Comments on: Ben Zobrist just set the Rays’ single-game RBI mark http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891/comment-page-1#comment-109238 Sun, 01 May 2011 00:04:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10891#comment-109238 Joseph, I think that's been covered here before. Voting rules weren't as codified in the '50s. Some people would vote for players before they had been retired 5 years, or sometimes even before retiring. As is, DiMaggio was elected sooner after his retirement than all but 2-3 players in history.

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By: Joseph http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891/comment-page-1#comment-109196 Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:08:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10891#comment-109196 @16 John: I just looked at the game logs for Lazzeri and it shows that he had zero RBI on May 20 and May 25 and that he played 2B each game. I'm guessing that the record is 18 in five games. Interesting that he had 8 HR's by May 24 and only hit 6 more the entire year. Quite a lineup to have a guy with .397 OBP batting in the eighth spot.

All kinds of interesting reminders in the 1936 NYY lineup. I didn't know that DiMaggio wasn't a first ballot HOF inductee.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891/comment-page-1#comment-109105 Sat, 30 Apr 2011 06:31:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10891#comment-109105 @15, Joseph -- I don't know the 5-game record for a 2B, but Tony Lazzeri had 18 RBI in a 4-game stretch, May 21-24, 1936. That streak included 7 HRs, and culminated in his (longtime record) 11-RBI, 3-HR game on May 24.

BTW, Lazzeri batted 8th in all those games.

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By: Joseph http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891/comment-page-1#comment-109027 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 22:29:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10891#comment-109027 Anybody know if a 2nd baseman has ever had 18 RBI in five games?

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By: jiffy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891/comment-page-1#comment-108948 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:19:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10891#comment-108948 So glad I put him in my fantasy lineup yesterday

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By: Evil Squirrel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891/comment-page-1#comment-108868 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 05:15:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10891#comment-108868 @9

I was bragging on J.R. Towles' feat here a few weeks ago in reply to another blog post (I was there, it was cool to see).

What makes it even more special is that it was his 6th career game, and he sets a record for a franchise that had existed for 45 years.... too bad his career hasn't really panned out....

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891/comment-page-1#comment-108858 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 04:19:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10891#comment-108858 Obviously Cleveland can't compete without a new stadium. Get on it Seligula!

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891/comment-page-1#comment-108857 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 04:14:03 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10891#comment-108857 The Mariners finished off a 3-game sweep of Detroit.
They scored at least 7 runs in all 3 games -- their first such streak since August 2008.
Rookie SP Michael Pineda fanned 9 and is now 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA.
He's the first Mariner ever to start and win 4 of his first 5 career games. He lost his debut, but has won his last 4 starts. He's also the first Mariner to begin his career with 5 straight quality starts.
Pineda has not allowed a HR in his 31.1 IP.

A couple of Tigers are off to miserable starts:
Magglio Ordonez is 10 for 58 with 1 RBI.
Austin Jackson is hitting .167 (16-96) with 31 Ks in 25 games, giving him 201 Ks in 176 career games.

For the 3rd straight day, Cleveland won at home -- and drew less than 10,000 fans. You can't blame the fans for being a little skeptical after the last few years, but those who stay away are missing a helluva show. Cleveland is 10-2 at home, winning their last 10 straight, but they've averaged just over 10,000 per game during that streak.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891/comment-page-1#comment-108853 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 03:47:17 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10891#comment-108853 Zobrist's final line for the nightcap: 3 for 4, 3 runs, 2 RBI, 1 double, 1 HR.
For the doubleheader: 7 for 10, 5 runs, 10 RBI, 3 doubles, 2 HRs.

Zobrist now has 5 straight multi-RBI games, tying the franchise record set by Jose Canseco in 1999. The longest such streak in the last decade was 7 games, by Kevin Mench in 2006. Zobrist has 4 HRs and 18 rib-eyes in his streak.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10891/comment-page-1#comment-108852 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 03:34:05 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10891#comment-108852 Actually, by expansion team standards, the Rays' new franchise record is perfectly respectable. The Marlins, Royals and Brewers still have 7 as their record; the latter 2 teams have been around since '69. Five teams besides the Rays have 8 as their high mark.

Here are the single-game RBI records for the expansion franchises, in chronological order by when the team began:

Angels (1961)-- 10, Garrett Anderson, 2007.
Rangers/Senators II (1961) -- 9, Ivan Rodriguez, 1999.
Mets (1962)-- 9, Carlos Delgado, 2008.
Astros (1962) -- 8, J.R. Towles (?!?), 2007.
Nationals/Expos (1969) -- 8, Josh Willingham, 2009; Tim Wallach, 1990; Andre Dawson, 1985; Chris Speier 1982.
Padres (1969) -- 8, Ken Caminiti, 1995; Nate Colbert, 1972 .
Brewers/Pilots (1969) -- 7, Damian Miller, 2007; Richie Sexson, 2002; Jose Hernandez, 2001; Ted Kubiak, 1970.
Royals (1969) -- 7, by 10 different players; Bo Jackson did it twice; Jose Guillen was the latest, in 2008.
Blue Jays (1977) -- 9, Roy Howell, 1977.
Mariners (1977) -- 8, Mike Cameron, 2001; Mike Blowers, 1995; Alvin Davis, 1986.
Rockies (1993) -- 8, Matt Holliday, 2005; Ronnie Belliard, 2003; Larry Walker, 1999; Andres Galarraga, 1996.
Marlins (1993) -- 7, Cody Ross, 2006; Gary Sheffield, 1995; Greg Colbrunn, 1995.
Diamondbacks (1998) -- 9, Erubial Durazo, 2002.
Rays (1998) -- 8, Ben Zobrist, 2011.

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