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  

Some Highlights From the 2019 Season Stats

The 2019 season team homer totals ranged from 307 by the Twins and 306 by the Yankees, to 149 by the Tigers and 146 by the Marlins. In MLB in 2019 there was a total of 42,823 strikeouts, 23,467 runs, 6,776 homers, 42,040 hits, 2,280 steals, and 1,984 hit-by-pitch.

There were 268 team shutouts, an average of 9 per team. 26 of these were complete game shutouts; there were 45 complete games. There were 1,180 saves, 39 per team, with no one over 50 except St. Louis with 52. The number of errors by a team ranged from 66 by St. Louis to 132 by the Mariners. The average was 97: 2,897 total errors for the season.

Published in: Uncategorized on October 2, 2019 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Briefly Dissecting Rickey Henderson’s 1982

In April of 1982, Rickey hit .228, but had two games in which he drew 4 walks, one in which he drew 5, and one in which he drew 3. He had stolen 22 bases before the start of May. He had 18 hits, but 31 walks, for a .445 on-base percentage. He had 123 steals through August 1982, still nearly as many as his 130 hits, but the average was up to .272 and on-base had dipped to .408. A four-steal game on August 27 pushed him past Lou Brock’s steals record.

It looks like the efforts of April-August depleted Rickey; he stole only 4 bases from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1, before closing the season with 3 steals on Oct. 2. For the season, he got 143 hits compared to the 130 steals, which is an astonishing ratio, one that appears very unlikely to be approached by a full-time player anytime in the next few decades.

Published in: Uncategorized on September 21, 2019 at 12:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Minnesota Twins: A History of Home Runs

The 1965 Minnesota Twins hit 150 homers, with Harmon Killebrew leading the team with a low-for-him 25, six players with more than 15 homers, and four with 20 or more homers. This team’s 102 wins has the franchise record.

The 1987 Twins hit 196 homers, had three players hit more than 30 homers, and had a fourth player, Kirby Puckett, hit 28 homers.

The 1991 team hit 140 homers, and had one player hit 29 homers and another hit 20 homers.

In many seasons after 1987, the Twins had no 30-homer players. The 2006 team, which has the most regular season wins of any post-1991 Twins team, had two with 30+ homers: Torii Hunter and Justin Morneau.

The 2019 team, currently on pace for 98 wins, two more than the 2006 team, already has six players with 20 or more homers, and two with more than 30 homers. The team has 244 homers, and is on pace for about 310 for the season. It should wind up with the same 11 double-digit homer hitters it has currently; by comparison, the 1991 Twins had five double-digit homer hitters.

Published in: Uncategorized on August 22, 2019 at 10:22 am  Leave a Comment  

The Diminishing Complete Game

The active MLB leader in complete games is CC Sabathia, with 38. No one else has more than 25. Once Sabathia retires, it’s quite likely that it will be some time before we see another active pitcher with 30 complete games. For a bit of perspective: in 1979, 10 different pitchers threw at least 15 complete games. Phil Niekro, the leader that year, wound up with 245 complete games in his career.

Published in: Uncategorized on July 15, 2019 at 11:20 am  Leave a Comment  

The Pitcher Steve Ontiveros

This is about the second MLB Steve Ontiveros, the pitcher who came up with Oakland. You know how he led the A.L. in ERA in 1994, then made the 1995 All-Star team? I see on Retrosheet that he then spent 4 years outside of MLB, then came back to pitch 3 games for the Red Sox in 2000. He had spent 1991 and 1992 outside of MLB. It is a very curious career to look over. He played for 13 different teams, pitched for only 4 of them in the majors, was in the majors in 10 of the 16 years, 1985-2000, but half of his career innings were in his first 3 years, 1985-1987. That’s what I remember him for, that first stint with the A’s.

Ontiveros is now a baseball coach in Scottsdale, Arizona, and claims to have successfully tutored David Aardsma, Huston Street, and other pitchers on the road to MLB.

Published in: Uncategorized on June 28, 2019 at 3:47 pm  Comments (1)