• Ladies and Gentlemen, The Great Number Seven

    Posted by on January 2nd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Mickey Mantle has been dead for over 21 years.

    When Mantle retired, you can make a case that he was the 5th greatest position player of all time (after Babe Ruth’s retirement):

    Rk Player WAR/pos ▾ From To Age G PA HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Willie Mays 139.8 1951 1968 20-37 2446 10386 587 1654 1137 299 .308 .384 .578
    2 Stan Musial 128.1 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12718 475 1951 1599 78 .331 .417 .559
    3 Ted Williams 123.1 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 521 1839 2021 24 .344 .482 .634
    4 Hank Aaron 111.2 1954 1968 20-34 2279 9888 510 1627 866 215 .314 .373 .560
    5 Mickey Mantle 109.7 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 536 1509 1733 153 .298 .421 .557
    6 Eddie Mathews 96.4 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 512 1453 1444 68 .271 .376 .509
    7 Frank Robinson 80.6 1956 1968 20-32 1916 8159 418 1277 929 182 .302 .392 .556
    8 Al Kaline 79.0 1953 1968 18-33 2095 8731 314 1247 942 123 .304 .380 .495
    9 Joe DiMaggio 78.1 1936 1951 21-36 1736 7672 361 1537 790 30 .325 .398 .579
    10 Johnny Mize 71.0 1936 1953 23-40 1883 7370 359 1337 856 28 .312 .397 .562
    11 Roberto Clemente 69.5 1955 1968 20-33 1953 8220 184 1008 472 75 .312 .353 .464
    12 Ernie Banks 69.0 1953 1968 22-37 2262 9426 474 1480 695 50 .277 .333 .508
    13 Duke Snider 66.5 1947 1964 20-37 2143 8237 407 1333 971 99 .295 .380 .540
    14 Pee Wee Reese 66.4 1940 1958 21-39 2166 9470 126 885 1210 232 .269 .366 .377
    15 Richie Ashburn 63.6 1948 1962 21-35 2189 9736 29 586 1198 234 .308 .396 .382
    16 Ken Boyer 63.0 1955 1968 24-37 2009 8236 282 1137 711 105 .288 .349 .463
    17 Lou Boudreau 63.0 1938 1952 20-34 1646 7024 68 789 796 51 .295 .380 .415
    18 Jackie Robinson 61.5 1947 1956 28-37 1382 5804 137 734 740 197 .311 .409 .474
    19 Luke Appling 59.8 1936 1950 29-43 1759 7522 32 806 996 138 .316 .409 .400
    20 Yogi Berra 59.5 1946 1965 21-40 2120 8359 358 1430 704 30 .285 .348 .482
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    Mantle’s prime was the mid-to-late 50′s to early 60′s.  If you were 15-years old in 1960, that would make you over 70 years old today.  The audience of those who saw Mantle at his best is aging out.

    Kids today – and many young Yankees fans, I suspect – have no idea how great Mickey Mantle was with respect to the time that he played and when his career ended.

    That’s a shame.

    Top 100 Career Times On Base List

    Posted by on December 21st, 2016 · Comments (1)
    Rk Player TOB From To Age G PA BA OBP SLG OPS
    1 Pete Rose 5929 1963 1986 22-45 3562 15890 .303 .375 .409 .784
    2 Barry Bonds 5599 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606 .298 .444 .607 1.051
    3 Ty Cobb 5532 1905 1928 18-41 3034 13087 .366 .433 .512 .945
    4 Rickey Henderson 5343 1979 2003 20-44 3081 13346 .279 .401 .419 .820
    5 Carl Yastrzemski 5304 1961 1983 21-43 3308 13992 .285 .379 .462 .841
    6 Stan Musial 5282 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12718 .331 .417 .559 .976
    7 Hank Aaron 5205 1954 1976 20-42 3298 13941 .305 .374 .555 .928
    8 Tris Speaker 4998 1907 1928 19-40 2792 11995 .345 .428 .500 .928
    9 Babe Ruth 4978 1914 1935 19-40 2504 10623 .342 .474 .690 1.164
    10 Eddie Collins 4891 1906 1930 19-43 2825 12046 .333 .424 .429 .853
    11 Willie Mays 4791 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12496 .302 .384 .557 .941
    12 Derek Jeter 4717 1995 2014 21-40 2747 12602 .310 .377 .440 .817
    13 Ted Williams 4714 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 .344 .482 .634 1.116
    14 Mel Ott 4648 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 .304 .414 .533 .947
    15 Alex Rodriguez 4629 1994 2016 18-40 2784 12207 .295 .380 .550 .930
    16 Eddie Murray 4606 1977 1997 21-41 3026 12817 .287 .359 .476 .836
    17 Frank Robinson 4561 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11742 .294 .389 .537 .926
    18 Honus Wagner 4508 1897 1917 23-43 2795 11749 .328 .391 .467 .858
    19 Craig Biggio 4505 1988 2007 22-41 2850 12504 .281 .363 .433 .796
    20 Rafael Palmeiro 4460 1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046 .288 .371 .515 .885
    21 Paul Molitor 4460 1978 1998 21-41 2683 12167 .306 .369 .448 .817
    22 Wade Boggs 4445 1982 1999 24-41 2440 10740 .328 .415 .443 .858
    23 Joe Morgan 4422 1963 1984 19-40 2649 11329 .271 .392 .427 .819
    24 Cal Ripken 4379 1981 2001 20-40 3001 12883 .276 .340 .447 .788
    25 Dave Winfield 4351 1973 1995 21-43 2973 12358 .283 .353 .475 .827
    26 Al Kaline 4339 1953 1974 18-39 2834 11596 .297 .376 .480 .855
    27 Gary Sheffield 4299 1988 2009 19-40 2576 10947 .292 .393 .514 .907
    28 George Brett 4283 1973 1993 20-40 2707 11625 .305 .369 .487 .857
    29 Paul Waner 4281 1926 1945 23-42 2550 10766 .333 .404 .473 .878
    30 Lou Gehrig 4274 1923 1939 20-36 2164 9663 .340 .447 .632 1.080
    31 Chipper Jones 4256 1993 2012 21-40 2499 10614 .303 .401 .529 .930
    32 Frank Thomas 4222 1990 2008 22-40 2322 10075 .301 .419 .555 .974
    33 Ken Griffey 4174 1989 2010 19-40 2671 11304 .284 .370 .538 .907
    34 Mickey Mantle 4161 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 .298 .421 .557 .977
    35 Robin Yount 4156 1974 1993 18-37 2856 12249 .285 .342 .430 .772
    36 Jim Thome 4144 1991 2012 20-41 2543 10313 .276 .402 .554 .956
    37 Albert Pujols 4139 2001 2016 21-36 2426 10552 .309 .392 .573 .965
    38 Jimmie Foxx 4111 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 .325 .428 .609 1.038
    39 Rod Carew 4096 1967 1985 21-39 2469 10550 .328 .393 .429 .822
    40 Charlie Gehringer 4075 1924 1942 21-39 2323 10245 .320 .404 .480 .884
    41 Luke Appling 4062 1930 1950 23-43 2422 10254 .310 .399 .398 .798
    42 Reggie Jackson 4055 1967 1987 21-41 2820 11418 .262 .356 .490 .846
    43 Rusty Staub 4050 1963 1985 19-41 2951 11229 .279 .362 .431 .793
    44 Rogers Hornsby 4016 1915 1937 19-41 2259 9480 .358 .434 .577 1.010
    45 Manny Ramirez 4012 1993 2011 21-39 2302 9774 .312 .411 .585 .996
    46 Cap Anson 3997 1876 1897 24-45 2277 10123 .331 .396 .448 .844
    47 Bobby Abreu 3979 1996 2014 22-40 2425 10081 .291 .395 .475 .870
    48 Tim Raines 3977 1979 2002 19-42 2502 10359 .294 .385 .425 .810
    49 Tony Gwynn 3955 1982 2001 22-41 2440 10232 .338 .388 .459 .847
    50 Omar Vizquel 3954 1989 2012 22-45 2968 12013 .272 .336 .352 .688
    51 Jesse Burkett 3954 1890 1905 21-36 2067 9620 .338 .415 .446 .861
    52 Harold Baines 3942 1980 2001 21-42 2830 11092 .289 .356 .465 .820
    53 Todd Helton 3911 1997 2013 23-39 2247 9453 .316 .414 .539 .953
    54 Nap Lajoie 3893 1896 1916 21-41 2480 10461 .338 .380 .466 .847
    55 Dwight Evans 3890 1972 1991 20-39 2606 10569 .272 .370 .470 .840
    56 Darrell Evans 3863 1969 1989 22-42 2687 10737 .248 .361 .431 .792
    57 Luis Gonzalez 3857 1990 2008 22-40 2591 10531 .283 .367 .479 .845
    58 Jeff Bagwell 3843 1991 2005 23-37 2150 9431 .297 .408 .540 .948
    59 Fred McGriff 3834 1986 2004 22-40 2460 10174 .284 .377 .509 .886
    60 Lou Brock 3833 1961 1979 22-40 2616 11240 .293 .343 .410 .753
    61 David Ortiz 3829 1997 2016 21-40 2408 10091 .286 .380 .552 .931
    62 Johnny Damon 3822 1995 2012 21-38 2490 10917 .284 .352 .433 .785
    63 Mike Schmidt 3820 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062 .267 .380 .527 .908
    64 Richie Ashburn 3815 1948 1962 21-35 2189 9736 .308 .396 .382 .778
    65 Roberto Alomar 3806 1988 2004 20-36 2379 10400 .300 .371 .443 .814
    66 Adrian Beltre 3804 1998 2016 19-37 2720 11260 .286 .338 .480 .818
    67 Billy Williams 3799 1959 1976 21-38 2488 10519 .290 .361 .492 .853
    68 Eddie Mathews 3785 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 .271 .376 .509 .885
    69 Max Carey 3782 1910 1929 20-39 2476 10769 .285 .361 .386 .747
    70 Brooks Robinson 3761 1955 1977 18-40 2896 11782 .267 .322 .401 .723
    71 Sam Rice 3751 1915 1934 25-44 2405 10252 .322 .374 .427 .801
    72 Sam Crawford 3744 1899 1917 19-37 2517 10594 .309 .362 .452 .814
    73 Goose Goslin 3739 1921 1938 20-37 2287 9829 .316 .387 .500 .887
    74 Jake Beckley 3733 1888 1907 20-39 2389 10504 .308 .361 .436 .797
    75 Carlos Beltran 3716 1998 2016 21-39 2457 10522 .281 .354 .492 .845
    76 Ichiro Suzuki 3710 2001 2016 27-42 2500 10466 .313 .356 .405 .761
    77 Fred Clarke 3707 1894 1915 21-42 2246 9838 .312 .386 .429 .814
    78 Tony Perez 3700 1964 1986 22-44 2777 10861 .279 .341 .463 .804
    79 Harmon Killebrew 3693 1954 1975 18-39 2435 9833 .256 .376 .509 .884
    80 Harry Hooper 3678 1909 1925 21-37 2309 10254 .281 .368 .387 .755
    81 Bill Dahlen 3665 1891 1911 21-41 2444 10405 .272 .358 .382 .740
    82 Roberto Clemente 3656 1955 1972 20-37 2433 10211 .317 .359 .475 .834
    83 Frankie Frisch 3639 1919 1937 21-39 2311 10099 .316 .369 .432 .801
    84 Willie McCovey 3625 1959 1980 21-42 2588 9692 .270 .374 .515 .889
    85 Edgar Martinez 3619 1987 2004 24-41 2055 8674 .312 .418 .515 .933
    86 George Davis 3614 1890 1909 19-38 2372 10178 .295 .362 .405 .767
    87 Zack Wheat 3611 1909 1927 21-39 2410 10000 .317 .367 .450 .817
    88 John Olerud 3602 1989 2005 20-36 2234 9063 .295 .398 .465 .863
    89 Chili Davis 3589 1981 1999 21-39 2436 9997 .274 .360 .451 .811
    90 Miguel Cabrera 3587 2003 2016 20-33 2096 9001 .321 .399 .562 .961
    91 Lou Whitaker 3586 1977 1995 20-38 2390 9967 .276 .363 .426 .789
    92 Willie Keeler 3585 1892 1910 20-38 2123 9610 .341 .388 .415 .802
    93 Eddie Yost 3576 1944 1962 17-35 2109 9175 .254 .394 .371 .765
    94 Al Simmons 3572 1924 1944 22-42 2215 9519 .334 .380 .535 .915
    95 Ozzie Smith 3565 1978 1996 23-41 2573 10778 .262 .337 .328 .666
    96 Jason Giambi 3556 1995 2014 24-43 2260 8908 .277 .399 .516 .916
    97 Harry Heilmann 3556 1914 1932 19-37 2146 8964 .342 .410 .520 .930
    98 Mark Grace 3554 1988 2003 24-39 2245 9290 .303 .383 .442 .825
    99 Brett Butler 3542 1981 1997 24-40 2213 9545 .290 .377 .376 .753
    100 Julio Franco 3541 1982 2007 23-48 2527 9731 .298 .365 .417 .782
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    Generated 12/21/2016.

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    37 of these guys are not in the Hall of Fame.

    30 Worst Defensive Seasons By CF

    Posted by on December 16th, 2016 · Comments (0)
    Rk Player Rfield Year Age Tm G Pos
    1 Matt Kemp -37.0 2010 25 LAD 162 *8/H
    2 Andrew McCutchen -28.0 2016 29 PIT 153 *8/H
    3 Ron Gant -26.9 1991 26 ATL 154 *8/H
    4 Rick Monday -26.7 1974 28 CHC 142 *8/H
    5 Bernie Williams -26.0 2005 36 NYY 141 *8DH
    6 Preston Wilson -25.0 2005 30 TOT 139 *87/H9
    7 Howard Johnson -24.8 1992 31 NYM 100 *87/H9
    8 Derek Bell -24.4 1993 24 SDP 150 *85/H97
    9 Nate McLouth -24.0 2010 28 ATL 85 *8H/7
    10 Brian McRae -23.9 1999 31 TOT 134 *8HD
    11 Brett Butler -23.9 1993 36 LAD 156 *8/H
    12 Gus Bell -23.3 1956 27 CIN 150 *8/H
    13 Nate McLouth -23.0 2008 26 PIT 152 *8/79H
    14 Rick Monday -22.6 1975 29 CHC 136 *8/H
    15 Jerry Morales -22.3 1977 28 CHC 136 *8H/79
    16 Bernie Williams -21.8 2002 33 NYY 154 *8/DH
    17 Jose Cruz -21.8 2001 27 TOR 146 *87/HD
    18 Brady Anderson -21.7 1998 34 BAL 133 *8/HD
    19 Von Joshua -21.6 1977 29 MIL 144 *8H
    20 Dale Murphy -21.2 1985 29 ATL 162 *8/H
    21 Brett Butler -21.0 1995 38 TOT 129 *8/H
    22 Eric Davis -20.6 1989 27 CIN 131 *8/H79
    23 Steve Finley -20.5 1995 30 SDP 139 *8/H
    24 Tommy Harper -20.5 1972 31 BOS 144 *8/7
    25 Preston Wilson -20.1 1999 24 FLA 149 *879H
    26 Johnny Grubb -20.1 1975 26 SDP 144 *8/H
    27 Angel Pagan -20.0 2015 33 SFG 133 *8H/D
    28 Dexter Fowler -20.0 2014 28 HOU 116 *8/DH
    29 Derek Bell -19.8 1994 25 SDP 108 *8/H
    30 Otis Nixon -19.7 1998 39 MIN 110 *8/H
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    Dick Allen Ruled The Batters Box From 1964-74

    Posted by on December 16th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    The numbers don’t lie:

    Rk Player OPS+ G From To Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG
    1 Dick Allen 165 1481 1964 1974 22-32 6270 968 1623 277 74 319 975 775 .299 .386 .554
    2 Willie McCovey 161 1468 1964 1974 26-36 5713 766 1292 209 27 327 933 929 .275 .397 .541
    3 Hank Aaron 159 1565 1964 1974 30-40 6508 1030 1702 279 19 391 1081 756 .299 .379 .561
    4 Frank Robinson 159 1533 1964 1974 28-38 6442 974 1573 276 33 312 978 831 .289 .390 .524
    5 Willie Stargell 153 1511 1964 1974 24-34 6118 849 1531 290 40 335 1056 638 .285 .364 .541
    6 Reggie Jackson 152 1074 1967 1974 21-28 4389 623 1004 181 23 218 629 533 .267 .364 .502
    7 Roberto Clemente 151 1220 1964 1972 29-37 5195 770 1578 226 91 148 735 381 .332 .381 .511
    8 Harmon Killebrew 148 1492 1964 1974 28-38 6100 780 1290 173 13 336 981 1036 .259 .386 .501
    9 Willie Mays 148 1301 1964 1973 33-42 5159 804 1250 190 34 254 724 673 .283 .377 .513
    10 Frank Howard 147 1405 1964 1973 27-36 5523 631 1305 178 23 283 806 654 .271 .359 .494
    11 Carl Yastrzemski 145 1658 1964 1974 24-34 7086 979 1738 322 32 259 939 1050 .292 .397 .487
    12 Boog Powell 140 1495 1964 1974 22-32 5909 685 1346 208 7 263 927 802 .269 .369 .471
    13 Billy Williams 138 1717 1964 1974 26-36 7448 1046 1986 324 60 318 1072 722 .299 .368 .510
    14 Al Kaline 136 1385 1964 1974 29-39 5458 741 1324 232 21 184 693 701 .284 .377 .461
    15 Tony Oliva 135 1462 1964 1974 25-35 6218 818 1761 315 48 206 869 402 .309 .356 .489
    16 Joe Torre 134 1618 1964 1974 23-33 6761 805 1826 267 44 211 971 627 .303 .373 .467
    17 Jim Wynn 134 1506 1964 1974 22-32 6384 902 1375 235 31 251 800 925 .257 .366 .453
    18 Reggie Smith 133 1157 1966 1974 21-29 4863 671 1224 230 42 172 636 496 .285 .359 .478
    19 Norm Cash 132 1443 1964 1974 29-39 5453 684 1243 168 26 249 725 643 .264 .356 .470
    20 Joe Morgan 132 1338 1964 1974 20-30 5909 871 1332 225 66 125 497 926 .273 .389 .423
    21 Ron Santo 132 1670 1964 1974 24-34 6994 887 1679 260 49 268 1022 897 .281 .373 .475
    22 Sal Bando 131 1150 1966 1974 22-30 4787 598 1050 170 22 150 634 629 .260 .365 .425
    23 Bobby Bonds 131 1014 1968 1974 22-28 4610 765 1106 188 42 186 552 500 .273 .356 .478
    24 Willie Horton 131 1226 1964 1974 21-31 4808 563 1201 179 29 222 734 376 .277 .339 .485
    25 Tony Perez 131 1452 1964 1974 22-32 5886 737 1509 253 45 238 915 509 .285 .348 .485
    26 Rusty Staub 131 1532 1964 1974 20-30 6376 709 1563 291 29 172 787 742 .284 .371 .442
    27 Johnny Bench 130 1094 1967 1974 19-26 4588 612 1096 197 17 212 745 451 .270 .340 .483
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    Starting Rotations With 3+ Aces, Since 1990

    Posted by on December 7th, 2016 · Comments (3)

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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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    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?

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