Comments on: On Base 4+ Times In Game 1 – Three Times Or More http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476/comment-page-1#comment-102978 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 01:45:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10476#comment-102978 Wow, Danny Tartabull actually accomplished something that could be considered positive during his brief, career-ending stint with the Phillies at the beginning of 1997! Without those two Opening Day walks, he would not have made that second list!

Two other guys who played for the Phillies near the end of their careers (well, for one of them, we THOUGHT it was near the end), Jim Thome and Dale Murphy, are also on the list. Murphy either didn't play or didn't walk on Opening Day with the Phillies in 1991 and 1992 (and with Colorado in 1993), so all of those walks are from his Atlanta years. Thome got walks on Opening Day in two of his three Phillies seasons, 2003 and 2005.

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By: Tmckelv http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476/comment-page-1#comment-102921 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:42:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10476#comment-102921 Joe Girardi 🙂

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By: Johnny http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476/comment-page-1#comment-102781 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 05:30:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10476#comment-102781 I remember Sheff on 2008 opening day for the Tigers.

He didn't put a single ball in play: 4 walks and 1 strikeout in his 5 plate appearances.

He took some pitches on those walks that I couldn't believe he was confident enough (and had a good enough eye) to take.

The again he did walk 300 more times in his career than he struck out which is rare these days.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476/comment-page-1#comment-102771 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 04:26:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10476#comment-102771 I don't remember the Young game. I thought that was going to be a link to Chris Shelton. He hit 2 HR on Opening Day of '06, and 10 by April 28.

He has 8 HR since then.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476/comment-page-1#comment-102757 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 02:53:43 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10476#comment-102757 @6, Dr. Doom -- What Tigers fan could forget Dmitri's big game? What I can't quite recall is the formula for converting home runs off Jose Lima into "real" dingers....

🙂

Just kidding -- I love Da Meat Hook. Young was one of the few bright spots in a very dark stretch for Detroit. In 2003, when they lost 119 games, Dmitri Young was the only truly good hitter on the club, with a 144 OPS+ (next-best was 108); he led the club in every significant counting stat and rate stat, except for steals. It's too bad he was injured most of 2006, missing one of the most sudden turnabouts ever -- from 71-91 to 95 wins and a near-sweep of the AL playoffs.

But that 2005 club -- have you ever seen a more generic starting rotation? The top 4 SPs (Jason Johnson, Mike Maroth, Nate Robertson and Jeremy Bonderman) all pitched 189-210 innings with a WHIP from 1.354 to 1.368 and an ERA+ from 90 to 95 -- the only modern team with 4 qualifying pitchers clustered in that tight range. All four had good control (no more than 3 BB/9) but allowed plenty of hits; none averaged 7 K/9.

One year later, the Tigers signed Kenny Rogers and brought up Justin Verlander, and produced the best pitching in baseball, with a 119 ERA+.

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By: Dr. Doom http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476/comment-page-1#comment-102730 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 23:59:39 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10476#comment-102730 Anyone remember this game?

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET200504040.shtml

Maybe the best ever opening-day game for a hitter. And Da Meat Hook, of all people!

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By: dukeofflatbush http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476/comment-page-1#comment-102724 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 23:27:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10476#comment-102724 Looks like Bagwell had one swing opening day.

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By: LJF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476/comment-page-1#comment-102716 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:38:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10476#comment-102716 Corey Patterson started on opening day 6 times in his career (also played once s a defensive replacement) and 3 of those six times he was on base 4 times. One other game he was 1 for 3 plus a BB and a HBP, scored twice and hit a home run.

In his first 4 opening day starts (2002-20065) he was 10 for 17 with a loine of .588/.682/1.235.

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By: DavidRF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476/comment-page-1#comment-102710 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:21:55 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10476#comment-102710 Much of Myer's totals come from three games. 1927 (4), 1931 (3), 1937 (3).

In 1937, the A's were walking everyone. 1927 is a fun box score:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/WS1/WS1192704120.shtml

Myer bats fifth, with four HOF-ers ahead of you in the lineup (well, three HOF players and one HOF-manager) and Myer is guy the Red Sox pitch around. 🙂 The Senators ended up trading Myer to the Red Sox for Topper Rigney three weeks later.

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By: Steve Lombardi http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10476/comment-page-1#comment-102702 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 21:43:51 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10476#comment-102702 Agreed. Still seems strange that teams didn't pound the strike zone on him - esp on Opening Day.

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