• Most Valuable Pitchers In Baseball History, 500+ Starts

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (0)
    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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    Generated 8/21/2015.

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    Most Valuable Catchers In Baseball History, 1,500+ Games

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (3)
    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.

    Picturing America’s Pastime

    Posted by on February 19th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Pretty cool.

    Saw Kingman Do This Once At Yankee Stadium

    Posted by on February 19th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Endy Chávez

    Posted by on February 14th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Did you know that Endy Chávez was the last player to bat for the Montreal Expos? Endy, indeed.

    Can You Name This Major League Player?

    Posted by on February 12th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    I have appeared in major league games in 24 different seasons as a position player. There are only 6 non-pitchers to do his in big league history.

    I have two World Series rings and my lifetime BA/OBP/SLG slash line in the post-season is .303/.370/.515 – and I almost had a third World Series ring.

    I’ve played in six different major league cities where I had teammates, from each franchise, that went on to the Hall of Fame. Also, I played for two managers in the major leagues who went on to the Hall of Fame. And, one of my minor league managers later went into the Hall of Fame as a major league manager.

    I managed in the minor leagues and one of my teams won the Triple-A league championship.

    Who am I?
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    Was John Valentin The Best Player In Baseball In 1995?

    Posted by on January 17th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    You tell me…

    Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG
    1 John Valentin 8.3 1995 28 BOS 135 621 108 155 37 27 102 81 67 20 5 .298 .399 .533
    2 Barry Bonds 7.5 1995 30 SFG 144 635 109 149 30 33 104 120 83 31 10 .294 .431 .577
    3 Edgar Martinez 7.0 1995 32 SEA 145 639 121 182 52 29 113 116 87 4 3 .356 .479 .628
    4 Albert Belle 6.9 1995 28 CLE 143 631 121 173 52 50 126 73 80 5 2 .317 .401 .690
    5 Chuck Knoblauch 6.7 1995 26 MIN 136 629 107 179 34 11 63 78 95 46 18 .333 .424 .487
    6 Tim Salmon 6.6 1995 26 CAL 143 638 111 177 34 34 105 91 111 5 5 .330 .429 .594
    7 Reggie Sanders 6.6 1995 27 CIN 133 567 91 148 36 28 99 69 122 36 12 .306 .397 .579
    8 Bernie Williams 6.4 1995 26 NYY 144 648 93 173 29 18 82 75 98 8 6 .307 .392 .487
    9 Craig Biggio 6.2 1995 29 HOU 141 673 123 167 30 22 77 80 85 33 8 .302 .406 .483
    10 Mike Piazza 6.2 1995 26 LAD 112 475 82 150 17 32 93 39 80 1 0 .346 .400 .606
    11 Barry Larkin 5.9 1995 31 CIN 131 567 98 158 29 15 66 61 49 51 5 .319 .394 .492
    12 Jim Thome 5.9 1995 24 CLE 137 557 92 142 29 25 73 97 113 4 3 .314 .438 .558
    13 Jim Edmonds 5.6 1995 25 CAL 141 620 120 162 30 33 107 51 130 1 4 .290 .352 .536
    14 Mark McGwire 5.5 1995 31 OAK 104 422 75 87 13 39 90 88 77 1 1 .274 .441 .685
    15 Rafael Palmeiro 5.5 1995 30 BAL 143 624 89 172 30 39 104 62 65 3 1 .310 .380 .583
    16 Sammy Sosa 5.3 1995 26 CHC 144 629 89 151 17 36 119 58 134 34 7 .268 .340 .500
    17 Frank Thomas 5.3 1995 27 CHW 145 647 102 152 27 40 111 136 74 3 2 .308 .454 .606
    18 Brian Jordan 5.1 1995 28 STL 131 525 83 145 20 22 81 22 79 24 9 .296 .339 .488
    19 Mark Grace 5.0 1995 31 CHC 143 627 97 180 51 16 92 65 46 6 2 .326 .395 .516
    20 Jeff Bagwell 4.8 1995 27 HOU 114 539 88 130 29 21 87 79 102 12 5 .290 .399 .496
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    Generated 1/17/2014.

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    Prince Andrew

    Posted by on January 13th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Who is the greatest “Andrew” in baseball history?

    I think Pettitte has a case, as being the best ever…until that guy in Pittsburgh plays longer.

    From 1968 To 1978, Sal Bando Was The 5th Best Player In Baseball During Those 11 Years

    Posted by on January 2nd, 2014 · Comments (4)

    According to WAR, that is:

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Joe Morgan 68.0 1968 1978 24-34 1488 6466 1035 1473 267 179 731 1095 512 .280 .403 .453
    2 Johnny Bench 64.5 1968 1978 20-30 1607 6667 869 1579 308 309 1105 700 59 .269 .345 .487
    3 Reggie Jackson 62.2 1968 1978 22-32 1615 6668 960 1561 295 339 1025 776 201 .271 .362 .509
    4 Rod Carew 60.9 1968 1978 22-32 1498 6419 884 1935 283 66 682 576 266 .338 .398 .451
    5 Sal Bando 59.7 1968 1978 24-34 1721 7202 875 1578 255 226 949 922 66 .258 .359 .421
    6 Pete Rose 59.7 1968 1978 27-37 1746 8102 1192 2265 429 101 652 832 95 .317 .391 .441
    7 Bobby Bonds 54.5 1968 1978 22-32 1572 6999 1102 1656 266 296 896 783 407 .271 .355 .480
    8 Carl Yastrzemski 54.1 1968 1978 28-38 1651 7033 962 1668 279 244 944 1046 113 .283 .389 .462
    9 Graig Nettles 52.7 1968 1978 23-33 1530 6201 742 1376 208 244 792 636 29 .252 .331 .431
    10 Reggie Smith 52.3 1968 1978 23-33 1516 6321 900 1607 300 255 880 708 103 .291 .371 .503
    11 Roy White 47.7 1968 1978 24-34 1601 6858 872 1626 271 148 690 851 205 .277 .367 .415
    12 Tony Perez 47.5 1968 1978 26-36 1659 7012 878 1789 330 268 1095 643 44 .286 .351 .482
    13 Bert Campaneris 46.1 1968 1978 26-36 1543 6683 829 1545 199 58 454 454 447 .258 .312 .337
    14 Thurman Munson 43.5 1969 1978 22-31 1326 5486 654 1448 211 110 662 406 47 .292 .347 .413
    15 Mike Schmidt 42.4 1972 1978 22-28 924 3831 565 810 158 190 552 569 108 .255 .372 .502
    16 Cesar Cedeno 42.1 1970 1978 19-27 1161 4933 720 1299 265 142 617 380 397 .291 .350 .466
    17 Willie Stargell 42.1 1968 1978 28-38 1402 5693 805 1405 280 317 983 656 12 .285 .371 .545
    18 Bobby Grich 41.0 1970 1978 21-29 982 4160 524 896 159 83 372 569 87 .259 .369 .394
    19 Mark Belanger 40.3 1968 1978 24-34 1596 5625 574 1151 152 18 334 506 147 .234 .308 .286
    20 Jim Wynn 39.3 1968 1977 26-35 1363 5663 801 1145 188 205 677 971 144 .248 .378 .433
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    Generated 1/2/2014.

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    This list also tells you how good Belanger’s glove was…

    Actually, look at the top 20.  It’s Reds, A’s and Yankees.  No wonder why those teams ruled the ’70′s.

    Ian Kinsler’s Remarkable 2011 Season

    Posted by on January 1st, 2014 · Comments (1)

    It’s the only time someone, ever, in baseball history had a 30-30 season where they also had less than 100 whiffs and less than 5 times caught stealing. Here it is, along with the others to come somewhat close to matching it:

    Rk Player HR SB SO CS Year Age Tm G PA R 2B 3B RBI BB BA OBP SLG
    1 Chipper Jones 45 25 94 3 1999 27 ATL 157 701 116 41 1 110 126 .319 .441 .633
    2 Willie Mays 34 27 58 4 1959 28 SFG 151 649 125 43 5 104 65 .313 .381 .583
    3 Ian Kinsler 32 30 71 4 2011 29 TEX 155 723 121 34 4 77 89 .255 .355 .477
    4 Davey Lopes 28 44 88 4 1979 34 LAD 153 692 109 20 6 73 97 .265 .372 .464
    5 Carlos Beltran 27 25 96 3 2008 31 NYM 161 706 116 40 5 112 92 .284 .376 .500
    6 Eric Byrnes 26 25 88 3 2006 30 ARI 143 606 82 37 3 79 34 .267 .313 .482
    7 Carlos Beltran 26 41 81 4 2003 26 KCR 141 602 102 14 10 100 72 .307 .389 .522
    8 Raul Mondesi 26 27 96 4 1995 24 LAD 139 580 91 23 6 88 33 .285 .328 .496
    9 Jimmy Rollins 25 36 80 4 2006 27 PHI 158 758 127 45 9 83 57 .277 .334 .478
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    Generated 12/31/2013.

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    Derek Jeter Can Break Pete Rose’s Record In 2014!

    Posted by on January 1st, 2014 · Comments (0)

    No, not that record.

    It’s the record for most seasons in MLB history with 179+ hits in a season.  Coming into 2014, the Captain and Charlie Hustle are tied with 15 seasons each:

    Rk Yrs From To Age
    1 Derek Jeter 15 1996 2012 22-38 Ind. Seasons
    2 Pete Rose 15 1965 1980 24-39 Ind. Seasons
    3 Ty Cobb 14 1907 1924 20-37 Ind. Seasons
    4 Stan Musial 13 1943 1956 22-35 Ind. Seasons
    5 Sam Rice 12 1919 1930 29-40 Ind. Seasons
    6 Ichiro Suzuki 11 2001 2011 27-37 Ind. Seasons
    7 Lou Brock 11 1964 1974 25-35 Ind. Seasons
    8 Hank Aaron 11 1955 1967 21-33 Ind. Seasons
    9 Paul Waner 11 1926 1937 23-34 Ind. Seasons
    10 Lou Gehrig 10 1926 1937 23-34 Ind. Seasons
    11 Al Simmons 10 1924 1936 22-34 Ind. Seasons
    12 George Sisler 10 1917 1929 24-36 Ind. Seasons
    13 Eddie Collins 10 1909 1924 22-37 Ind. Seasons
    14 Sam Crawford 10 1902 1915 22-35 Ind. Seasons
    15 Miguel Cabrera 9 2005 2013 22-30 Ind. Seasons
    16 Albert Pujols 9 2001 2010 21-30 Ind. Seasons
    17 Wade Boggs 9 1983 1991 25-33 Ind. Seasons
    18 Billy Williams 9 1962 1972 24-34 Ind. Seasons
    19 Doc Cramer 9 1933 1943 27-37 Ind. Seasons
    20 Charlie Gehringer 9 1928 1937 25-34 Ind. Seasons
    21 Pie Traynor 9 1923 1933 24-34 Ind. Seasons
    22 Goose Goslin 9 1923 1936 22-35 Ind. Seasons
    23 Tris Speaker 9 1910 1923 22-35 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 1/1/2014.

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