Good Wood: The Story of the Baseball Bat is something that you would want to have in your Essential Baseball Library.

    Baseball’s Best RBI Guys

    Posted by on February 25th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Yeah, Mike Busch.  Well, that’s what you get when you ask for players with RBI>.2*PA with a minimum of 100 career PA -

    Rk Player RBI PA From To Age G HR BA OBP SLG Tm
    1 Babe Ruth 2213 10617 1914 1935 19-40 2503 714 .342 .474 .690 BOS-NYY-BSN
    2 Lou Gehrig 1995 9660 1923 1939 20-36 2164 493 .340 .447 .632 NYY
    3 Joe DiMaggio 1537 7671 1936 1951 21-36 1736 361 .325 .398 .579 NYY
    4 Hank Greenberg 1276 6096 1930 1947 19-36 1394 331 .313 .412 .605 DET-PIT
    5 Mike Busch 23 105 1995 1996 26-27 51 7 .220 .257 .470 LAD
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    Generated 2/25/2012.

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    And, this is what you get when you move the bar to “.18*PA”-

    Rk Player RBI PA From To Age G BA OBP SLG Tm
    1 Babe Ruth 2213 10617 1914 1935 19-40 2503 .342 .474 .690 BOS-NYY-BSN
    2 Lou Gehrig 1995 9660 1923 1939 20-36 2164 .340 .447 .632 NYY
    3 Jimmie Foxx 1922 9670 1925 1945 17-37 2316 .325 .428 .609 PHA-BOS-TOT-CHC-PHI
    4 Ted Williams 1839 9791 1939 1960 20-41 2292 .344 .482 .634 BOS
    5 Manny Ramirez 1831 9774 1993 2011 21-39 2302 .312 .411 .585 CLE-BOS-TOT-LAD-TBR
    6 Al Simmons 1827 9515 1924 1944 22-42 2215 .334 .380 .535 PHA-CHW-DET-WSH-TOT-BOS
    7 Joe DiMaggio 1537 7671 1936 1951 21-36 1736 .325 .398 .579 NYY
    8 Mark McGwire 1414 7660 1986 2001 22-37 1874 .263 .394 .588 OAK-TOT-STL
    9 Juan Gonzalez 1404 7155 1989 2005 19-35 1689 .295 .343 .561 TEX-DET-CLE-KCR
    10 Johnny Mize 1337 7371 1936 1953 23-40 1883 .312 .397 .562 STL-NYG-TOT-NYY
    11 Hank Greenberg 1276 6096 1930 1947 19-36 1394 .313 .412 .605 DET-PIT
    12 Albert Belle 1239 6673 1989 2000 22-33 1539 .295 .369 .564 CLE-CHW-BAL
    13 Hack Wilson 1063 5556 1923 1934 23-34 1348 .307 .395 .545 NYG-CHC-BRO-TOT
    14 Ryan Howard 864 4409 2004 2011 24-31 1027 .275 .368 .560 PHI
    15 Erv Brame 75 416 1928 1932 26-30 218 .306 .326 .429 PIT
    16 Showboat Fisher 71 384 1923 1932 24-33 138 .335 .402 .503 WSH-STL-SLB
    17 Julio Zuleta 36 191 2000 2001 25-26 79 .247 .309 .466 CHC
    18 Frank Secory 36 186 1940 1946 27-33 93 .228 .302 .389 DET-CIN-CHC
    19 Jack Cummings 28 151 1926 1929 22-25 89 .341 .400 .530 NYG-TOT
    20 Mike Busch 23 105 1995 1996 26-27 51 .220 .257 .470 LAD
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    Generated 2/25/2012.

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    A-Batross

    Posted by on February 25th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Joel Sherman writes about Alex Rodriguez today -

    Let’s play a game. Try to imagine what Alex Rodriguez would have received had he been a free agent this past offseason.

    Some teams would have abstained because they did not want the circus that comes with A-Rod. But even just the baseball — normally an asset for Rodriguez — would not have been a strong selling point.

    This will be his age-36 season, and just four times in major league history has a third baseman 36 or older qualified for the batting title and produced an OPS over .900. The only person to do it twice was Mike Schmidt, but he was done as a useful player after his age-37 season. Rodriguez turns 37 in July, so how long would you want to make his contract?

    Especially when you consider Rodriguez’s OPS trend line the past five years: 1.067-.965-.933-.847-.823. Then throw in revelations of a failed steroid test, hip surgery in 2009 and injuries to his shoulder, knee and thumb last season that contributed to .276 with 16 homers and 62 RBIs — his worst full major league campaign.

    And Rodriguez grew less effective as the season transpired. His second-half slugging percentage was .353, which was the same as the season-long result for Tony Gwynn. Unfortunately for Rodriguez that is Tony Gwynn Jr.

    Once a graceful athlete, Rodriguez was not running smoothly and, without solid legs, his swing lacked fluidity and fury.

    So, of course you can see the Yankees’ problem. They have Rodriguez, from this point forward, at six years, $143 million.

    So they need him to defy both his trend line and the history of the game by being really good, and not just for 2012. This became even more vital when the Yankees traded Jesus Montero.

    I think Montero was a for-real hitter. I believe he would have begun the 2012 season hitting seventh or eighth in the Yankees lineup and slowly worked his way up. I think in the near future the long-term 3-4 would have been established as Robinson Cano followed by Montero.

    But now Montero is gone, and the Yankees do not have another hitter of his potential on the horizon. For financial reasons pertaining to the new collective bargaining agreement, they also are determined to stay under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold in 2014. Thus, it will be difficult to obtain an outside hitter for big dollars. Heck, in part because of the presence of Rodriguez’s contract (and also those of CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira), it will be problematic for the Yankees to stay under $189 million and keep Cano and Curtis Granderson long term after their pacts expire following the 2013 season.

    Even if A-Rod does get 500 PA this season, it would not shock me to see him top out at 25 HR and 90 RBI. And, what about 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017?

    Let’s just say this: In 2016 the Yankees will be paying $67.5 million to three very old players: A-Rod, Teixeira and Sabathia. Sure, maybe they can think of way to get out of that over the next four years? Or, maybe they will be fine with that as these three wrap up what should be Hall of Fame careers? It is interesting that their G.M.’s contract is up after 2014. Maybe he doesn’t want to be around in 2016 when this all comes crashing down?

    What would I do? I would pray that A-Rod, Tex and CC all perform to a high level this year and in the next two years that follow. And, if, by chance, the Yankees were not in the chase during 2013 or 2014, then I would beg a contending team to take one of them, even if it meant eating some contract, in exchange for some prospects and salary relief. Granted, it would be a hard sell. And, I’m not even sure if the players would approve a trade. So, this plan might be a waste of time…just like A-Rod is going to be for the Yankees, in the near future, and for a long time.

    Best Batters To Play For 7+ Teams

    Posted by on February 24th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    The list since 1901 -

    Rk Player WAR/pos   From To G PA Tm
    1 Rickey Henderson 113.1 9 1979 2003 3081 13346 OAK-NYY-TOR-SDP-ANA-NYM-SEA-BOS-LAD
    2 Kenny Lofton 65.3 11 1991 2007 2103 9234 HOU-CLE-ATL-SFG-CHW-PIT-CHC-NYY-PHI-LAD-TEX
    3 Al Simmons 63.6 7 1924 1944 2215 9515 PHA-CHW-DET-WSH-CIN-BSN-BOS
    4 Roberto Alomar 63.5 7 1988 2004 2379 10400 SDP-TOR-BAL-CLE-NYM-CHW-ARI
    5 Gary Sheffield 63.3 8 1988 2009 2576 10947 MIL-SDP-FLA-LAD-ATL-NYY-DET-NYM
    6 Bobby Bonds 57.0 8 1968 1981 1849 8090 SFG-NYY-CAL-TEX-CHW-CLE-STL-CHC
    7 Mike Cameron 46.7 8 1995 2011 1955 7884 CHW-CIN-SEA-NYM-SDP-MIL-BOS-FLA
    8 Jose Canseco 41.8 7 1985 2001 1887 8129 OAK-TEX-BOS-TOR-TBD-NYY-CHW
    9 Ben Chapman 41.2 7 1930 1946 1717 7420 NYY-WSH-BOS-CLE-CHW-BRO-PHI
    10 Julio Franco 40.6 8 1982 2007 2527 9731 PHI-CLE-TEX-CHW-MIL-TBD-ATL-NYM
    11 Steve Finley 40.5 8 1989 2007 2583 10460 BAL-HOU-SDP-ARI-LAD-LAA-SFG-COL
    12 Tony Fernandez 39.6 7 1983 2001 2158 8793 TOR-SDP-NYM-CIN-NYY-CLE-MIL
    13 Al Oliver 38.8 7 1968 1985 2368 9778 PIT-TEX-MON-SFG-PHI-LAD-TOR
    14 Reggie Sanders 38.4 8 1991 2007 1777 7043 CIN-SDP-ATL-ARI-SFG-PIT-STL-KCR
    15 Moises Alou 38.2 7 1990 2008 1942 7913 PIT-MON-FLA-HOU-CHC-SFG-NYM
    16 Lance Parrish 35.7 7 1977 1995 1988 7797 DET-PHI-CAL-SEA-CLE-PIT-TOR
    17 Ron Gant 33.6 8 1987 2003 1832 7320 ATL-CIN-STL-PHI-ANA-COL-OAK-SDP
    18 Bobby Bonilla 32.2 8 1986 2001 2113 8255 PIT-CHW-NYM-BAL-FLA-LAD-ATL-STL
    19 Edgar Renteria 31.7 7 1996 2011 2152 9066 FLA-STL-BOS-ATL-DET-SFG-CIN
    20 Kevin Mitchell 29.7 8 1984 1998 1223 4696 NYM-SFG-SDP-SEA-CIN-BOS-CLE-OAK
    21 Cliff Floyd 27.3 7 1993 2009 1621 6063 MON-FLA-BOS-NYM-CHC-TBR-SDP
    22 Raul Mondesi 27.2 7 1993 2005 1525 6369 LAD-TOR-NYY-ARI-PIT-ANA-ATL
    23 Andres Galarraga 26.7 7 1985 2004 2257 8916 MON-STL-COL-ATL-SFG-TEX-ANA
    24 Rondell White 25.8 7 1993 2007 1474 5852 MON-CHC-NYY-SDP-KCR-DET-MIN
    25 Tommy Harper 25.0 7 1962 1976 1810 7164 CIN-CLE-SEP-MIL-BOS-OAK-CAL-BAL
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    Generated 2/24/2012.

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    I never realized how many teams Kevin Mitchell played for…beyond the Mets and Giants.

    Braun Safe On Administrative Error

    Posted by on February 24th, 2012 · Comments (13)

    Some story, eh?

    As O.J. once said…it never hurts to lawyer up.

    3+ Seasons Of 10+ 2B, 3B, HR & SB

    Posted by on February 23rd, 2012 · Comments (1)

    It’s a small list -

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Jimmy Rollins 5 2001 2007 22-28 Ind. Seasons
    2 Goose Goslin 5 1924 1930 23-29 Ind. Seasons
    3 Jose Reyes 4 2006 2010 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    4 Carl Crawford 4 2004 2010 22-28 Ind. Seasons
    5 Juan Samuel 4 1984 1987 23-26 Ind. Seasons
    6 Robin Yount 4 1980 1988 24-32 Ind. Seasons
    7 Lou Brock 4 1964 1969 25-30 Ind. Seasons
    8 Vada Pinson 4 1960 1967 21-28 Ind. Seasons
    9 Willie Mays 4 1955 1960 24-29 Ind. Seasons
    10 Tony Lazzeri 4 1926 1933 22-29 Ind. Seasons
    11 Bob Meusel 4 1921 1925 24-28 Ind. Seasons
    12 George Sisler 4 1919 1925 26-32 Ind. Seasons
    13 Shane Victorino 3 2009 2011 28-30 Ind. Seasons
    14 Curtis Granderson 3 2007 2011 26-30 Ind. Seasons
    15 Johnny Damon 3 1998 2002 24-28 Ind. Seasons
    16 Andy Van Slyke 3 1987 1992 26-31 Ind. Seasons
    17 George Brett 3 1975 1979 22-26 Ind. Seasons
    18 Dick Allen 3 1965 1967 23-25 Ind. Seasons
    19 Minnie Minoso 3 1951 1956 25-30 Ind. Seasons
    20 Ben Chapman 3 1930 1932 21-23 Ind. Seasons
    21 Babe Herman 3 1929 1931 26-28 Ind. Seasons
    22 Lou Gehrig 3 1927 1931 24-28 Ind. Seasons
    23 Ken Williams 3 1920 1923 30-33 Ind. Seasons
    24 Frank Schulte 3 1910 1912 27-29 Ind. Seasons
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 2/23/2012.

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    I wonder if anyone will ever get six of these seasons?

    Funny Cubs Fan Pranks Red Sox

    Posted by on February 23rd, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Via Boston.com -

    If you go to JetBluePark.com, you won’t get information about the new home of Red Sox spring training. Instead you’ll be redirected to the New York Yankees website. That’s because Eric Engelman, a Cubs fan from Fort Myers, Fla., bought the domain name for $8 before the Red Sox or Jet Blue could get their hands on it — and programmed the site to redirect to Yankees.com.

    The News-Press in Fort Myers first reported the domain name debacle, prompting Sox fans to wonder whether the team could grab the name from Engelman or force him to stop directing visitors to the Yankees site.

    Christopher Gibson, a Suffolk Law School professor who has been an arbitrator in dozens of domain name disputes, said that if the Sox or Jet Blue decide to take the matter to authorities, they’d probably have a case. But it might not be easy.

    In order to win a domain name from someone who has purchased it, a company or person has to prove that it owns a trademark, that the domain is identical or confusingly similar to that trademark, and that the domain was registered and is being used in bad faith, said Gibson, who helped create the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy, which governs domain name and trademark issues internationally.

    This case might be complicated, he said, because it’s unclear who has rights to the Jet Blue Park name — the Red Sox or Jet Blue.

    As for Engelman, he said he didn’t expect any of this attention. He told us (after his grandma gave us his number) that he registered the domain last March as a joke and doesn’t mean any harm to the Red Sox.

    “I really did think it was funny,” he said.

    Engelman, 30, said he’s read that the Red Sox front office isn’t happy with him, but he hasn’t heard from anyone affiliated with the team. “You called my [grandmother],” he said, laughing. “I’m not that hard to find.”

    We asked the Sox what the team planned to do about the domain issue, but we haven’t heard back.

    Pretty funny.

    Top 103 Career WAR, Batters, Not Born In The U.S.A.

    Posted by on February 22nd, 2012 · Comments (5)

    It’s a fun list -

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA
    1 Albert Pujols 88.7 2001 2011 21-31 1705 7433
    2 Roberto Clemente 83.8 1955 1972 20-37 2433 10212
    3 Rod Carew 79.1 1967 1985 21-39 2469 10550
    4 Larry Walker 67.3 1989 2005 22-38 1988 8030
    5 Ivan Rodriguez 67.3 1991 2011 19-39 2543 10270
    6 Manny Ramirez 66.6 1993 2011 21-39 2302 9774
    7 Rafael Palmeiro 66.0 1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046
    8 Roberto Alomar 63.5 1988 2004 20-36 2379 10400
    9 Carlos Beltran 60.8 1998 2011 21-34 1768 7730
    10 Andruw Jones 60.4 1996 2011 19-34 2102 8395
    11 Sammy Sosa 59.7 1989 2007 20-38 2354 9896
    12 Vladimir Guerrero 59.2 1996 2011 21-36 2147 9059
    13 Bobby Abreu 58.7 1996 2011 22-37 2247 9669
    14 Ichiro Suzuki 54.5 2001 2011 27-37 1749 8060
    15 Minnie Minoso 52.8 1949 1980 23-54 1835 7710
    16 Jose Cruz 52.2 1970 1988 22-40 2353 8931
    17 Cesar Cedeno 52.2 1970 1986 19-35 2006 8133
    18 Tony Perez 50.5 1964 1986 22-44 2777 10861
    19 Luis Aparicio 49.9 1956 1973 22-39 2601 11230
    20 Adrian Beltre 47.6 1998 2011 19-32 1959 8043
    21 Bernie Williams 47.3 1991 2006 22-37 2076 9053
    22 Orlando Cepeda 46.8 1958 1974 20-36 2124 8695
    23 Bert Campaneris 45.3 1964 1983 22-41 2328 9625
    24 Jorge Posada 44.7 1995 2011 23-39 1829 7150
    25 Carlos Delgado 44.2 1993 2009 21-37 2035 8657
    26 Miguel Tejada 42.5 1997 2011 23-37 2118 9036
    27 Tony Oliva 42.4 1962 1976 23-37 1676 6879
    28 Omar Vizquel 42.3 1989 2011 22-44 2908 11850
    29 Jose Canseco 41.8 1985 2001 20-36 1887 8129
    30 Devon White 41.3 1985 2001 22-38 1941 8080
    31 Julio Franco 40.6 1982 2007 23-48 2527 9731
    32 Miguel Cabrera 40.2 2003 2011 20-28 1351 5777
    33 Tony Fernandez 39.6 1983 2001 21-39 2158 8793
    34 Felipe Alou 39.4 1958 1974 23-39 2082 7908
    35 Chili Davis 37.2 1981 1999 21-39 2436 9996
    36 Placido Polanco 35.5 1998 2011 22-35 1719 7142
    37 Pedro Guerrero 35.1 1978 1992 22-36 1536 6115
    38 Magglio Ordonez 34.6 1997 2011 23-37 1848 7742
    39 Jeff Heath 34.5 1936 1949 21-34 1383 5560
    40 David Ortiz 34.2 1997 2011 21-35 1742 7266
    41 Jose Valentin 33.7 1992 2007 22-37 1678 6317
    42 Dave Concepcion 33.6 1970 1988 22-40 2488 9640
    43 Juan Gonzalez 33.5 1989 2005 19-35 1689 7155
    44 Rafael Furcal 33.1 2000 2011 22-33 1484 6668
    45 Bobby Thomson 32.9 1946 1960 22-36 1779 6957
    46 Edgar Renteria 31.7 1996 2011 19-34 2152 9066
    47 Rico Carty 31.4 1963 1979 23-39 1651 6318
    48 Tip O’Neill 30.7 1883 1892 25-34 1052 4712
    49 Jose Reyes 29.3 2003 2011 20-28 1050 4840
    50 Hanley Ramirez 29.3 2005 2011 21-27 852 3757
    51 Mike Lowell 28.8 1998 2010 24-36 1601 6498
    52 Robinson Cano 28.5 2005 2011 22-28 1053 4413
    53 Edgardo Alfonzo 28.4 1995 2006 21-32 1506 6108
    54 Javy Lopez 27.9 1992 2006 21-35 1503 5793
    55 Victor Martinez 27.7 2002 2011 23-32 1149 4819
    56 John Anderson 27.4 1894 1908 20-34 1636 6773
    57 Elmer Valo 27.4 1940 1961 19-40 1806 6091
    58 Bobby Avila 27.4 1949 1959 25-35 1300 5343
    59 Cesar Tovar 27.3 1965 1976 24-35 1488 6177
    60 Raul Mondesi 27.2 1993 2005 22-34 1525 6369
    61 Sixto Lezcano 26.9 1974 1985 20-31 1291 4814
    62 Andres Galarraga 26.7 1985 2004 24-43 2257 8916
    63 Melvin Mora 26.5 1999 2011 27-39 1556 6158
    64 Carlos Guillen 26.3 1998 2011 22-35 1305 5277
    65 Tony Gonzalez 26.2 1960 1971 23-34 1559 5793
    66 Terry Puhl 26.1 1977 1991 20-34 1531 5479
    67 Ben Oglivie 25.7 1971 1986 22-37 1754 6598
    68 Stan Javier 24.8 1984 2001 20-37 1763 5755
    69 Aramis Ramirez 24.7 1998 2011 20-33 1683 6958
    70 Manny Sanguillen 24.6 1967 1980 23-36 1448 5380
    71 Jack Doyle 24.5 1889 1905 19-35 1569 6589
    72 Luis Castillo 24.5 1996 2010 20-34 1720 7471
    73 Carlos Lee 24.2 1999 2011 23-35 1952 8171
    74 Leo Cardenas 23.9 1960 1975 21-36 1941 7402
    75 Benito Santiago 23.8 1986 2005 21-40 1978 7515
    76 Corey Koskie 23.7 1998 2006 25-33 989 3950
    77 Alfonso Soriano 23.4 1999 2011 23-35 1606 6916
    78 Ramon Hernandez 22.7 1999 2011 23-35 1457 5450
    79 George Selkirk 22.6 1934 1942 26-34 846 3322
    80 Jose Cruz 22.0 1997 2008 23-34 1388 5448
    81 Jhonny Peralta 21.7 2003 2011 21-29 1126 4647
    82 Pete Ward 21.3 1962 1970 24-32 973 3511
    83 Danny Tartabull 20.9 1984 1997 21-34 1406 5842
    84 Matty Alou 20.5 1960 1974 21-35 1667 6220
    85 Jason Bay 19.7 2003 2011 24-32 1140 4807
    86 Glenn Hubbard 19.5 1978 1989 20-31 1354 5122
    87 Justin Morneau 19.5 2003 2011 22-30 1017 4237
    88 Joey Votto 19.4 2007 2011 23-27 617 2589
    89 Tony Pena 18.7 1980 1997 23-40 1988 7073
    90 Orlando Cabrera 18.3 1997 2011 22-36 1985 8255
    91 Shin-Soo Choo 18.2 2005 2011 22-28 544 2279
    92 George Bell 18.2 1981 1993 21-33 1587 6586
    93 Jose Cardenal 18.1 1963 1980 19-36 2017 7696
    94 Marco Scutaro 17.8 2002 2011 26-35 1103 4243
    95 Rey Sanchez 17.8 1991 2005 23-37 1490 5246
    96 Chico Carrasquel 17.7 1950 1959 24-33 1325 5259
    97 Jimmy Austin 17.6 1909 1929 29-49 1581 6302
    98 George Wood 17.5 1880 1892 21-33 1280 5821
    99 Yunel Escobar 17.2 2007 2011 24-28 639 2703
    100 Richard Hidalgo 17.1 1997 2005 22-30 987 3927
    101 Hideki Matsui 16.9 2003 2011 29-37 1202 4953
    102 Roberto Kelly 16.9 1987 2000 22-35 1337 5226
    103 Manny Mota 16.7 1962 1982 24-44 1536 4227
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    What jumps out at you the most here?

    Best Years By Closers In Their Final Season

    Posted by on February 21st, 2012 · Comments (6)

    It’s an interesting list -

    Rk Player WAR GF SV Year Age Tm G IP ERA ERA+
    1 Jeff Zimmerman 3.4 53 28 2001 28 TEX 66 71.1 2.40 197
    2 Steve Olin 3.0 62 29 1992 26 CLE 72 88.1 2.34 169
    3 Tom Henke 2.8 47 36 1995 37 STL 52 54.1 1.82 231
    4 Billy Wagner 2.7 64 37 2010 38 ATL 71 69.1 1.43 275
    5 Robb Nen 2.7 66 43 2002 32 SFG 68 73.2 2.20 177
    6 Andrew Bailey 2.4 42 25 2010 26 OAK 47 49.0 1.47 284
    7 J.P. Howell 2.0 41 17 2009 26 TBR 69 66.2 2.83 154
    8 Bobby Bolin 1.5 29 15 1973 34 BOS 39 53.1 2.70 151
    9 Ron Reed 1.3 38 12 1984 41 CHW 51 73.0 3.08 136
    10 Jeff Shaw 1.2 66 43 2001 34 LAD 77 74.2 3.62 110
    11 Danny Frisella 1.2 34 10 1976 30 TOT 50 72.0 3.12 113
    12 Russ Christopher 1.2 28 17 1948 30 CLE 45 59.0 2.90 141
    13 Brad Lidge 1.1 38 27 2010 33 PHI 50 45.2 2.96 137
    14 Salomon Torres 1.0 46 28 2008 36 MIL 71 80.0 3.49 121
    15 Ugueth Urbina 1.0 22 10 2005 31 TOT 81 79.2 3.62 122
    16 David Aardsma 0.9 43 31 2010 28 SEA 53 49.2 3.44 115
    17 John Wetteland 0.8 57 34 2000 33 TEX 62 60.0 4.20 120
    18 Jim Willoughby 0.7 47 13 1978 29 CHW 59 93.1 3.86 100
    19 Jim Brosnan 0.7 37 14 1963 33 TOT 51 77.2 3.13 112
    20 Manuel Corpas 0.3 27 10 2010 27 COL 56 62.1 4.62 101
    21 Randy Moffitt 0.3 33 10 1983 34 TOR 45 57.1 3.77 115
    22 Mudcat Grant 0.3 36 10 1971 35 TOT 57 102.1 3.17 110
    23 Bob Wickman 0.2 40 20 2007 38 TOT 57 50.1 3.58 125
    24 Randy Myers 0.2 42 28 1998 35 TOT 62 56.2 4.92 91
    25 Kazuhiro Sasaki 0.0 25 10 2003 35 SEA 35 33.1 4.05 107
    26 Hideki Irabu 0.0 26 16 2002 33 TEX 38 47.0 5.74 84
    27 Jim Turner 0.0 26 10 1945 41 NYY 30 54.1 3.64 96
    28 Rick Aguilera -0.1 44 29 2000 38 CHC 54 47.2 4.91 93
    29 Mike Henneman -0.1 45 31 1996 34 TEX 49 42.0 5.79 91
    30 Ted Power -0.1 24 13 1993 38 TOT 45 45.1 5.36 83
    31 Alfredo Simon -0.3 35 17 2010 29 BAL 49 49.1 4.93 86
    32 Bruce Sutter -0.4 26 14 1988 35 ATL 38 45.1 4.76 78
    33 Bob James -0.4 32 10 1987 28 CHW 43 54.0 4.67 99
    34 Rollie Fingers -0.4 37 17 1985 38 MIL 47 55.1 5.04 84
    35 Bob Moose -0.5 26 10 1976 28 PIT 53 88.0 3.68 95
    36 Willie Hernandez -0.6 25 15 1989 34 DET 32 31.1 5.74 68
    37 Trevor Hoffman -0.7 36 10 2010 42 MIL 50 47.1 5.89 67
    38 Todd Jones -0.8 37 18 2008 40 DET 45 41.2 4.97 91
    39 Jeff Montgomery -1.0 36 12 1999 37 KCR 49 51.1 6.84 74
    40 Todd Worrell -1.0 55 35 1997 37 LAD 65 59.2 5.28 74
    41 Mike Garman -1.1 35 13 1978 28 TOT 57 77.2 4.40 81
    42 Mike Williams -1.6 47 28 2003 34 TOT 68 63.0 6.14 69
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    Totally forgot that Irabu closed games in his last season.

    Cashman: Baseball Can Thank Me For New Playoff Format

    Posted by on February 21st, 2012 · Comments (6)

    Via the Sporting News

    Brian Cashman is taking partial credit for Major League Baseball’s new playoff format.

    The Yankees’ general manager on Sunday admitted what many people suspected: The Bombers essentially conceded the American League East to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010 once it became clear that both teams were postseason-bound. New York finished a game behind in the division race and claimed the wild card.

    “I’m not taking away from Tampa Bay, but we didn’t try to win the division,” Cashman told reporters at the Yankees’ spring facility in Tampa, Fla. “We tried to line ourselves up for the playoffs and that worked.

    “The division title was rendered meaningless the way the set-up was. It really meant nothing more than a T-shirt and a hat.”

    That, Cashman said, led to commissioner Bud Selig’s push for a second wild-card team in each league and a one-game wild-card playoff, which should motivate teams to win their division. The new format could begin as early as the 2012 season.

    “Baseball took notice and made, I think, a very smart change. Bud Selig did a remarkable thing adding the wild card and I think he’s now doing another remarkable thing by enhancing the playoff push,” Cashman said. “It certainly brings back the importance of being a division winner again.”

    No response from MLB was reported.

    Uh, does Cashman realize that teams punted the race for first, and settled on the ‘card, long before the Yankees did it in 2010?

    Curtis Granderson 2012

    Posted by on February 20th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    Look at Granderson’s Batting Runs for the last five years:

    Year Age Tm Lg PA Rbat
    2006 25 DET AL 679 5
    2007 26 DET AL 676 31
    2008 27 DET AL 629 20
    2009 28 DET AL 710 -2
    2010 29 NYY AL 528 4
    2011 30 NYY AL 691 32
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    Generated 2/20/2012.

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    He was just league average (thereabouts) in 2006, 2009 and 2010.  And, in 2007, 2008 and 2011, he was way above average.

    That’s down, up, up, down, down, and up – for those scoring at home.

    Any guess on what he will do in 2012?

    Pitchers Leaving Early

    Posted by on February 19th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    So, are Don Drysdale and Catfish Hunter the greatest “modern” pitchers to die young? See this list -

    Rk Player WAR Died Born From To Age G W SV IP
    1 Christy Mathewson 87.7 1925 1880 1900 1916 19-35 636 373 30 4788.2
    2 John Clarkson 82.1 1909 1861 1882 1894 20-32 531 328 5 4536.1
    3 Eddie Plank 76.3 1926 1875 1901 1917 25-41 623 326 23 4495.2
    4 Old Hoss Radbourn 71.6 1897 1854 1881 1891 26-36 527 309 3 4527.1
    5 Pud Galvin 70.5 1902 1856 1879 1892 22-35 697 361 1 5941.1
    6 Don Drysdale 65.7 1993 1936 1956 1969 19-32 518 209 6 3432.0
    7 Charlie Buffinton 56.1 1907 1861 1882 1892 21-31 414 233 3 3404.0
    8 Bob Caruthers 52.6 1911 1864 1884 1892 20-28 340 218 3 2828.2
    9 Rube Waddell 50.2 1914 1876 1897 1910 20-33 407 193 5 2961.1
    10 Urban Shocker 47.0 1928 1890 1916 1928 25-37 412 187 25 2681.2
    11 Bobo Newsom 45.9 1962 1907 1929 1953 21-45 600 211 21 3759.1
    12 Dizzy Trout 43.6 1972 1915 1939 1957 24-42 521 170 35 2725.2
    13 Addie Joss 40.9 1911 1880 1902 1910 22-30 286 160 5 2327.0
    14 Herb Pennock 36.9 1948 1894 1912 1934 18-40 617 241 33 3571.2
    15 Jim Whitney 35.9 1891 1857 1881 1890 23-32 413 191 2 3496.1
    16 Chris Short 35.5 1991 1937 1959 1973 21-35 501 135 18 2325.0
    17 Nig Cuppy 35.4 1922 1869 1892 1901 22-31 302 162 5 2283.0
    18 Bill Donovan 34.8 1923 1876 1898 1918 21-41 378 185 8 2964.2
    19 Catfish Hunter 32.5 1999 1946 1965 1979 19-33 500 224 1 3449.1
    20 Schoolboy Rowe 31.9 1961 1910 1933 1949 23-39 382 158 12 2219.1
    21 Adonis Terry 31.8 1915 1864 1884 1897 19-32 440 197 6 3514.1
    22 Don Wilson 30.2 1975 1945 1966 1974 21-29 266 104 2 1748.1
    23 Earl Whitehill 30.1 1954 1899 1923 1939 24-40 541 218 11 3564.2
    24 Dave Foutz 30.0 1897 1856 1884 1894 27-37 251 147 4 1997.1
    25 Howie Pollet 29.9 1974 1921 1941 1956 20-35 403 131 20 2107.1
    26 Larry Corcoran 28.8 1891 1859 1880 1887 20-27 277 177 2 2392.1
    27 Mort Cooper 28.7 1958 1913 1938 1949 25-36 295 128 14 1840.2
    28 Johnny Allen 28.2 1959 1904 1932 1944 27-39 352 142 18 1950.1
    29 Fritz Ostermueller 27.6 1957 1907 1934 1948 26-40 390 114 15 2066.2
    30 Ellis Kinder 27.4 1968 1914 1946 1957 31-42 484 102 102 1479.2
    31 Claude Hendrix 27.3 1944 1889 1911 1920 22-31 360 144 17 2371.1
    32 Turk Farrell 26.3 1977 1934 1956 1969 22-35 590 106 83 1704.2
    33 Brickyard Kennedy 26.3 1915 1867 1892 1903 24-35 406 187 9 3030.0
    34 Red Ames 25.5 1936 1882 1903 1919 20-36 533 183 36 3198.0
    35 Tiny Bonham 24.7 1949 1913 1940 1949 26-35 231 103 9 1551.0
    36 Toad Ramsey 24.5 1906 1864 1885 1890 20-25 248 113 0 2100.2
    37 Dan Quisenberry 24.3 1998 1953 1979 1990 26-37 674 56 244 1043.1
    38 Ed Brandt 24.3 1944 1905 1928 1938 23-33 378 121 17 2268.1
    39 Harry Staley 24.0 1910 1866 1888 1895 21-28 283 136 2 2269.0
    40 Charlie Ferguson 23.9 1888 1863 1884 1887 21-24 183 99 4 1514.2
    41 Jake Weimer 23.8 1928 1873 1903 1909 29-35 191 97 2 1472.2
    42 Billy Rhines 23.3 1922 1869 1890 1899 21-30 248 113 1 1891.0
    43 Fred Hutchinson 22.7 1964 1919 1939 1953 19-33 242 95 7 1464.0
    44 Jim Devlin 22.2 1883 1849 1876 1877 27-28 129 65 0 1181.0
    45 Sam Jones 20.9 1971 1925 1951 1964 25-38 322 102 9 1643.1
    46 Red Donahue 20.8 1913 1873 1893 1906 20-33 367 164 3 2966.1
    47 Al Benton 20.2 1968 1911 1934 1952 23-41 455 98 66 1688.1
    48 Pat Malone 20.2 1943 1902 1928 1937 25-34 357 134 26 1915.0
    49 Ed Killian 20.0 1928 1876 1903 1910 26-33 214 103 4 1598.1
    50 Rick Mahler 20.0 2005 1953 1979 1991 25-37 392 96 6 1951.1
    51 George Blaeholder 20.0 1947 1904 1925 1936 21-32 338 104 12 1914.1
    52 Hal Carlson 19.5 1930 1892 1917 1930 25-38 377 114 19 2002.0
    53 Darryl Kile 19.1 2002 1968 1991 2002 22-33 359 133 0 2165.1
    54 Carl Weilman 19.0 1924 1889 1912 1920 22-30 239 84 10 1521.0
    55 Carl Morton 18.9 1983 1944 1969 1976 25-32 255 87 1 1648.2
    56 Sam Gray 18.5 1953 1897 1924 1933 26-35 379 111 22 1951.1
    57 George McQuillan 18.2 1940 1885 1907 1918 22-33 273 85 14 1576.1
    58 Babe Ruth 18.0 1948 1895 1914 1933 19-38 163 94 4 1221.1
    59 Clint Brown 17.8 1955 1903 1928 1942 24-38 434 89 64 1485.2
    60 Bob Porterfield 17.7 1980 1923 1948 1959 24-35 318 87 8 1567.2
    61 Larry Benton 16.9 1953 1897 1923 1935 25-37 455 127 22 2297.0
    62 Dave Koslo 16.7 1975 1920 1941 1955 21-35 348 92 22 1591.1
    63 Jack Taylor 16.2 1900 1873 1891 1899 18-26 271 120 9 2091.0
    64 Bobby Mathews 16.1 1898 1851 1876 1887 24-35 323 166 3 2734.1
    65 Don McMahon 15.8 1987 1930 1957 1974 27-44 874 90 153 1310.2
    66 Eric Show 15.6 1994 1956 1981 1991 25-35 332 101 7 1655.0
    67 Togie Pittinger 15.4 1909 1872 1900 1907 28-35 262 115 3 2040.2
    68 Jim Tobin 15.3 1969 1912 1937 1945 24-32 287 105 5 1900.0
    69 Bob Miller 15.2 1993 1939 1957 1974 18-35 694 69 51 1551.1
    70 Guy Morton 15.1 1934 1893 1914 1924 21-31 317 98 6 1629.2
    71 Ned Garvin 14.8 1908 1874 1896 1904 22-30 181 58 3 1400.2
    72 Ed Siever 14.7 1920 1875 1901 1908 26-33 203 83 2 1507.0
    73 Rube Benton 14.6 1937 1890 1910 1925 20-35 437 150 21 2517.1
    74 Lew Richie 14.4 1936 1883 1906 1913 22-29 241 74 9 1359.1
    75 Jim Brewer 14.3 1987 1937 1960 1976 22-38 584 69 132 1040.1
    76 Stump Wiedman 14.2 1905 1861 1880 1888 19-27 279 101 2 2318.1
    77 Win Mercer 14.1 1903 1874 1894 1902 20-28 335 132 10 2484.2
    78 Max Butcher 13.7 1957 1910 1936 1945 25-34 334 95 9 1786.1
    79 Lynn McGlothen 13.5 1984 1950 1972 1982 22-32 318 86 2 1497.2
    80 Phil Collins 13.4 1948 1901 1923 1935 21-33 292 80 24 1324.1
    81 Duke Esper 13.2 1910 1867 1890 1898 22-30 236 101 5 1727.2
    82 Carl Lundgren 13.2 1934 1880 1902 1909 22-29 179 91 6 1322.0
    83 Bill Sweeney 12.9 1903 1858 1882 1884 24-26 82 49 0 708.0
    84 Jim Hughes 12.8 1924 1874 1898 1902 24-28 134 83 0 1088.0
    85 Cy Blanton 12.7 1945 1908 1934 1942 25-33 202 68 4 1218.1
    86 Dave Smith 12.6 2008 1955 1980 1992 25-37 609 53 216 809.1
    87 Vern Bickford 12.3 1960 1920 1948 1954 27-33 182 66 2 1076.1
    88 Dixie Davis 12.2 1944 1890 1912 1926 21-35 239 75 2 1318.2
    89 Sam Zoldak 12.2 1966 1918 1944 1952 25-33 250 43 8 929.1
    90 Vern Ruhle 12.2 2007 1951 1974 1986 23-35 327 67 11 1411.1
    91 Henry Porter 12.2 1906 1858 1884 1889 26-31 207 96 0 1793.1
    92 Tom Seaton 12.1 1940 1887 1912 1917 24-29 231 92 11 1340.0
    93 Doc McJames 12.0 1901 1874 1895 1901 20-26 178 79 4 1361.1
    94 Rod Beck 11.9 2007 1968 1991 2004 22-35 704 38 286 768.0
    95 Ken Brett 11.3 2003 1948 1967 1981 18-32 349 83 11 1526.1
    96 John Whitehead 11.1 1964 1909 1935 1942 26-33 172 49 4 944.0
    97 Hugh Casey 11.0 1951 1913 1935 1949 21-35 343 75 55 939.2
    98 Tom Underwood 10.8 2010 1953 1974 1984 20-30 379 86 18 1586.0
    99 Clay Kirby 10.8 1991 1948 1969 1976 21-28 261 75 0 1548.0
    100 John Ewing 10.8 1895 1863 1888 1891 25-28 129 53 2 1058.2
    101 Charlie Sweeney 10.3 1902 1863 1883 1887 20-24 129 64 1 1030.2
    102 Steve Howe 10.0 2006 1958 1980 1996 22-38 497 47 91 606.0
    103 Dick Selma 10.0 2001 1943 1965 1974 21-30 307 42 31 840.2
    104 Billy Taylor 9.9 1900 1855 1881 1887 26-32 100 50 4 799.2
    105 Cory Lidle 9.9 2006 1972 1997 2006 25-34 277 82 2 1322.2
    106 Mark Fidrych 9.8 2009 1954 1976 1980 21-25 58 29 0 412.1
    107 Hardie Henderson 9.4 1903 1862 1883 1888 20-25 210 81 0 1788.1
    108 Ed Willett 9.0 1934 1884 1906 1915 22-31 274 102 5 1773.1
    109 Allan Sothoron 8.9 1939 1893 1914 1926 21-33 264 91 9 1582.1
    110 Charlie Lea 8.9 2011 1956 1980 1988 23-31 152 62 0 923.1
    111 Bob Moose 8.8 1976 1947 1967 1976 19-28 289 76 19 1303.2
    112 Russ Christopher 8.8 1954 1917 1942 1948 24-30 241 54 35 999.2
    113 Buster Brown 8.7 1914 1881 1905 1913 23-31