• The Greatest Fielding CF Of All-Time Is…

    Posted by on November 30th, 2012 · Comments (13)

    First, start with this list -

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G
    1 Willie Mays 183 1951 1973 20-42 2992
    2 Paul Blair 174 1964 1980 20-36 1947
    3 Devon White 135 1985 2001 22-38 1941
    4 Kenny Lofton 104 1991 2007 24-40 2103
    5 Willie Davis 104 1960 1979 20-39 2429
    6 Garry Maddox 101 1972 1986 22-36 1749
    7 Curt Flood 99 1956 1971 18-33 1759
    8 Tris Speaker 92 1907 1928 19-40 2790
    9 Lance Johnson 82 1987 2000 23-36 1447
    10 Gary Pettis 79 1982 1992 24-34 1183
    11 Richie Ashburn 76 1948 1962 21-35 2189
    12 Mike Cameron 72 1995 2011 22-38 1955
    13 Fielder Jones 70 1901 1915 29-43 1165
    14 Carlos Beltran 69 1998 2012 21-35 1919
    15 Michael Bourn 69 2006 2012 23-29 871
    16 Jim Busby 66 1950 1962 23-35 1352
    17 Tommie Agee 64 1962 1973 19-30 1130
    18 Bill Virdon 52 1955 1968 24-37 1583
    19 Dwayne Murphy 51 1978 1989 23-34 1360
    20 Joe DiMaggio 49 1936 1951 21-36 1736
    21 Carlos Gomez 47 2007 2012 21-26 676
    22 Austin Jackson 47 2010 2012 23-25 441
    23 Lenny Dykstra 45 1985 1996 22-33 1278
    24 Johnny Mostil 44 1918 1929 22-33 972
    25 Mike Kreevich 43 1931 1945 23-37 1241
    26 Jim Landis 41 1957 1967 23-33 1346
    27 Chris Young 38 2006 2012 22-28 885
    28 Jim Edmonds 37 1993 2010 23-40 2011
    29 Bill Bruton 37 1953 1964 27-38 1610
    30 Dom DiMaggio 37 1940 1953 23-36 1399
    31 Sam West 37 1927 1942 22-37 1753
    32 Peter Bourjos 34 2010 2012 23-25 299
    33 Willy Taveras 34 2004 2010 22-28 670
    34 Taylor Douthit 34 1923 1933 22-32 1074
    35 Bill North 32 1971 1981 23-33 1169
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    Generated 11/30/2012.

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    And, then, sort it by Fielding Runs/Game and you get this leader board:

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G Rfield/G
    1 Peter Bourjos 34 2010 2012 23-25 299 0.1137
    2 Austin Jackson 47 2010 2012 23-25 441 0.1066
    3 Paul Blair 174 1964 1980 20-36 1947 0.0894
    4 Michael Bourn 69 2006 2012 23-29 871 0.0792
    5 Devon White 135 1985 2001 22-38 1941 0.0696
    6 Carlos Gomez 47 2007 2012 21-26 676 0.0695
    7 Gary Pettis 79 1982 1992 24-34 1183 0.0668
    8 Willie Mays 183 1951 1973 20-42 2992 0.0612
    9 Fielder Jones 70 1901 1915 29-43 1165 0.0601
    10 Garry Maddox 101 1972 1986 22-36 1749 0.0577
    11 Lance Johnson 82 1987 2000 23-36 1447 0.0567
    12 Tommie Agee 64 1962 1973 19-30 1130 0.0566
    13 Curt Flood 99 1956 1971 18-33 1759 0.0563
    14 Willy Taveras 34 2004 2010 22-28 670 0.0507
    15 Kenny Lofton 104 1991 2007 24-40 2103 0.0495
    16 Jim Busby 66 1950 1962 23-35 1352 0.0488
    17 Johnny Mostil 44 1918 1929 22-33 972 0.0453
    18 Chris Young 38 2006 2012 22-28 885 0.0429
    19 Willie Davis 104 1960 1979 20-39 2429 0.0428
    20 Dwayne Murphy 51 1978 1989 23-34 1360 0.0375
    21 Mike Cameron 72 1995 2011 22-38 1955 0.0368
    22 Carlos Beltran 69 1998 2012 21-35 1919 0.0360
    23 Lenny Dykstra 45 1985 1996 22-33 1278 0.0352
    24 Richie Ashburn 76 1948 1962 21-35 2189 0.0347
    25 Mike Kreevich 43 1931 1945 23-37 1241 0.0346
    26 Tris Speaker 92 1907 1928 19-40 2790 0.0330
    27 Bill Virdon 52 1955 1968 24-37 1583 0.0328
    28 Taylor Douthit 34 1923 1933 22-32 1074 0.0317
    29 Jim Landis 41 1957 1967 23-33 1346 0.0305
    30 Joe DiMaggio 49 1936 1951 21-36 1736 0.0282
    31 Bill North 32 1971 1981 23-33 1169 0.0274
    32 Dom DiMaggio 37 1940 1953 23-36 1399 0.0264
    33 Bill Bruton 37 1953 1964 27-38 1610 0.0230
    34 Sam West 37 1927 1942 22-37 1753 0.0211
    35 Jim Edmonds 37 1993 2010 23-40 2011 0.0184

    Hmmm…

    Are we looking at two of the best fielding CF, ever, today, in Peter Bourjos and Austin Jackson?

    Well, they’re on pace for that distinction, for sure. And, yes, Paul Blair could go get ‘em with anybody…

    Is Derek Jeter Becoming CC Sabathia’s Mini-Me?

    Posted by on November 30th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    Does the Yankees captain need some P90X DVDs for  Christmas? Via the Post -

    The ankle we knew about. The gut, not so much.

    Derek Jeter was spotted at a hotel on South Beach in Miami yesterday wearing a walking boot to protect the left ankle he broke in the playoffs last season. Yet the 38-year-old Jeter also seemed to be carrying another burden — some extra weight hanging from the Yankees shortstop’s normally fit frame.

    According to general manager Brian Cashman, Jeter has been in a non-weight bearing situation and will continue to be until January. That means if he has been able to work out at all, it has been limited to upper body because he can’t put any weight on his left foot.

    Jeter has also been seen at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa a couple times this offseason, but not on a regular basis. It’s unknown if he has been there for treatment, workouts or something else.

    I dunno…

    Looks like he’s wearing a loose T-shirt, out, on a windy day. But, maybe he has gained ten pounds or so since his injury, given that it’s not allowing him to workout? I guess we’ll have to wait for him to appear in Central Park with his shirt off, just to be sure…

    Wright & Rivera

    Posted by on November 30th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    The Mets are giving David Wright a $122 million seven year extension. And, the Yankees resigned Mo Rivera for one year at $10 million (plus incentives).

    I think the Yankees are making a mistake to count on Rivera to close games in 2013. Yes, he’s a very special pitcher – one of the most unique in baseball history. But, given his age and the fact that he’s coming off a major injury, there’s a lot of risk there. It would not shock me to see Mariano pitch well, when he’s out there – but, also spend significant periods of time on the disabled list next season. Then again, the Yankees probably think they have insurance with David Aardsma – knowing how Brian Cashman operates.

    The Wright deal with the Mets is interesting. What are the odds that he finishes all of those years in Flushing? There’s never been a “star” Mets player to spend his entire career with the team, has there? Can David be the first one?

    Denard Span Trade

    Posted by on November 29th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    The details.

    Alex Meyer can bring it.

    Seems like a good trade for both teams.

    Mickey The Great

    Posted by on November 29th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    Happy Birthday Dick McAuliffe!

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

    There’s something about the name Dick McAuliffe. As a kid, in the 1970′s, I always remember seeing on the back of his baseball card that he tied a major league record by going the whole season with grounding into a double play. And, for some reason, that made his name stick with me. He’s 73-years old today. That’s old enough to be my dad…and I am old enough to be someone’s grandfather…if I had a kid at 25 and then they had a kid at 25 as well…

    Happy Birthday Dick. And, here’s a fun compare:

    Rk Player Year GDP G PA Age Tm R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP BA OBP SLG Pos
    1 Craig Biggio 1997 0 162 744 31 HOU 146 37 8 22 81 84 107 34 .309 .415 .501 *4/D
    2 Dick McAuliffe 1968 0 151 658 28 DET 95 24 10 16 56 82 99 2 .249 .344 .411 *4/6
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    Generated 11/29/2012.

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    Salón De La Fama Del Béisbol Latino

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

    Bernie’s in there.

    Greatest Seasons By A RP When He Was 42 Or Older

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

    Here’s one way to slice it -

    Rk Player WAR G Year Age Tm GF W L SV IP BB SO ERA ERA+ HR BF
    1 Hoyt Wilhelm 3.5 66 1965 42 CHW 45 7 7 20 144.0 32 106 1.81 174 11 545
    2 Satchel Paige 3.3 46 1952 45 SLB 35 12 10 10 138.0 57 91 3.07 127 5 582
    3 Hoyt Wilhelm 3.1 72 1968 45 CHW 39 4 4 12 93.2 24 72 1.73 185 4 368
    4 Satchel Paige 2.8 57 1953 46 SLB 34 3 9 11 117.1 39 51 3.53 119 12 489
    5 Dutch Leonard 2.6 41 1951 42 CHC 28 10 6 3 81.2 28 30 2.64 156 3 337
    6 Dutch Leonard 2.4 45 1952 43 CHC 36 2 2 11 66.2 24 37 2.16 179 3 282
    7 Doug Jones 2.2 70 1999 42 OAK 35 5 5 10 104.0 24 63 3.55 129 10 430
    8 Hoyt Wilhelm 2.1 49 1967 44 CHW 30 8 3 12 89.0 34 76 1.31 230 2 360
    9 Diomedes Olivo 2.1 62 1962 43 PIT 19 5 1 7 84.1 25 66 2.77 143 5 356
    10 Hoyt Wilhelm 1.9 53 1970 47 TOT 39 6 5 13 82.0 42 68 3.40 126 8 357
    11 Hoyt Wilhelm 1.9 46 1966 43 CHW 30 5 2 6 81.1 17 61 1.66 192 6 308
    12 Hoyt Wilhelm 1.7 52 1969 46 TOT 42 7 7 14 78.0 22 67 2.19 160 4 303
    13 Joe Heving 1.6 63 1944 43 CLE 38 8 3 10 119.2 41 46 1.96 169 2 499
    14 Jack Quinn 1.6 42 1932 48 BRO 31 3 7 8 87.1 24 28 3.30 116 1 378
    15 Doug Jones 1.2 54 2000 43 OAK 22 4 2 2 73.1 18 54 3.93 120 6 319
    16 Dutch Leonard 1.2 45 1953 44 CHC 27 2 3 8 62.2 24 27 4.60 98 9 276
    17 Red Faber 1.2 42 1932 43 CHW 28 2 11 6 106.0 38 26 3.74 115 0 472
    18 Rick Honeycutt 1.1 61 1996 42 STL 13 2 1 4 47.1 7 30 2.85 148 3 190
    19 Earl Caldwell 0.7 40 1947 42 CHW 30 1 4 8 54.1 30 22 3.64 100 4 239
    20 Jesse Orosco 0.5 56 2002 45 LAD 8 1 2 1 27.0 12 22 3.00 128 4 119
    21 Jeff Fassero 0.4 48 2005 42 SFG 11 4 7 0 91.0 31 60 4.05 106 7 384
    22 Don McMahon 0.4 44 1972 42 SFG 27 3 3 5 63.0 21 45 3.71 95 8 253
    23 Terry Mulholland 0.2 49 2005 42 MIN 26 0 2 0 59.0 17 18 4.27 105 6 246
    24 Dennis Eckersley 0.2 50 1998 43 BOS 13 4 1 1 39.2 8 22 4.76 99 6 171
    25 Dennis Eckersley 0.2 57 1997 42 STL 47 1 5 36 53.0 8 45 3.91 107 9 218
    26 John Franco -0.2 52 2004 43 NYM 16 2 7 0 46.0 24 36 5.28 81 6 207
    27 Jesse Orosco -0.2 65 1999 42 BAL 12 0 2 1 32.0 20 35 5.34 88 5 144
    28 Mike Timlin -0.3 47 2008 42 BOS 26 4 4 1 49.1 20 32 5.66 82 9 227
    29 Woodie Fryman -0.6 60 1982 42 MON 34 9 4 12 69.2 26 46 3.75 98 3 292
    30 Jim Kaat -0.7 41 1981 42 STL 16 6 6 4 53.0 17 8 3.40 106 2 229
    31 Trevor Hoffman -0.9 50 2010 42 MIL 36 2 7 10 47.1 19 30 5.89 69 8 205
    32 Roberto Hernandez -0.9 50 2007 42 TOT 20 3 3 0 46.1 25 31 6.41 71 5 221
    33 Dennis Martinez -1.1 53 1998 43 ATL 11 4 6 2 91.0 19 62 4.45 94 8 396
    34 Jim Kaat -1.2 62 1982 43 STL 12 5 3 2 75.0 23 35 4.08 90 6 321
    35 Jesse Orosco -1.6 65 2003 46 TOT 13 2 2 2 34.0 21 29 7.68 55 4 166
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    Generated 11/29/2012.

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    B.J. Upton To The Braves

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

    The deal.

    Do they realize he’s not that much better than the guy they once had and got rid of?

    Player WAR/pos PA From To Age G 2B 3B HR RBI SO BA OBP SLG
    B.J. Upton 13.6 4063 2004 2012 19-27 966 202 20 118 447 1020 .255 .336 .422
    Jeff Francoeur 9.3 4100 2005 2011 21-27 998 214 20 121 552 726 .270 .313 .433
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    Generated 11/28/2012.

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    Cooperstown Ballots & PEDs

    Posted by on November 28th, 2012 · Comments (21)

    Two really good reads on this today: Tyler Kepner and Peter Abraham.

    There really seems to be two camps forming on this matter…

    Everybody Wants Russell Martin?

    Posted by on November 28th, 2012 · Comments (102)

    Well, at least a few teams are willing to give him a multi-year deal.

    Me?  I wouldn’t do it.

    Rk Player WAR/pos G From To Age PA HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    1 Yadier Molina 12.2 413 2010 2012 27-29 1602 42 203 120 150 .295 .351 .438
    2 Buster Posey 12.2 301 2010 2012 23-25 1238 46 191 117 181 .317 .384 .509
    3 Carlos Ruiz 10.9 367 2010 2012 31-33 1326 30 161 132 152 .303 .388 .454
    4 Matt Wieters 10.3 413 2010 2012 24-26 1646 56 206 155 290 .253 .326 .423
    5 Miguel Montero 8.6 366 2010 2012 26-28 1457 42 217 149 298 .280 .363 .450
    6 Alex Avila 7.0 361 2010 2012 23-25 1318 35 161 170 306 .260 .358 .423
    7 Brian McCann 6.4 392 2010 2012 26-28 1580 65 215 175 263 .257 .344 .440
    8 Russell Martin 5.7 355 2010 2012 27-29 1348 44 144 151 237 .231 .326 .385
    9 Jonathan Lucroy 4.6 307 2010 2012 24-26 1111 28 143 69 187 .279 .326 .412
    10 Geovany Soto 4.0 329 2010 2012 27-29 1222 45 146 137 283 .234 .325 .416
    11 A.J. Pierzynski 3.6 392 2010 2012 33-35 1523 44 181 66 150 .278 .316 .432
    12 Kurt Suzuki 3.4 383 2010 2012 26-28 1501 33 158 91 186 .238 .295 .361
    13 Miguel Olivo 2.6 329 2010 2012 31-33 1257 45 149 54 342 .239 .271 .406
    14 John Buck 2.3 364 2010 2012 29-31 1365 48 164 119 329 .236 .310 .402
    15 Rod Barajas 0.9 301 2010 2012 34-36 1037 44 125 64 194 .225 .285 .406
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    Generated 11/28/2012.

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    Amphetamines & Baseball Today

    Posted by on November 28th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Via ESPN on November 2nd:

    Baltimore Orioles second baseman Ryan Adams was suspended Friday for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.

    The 25-year-old Adams played in 29 big league games for the Orioles in 2011 and spent most of last season with Triple-A Norfolk. He was on Baltimore’s 40-man roster at the time of the test.

    Adams was assigned outright on Sept. 14 to Norfolk, where he hit .224 with four homers, 18 doubles and 20 RBIs in 65 games this year. He was an All-Star two years ago in the Double-A Eastern League.

    Since infielder Neifi Perez was suspended twice and outfielder Mike Cameron once for banned stimulants in 2007, the only major league player other than Adams penalized for a stimulant violation was Milwaukee pitcher Mark Rogers in August 2011.

    And, now Adams has company. Via Philly.com -

    Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies’ all-star catcher and most productive hitter in 2012, was suspended for 25 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for a violation of its performance-enhancing drug policy.

    According to two league sources, Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is classified as a banned stimulant – not a steroid – under MLB’s policy. The suspension was triggered by Ruiz’s second positive test for the stimulant.

    The Phillies will be without Ruiz until April 28, when he can make his season debut in New York against the Mets. Ruiz will be allowed to fully participate during spring training and could spend April playing in extended spring games. He will forfeit roughly $750,000 in salary during the suspension.

    And, I suspect that Ruiz will have some company sooner rather than later. Anyone who thinks that players are not using this stuff, still, is ignoring the nature of these guys – always looking for an edge.

    Bernie Williams Vs. Dale Murphy

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

    Separated at birth?  If not, certainly joined in terms of Cooperstown-worthy merits:

    Batting Stats
    HOFm HOFs Yrs WAR WAR7 JAWS Jpos G AB R H RBI SB BB OPS+
    Dale Murphy 116 34 18 42.6 39.0 40.8 54.8 2180 7960 1197 2111 1266 161 986 121
    Bernie Williams 134 48 16 45.9 35.7 40.8 54.8 2076 7869 1366 2336 1257 147 1069 125
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    Generated 11/27/2012.

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    R.I.P. Marvin Miller

    Posted by on November 27th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    He passed away today at the age of 95.

    Say what you want about his inclusion in Cooperstown, or not.  But, you cannot say that he didn’t have a huge impact on the game of professional baseball.

    Pitchers With 250+ Wins & Winning Percentage Of .600+

    Posted by on November 27th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    Andy Pettitte could join this club in 2013:

    Rk Player W-L% W From To Age G L IP BB SO ERA ERA+
    1 Lefty Grove .680 300 1925 1941 25-41 616 141 3940.2 1187 2266 3.06 148
    2 Christy Mathewson .668 373 1901 1916 20-35 630 185 4755.0 828 2492 2.11 137
    3 Roger Clemens .658 354 1984 2007 21-44 709 184 4916.2 1580 4672 3.12 143
    4 Randy Johnson .646 303 1988 2009 24-45 618 166 4135.1 1497 4875 3.29 135
    5 Pete Alexander .642 373 1911 1930 24-43 696 208 5190.0 951 2198 2.56 135
    6 Mike Mussina .638 270 1991 2008 22-39 537 153 3562.2 785 2813 3.68 123
    7 Jim Palmer .638 268 1965 1984 19-38 558 152 3948.0 1311 2212 2.86 125
    8 Eddie Plank .627 326 1901 1917 25-41 623 194 4495.2 1072 2246 2.35 122
    9 Carl Hubbell .622 253 1928 1943 25-40 535 154 3590.1 725 1677 2.98 130
    10 Bob Feller .621 266 1936 1956 17-37 570 162 3827.0 1764 2581 3.25 122
    11 Greg Maddux .610 355 1986 2008 20-42 744 227 5008.1 999 3371 3.16 132
    12 Tom Seaver .603 311 1967 1986 22-41 656 205 4783.0 1390 3640 2.86 127
    13 Tom Glavine .600 305 1987 2008 21-42 682 203 4413.1 1500 2607 3.54 118
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    Andy Pettitte Returning To Yankees In 2013

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

    The skinny.

    Andy Pettitte is one of my all-time favorite Yankees. And, I have no question in my mind regarding his ability to face and handle major league hitters. But, he will be 41-years old next season. And, the last time he pitched more than 130 innings in a big league season was 2009. Therefore, I think it’s a mistake to count on him to be your #3 starter in your rotation.

    The Rumored Wil Myers For Jon Lester Deal

    Posted by on November 27th, 2012 · Comments (21)

    The story.

    This would be a fascinating trade, if it happens.

    Imagine if the Yankees traded Andy Pettitte to the Rays for Josh Hamilton back in November of 2000.

    No, that was not a rumored deal, at the time.

    More so, that’s what a Lester-Myers deal would have been like – had it happened back then instead of now.

    And, Maybe Henry Blanco Too?

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

    Joe Pos has a nice feature running on Frank White.

    How cool would it be if the following (below) all played on the same team at the same time?

    Ernie White
    Sammy White
    Bill White
    Frank White
    Roy White
    Devon White
    Rondell White
    Jerry White

    Need A Laugh?

    Posted by on November 27th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    It’s open mic night in this comments section.

    Don’t forget to tip your waitress!

    Sad Day In Somerset

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

    Sparky steps down.

    Will There Be Enough Mustard In Beantown To Cover The Lastest Fenway Frank, Swishalicious?

    Posted by on November 26th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    Via Ben Shapiro -

    For years, Paul O’Neill was the New York Yankee who Boston Red Sox fans loved to hate.

    O’Neil hasn’t played in pinstripes since the end of the 2001 season, and Red Sox fans have found plenty Yankees to dislike in the meantime.

    Since 2009, Nick Swisher has been one of the least popular Yankees in Boston — a large feat considering how little love Red Sox fans have for all who wear pinstripes.

    That might make it a little odd to think about the very real possibility that Swisher could wear a Red Sox uniform next season. According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Red Sox have been engaged in on-going talks with Swisher and his agents.

    The Red Sox need at least one outfielder. Even after signing Jonny Gomes, the Red Sox are still light in the outfield.

    Swisher possesses some qualities on which the Red Sox place a priority.

    He’s a 32-year old switch hitter who can play either the outfield (normally right field) or first base. He has hit 20 or more home runs for nine seasons in a row. Swisher has an unimpressive career .256 batting average, but that is offset by a very respectable career on-base percentage of .361.

    Swisher is not popular among Red Sox nation right now, but odds are that he’d be a fairly productive player in Boston

    He might even make Red Sox fans forget about his pinstriped past.

    Swisher would be the perfect Masshole, in the model of Millar, Schilling and the others before them…

    Graig Nettles Vs. Dwight Evans

    Posted by on November 26th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    So, who had the better big league career?

    Player WAR/pos ▴ From To Age G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI
    Dwight Evans 62.8 1972 1991 20-39 2606 10569 8996 1470 2446 483 385 1384
    Graig Nettles 62.8 1967 1988 22-43 2700 10228 8986 1193 2225 328 390 1314
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    Too close to call?

    The 130+ Walk Clubs

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

    Batters with seasons where they had at least 130 walks:

    Rk Yrs From To Age
    1 Babe Ruth 9 1920 1932 25-37 Ind. Seasons
    2 Barry Bonds 8 1996 2007 31-42 Ind. Seasons
    3 Ted Williams 7 1941 1954 22-35 Ind. Seasons
    4 Eddie Yost 4 1950 1959 23-32 Ind. Seasons
    5 Eddie Stanky 3 1945 1950 29-34 Ind. Seasons
    6 Mark McGwire 2 1998 1999 34-35 Ind. Seasons
    7 Jeff Bagwell 2 1996 1999 28-31 Ind. Seasons
    8 Frank Thomas 2 1991 1995 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    9 Jack Clark 2 1987 1989 31-33 Ind. Seasons
    10 Harmon Killebrew 2 1967 1969 31-33 Ind. Seasons
    11 Ferris Fain 2 1949 1950 28-29 Ind. Seasons
    12 Lou Gehrig 2 1935 1936 32-33 Ind. Seasons
    13 Jose Bautista 1 2011 2011 30-30 Ind. Seasons
    14 Brian Giles 1 2002 2002 31-31 Ind. Seasons
    15 Jason Giambi 1 2000 2000 29-29 Ind. Seasons
    16 Gary Sheffield 1 1996 1996 27-27 Ind. Seasons
    17 Tony Phillips 1 1993 1993 34-34 Ind. Seasons
    18 Joe Morgan 1 1975 1975 31-31 Ind. Seasons
    19 Willie McCovey 1 1970 1970 32-32 Ind. Seasons
    20 Frank Howard 1 1970 1970 33-33 Ind. Seasons
    21 Jim Wynn 1 1969 1969 27-27 Ind. Seasons
    22 Mickey Mantle 1 1957 1957 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    23 Ralph Kiner 1 1951 1951 28-28 Ind. Seasons
    24 Eddie Joost 1 1949 1949 33-33 Ind. Seasons
    25 Bob Elliott 1 1948 1948 31-31 Ind. Seasons
    26 Roy Cullenbine 1 1947 1947 33-33 Ind. Seasons
    27 Jimmy Sheckard 1 1911 1911 32-32 Ind. Seasons
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    Is it safe to say that Ruth, Bonds and Williams were the most feared batters in baseball history?

    Are You Ready For Some Football?

    Posted by on November 26th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Is it safe to assume that:

    Jets = Mets
    and
    Giants = Yankees?

    Turning 50

    Posted by on November 26th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Chuck Finley turns 50 today.

    Jamie Moyer turned 50 about a week ago.

    Think about that when you consider that Moyer pitched in the major leagues this past season.

    CC & Ike To Be Honored At Munson Awards Dinner

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

    The New York Yankees CC Sabathia and the New York Mets Ike Davis will be honored at the 33rd Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner on Tuesday night, February 5, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, it was announced by the AHRC New York City Foundation.

    Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend her 33rd straight benefit, having been involved since its inception, raising nearly $12 million to assist children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success on the fields of play and philanthropic works off the field.

    For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner call 212-249-6188.

    YES Network Not Losing Their Yankees Blinders

    Posted by on November 24th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    Via Richard Sandomir -

    Fear not, Yankees fans: the YES Network’s Yankees propaganda will continue even if News Corporation increases its ownership stake in the channel from 49 percent, which it agreed to purchase Tuesday, to as much as 80 percent in three years.

    The deal cedes to the Yankees continued control of pinstripe content even if the team owns as little as 20 percent.

    And why would Fox Sports, the division of News Corporation that owns 19 regional sports networks, want to alter YES’s Yankees propaganda formula? It has served YES so well that it will be valued at $3.8 billion if News Corporation buys majority control. Carrying the Nets did not make YES valuable. It’s about Yankees games; the pre- and postgame shows; the “Yankeeography” series and replays of games; and the “Yankee Classics,” in which the Yankees never lose. (They have lost classic games, but YES does not show them.)

    Earlier this year, when YES was celebrating its 10th anniversary, I talked to Randy Levine, the Yankees’ president, and Tracy Dolgin, who runs YES, about the unashamedly pro-Yankees slant of the network’s announcers and the absence of a news operation like the one on SNY. “We tell our people if you want to be bipartisan and fair, don’t work for YES,” Levine said.

    As for carrying a nightly news show, like SNY’s “SportsNite,” Dolgin said: “News is a loser. If you want news, watch ESPN.”

    Fox will, of course, bring some of its programming to YES. That was one reason to make the deal. It needs a New York outpost, especially as it starts a national sports network that is, for now, called Fox Sports 1. But tinker with the propaganda? Never.

    The Yankees, clearly, with this approach, feel that their faithful are a bunch of fanboys who crave nothing but pro-Yankees pablum. And, I find that to be very insulting.

    Hey, Yankees Fans, A Wish List Question For You

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2012 · Comments (14)

    If there was only specific one thing that the Yankees could do, between now and the start of Spring Training, what would you want it to be and why?

    Samuel Filmore West

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

    Sam West died today back in 1985 at the age of 81.

    Who was Sam West? He’s a baseball player that few speak about today.

    He was good enough to play in the first ever All-Star game. (He came into the game replacing Babe Ruth!)

    Here’s some more on him:

    West had a 16-year major league career as an outfielder, and was named to the All Star team four times. Virtually all his career was spent with the Washington Senators and the St. Louis Browns, with his last season spent with the 1942 Chicago White Sox. West enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces on October 31, 1942, effectively ending his playing career.

    He never once played on a pennant winner. Although he played 10 seasons for the Senators, from 1927-32 and 1938-41, they had traded him after the 1932 season to the Browns in a trade that brought Goose Goslin to Washington, so he missed the 1933 Washington Senators team that went to the 1933 World Series.

    West’s lifetime batting average was .299, and he had a .371 on-base percentage. In 1931, when he hit .333, he was 9th in the MVP voting.

    It’s really a shame that players like West get swallowed up by baseball history and almost become forgotten by the general baseball fan public.

    Ichrio, Classy Dude

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2012 · Comments (3)

    The story.

    It’s interesting that you don’t hear much buzz about where Ichiro is going to play next year.

    Then again, he’s not alone. I don’t see a lot of rumors regarding teams having an interest in Rafael Soriano either…

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