Comments on: Most HR In 1st 6 Games Of Season Since 1919 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Michael http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544/comment-page-1#comment-103684 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 01:22:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10544#comment-103684 Cruz now has 4 homers in the first 4 games!

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By: ctorg http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544/comment-page-1#comment-103571 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:45:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10544#comment-103571 Interestingly, Nelson Cruz had 4 HR in his first six games last year and has 3 already this year.

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By: Larry R. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544/comment-page-1#comment-103567 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:28:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10544#comment-103567 Poor Billy Williams. He wakes up to check the morning paper after 6 games and sees he's second in the league with 5 HRs in '64.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544/comment-page-1#comment-103522 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 02:46:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10544#comment-103522 So, now we know why Babe Ruth wasn't able to sock that HR record away to an unreachable level. In his 16 years as an everyday player, he hit a total of 24 HRs in the first 6 games of the season, out of a total of 80 games in which he had at least 2 PAs -- an average of just 0.3 HR per game.

In that same span, Ruth hit averaged 0.32 HR per game when he got at least 2 PAs (687 HRs in 2,159 G).

Why, if the big galoot had taken opening week seriously, he would have finished with 716 HRs!

I'm kidding, of course, but April truly was Ruth's worst month, by far. In the 17 years for which we have splits, he hit just .323/.459/.655 over 169 games. In those years overall, he hit .346/.481/.705. In July alone (472 games), he hit .369/.498/.728

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By: BSK http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544/comment-page-1#comment-103518 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 02:07:05 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10544#comment-103518 Chris Shelton, largely because I had actually drafted him in fantasy before the season because I think he had a hot spring training or something, tried to aggressively shop him, failed, and ultimately got nothing except the hot start and dismal month that followed.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544/comment-page-1#comment-103473 Sun, 03 Apr 2011 20:08:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10544#comment-103473 @2 -- Lou Brock wasn't a slugger, but he was no slapper either. He hit 21 HRs in '67, and averaged 14 a year over the 7 years 1964-70, hitting at least 12 in 6 of those seasons. In '68, when he hit only 6 HRs, he led the majors with 46 doubles and 14 triples.

With 149 career HRs, Brock ranks 44th in MLB in power-speed number

BTW, Brock in '67 was the first player ever with at least 20 HRs and 50 SB, a feat achieved by only 10 players in modern history.

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By: steven http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544/comment-page-1#comment-103407 Sun, 03 Apr 2011 08:05:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10544#comment-103407 I remember Brock's homer-happy first week of the 1967 season. The Cardinals won their first six games that year. That week also saw Larry Jaster finally give up a run to the Dodgers, after shutting them out five times in 1966. I was in the fourth grade, and heard it all on KMOX radio, courtesy of Harry Caray and Jack Buck.

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By: Scott H http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544/comment-page-1#comment-103395 Sun, 03 Apr 2011 05:47:57 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10544#comment-103395 Chris Shelton's sticks out. I'll never forget his hot start before he fell back into obscurity.

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By: oneblankspace http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544/comment-page-1#comment-103376 Sun, 03 Apr 2011 02:32:55 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10544#comment-103376 The expanded version of the table stopped at 300. I wonder if any player alphabetically before Baker had 3 HR in his team's first six games. If the list is shortened to the first three team games, this list would be rearranged (I was at the end of the game where Fernando Tatis extended his HR streak to 3 games in 1999, so I missed the homer. Darn 12:30 start!)

It was during McGwire's 4-game HR streak to open the '98 season that I started listening to baseball regularly again.

@6: According to his player page and game log here, Schmidt hit 4 in game 5, an 18-16 extra inning win over Chicago (out of the #6 slot in the order!). It was his only 3-homer game of the season and started a 4-game homerun streak that included career homerun #100. He finished April with 11 HR in 14 GP, and hit another on May 1 (first game).

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By: cubbies http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10544/comment-page-1#comment-103371 Sun, 03 Apr 2011 01:48:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10544#comment-103371 chris sheltons caused the "who is this guy and why is he so good??" quote to go around for like a month, until he returned to his regular below average self

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