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Posted by Sean Forman on November 15, 2011

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We are moving all of our site and company news into a single blog for Sports Reference. We'll tag all B-R content, so you can quickly and easily find the content you want.

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High Heat Stats

Posted by Andy on November 3, 2011

I'm happy to announce a new blog, High Heat Stats.

This blog will pick up where we left off here. I'm administering and authoring, plus John Autin and Raphy have agreed to write there as well.

Please come visit, subscribe to our RSS feed, comment, and contribute.

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This Hat Tip Is For You

Posted by Steve Lombardi on November 1, 2011

Have to say, I feel like Captain Spaulding at this moment.

…Hello, I must be going,
I cannot stay, I came to say, I must be going.
I’m glad I came, but just the same I must be going…

Back in June of 2007, I started contributing to the (then) "Stat Of The Day" Blog at Baseball-Reference.com. And, I've been doing it here ever since then - over the last 5 baseball seasons.

It's said that time flies when you're having fun. And, my time here is testament to that – as it has gone by in a blink of an eye. Heck, I want to get Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes to sing a song about it - it's been so much fun. Time of my life, really.

Of course, I want to thank Sean Forman, the Henry Chadwick of the electronic age, for taking a flier on me back in the summer of 2007. It's been a privilege and an honor to be associated with him, and this site, during my time here.

And, thanks to Neil Paine for all his help while we have been here together. For a Red Sox fan, he's an OK dude.

Also, thanks to my colleagues at this blog - Andy, Raphy, and John - for adding great content to the blog and allowing me to ride on their coattails as often as I have over the years.

Sean, Neil, Andy, Raphy and John are very astute baseball fans - as are those who read this blog and leave comments herein. And, while I have already thanked the former, I especially want to thank the latter as well.

I'm a diehard baseball fan - but, not the most sabermetrically inclined one. I know just enough to be dangerous and little enough to easily make a fool of myself.

Yet, the readers of this blog have always been very friendly and kind towards me regarding my posts here. That's unheard of in cyberspace where it seems like just sharing a sundry thought publically at times opens the "You're an idiot!" shooting gallery for the veiled e-flame throwers. Those who leave comments at this blog are a unique bunch. And, it’s been great hanging with y’all.

Again, the whole thing here, since that first day back in the summer of 2007, has been wonderful. Please accept my thanks to everyone - on both sides of the curtain for this blog - for your part in making that happen.

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Farewell and thanks

Posted by Andy on November 1, 2011

As the Baseball-Reference.com blog draws to a close, there are so many people I wish to thank:

  • First and foremost is, of course, Sean Forman. Baseball-Reference.com has been (and undoubtedly will continue to be) so influential, and four years ago I jumped at the chance to scribble on a tiny little corner of the massive colorful canvas he has so wonderfully painted. Sean is a credit to the sports community and has forever changed the way stats are developed, accessed, and utilized.
  • Neil Paine has been an excellent boss and sounding board for many of my ideas here, and I know has assisted Sean with many developing efforts over the last few years. He adds a lot of strength to the Sports-Reference team and will undoubtedly be a major part of accomplishments over the next few years.
  • I very much appreciate the contributions of the other authors here, but none more than Raphy. His writing style is quiet, but there is a big intellect and a very friendly guy behind those posts. Raphy developed numerous uses of the PI that nobody else seems to have thought of and taught me a lot over the last several years. We also engaged in countless interesting and useful baseball discussions.
  • Finally, there are of course all of you readers out there, without whom this blog would have been pointless. Your contributions are nearly beyond measure, and I have very much enjoyed developing virtual relationships with many of you over the past several years. There are too many of you to name individually, but I really appreciated the different perspectives from our group.

So I find myself without a baseball home on the internet. If you might be interested in having me contribute content, or if you just think I should check out some other site out there, please don't hesitate to drop me an email at andy ( at ) baseball ( dash )  reference ( dot ) com

Farewell and thanks!

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B-R Blog End of Season

Posted by Sean Forman on November 1, 2011

One of the tough parts of running a business is deciding when to put more effort into something and when to not. After a lot of internal debate, we've decided to stop posting editorial content on the B-R blog.

This obviously has nothing to do with the quality of the content produced by our writers (Andy, Steve, Raphy, John, or Neil or any of the guest writers). Their posts were phenomenal. I always looked forward to their posts and know you did to. A big thanks to them for making this such a vital place for baseball discussion and analysis. As a small company, focus is vital for our success, and we are choosing to focus our energy on pumping out as much statistical baseball data as possible and that means cutting back in other areas.

None of the existing content is going to go away. We'll keep it up here for as long as the site is open (which we intend to be a very long time). If our writers should end up writing at new venues, we'll certainly post links to their new addresses here.

As best I can tell we've had a blog in one form or the other for eleven years now dating back nearly as far as weblogs as a form and the website itself (see outside the box on the front page from Dec. 2, 2000, First post on A-Rod signing with Texas). It's been a tough decision, but we really like baseball data and want to focus ourselves more there.

Lastly, thank you most of all for your patronage as our readers.

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Tony LaRussa retires

Posted by Andy on October 31, 2011

I hope we can all be half as successful as Tony LaRussa, who just announced his intent to retire.

He won 3 World Series championships and 3 more pennants and he managed in every single season from 1979 to 2011.

It's certainly interesting--LaRussa got a lot of heat this post-season for some gaffes (most notably having the wrong guy warming in the bullpen)--and I suppose it makes a lot of sense for him to go out on top.

Congrats, Tony, to a wonderful career!

Now here's an interesting thought--if you are a prime managerial candidate, are you more interested in Boston, St. Louis, or Chicago Cubs (if they replace Quade)?

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Happy Halloween!

Posted by Andy on October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween to those of you celebrating today.

Some associations:

Orange and black

Candy

Ghost

Trick or treat

Witch

Broom

Cat

Mask

Fog

Fear

Boo!

and, of course, everybody's favorite:

Young, Frank, and Stynes (Reds' starting outfield)

I'm sure you can come up with some more, right?

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Pitching In 5+ Games Within Single World Series

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 30, 2011

We had five guys join the club in this past World Series -

Rk Player Year #Matching   W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 Darold Knowles 1973 7 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 0 2 6.1 4 0 0 5 5 1.42
2 Tim Worrell 2002 6 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 3.18 0 0 0 0 5.2 4 2 1 1 4 0.88
3 Felix Rodriguez 2002 6 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.76 0 0 0 0 5.2 4 3 2 1 3 0.88
4 Dan Quisenberry 1980 6 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 5.23 0 0 0 1 10.1 10 6 0 3 0 1.26
5 Alexi Ogando 2011 6 Ind. Games 0 0   10.12 0 0 0 0 2.2 7 3 1 7 3 5.25
6 Rollie Fingers 1972 6 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 1.74 0 0 0 2 10.1 4 2 0 4 11 0.77
7 Rollie Fingers 1973 6 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 0.66 0 0 0 2 13.2 13 1 0 4 8 1.24
8 Hugh Casey 1947 6 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.87 0 0 0 1 10.1 5 1 0 1 3 0.58
9 Pedro Borbon 1972 6 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 3.86 0 0 0 0 7.0 7 3 0 2 4 1.29
10 John Wetteland 1996 5 Ind. Games 0 0   2.08 0 0 0 4 4.1 4 1 0 1 6 1.15
11 Kent Tekulve 1979 5 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 2.89 0 0 0 3 9.1 4 3 0 3 10 0.75
12 Julian Tavarez 1995 5 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 0 0 4.1 3 0 0 2 1 1.15
13 Mike Stanton 1991 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 0 0 0 0 7.1 5 0 0 2 7 0.95
14 Mike Stanton 2001 5 Ind. Games 0 0   3.18 0 0 0 0 5.2 3 2 0 1 3 0.71
15 Bob Stanley 1986 5 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 0 1 6.1 5 0 0 1 4 0.95
16 Deacon Phillippe 1903 5 Ind. Games 3 2 .600 3.07 5 5 0 0 44.0 38 15 0 3 22 0.93
17 Jason Motte 2011 5 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 6.23 0 0 0 1 4.1 4 3 1 1 1 1.15
18 Jose Mesa 1997 5 Ind. Games 0 0   5.40 0 0 0 1 5.0 10 3 0 1 5 2.20
19 Tug McGraw 1973 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 2.63 0 0 0 1 13.2 8 4 0 9 14 1.24
20 Will McEnaney 1975 5 Ind. Games 0 0   2.70 0 0 0 1 6.2 3 2 0 2 5 0.75
21 Roger McDowell 1986 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 4.91 0 0 0 0 7.1 10 4 0 6 2 2.18
22 Bob McClure 1982 5 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 4.15 0 0 0 2 4.1 5 2 0 3 5 1.85
23 Mike Marshall 1974 5 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 1.00 0 0 0 1 9.0 6 1 1 1 10 0.78
24 Ryan Madson 2009 5 Ind. Games 0 0   2.08 0 0 0 1 4.1 6 1 0 2 6 1.85
25 Lance Lynn 2011 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 6.35 0 0 0 0 5.2 7 4 2 3 4 1.76
26 Scott Feldman 2011 5 Ind. Games 0 0   9.00 0 0 0 0 5.0 5 5 0 6 2 2.20
27 Rawly Eastwick 1975 5 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 2.25 0 0 0 1 8.0 6 2 2 3 4 1.13
28 Octavio Dotel 2011 5 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.91 0 0 0 0 3.2 3 2 0 1 5 1.09
29 Brendan Donnelly 2002 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 0 0 0 0 7.2 1 0 0 4 6 0.65
30 Clay Carroll 1972 5 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 1.59 0 0 0 1 5.2 6 1 0 4 3 1.76
31 Clay Carroll 1975 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 3.18 0 0 0 0 5.2 4 2 1 2 3 1.06
32 Hank Behrman 1947 5 Ind. Games 0 0   7.11 0 0 0 0 6.1 9 5 0 5 3 2.21
33 Paul Assenmacher 1997 5 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 0 0 4.0 5 0 0 0 6 1.25
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/30/2011.

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Amazing we haven't seen someone do all seven games since 1973 - given the way relief pitchers, especially LOOGY's, are used today.

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Most Rings Since American “I’ll Never Forget Where I Was When” Moments

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 29, 2011

How many teams have won 4+ World Series rings since the assassination of John F. Kennedy? That would be just the Yankees (7), Cardinals (5) and the A's (4). Honorable Mention to the Dodgers, Orioles and Reds who won 3 each since 1964.

How many teams have won 2+ World Series rings since the September 11 Attacks (in 2001)?  That would be just the Cardinals (2) and the Red Sox (2).

When it comes to the last half-century or so, Cardinals fans have a right to tell the rest of the world "Count the rings!," don't they?

82 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Most anticipated off-season issues

Posted by Andy on October 29, 2011

Well, well, well....another season has come and gone. Congrats to the Cardinals, the one team I said we couldn't make an excellent argument for winning the World Series. Right again.

As we head into the off-season, I'm curious to hear what issues you are most interested in.

Here are a few possibilities:

  • Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder: two big first basemen who may be switching teams. There were a lot of rumors about Pujols going to the Cubs, and with all the changes in that organization, I wouldn't be surprised to see them make a big splash of that type. It's hard to imagine Phat Albert wearing blue, though.
  • Playoffs: it seems likely that a second wild-card playoff spot will be added, and perhaps the leagues will be re-aligned (although the re-alignment part definitely cannot happen for 2012 since there's not enough time to re-work the schedule.)
  • Jamie Moyer: he turns 49 next month and is rehabbing to attempt to return to the majors. Will he do it, with the Phillies or at all?
  • Who might retire this off-season? Newly-crowned champion Arthur Rhodes? Other possibilities include Jason Giambi, Ivan Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Tim Wakefield, Omar Vizquel, and Jim Thome if he can't find a team.
  • What will happen with the Red Sox? Right now they seem like a team in turmoil, but in truth they were a team with high expectations in 2011 that missed the playoffs by one game. I'm not sure that all the rumored stuff--beer & chicken in the clubhouse, a manager with marital and substance abuse issues, some players that aren't gamers, a back-stabbing ownership--aren't quite common with most teams. With John Lackey out of the picture for 2012, it may just be a quiet winter for this team once they hire a new manager.
  • CC Sabathia: he'll almost certainly opt out of his contract. If he leaves, the Yankees' rotation is in shambles. Last year they got huge surprise contributions from Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon--that cannot be expected again. That leaves them with Ivan Nova, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, and...? I hear the Red Sox are in the market for a starter, and CC didn't look slim in those pinstripes.

What else is going on this off-season? Which big issues are most interesting to you? If you are a fan of a particular team, I'd like to hear about your particular concerns for that team.

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