• Go Long

    Posted by on March 31st, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Noting one of the more famous games in baseball history, Arne Christensen asked about the longest outings by starters in the last 50 years.

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    What’s The Difference Between Britt Burns & Michael Pineda?

    Posted by on March 30th, 2012 · Comments (29)

    Other than bobby pin usage and the ability to understand what’s being said on Telemundo, at this stage, not that much.

    The latest on Mr. Pineda, the Yankee, via Mark Feinsand -

    If Michael Pineda’s dreadful outing against the Phillies Friday night wasn’t enough to knock him out of the rotation, the soreness his felt in his pitching shoulder would seem to be the final blow.

    Pineda was rocked for six runs on seven hits and three walks in only 2 2/3 innings, earning a chorus of boos from the typically mild-mannered Steinbrenner Field crowd.

    After he returned to the clubhouse, the 23-year-old revealed that he experienced some soreness in the back of his right shoulder during the outing.

    “Tonight, my arm is a little sore,” Pineda said, adding that it felt fine before the game. “When I’m throwing, it’s a little sore. Sometimes every player doesn’t feel 100 percent when they play every day.”

    Although he called it “normal sore,” he admitted that he had been trying to throw harder in his sixth start of the spring, attempting to put some of the questions about his lack of velocity to rest.

    “I tried to pitch my game,” said Pineda, whose fastball mostly sat around 91 mph, touching 93-94 a few times. “I tried to throw a little harder today.”

    Pineda was emotional while speaking with reporters, appearing at times to be on the verge of tears. He pointed to his lack of command as the primary reason for his dismal performance, saying his body was staying open too long, causing a side-to-side effect on his arm that made his fastball cut too much.

    “My slider was good tonight and I threw a couple good changeups,” Pineda said. “For my fastball, first-pitch strikes, I didn’t attack the hitters. I didn’t have good command for my fastball tonight.”

    But Pineda’s mechanics are the least of his problems now that he’s revealed a potential shoulder injury. Asked if he felt he deserved to be in the rotation, Pineda shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know.”

    Does this mean that Jesus Montero gets to play the role of Ron “The Babe” Hassey in this drama?

    Talking Heads

    Posted by on March 30th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    I’m late to the party on this one. But, oh, my, is it funny!

    Is CC Sabathia Cooked?

    Posted by on March 30th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    When I looked this morning, I saw that batters are hitting .298 against CC Sabathia during this spring training, to date.

    But, hey, we’re talking spring training here. And, we know that spring training stats cannot be trusted.

    However, in the post-season last year, against the Tigers, Sabathia’s WHIP was 2.08 over the three games that he pitched.

    But, hey, that’s a very small sample size. That WHIP was fashioned over 8.2 IP. And, you can’t judge a guy on a sample that small.

    Yet, over his last 9 starts of the 2011 season, Sabathia faced 268 batters and allowed a BA/OBA/SLG line of: .314/.358/.502 (in 60.6 IP). And, that’s not pretty.

    So, add it all up: His last 9 starts of 2011, his 2011 post-season, and, his 2012 spring training. The result is less than “ace” stuff, no?

    Still, overall, you cannot count out Sabathia based on these three pieces of the puzzle.

    I would wait and see what his ERA is this season on May 1st before making any serious calls for concern.

    Larry & Ronnie, Have You Seen Them Yet?

    Posted by on March 30th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    I’ve mentioned that Driving Mr. Yogi is in my queue. Can’t hardly wait to get to it. Watching clips like this is the reason why…

    …how can you not love these guys?

    And, The Next G.M. Of The Yankees Is…

    Posted by on March 30th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    The headline in this Fortune feature reads: Meet the mastermind behind the Yankees roster.

    So, who would you think it’s about? Brian Cashman? Mark Newman? Damon Oppenheimer?

    Nope. It’s Billy Eppler.

    He’s Cashman’s guy. And, someday, he just may have Cashman’s job too.

    Donnie Bleepball

    Posted by on March 30th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Funny stuff.

    Baseball’s Greatest Deep & Well Rounded Teams (Sorta/Kinda)

    Posted by on March 29th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    This is a quick and dirty, back of the envelope, attempt to find which teams in baseball history had a lot of good hitters and pitchers in the same season.

    First, I took this list:

    From 1901 to 2011, teams with 10+ batters where OPS+>=100 and they had at least 80 PA.

    Then, I cross-referenced it, via eye-ball, with this list:

    From 1901 to 2011, teams with 9+ pitchers where ERA+>=100 and they had at least 40 IP

    And, I got the following teams to make both lists:

    The 1942 St. Louis Cardinals
    The 1997 New York Yankees
    The 1998 New York Yankees
    The 1999 Cleveland Indians
    The 2006 Toronto Blue Jays
    The 2007 San Diego Padres

    Those last two teams surprised me. And, it suggests that this is not the best way to slice this pie.

    Still, it would be fun to see the ’42 Cards and the ’98 Yankees match up in a best of seven and see what happens…

    What Do Carl Pavano & Brian Cashman Have In Common?

    Posted by on March 29th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Concubines that come back to haunt. Via the Record Journal

    The family of major league pitcher Carl Pavano told police that a former Southington High School classmate was trying to extort money and a luxury SUV from Pavano by threatening to reveal personal information about him, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by police earlier this month.

    In the affidavit, Pavano’s sister, Michelle DeGennaro, said Christian Bedard, 36, of Southington, was “attempting to extort monetary funds for his fabricated, false information” and that he believes he can hold the Pavano family “hostage” with the information.

    DeGennaro filed a complaint with Southington Police in December, after receiving messages from Bedard she considered harassing on the social networking site Facebook, The messages included demands for a luxury SUV.

    “The only way your brother is getting out of this… is with a heart-felt apology and a navy Range Rover with tan leather,” Bedard said in one message to DeGennaro.

    Police seized a laptop and a journal from Bedard’s Hunting Hill Drive home last Wednesday, but have not charged him with any crime. The warrant allowed police to seize documents naming Pavano and any computers used to send Facebook messages. It stated materials collected would constitute evidence in an investigation into second-degree harassment and first-degree criminal attempt to commit larceny.

    Southington police said Wednesday they are not releasing information about the ongoing investigation. The Record-Journal obtained the search warrant affidavit Wednesday from Bristol Superior Court.

    In an interview Monday, Bedard said he was writing a journal as a way of giving closure to what he said was an “emotional and physical relationship” between him and Pavano which lasted for three years while the two were high school classmates.

    “I’m sure they don’t want any of this getting out there,” Bedard said Monday.

    DeGennaro called Bedard’s contention that he had a relationship with Pavano “clearly false” and an attempt to “extort her family,” according to the affidavit. Bedard told DeGennaro that he had a $1.2 million book deal.

    “That is my best offer, an apology and a Land Rover and I’ll kill the project,” Bedard wrote.

    In a later message, Bedard said he rescinded the offer and said “the book is the best deal.” He also mentions his mother Elaine Bedard’s political connections and the fact that she is a local police commission member.

    “What’s even better is my mom’s the police commissioner and there is an open file on you already,” Bedard said to DeGennaro in a Facebook message, according to the affidavit. Elaine Bedard, who is also Democratic town chairwoman, said Monday that she has nothing to do with the police investigation, which police confirmed.

    Christian Bedard has a number of convictions, including for third-degree burglary, first-degree reckless endangerment and driving under the influence, according to the state Judicial Branch website.

    He said he sent a letter to the Pavano family in November informing them that he was considering publishing his journal as a book and offering a chance for them to look over the material. He said he got no response.

    Asked about the search warrant affidavit Wednesday, the Bedards declined comment. Carl Pavano’s parents, Carmen and Ann Pavano of Southington, could not be reached Wednesday. On Tuesday, they said they had no comment on the search of the Bedard residence.

    DeGennaro did not return calls for comment. Pavano couldn’t be reached Wednesday and messages to his agent and the Minnesota Twins baseball team were not returned. Pavano is expected to be the Twins starting pitcher when they open their season April 6 against the Orioles in Baltimore. He previously played for the New York Yankees, among other teams. His four-year Yankee contract paid him nearly $40 million.

    To be honest, given all the electronic/digital devices and media out there today, I think this type of stuff is going to be the wave of the future.

    Can’t Miss?

    Posted by on March 28th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Any idea who this is/was?

    Age Lev G PA R 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    19 AAA 129 539 85 35 16 66 96 61 .328 .449 .529

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    Hint: He did miss.

    Dickey, Dickey, Dickey…

    Posted by on March 28th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    SI is running an excerpt from R.A. Dickey’s new book, Wherever I Wind Up.

    Click here to check it out. Good stuff!  Glad this one is on my list.

    Right now, I am finishing up Pinstripe Empire. After that, my “next book review queue” looks like this:

    Looking at this list, I feel like Henry Bemis!

    Longest First Games Of The Season – Winners Since 1919

    Posted by on March 28th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    The list -

    Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP
    1 1960-04-19 DET CLE W 4-2 15.0
    2 1926-04-13 WSH PHA W 1-0 15.0
    3 1998-03-31 NYM PHI W 1-0 14.0
    4 1995-04-26 COL NYM W 11-9 14.0
    5 1975-04-07 CIN LAD W 2-1 14.0
    6 1969-04-08 PIT STL W 6-2 14.0
    7 1966-04-12 CHW CAL W 3-2 14.0
    8 1959-04-10 CHW DET W 9-7 14.0
    9 1958-04-15 PIT MLN W 4-3 14.0
    10 1935-04-16 CLE SLB W 2-1 14.0
    11 2003-03-31 BAL CLE W 6-5 13.0
    12 2001-04-02 PHI FLA W 6-5 13.0
    13 1998-03-31 SFG HOU W 9-4 13.0
    14 1988-04-05 CHC ATL W 10-9 13.0
    15 1974-04-10 MON PIT W 12-8 13.0
    16 1973-04-06 HOU ATL W 2-1 13.0
    17 1966-04-12 BAL BOS W 5-4 13.0
    18 1966-04-12 PIT ATL W 3-2 13.0
    19 1933-04-12 CLE DET W 4-1 13.0
    20 1919-04-23 WSH PHA W 1-0 13.0
    21 2008-03-31 PIT ATL W 12-11 12.0
    22 1996-03-31 SEA CHW W 3-2 12.0
    23 1994-04-04 HOU MON W 6-5 12.0
    24 1988-04-04 CIN STL W 5-4 12.0
    25 1987-04-06 SFG SDP W 4-3 12.0
    26 1982-04-11 (1) CHW NYY W 7-6 12.0
    27 1981-04-09 SDP SFG W 4-1 12.0
    28 1980-04-10 MIN OAK W 9-7 12.0
    29 1980-04-10 TEX NYY W 1-0 12.0
    30 1969-04-08 BOS BAL W 5-4 12.0
    31 1969-04-08 KCR MIN W 4-3 12.0
    32 1966-04-13 PHI STL W 3-2 12.0
    33 1957-04-16 BRO PHI W 7-6 12.0
    34 1944-04-18 PHA WSH W 3-2 12.0
    35 1939-04-19 BSN PHI W 7-6 12.0
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/28/2012.

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    That Pirates-Braves game back in 2008 was a wild one!

    M’s Vs. A’s In Japan – But Not On TV

    Posted by on March 28th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    Steven Resnick: MLB Strikes Out By Not Televising The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners Series

    I have to a agree. Between the repeats on the MLB Network this AM and the crap on ESPN’s extra channels (outside of Mike & Mike), there’s no excuse not to have these games on TV.

    If the games are THAT boring and unattractive to have on live TV in the States, then it makess no sense to have them played.

    When Did Baseball G.M.’s Become Rock Gods?

    Posted by on March 27th, 2012 · Comments (16)

    If Gabe Paul walked down 5th Avenue at lunch time in NYC back in 1977, no one would notice him. If Brian Cashman did it today, he would get mobbed.

    When did baseball G.M.’s become such “stars”? Do we blame Billy Beane and/or Theo Epstein? Someone else?

    Then again, back in their day, guys like Branch Rickey and Frank Lane were pretty famous. And, I suppose that Rickey would gather a crowd out in public. And, today, most people would not recognize Andrew Friedman or Jon Daniels if they saw them on the street today.

    So, maybe it’s only those baseball G.M.’s who want to become rock gods that actually do?

    Getting Them In Once They Are On

    Posted by on March 27th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Teams since 1919 with 50+ games in a season with R>=1 and R>.49*TOB -

    Rk Tm Year #Matching W L  
    1 STL 1930 57 48 9 Ind. Games
    2 NYY 1998 57 50 7 Ind. Games
    3 NYY 1931 56 52 3 Ind. Games
    4 CHW 2000 56 49 7 Ind. Games
    5 PHA 1932 55 51 4 Ind. Games
    6 PHA 1930 55 48 7 Ind. Games
    7 NYY 1936 55 50 5 Ind. Games
    8 COL 2001 55 45 10 Ind. Games
    9 TEX 1993 54 40 14 Ind. Games
    10 NYY 1961 54 47 7 Ind. Games
    11 NYY 1930 54 48 6 Ind. Games
    12 COL 1996 54 45 9 Ind. Games
    13 CHW 2004 54 47 7 Ind. Games
    14 BAL 1996 54 44 10 Ind. Games
    15 TEX 2003 53 41 12 Ind. Games
    16 SFG 1962 53 49 4 Ind. Games
    17 NYY 1939 53 48 5 Ind. Games
    18 ARI 1999 53 44 9 Ind. Games
    19 TEX 2009 52 40 12 Ind. Games
    20 NYY 1937 52 48 4 Ind. Games
    21 NYG 1947 52 42 10 Ind. Games
    22 NYG 1921 52 47 5 Ind. Games
    23 MIL 1982 52 46 6 Ind. Games
    24 ATL 2003 52 44 8 Ind. Games
    25 TEX 2001 51 38 13 Ind. Games
    26 SEA 2001 51 46 5 Ind. Games
    27 NYG 1929 51 44 7 Ind. Games
    28 DET 1987 51 48 3 Ind. Games
    29 BRO 1953 51 48 3 Ind. Games
    30 TEX 2004 50 38 12 Ind. Games
    31 SLB 1925 50 42 8 Ind. Games
    32 SEA 1996 50 38 12 Ind. Games
    33 CLE 2000 50 40 10 Ind. Games
    34 CHC 1935 50 44 6 Ind. Games
    35 CHC 1929 50 43 6 Ind. Games
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/27/2012.

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    Too bad for the ’30 Cards that they ran into George Earnshaw and Lefty Grove during the World Series.

    Post-1949 Leaders – Lowest BABIP Allowed

    Posted by on March 26th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    The list – minimum 1,000 IP from 1950 on -

    Rk Player BAbip IP From To ERA ERA+ BF BA
    1 Andy Messersmith .243 2230.1 1968 1979 2.86 121 9120 .212
    2 Catfish Hunter .246 3449.1 1965 1979 3.26 105 14032 .231
    3 Mike Norris .249 1124.1 1975 1990 3.89 97 4797 .233
    4 Sid Fernandez .250 1866.2 1983 1997 3.36 111 7668 .209
    5 Hoyt Wilhelm .250 2254.1 1952 1972 2.52 147 9164 .216
    6 Jim Palmer .251 3948.0 1965 1984 2.86 126 16114 .230
    7 Charlie Hough .253 3801.1 1970 1994 3.75 107 16170 .233
    8 Denny McLain .253 1886.0 1963 1972 3.39 101 7719 .234
    9 Wally Bunker .253 1085.1 1963 1971 3.51 100 4472 .240
    10 Bob Turley .253 1712.2 1951 1963 3.64 101 7447 .220
    11 Dave Boswell .254 1065.1 1964 1971 3.52 100 4487 .219
    12 Warren Hacker .255 1154.2 1950 1961 4.17 98 4857 .256
    13 Ray Moore .256 1072.2 1952 1963 4.06 94 4611 .238
    14 Mario Soto .257 1730.1 1977 1988 3.47 108 7147 .220
    15 Don McMahon .257 1310.2 1957 1974 2.96 120 5503 .221
    16 Pete Richert .257 1165.2 1962 1974 3.19 106 4817 .223
    17 Eddie Fisher .257 1538.2 1959 1973 3.41 102 6340 .243
    18 Steve Gromek .257 1078.1 1950 1957 3.64 107 4546 .252
    19 Mudcat Grant .258 2442.0 1958 1971 3.63 100 10293 .248
    20 Paul Foytack .258 1498.0 1953 1964 4.14 97 6406 .245
    21 Sandy Koufax .259 2324.1 1955 1966 2.76 131 9497 .205
    22 Hank Aguirre .260 1375.1 1955 1970 3.25 117 5790 .236
    23 Early Wynn .260 3132.2 1950 1963 3.35 114 13170 .236
    24 Sal Maglie .260 1638.2 1950 1958 3.19 126 6841 .246
    25 Bobby Bolin .261 1576.0 1961 1973 3.40 104 6671 .231
    26 Moe Drabowsky .261 1641.0 1956 1972 3.71 101 7005 .235
    27 Tom Seaver .262 4783.0 1967 1986 2.86 128 19369 .226
    28 Jim Bouton .262 1238.2 1962 1978 3.57 99 5200 .243
    29 Don Gullett .262 1390.0 1970 1978 3.11 114 5763 .233
    30 Ralph Terry .262 1849.1 1956 1967 3.62 102 7598 .249
    31 Warren Spahn .262 4253.1 1950 1965 3.10 117 17458 .245
    32 Jim Hearn .262 1410.0 1950 1959 3.81 105 6033 .254
    33 Michael Jackson .263 1188.1 1986 2004 3.42 126 4966 .226
    34 Dave Stieb .263 2895.1 1979 1998 3.44 123 12072 .239
    35 Dave Dravecky .263 1062.2 1982 1989 3.13 116 4368 .245
    36 Gary Nolan .263 1674.2 1967 1977 3.08 117 6836 .238
    37 Dick Hall .263 1259.2 1955 1971 3.32 111 5085 .244
    38 Jack Harshman .263 1169.1 1952 1960 3.50 109 5014 .236
    39 Mariano Rivera .264 1211.1 1995 2011 2.21 206 4815 .210
    40 Luis Tiant .264 3486.1 1964 1982 3.30 115 14365 .236
    41 Juan Marichal .264 3507.0 1960 1975 2.89 123 14236 .237
    42 Mel Stottlemyre .264 2661.1 1964 1974 2.97 112 10972 .245
    43 Don Wilson .264 1748.1 1966 1974 3.15 109 7305 .228
    44 Whitey Ford .264 3170.1 1950 1967 2.75 133 13036 .235
    45 Ernie Broglio .264 1337.1 1959 1966 3.74 108 5698 .242
    46 Art Ditmar .264 1268.0 1954 1962 3.98 97 5401 .256
    47 Ned Garver .264 2055.2 1950 1961 3.73 111 8727 .258
    48 Allie Reynolds .264 1008.1 1950 1954 3.07 122 4238 .230
    49 Don Sutton .265 5282.1 1966 1988 3.26 108 21631 .236
    50 Larry Gura .265 2047.0 1970 1985 3.76 106 8596 .260
    51 Jim Perry .265 3285.2 1959 1975 3.45 106 13732 .252
    52 Clyde Wright .265 1728.2 1966 1975 3.50 96 7252 .256
    53 Lew Krausse .265 1283.2 1961 1974 4.00 86 5490 .249
    54 Stan Williams .265 1764.1 1958 1972 3.48 108 7521 .232
    55 Gary Bell .265 2015.0 1958 1969 3.68 98 8561 .239
    56 Bob Lemon .265 2015.1 1950 1958 3.34 115 8589 .248
    57 Herm Wehmeier .265 1436.1 1950 1958 4.68 86 6278 .257
    58 Trevor Hoffman .266 1089.1 1993 2010 2.87 141 4388 .211
    59 Buddy Black .266 2053.1 1981 1995 3.84 104 8627 .253
    60 Al Downing .266 2268.1 1961 1977 3.22 106 9539 .232
    61 Dave McNally .266 2730.0 1962 1975 3.24 106 11229 .245
    62 Joe Horlen .266 2002.0 1961 1972 3.11 110 8234 .243
    63 Tom Phoebus .266 1030.0 1966 1972 3.33 101 4375 .233
    64 John Buzhardt .266 1490.2 1958 1968 3.66 98 6239 .253
    65 Bob Buhl .266 2587.0 1953 1967 3.55 103 11045 .251
    66 Robin Roberts .266 4315.1 1950 1966 3.40 113 17637 .254
    67 Billy Pierce .266 3069.2 1950 1964 3.18 122 12789 .241
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/26/2012.

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    Lucky or good?

    Poor Mechanics More Dangerous Than High Pitch Counts?

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

    Ah, this is a nice read!

    Bosox MGR & GM Not On Same Page?

    Posted by on March 24th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    Via Boston.com -

    The division of the Red Sox isn’t limited to Saturday’s split-squad games against the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies.

    A wedge appears to be forming between new manager Bobby Valentine and new general manager Ben Cherington on the best way to employ Daniel Bard, starter or reliever, and the best place to employ shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias, Fenway Park or Pawtucket.

    Valentine reportedly told scouts from outside the Sox organization he wants Iglesias, not utilityman Mike Aviles, as his starting shortstop. The Sox manager believes Iglesias is ready to play in the majors, which runs counter to the organization’s belief that Iglesias, who is batting .200 this spring with one extra-base hit, is greener than Fenway’s fabled Wall with the bat.

    Valentine has been lukewarm, bordering on openly cynical about Bard’s conversion from setup man to starter, a centerpiece of Cherington’s team-building blueprint, and a report, citing an anonymous Sox staffer, said Bard would be returning to the bullpen when the games begin for real.

    We have the first sign of discord in this shotgun marriage. Whose evaluation wins out, Valentine’s or Cherington’s, is going to signal how the Sox are going to be run and who wields the power in baseball operations.

    The Sox can talk about collaborative processes and multifactorial reviews all they want, but at the end of the day someone gets the final say.

    Don’t forget that Cherington didn’t choose Valentine. He was foisted upon him by Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, the man who runs the Red Sox, after ownership was underwhelmed by Cherington’s choice of onetime Sox third base coach Dale Sveum. Ownership did to Sveum what he used to do to Sox base runners – sent him home without a chance.

    Ben Cherington has his hands full here…or so it seems.

    Baseball Fantography: A Celebration In Snapshots And Stories From The Fans

    Posted by on March 23rd, 2012 · Comments (0)

    I’ve mentioned the Fantography project here in the past. So, I was looking forward to reviewing the book “Baseball Fantography: A Celebration In Snapshots And Stories From The Fans.”

    Here some information on the book from the publisher -

    Baseball Fantography is a celebration of baseball through the eyes of fans via photos they’ve taken of players, ballparks, and related subjects over the past nine decades, along with essays, sidebars, and quotes. The project originated when the author discovered an old 1960s snapshot of himself as a teenager with his idol, Roger Maris, at Yankee Stadium. Realizing that he couldn’t be the only one with these hidden photographic gems, he began collecting baseball photos taken by fans. The book contains more than 250 never-before-published images (Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton) in chapters on subjects like ballparks, spring training, broadcasters, dugouts, and baseball cards, and features contributions from baseball aficionados and notables like Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, a 35-year veteran Topps baseball photographer, and a former president of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    This is a fun book. It does contain many unique and interesting baseball photos. But, it’s also full of great baseball quotes, stories, and nuggets of baseball information (such as what “Murphy Money” is and a list of the more famous baseball card errors).

    Anyone who is a died-in-the-wool baseball fan will enjoy going perusing “Baseball Fantography.” And, someone who is just interested in the game will learn some fun stuff about baseball by reading this book as well. I recommend checking it out.

    It hits stores on April 1st, 2012.

    Related, click here for a podcast interview of Andy Strasberg – the man behind Fantography.

    Jumping Joba

    Posted by on March 23rd, 2012 · Comments (22)

    He’s fallen down and he can’t get up.

    Now, That’s Bat Control

    Posted by on March 22nd, 2012 · Comments (1)

    A Day That Bobby O Will Always Remember

    Posted by on March 22nd, 2012 · Comments (0)

    On March 22, 1993, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Steve Olin was killed when a boat containing him and teammates Tim Crews and Bob Ojeda crashed at night into a wooden pier on central Florida’s Little Lake Nellie. Crews died the following day at an Orlando hospital; Ojeda was seriously injured but survived.

    Hard to believe that we’re a year away from this being 20 years ago…

    Two Sides To Every Story?

    Posted by on March 22nd, 2012 · Comments (8)

    I wonder if the people who decided to do this have seen this?

    Pitching 2+ Season Openers @ Age 23 Or Younger Since 1919

    Posted by on March 22nd, 2012 · Comments (2)

    It’s a small list -

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    These are some “brand” names – and a few not so brand…

    One Batter Faced For Every Stitch

    Posted by on March 21st, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Pitchers who faced exactly 108 batters in their career -

    Rk   From To Age G W L IP ERA ERA+ BF Tm
    1 Lefty Scott 1945 1945 29-29 8 0 2 22.1 4.43 87 108 PHI
    2 Ken Penner 1916 1929 20-33 9 1 2 25.1 3.55 110 108 CLE-CHC
    3 Edwin Moreno 2009 2009 28-28 19 1 3 22.1 4.84 80 108 SDP
    4 Spike Merena 1934 1934 24-24 4 1 2 24.2 2.92 164 108 BOS
    5 Ed Henderson 1914 1914 29-29 8 1 1 26.0 4.15 82 108 TOT
    6 Eddie Fusselback 1882 1882 23-23 4 1 2 23.0 4.70 61 108 STL
    7 Red Bullock 1936 1936 24-24 12 0 2 16.2 14.04 37 108 PHA
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/21/2012.

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    Penner was like the Crash Davis of pitchers.  Check out the stats.

    16+ Seasons Of 140+ Games Played

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

    It’s a small list -

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Pete Rose 19 1963 1983 22-42 Ind. Seasons
    2 Carl Yastrzemski 17 1961 1979 21-39 Ind. Seasons
    3 Brooks Robinson 17 1958 1975 21-38 Ind. Seasons
    4 Johnny Damon 16 1996 2011 22-37 Ind. Seasons
    5 Craig Biggio 16 1990 2007 24-41 Ind. Seasons
    6 Rafael Palmeiro 16 1988 2004 23-39 Ind. Seasons
    7 Cal Ripken 16 1982 1998 21-37 Ind. Seasons
    8 Eddie Murray 16 1977 1996 21-40 Ind. Seasons
    9 Dave Winfield 16 1974 1993 22-41 Ind. Seasons
    10 Hank Aaron 16 1955 1970 21-36 Ind. Seasons
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/21/2012.

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    Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu have an outside shot of making the club. But, that’s about it for a good while.

    The Yankee Experience

    Posted by on March 20th, 2012 · Comments (10)

    As a Yankees fan, when I think about “The Yankee Experience” today – meaning the team, its players, the front office, their broadcast crew, the Stadium, and even the fans themselves – it’s soooooo much different than it was in the mid-to-late ’70′s.

    Think of Roy White batting at Yankee Stadium in 1976 with Phil Rizzuto covering the game on WPIX and George Steinbrenner watching from his office at the Stadium, while the ballpark is reverbing the noise of gritty down and dirty fans – and then compare that to Mark Teixeira batting at Yankee Stadium in 2011 with Michael Kay covering the game on the YES Network and Hal Steinbrenner down in Tampa watching the game on his smart phone, as he’s out for dinner, while the backdrop of the field of play is empty Premium Seating boxes that are either not sold or vacant because those using them would rather be on the buffet line than watching the game.

    It’s night and day.

    Then again, you can say the same thing about the Yankees of today and those of the 1980′s or 1990′s. And, for those born before 1960, you could probably throw the Yankees of the 1950′s in there too.

    Was it, meaning “The Yankee Experience,” better back in the day? Or, is that just the “everything when you were younger seemed better” factor coming into play?

    I’m too tainted to answer that question. How about you?

    Rookie Skipper Ring Winners

    Posted by on March 20th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Only four first-time managers have ever won a world championship: Bob Brenly with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, Ralph Houk with the New York Yankees in 1961, Eddie Dyer with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946 and Bucky Harris with the Washington Senators in 1924.

    Is it just me, or, is this an amazing stat?

    Can Pettitte Win 34 More Games In His Yankees Career?

    Posted by on March 20th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    That would make him king of the hill and top of the heap -

    Yankees career win leaders:

    Rk Player W From To Age G L W-L% IP ERA ERA+
    1 Whitey Ford 236 1950 1967 21-38 498 106 .690 3170.1 2.75 133
    2 Red Ruffing 231 1930 1946 25-41 426 124 .651 3168.2 3.47 120
    3 Andy Pettitte 203 1995 2010 23-38 405 112 .644 2535.2 3.98 115
    4 Lefty Gomez 189 1930 1942 21-33 367 101 .652 2498.1 3.34 126
    5 Ron Guidry 170 1975 1988 24-37 368 91 .651 2392.0 3.29 119
    6 Bob Shawkey 168 1915 1927 24-36 415 131 .562 2488.2 3.12 117
    7 Mel Stottlemyre 164 1964 1974 22-32 360 139 .541 2661.1 2.97 112
    8 Herb Pennock 162 1923 1933 29-39 346 90 .643 2203.1 3.54 114
    9 Waite Hoyt 157 1921 1930 21-30 365 98 .616 2272.1 3.48 115
    10 Allie Reynolds 131 1947 1954 30-37 295 60 .686 1700.0 3.30 115
    11 Jack Chesbro 128 1903 1909 29-35 269 93 .579 1952.0 2.58 109
    12 Mike Mussina 123 2001 2008 32-39 249 72 .631 1553.0 3.88 115
    13 Vic Raschi 120 1946 1953 27-34 218 50 .706 1537.0 3.47 112
    14 Eddie Lopat 113 1948 1955 30-37 217 59 .657 1497.1 3.19 121
    15 Fritz Peterson 109 1966 1974 24-32 288 106 .507 1857.1 3.10 106
    16 Spud Chandler 109 1937 1947 29-39 211 43 .717 1485.0 2.84 132
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/20/2012.

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    I’d Pleather Not

    Posted by on March 19th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Have you read “The Glove That Would Change the Game“? It’s not the first time we’ve heard about Scott Carpenter’s creation.

    Me? I’m sorry. Wood, leather and grass are just too important to the baseball tactile experience. I cannot imagine the game without it. Or, at the least, I don’t want to imagine it.

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