Retiring Before the 2020 Season Starts

How many players, who have not announced their retirement yet, are going to retire before the 2020 season starts (assuming it does start)?

A bunch of fairly young players played their last game on August 11, 1994, the last game of that season. They included Storm Davis, Kevin McReynolds, Randy Milligan, Junior Felix, and Gerald Young. Felix and Young were in their 20s, and all five were reasonably productive players in 1994.

Published in: Uncategorized on April 1, 2020 at 11:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Going From A to Z

Anthony Aaron Zych is the last player, alphabetically, on the roll call of MLB players. Henry Louis Aaron is no longer the first player, alphabetically, on the roll call, because David Allan Aardsma took his place.

And right in the middle, there is Kevin Paul Mmahat.

Published in: Uncategorized on March 25, 2020 at 4:29 pm  Comments (3)  

Career Plate Appearances: Pete Rose and Everyone Else

Pete Rose has the record for most career plate appearances, with 15,890. That’s almost 1,900 more than the runner up, Carl Yastrzemski, who has 13,992. The gap between Rose and Yaz is bigger than the gap between Yaz and the #18 guy on the list, Adrian Beltre.

It’s pretty astounding that Rose is first on the list by about 3 entire seasons worth of plate appearances. The gap between #1 and #2 is equivalent to one-seventh of a very prolonged MLB career. It’s like Cy Young having nearly 100 more wins than anyone else. Except, Rose’s separation is based more on quantity than on quality: a plate appearance usually results in an out.

Ichiro would perhaps be fairly close to Rose’s record if Ichiro had started in MLB in 1995 or 1996. Ichiro’s dedicated health/workout regime is pretty well known. But, I haven’t read any discussion of how Rose was able to stay healthy and capable of being a big league hitter for so much longer than anyone else has.

Published in: Uncategorized on March 20, 2020 at 8:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Connie Mack at the Plate

Connie Mack’s triple slash line was .217/.305/.300, in an 1886-1896 career at catcher. He hit 5 career homers; baseball-reference assigns him a 72 OPS+, and a 29 OPS+ in his first full season. I’m not sure how reliable the stats are, but baseball-reference gives him top 10 finishes only in defensive categories, other than times hit-by-pitch.

People talk about weak-hitting catchers who are surrogate managers: it looks like Mack made that mold.

Published in: Uncategorized on February 19, 2020 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Various Notes on Hank Aaron’s Hitting Stats

Aaron had just one 3-homer game, while having 61 2-homer games, and he had at least one 2-homer game in each season from 1955 through 1974.
In two of his three 5-hit games, all five hits were singles.
In his first of six career 6-RBI games, he had one extra-base hit: it was a double, not a homer.

Aaron was intentionally walked 74 times in the 1970s, vs. 59 times in the 1950s.
He drew more walks, 70, in 1975, while hitting just 12 homers, than he did in any season before 1963. (Similarly, Willie Mays drew easily his most-ever walks in 1971, 112 of them, a year in which he hit 18 homers.)
Finally, Aaron hit six homers in 17 postseason games, which compares to Mantle hitting 18 in 65 postseason games.

Published in: Uncategorized on February 5, 2020 at 1:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

2020 Hall of Fame Voting Results

For me, the most interesting part of the Hall votes are the players who get a small number of votes. This year, for example, Giambi, Konerko, Lee, Ibanez, Beckett, Soriano: they were all quite prominent and/or productive players at one time. None of them will come back for a second vote.

Published in: Uncategorized on January 22, 2020 at 2:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Short Notes on Joe DiMaggio’s 56-Game Hitting Streak

Joe DiMaggio was hitting for a .306/.427/.537 triple slash line, coming into the start of his 56-game streak (and this dipped to .304/.422/.527 with the 1-4 that began the streak). About halfway through it, after the June 18 game, it was .336/.424/.607, so a lower on-base percentage, and the batting average wasn’t a lot higher.

After game 56 on July 16, it was .375/.451/.659. After the August 2 game that ended his 72 out of 73 games streak, it was .381/.459/.684. He had five 4-hit games from June 20 through July 1941. You can look through his 1941 game log here.

Published in: Uncategorized on January 11, 2020 at 5:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Notes on Don Larsen

Larsen’s perfect game was his only complete game in which he allowed fewer than 4 baserunners. Larsen was a quite capable hitter, with a .242/.291/.371 slash line: he had about a season’s worth of plate appearances, with 144 hits, 14 homers, and 72 RBIs.

Larsen was the winning pitcher in game 3 of the 1962 Giants-Dodgers playoff: he pitched a scoreless 8th inning in relief of Marichal.

Published in: Uncategorized on January 2, 2020 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Some Catfish Hunter Statistics

Take them for what you want, here are a few noteworthy things about Catfish’s career: he hit .226, with 51 RBIs and 60 runs scored, in a little bit more than one season worth of at-bats. He had 3 hits and 3 RBIs in his perfect game. From 1967 through 1976, he never threw fewer than 234 innings, and in many of those years added 10+ postseason innings. 42 career shutouts, out of 181 complete games. 30 of the complete games were in 1975; no one since has topped 25 in a season. 30 is also the American League best from 1947 onward.

Published in: Uncategorized on December 4, 2019 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mariano Rivera Stat

Mariano Rivera is, easily, the pitcher with the most postseason appearances: 96. For context, it took until the 1921 World Series for the 96th postseason game in MLB history (not counting the pre-1903 games) to be played. That was the first Series with the Yankees: after its conclusion, 101 games had been played.

Published in: Uncategorized on October 19, 2019 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment