• Starting Rotations With 3+ Aces, Since 1990

    Posted by on December 7th, 2016 · Comments (2)

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    Only the White Sox won a ring.

    Gang Of Ninety-Nine

    Posted by on December 5th, 2016 · Comments (0)

    There are only 4 players in major league history with 2+ seasons of exactly 99 hits each season:

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Russell Martin 2 2011 2013 28-30 Ind. Seasons
    2 Aaron Hill 2 2005 2016 23-34 Ind. Seasons
    3 Bucky Dent 2 1979 1983 27-31 Ind. Seasons
    4 Jim Hegan 2 1951 1954 30-33 Ind. Seasons
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    I’m just sayin’…

    Great #1′s

    Posted by on December 1st, 2016 · Comments (0)
    Player Yrs WAR ▾
    Ozzie Smith 19 76.45
    Lou Whitaker 19 74.88
    Pee Wee Reese 16 66.36
    Richie Ashburn 15 63.59
    Bobby Doerr 13 51.17
    Buddy Myer 11 46.90
    Tony Fernandez 14 45.05
    Earle Combs 7 42.51
    Rafael Furcal 6 39.05
    Tommy Holmes 10 34.31
    Eddie Yost 10 34.17
    Scott Fletcher 7 31.95
    Bobby Murcer 6 31.92
    Orlando Hudson 8 30.92
    Eddie Joost 8 30.72
    Brian Roberts 13 30.33
    Lance Johnson 12 30.05
    Luis Castillo 14 28.90
    Del Crandall 11 28.51
    Bobby Avila 10 27.81
    Garry Templeton 15 27.60
    Snuffy Stirnweiss 6 26.39
    Casey Blake 6 24.90
    Woody English 7 24.80
    Al Bumbry 13 24.44
    Elvis Andrus 8 24.07
    Whitey Kurowski 8 23.95
    Frankie Crosetti 8 23.92
    Mookie Wilson 15 22.16
    Jose Cardenal 14 20.65
    Jim Landis 8 20.57
    Dave Martinez 9 19.15
    Bernie Carbo 7 18.40
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    Generated 12/1/2016.

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    Notable major leaguers who wore #1 for a long time in their career.  Less than 20 wore it for 10+ years.

    Rafael Palmeiro

    Posted by on November 30th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    This sounds crazy. Sincerely, even to myself as I pen these thoughts, it seems a tad bizarre. But, I think it’s time to give Rafael Palmeiro a buddy pass.

    Why?

    Timing and the times.

    Palmeiro’s career ran from 1986 through 2005. To me, that’s pretty much aligned perfectly with the steroid loosey-goosey period, as A-Rod liked to call it.

    While it’s hard to say when the PED thing blossomed, it’s not unreasonable to think it started around 1983 (give or take). And, we know that Major League Baseball did not roll out a PED policy with teeth until after the 2004 season. So, to me, 1983 (or so) through 2004 was the wild, wild west of PED use in baseball. People did what they wanted and had no marshal in town since the baseball establishment – owners, players and media – pretty much completely looked the other way. There were no baseball laws to break on PED use – and anyone using at that time was not breaking any baseball laws.

    Ah, yes, the law. There’s always “that.” Clearly, those using PEDs when Palmeiro played were breaking the law in that they most likely obtained the drugs illegally and were administering them without a medical doctor’s supervision. A crime? Sure…yes…no question. Then again, was it that much different from the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s when players, with the clubs’ somewhat blessing, were taking greenies (like candy) which were being used without a doctor’s script and coming from shady sources? Further, last time I checked, no one has been ever kept out of the Hall of Fame because they drank coffee everyday laced with amphetamines (supplied in the clubhouse before games in the “old days.”)

    No, I haven’t forgotten about the time when Palmeiro emphatically wagged his finger back in March of 2005, claiming that he never used PEDs.

    However, think about it:  What was he supposed to say at that point? If he tried to plead the Fifth like McGwire or pretend that he didn’t speak English like Sosa, he would have been branded as being a user. And, if no one else was going to confess at that time, why should he?

    “He cheated!,” many probably still want to say here. Well…you can say that…but, he “cheated” to do better on the field. This is not like the 1919 White Sox where people were throwing baseball games. There is an old saying in baseball: “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” Guys doctor baseballs, steal signs, withhold medical information, fake dates of birth, add inches to their height and shave pounds off their weight, and do other things like that in baseball – all the time. If “cheating” is bending or dancing around the rules, then there’s all sorts of cheating going on in baseball whether folks are called on it or not.

    In the end, I am somewhat confident that Rafael Palmeiro will be the modern-day Shoeless Joe Jackson. One hundred years will pass and he’ll still be on the outside, looking in.

    Maybe, if someone like Jim Thome, Frank Thomas or Jeff Bagwell gets outed for PED use after they were elected to the Hall of Fame, it will open a door for someone like Palmeiro to have their career re-examined?

    In the meantime, it will be McGwire, Sosa and Palmeiro. They’re the PED poster boys. Nothing really to do at this point but to wear it.

    The Class Of 1968-1982

    Posted by on November 29th, 2016 · Comments (7)
    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Joe Morgan 81.4 1968 1982 24-38 1980 8498 221 904 1432 602 .275 .397 .438
    2 Rod Carew 74.7 1968 1982 22-36 1983 8557 77 850 820 333 .334 .398 .440
    3 Johnny Bench 74.4 1968 1982 20-34 2022 8247 376 1316 862 68 .269 .345 .480
    4 Reggie Jackson 74.3 1968 1982 22-36 2136 8809 463 1380 1055 215 .273 .365 .515
    6 Pete Rose 62.5 1968 1982 27-41 2340 10779 109 862 1105 139 .313 .387 .425
    7 Reggie Smith 61.4 1968 1982 23-37 1823 7395 299 1031 833 121 .291 .371 .499
    8 Graig Nettles 60.3 1968 1982 23-37 1989 8021 313 1011 835 31 .250 .330 .425
    11 Carl Yastrzemski 59.1 1968 1982 28-42 2125 8948 303 1206 1260 116 .279 .380 .454
    16 Tony Perez 49.4 1968 1982 26-40 2095 8735 321 1343 768 47 .282 .345 .473
    17 Ted Simmons 48.4 1968 1982 18-32 1801 7444 209 1087 679 11 .291 .355 .453
    22 Willie Stargell 45.9 1968 1982 28-42 1707 6555 363 1129 744 12 .283 .368 .540
    27 Al Oliver 43.9 1968 1982 21-35 1996 8374 206 1163 452 79 .305 .346 .462
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    Reggie. Top 4. Close to being #2.

    What A Game!

    Posted by on November 3rd, 2016 · Comments (8)

    The 10 best World Series Game Seven contests just may be 2016, 2014, 2001, 1997, 1991, 1962, 1960, 1946, 1926, and 1924. In terms of grabbing national attention, for sundry reasons, you could slice the list down to 2016, 2001, 1991 and 1960 as the top four – with TV coverage giving them an assist. Picking which one of these four is the best Game Seven ever would be difficult. One thing to note is that the home team won in 1960, 1991 and 2001 – and that was not the case in 2016. This adds the element of the winning team still needing to get 3 outs to win, compared to walking off with the victory. Perhaps this additional degree of difficulty makes 2016 stand out a bit more?

    One Away

    Posted by on October 30th, 2016 · Comments (4)

    Since they went to the wildcard format in baseball, in the past 21 years, only the 1998 & 1999 Yankees, and the 2005 White Sox, have won World Series rings while losing two games or less during their post-season run.  (’99 Yanks and ’05 Chisox lost one.  ’98 Yanks lost two.)  With a win tonight, Cleveland can join the club.

    Most XBH 1st Career 23 Games

    Posted by on August 28th, 2016 · Comments (5)
    Rk Gcar Player #Matching PA HR XBH ▾
    1 Mandy Brooks 14 Ind. Games 61 9 21
    2 Joe DiMaggio 14 Ind. Games 74 4 19
    3 Gary Sanchez 13 Ind. Games 57 11 18
    4 Roy Weatherly 12 Ind. Games 58 1 17
    5 Trevor Story 12 Ind. Games 57 10 17
    6 Chris Dickerson 12 Ind. Games 54 6 17
    7 Josh Rutledge 11 Ind. Games 48 6 17
    8 Johnny Mize 10 Ind. Games 42 5 17
    9 Gus Zernial 13 Ind. Games 61 2 16
    10 Jeff Francoeur 13 Ind. Games 53 8 16
    11 Dick Allen 13 Ind. Games 56 6 16
    12 George Scott 12 Ind. Games 55 10 16
    13 Albert Pujols 12 Ind. Games 56 8 16
    14 Alvin Davis 12 Ind. Games 54 9 16
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    One better than Chris Dickerson, Mr. Sanchez.

    Players With 9+ HR In Their 1st 21 Career Games

    Posted by on August 25th, 2016 · Comments (15)
    Rk Gcar Player #Matching PA AB HR ▾
    1 Trevor Story 8 Ind. Games 39 36 10
    2 George Scott 8 Ind. Games 35 32 10
    3 Alvin Davis 9 Ind. Games 41 34 9
    4 Gary Sanchez 7 Ind. Games 30 27 9
    5 Mandy Brooks 7 Ind. Games 30 28 9
    6 Dusty Rhodes 8 Ind. Games 32 29 8
    7 Carlos Delgado 7 Ind. Games 33 27 8
    8 Orlando Cepeda 7 Ind. Games 32 29 8
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    Generated 8/25/2016.

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    You all remember Mandy Brooks, I am sure.

    Most Valuable Pitchers In Baseball History, 500+ Starts

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (1)
    Rk Player WAR GS From To Age G W L W-L% SV IP SO ERA ERA+
    1 Walter Johnson 152.3 666 1907 1927 19-39 802 417 279 .599 34 5914.1 3509 2.17 147
    2 Roger Clemens 139.4 707 1984 2007 21-44 709 354 184 .658 0 4916.2 4672 3.12 143
    3 Pete Alexander 117.0 600 1911 1930 24-43 696 373 208 .642 32 5190.0 2198 2.56 135
    4 Tom Seaver 106.3 647 1967 1986 22-41 656 311 205 .603 1 4783.0 3640 2.86 127
    5 Greg Maddux 104.6 740 1986 2008 20-42 744 355 227 .610 0 5008.1 3371 3.16 132
    6 Randy Johnson 104.3 603 1988 2009 24-45 618 303 166 .646 2 4135.1 4875 3.29 135
    7 Phil Niekro 97.4 716 1964 1987 25-48 864 318 274 .537 29 5404.0 3342 3.35 115
    8 Bert Blyleven 96.5 685 1970 1992 19-41 692 287 250 .534 0 4970.0 3701 3.31 118
    9 Christy Mathewson 95.9 551 1901 1916 20-35 630 373 185 .668 30 4755.0 2492 2.11 137
    10 Gaylord Perry 93.7 690 1962 1983 23-44 777 314 265 .542 10 5350.0 3534 3.11 117
    11 Warren Spahn 92.6 665 1942 1965 21-44 750 363 245 .597 28 5243.2 2583 3.09 119
    12 Eddie Plank 86.5 529 1901 1917 25-41 623 326 194 .627 23 4495.2 2246 2.35 122
    13 Steve Carlton 84.1 709 1965 1988 20-43 741 329 244 .574 2 5217.2 4136 3.22 115
    14 Nolan Ryan 83.8 773 1966 1993 19-46 807 324 292 .526 3 5386.0 5714 3.19 112
    15 Robin Roberts 83.1 609 1948 1966 21-39 676 286 245 .539 25 4688.2 2357 3.41 113
    16 Fergie Jenkins 82.8 594 1965 1983 22-40 664 284 226 .557 7 4500.2 3192 3.34 115
    17 Mike Mussina 82.7 536 1991 2008 22-39 537 270 153 .638 0 3562.2 2813 3.68 123
    18 Tom Glavine 74.0 682 1987 2008 21-42 682 305 203 .600 0 4413.1 2607 3.54 118
    19 Don Sutton 68.7 756 1966 1988 21-43 774 324 256 .559 5 5282.1 3574 3.26 108
    20 Rick Reuschel 68.2 529 1972 1991 23-42 557 214 191 .528 5 3548.1 2015 3.37 114
    21 Jim Palmer 68.1 521 1965 1984 19-38 558 268 152 .638 4 3948.0 2212 2.86 125
    22 Tommy John 62.3 700 1963 1989 20-46 760 288 231 .555 3 4710.1 2245 3.34 111
    23 Andy Pettitte 60.9 521 1995 2013 23-41 531 256 153 .626 0 3316.0 2448 3.85 117
    24 Jim Bunning 60.3 519 1955 1971 23-39 591 224 184 .549 16 3760.1 2855 3.27 115
    25 Frank Tanana 57.5 616 1973 1993 19-39 638 240 236 .504 1 4188.1 2773 3.66 106
    26 Jerry Koosman 57.1 527 1967 1985 24-42 612 222 209 .515 17 3839.1 2556 3.36 110
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    Most Valuable Catchers In Baseball History, 1,500+ Games

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (5)
    Rk Player WAR/pos G From To Age PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    1 Johnny Bench 75.0 2158 1967 1983 19-35 8674 1091 2048 381 389 1376 891 1278 .267 .342 .476
    2 Gary Carter 69.9 2295 1974 1992 20-38 9019 1025 2092 371 324 1225 848 997 .262 .335 .439
    3 Ivan Rodriguez 68.4 2543 1991 2011 19-39 10270 1354 2844 572 311 1332 513 1474 .296 .334 .464
    4 Carlton Fisk 68.3 2499 1969 1993 21-45 9853 1276 2356 421 376 1330 849 1386 .269 .341 .457
    5 Mike Piazza 59.4 1912 1992 2007 23-38 7745 1048 2127 344 427 1335 759 1113 .308 .377 .545
    6 Yogi Berra 59.3 2120 1946 1965 21-40 8359 1175 2150 321 358 1430 704 414 .285 .348 .482
    7 Bill Dickey 55.8 1789 1928 1946 21-39 7065 930 1969 343 202 1209 678 289 .313 .382 .486
    8 Gabby Hartnett 53.4 1991 1922 1941 21-40 7297 867 1912 396 236 1179 703 697 .297 .370 .489
    9 Ted Simmons 50.1 2456 1968 1988 18-38 9685 1074 2472 483 248 1389 855 694 .285 .348 .437
    10 Gene Tenace 46.8 1555 1969 1983 22-36 5527 653 1060 179 201 674 984 998 .241 .388 .429
    11 Ernie Lombardi 45.9 1852 1931 1947 23-39 6351 601 1792 277 190 990 430 262 .306 .358 .460
    12 Wally Schang 45.0 1840 1913 1931 23-41 6430 769 1506 264 59 705 849 573 .284 .393 .401
    13 Bill Freehan 44.7 1774 1961 1976 19-34 6900 706 1591 241 200 758 626 753 .262 .340 .412
    14 Jorge Posada 42.7 1829 1995 2011 23-39 7150 900 1664 379 275 1065 936 1453 .273 .374 .474
    15 Jason Kendall 41.5 2085 1996 2010 22-36 8702 1030 2195 394 75 744 721 686 .288 .366 .378
    16 Darrell Porter 40.7 1782 1971 1987 19-35 6570 765 1369 237 188 826 905 1025 .247 .354 .409
    17 Jim Sundberg 40.5 1962 1974 1989 23-38 6899 621 1493 243 95 624 699 963 .248 .327 .348
    18 Lance Parrish 39.3 1988 1977 1995 21-39 7797 856 1782 305 324 1070 612 1527 .252 .313 .440
    19 Victor Martinez 33.5 1547 2002 2015 23-36 6488 770 1749 361 198 980 604 679 .303 .369 .470
    20 Smoky Burgess 33.4 1692 1949 1967 22-40 5012 485 1318 230 126 673 477 270 .295 .362 .446
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    Having 3+ Pitchers Born In The Dominican Republic Start Games For You In The Same Season

    Posted by on August 10th, 2015 · Comments (2)

    This year, the Yankees added another entry into a rather small group:

    Rk Year Tm #Matching
    1 2005 Texas Rangers 5 P. Astacio / Joaq. Benoit / Juan Dominguez / Ricardo Rodriguez / Ed. Volquez
    2 2006 Colorado Rockies 4 Miguel Asencio / Denny Bautista / Ubaldo Jimenez / Juan Morillo
    3 2006 Kansas City Royals 4 Denny Bautista / Ambiorix Burgos / Runelvys Hernandez / Odalis Perez
    4 2002 Cincinnati Reds 4 Jose Acevedo / Carlos Almanzar / Luis Pineda / Jose Rijo
    5 2000 Boston Red Sox 4 Hector Carrasco / Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez / Hipolito Pichardo
    6 2015 Kansas City Royals 3 Johnny Cueto / Yordano Ventura / Edinson Volquez
    7 2015 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Carlos Frias / Yimi Garcia / Juan Nicasio
    8 2015 New York Yankees 3 Ivan Nova / Michael Pineda / Luis Severino
    9 2014 Cincinnati Reds 3 Daniel Corcino / Johnny Cueto / Alfredo Simon
    10 2014 New York Mets 3 Bartolo Colon / Jenrry Mejia / Rafael Montero
    11 2014 New York Yankees 3 Ivan Nova / Michael Pineda / Esmil Rogers
    12 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Francisco Liriano / Wandy Rodriguez / Edinson Volquez
    13 2013 Tampa Bay Rays 3 Roberto Hernandez / Alex Colome / Enny Romero
    14 2012 Houston Astros 3 Fernando Abad / Aneury Rodriguez / Wandy Rodriguez
    15 2012 Minnesota Twins 3 Sam Deduno / Francisco Liriano / Esmerling Vasquez
    16 2012 New York Mets 3 Miguel Batista / Jeurys Familia / Jenrry Mejia
    17 2011 Colorado Rockies 3 Ubaldo Jimenez / Juan Nicasio / Esmil Rogers
    18 2011 Houston Astros 3 Aneury Rodriguez / Wandy Rodriguez / Henry Sosa
    19 2011 New York Yankees 3 Bartolo Colon / Hector Noesi / Ivan Nova
    20 2008 Baltimore Orioles 3 Daniel Cabrera / Radhames Liz / Alfredo Simon
    21 2008 Houston Astros 3 Alberto Arias / Runelvys Hernandez / Wandy Rodriguez
    22 2007 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Hector Carrasco / Bartolo Colon / Ervin Santana
    23 2007 Baltimore Orioles 3 Daniel Cabrera / Radhames Liz / Victor Santos
    24 2006 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Hector Carrasco / Bartolo Colon / Ervin Santana
    25 2006 Arizona Diamondbacks 3 Miguel Batista / Juan Cruz / Claudio Vargas
    26 2006 Washington Nationals 3 Pedro Astacio / Ramon Ortiz / Beltran Perez
    27 2005 Kansas City Royals 3 Denny Bautista / Runelvys Hernandez / Jose Lima
    28 2004 Texas Rangers 3 Joaquin Benoit / Juan Dominguez / Ricardo Rodriguez
    29 2003 Kansas City Royals 3 Miguel Asencio / Runelvys Hernandez / Jose Lima
    30 2003 Texas Rangers 3 Joaquin Benoit / Juan Dominguez / Victor Santos
    31 2001 Chicago Cubs 3 Manny Aybar / Juan Cruz / Julian Tavarez
    32 2001 Houston Astros 3 Pedro Astacio / Octavio Dotel / Jose Lima
    33 1999 Boston Red Sox 3 Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez / Juan Pena
    34 1997 Montreal Expos 3 Pedro Martinez / Jose Paniagua / Carlos Perez
    35 1995 San Francisco Giants 3 Jose Bautista / Salomon Torres / Sergio Valdez
    36 1993 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Pedro Astacio / Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez
    37 1992 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Pedro Astacio / Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez
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    Thirty seven times, in baseball history, to date.

    A-Rod’s 3,000th

    Posted by on June 8th, 2015 · Comments (3)

    Is it just me, or, anyone else think it’s coming in Miami – his home town?

    Beats Batting Last

    Posted by on May 9th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Most games (since 1914) batting 8th in a line-up:

    Rk Player #Matching PA
    1 Al Lopez 1484 Ind. Games 5050
    2 Jim Hegan 1459 Ind. Games 4846
    3 Ray Schalk 1260 Ind. Games 4520
    4 Roy McMillan 1226 Ind. Games 4328
    5 Steve O’Neill 1211 Ind. Games 4371
    6 Dal Maxvill 1145 Ind. Games 3632
    7 Brad Ausmus 1061 Ind. Games 3826
    8 Luke Sewell 1004 Ind. Games 3741
    9 Frank Snyder 996 Ind. Games 3468
    10 Doug Flynn 962 Ind. Games 3370
    11 Ed Brinkman 962 Ind. Games 3374
    12 Rick Ferrell 954 Ind. Games 3458
    13 Muddy Ruel 945 Ind. Games 3373
    14 Billy Jurges 940 Ind. Games 3531
    15 Del Rice 919 Ind. Games 3105
    16 Jose Uribe 913 Ind. Games 3131
    17 Bobby Wine 886 Ind. Games 2979
    18 Bob Swift 882 Ind. Games 2863
    19 Mike Tresh 858 Ind. Games 3011
    20 Rey Ordonez 858 Ind. Games 3102
    21 Leo Durocher 845 Ind. Games 3017
    22 Mike Tyson 835 Ind. Games 2739
    23 Birdie Tebbetts 833 Ind. Games 3089
    24 Del Crandall 833 Ind. Games 2966
    25 Bob Boone 821 Ind. Games 2911
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    Generated 5/9/2014.

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    A lot of catchers and glove-men middle infielders on this list.

    1919 Black Sox World Series Film Unearthed From Canadian Swimming Pool

    Posted by on May 3rd, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Amazing.

    Ricky Seilheimer

    Posted by on April 29th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    This probably would have been a bigger deal if it happened today, right?

    I was a senior in High School when it happened – and I don’t even remember hearing a word about it.

    Well, You Don’t See That Everyday

    Posted by on April 25th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    5-4-5, for the first time!

    Wrigley Turns 100 Today

    Posted by on April 23rd, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Big day on the North side today.

    100 years is a long time.

    Then again, this means the park was 48 years old when I was born. And, that doesn’t seem like a lot?

    Then again, maybe this just means that I am really old?

    Dock Ellis

    Posted by on April 19th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Interesting story.

    Hitting 3 Batters & Not Retiring Any In One Game

    Posted by on April 19th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    It’s one of the most rare things to ever happen in baseball history. Here’s how many times it has happened:

    Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP
    1 Cesar Cabral 2014-04-18 NYY TBR L 5-11 0.0 3 3 3 0 0 0 3
    2 Dock Ellis 1974-05-01 PIT CIN L 3-5 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3
    3 Earl Moore 1914-06-17 BUF IND L 8-11 0.0 2 3 3 1 0 0 3
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    The Baseball Belles From Cardiff

    Posted by on April 18th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Hey, batter, batter…

    Top 10 Logos In MLB History

    Posted by on April 18th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Great feature.

    I always thought that old Brewers logo was genius.  And, I never knew the story behind the Expos logo.  Cool stuff.

    Detroit Wolverines, Recreation Park, ca. 1888

    Posted by on April 17th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Love this picture. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Wolverines

    America’s First Baseball Star

    Posted by on April 16th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Historians Restore Grave of a Pioneering Brooklyn Baseball Pitcher.

    Excelsior!

    Hey, Who Has The Most Hits By A RHB In A.L. History?

    Posted by on April 6th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Mr. Jeter.

    Thanks, Yanks

    Posted by on March 29th, 2014 · Comments (13)

    A case can be made that the greatest games in the history of the Pirates, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Rays and Mariners all came against the New York Yankees, no?  How many other franchises have five or more of these games on their ledger?

    Pete Rose

    Posted by on March 11th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    Want to know Pete Rose’s biggest mistake? It was not waiting until five years after his career to start managing.

    If Rose had never been a player/manager, and if he had not started managing full-time as soon as he retired, and if he had waited five years AND THEN started managing, he’d be in the Hall of Fame today.

    And, maybe, sure, he would have later bet on baseball as a manager and been banned from the game – as the rules clearly state.

    But, he’d already have been voted to Cooperstown, I am sure – and celebrated when he went in…

    Every Number Tells A Story!

    Posted by on March 5th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Great feature here.

    Still waiting for that first Yankees superstar to claim #26!

    Something You Will Never See In Baseball

    Posted by on February 27th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    In the major leagues, a catcher who steals 40+ bases in a season.  It’s never happened, to date, in the history of the game.

    Playing 2,500+ Big League Games For One Team Only

    Posted by on February 19th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    It’s a very small group:

    Player WAR/pos G From To Age PA R H HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    Mel Ott 107.8 2730 1926 1947 17-38 11348 1859 2876 511 1860 1708 89 .304 .414 .533
    Carl Yastrzemski 96.0 3308 1961 1983 21-43 13992 1816 3419 452 1844 1845 168 .285 .379 .462
    Cal Ripken 95.5 3001 1981 2001 20-40 12883 1647 3184 431 1695 1129 36 .276 .340 .447
    Al Kaline 92.6 2834 1953 1974 18-39 11596 1622 3007 399 1583 1277 137 .297 .376 .480
    George Brett 88.4 2707 1973 1993 20-40 11625 1583 3154 317 1596 1096 201 .305 .369 .487
    Brooks Robinson 78.4 2896 1955 1977 18-40 11782 1232 2848 268 1357 860 28 .267 .322 .401
    Robin Yount 77.0 2856 1974 1993 18-37 12249 1632 3142 251 1406 966 271 .285 .342 .430
    Derek Jeter 71.5 2602 1995 2013 21-39 11968 1876 3316 256 1261 1047 348 .312 .381 .446
    Ernie Banks 67.7 2528 1953 1971 22-40 10394 1305 2583 512 1636 763 50 .274 .330 .500
    Craig Biggio 64.8 2850 1988 2007 22-41 12504 1844 3060 291 1175 1160 414 .281 .363 .433
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    Pretty cool that most of these guys are still alive.

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