Comments on: Catcher Alex Avila has a 2-Triple Game http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673/comment-page-1#comment-120171 Sun, 12 Jun 2011 03:37:14 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11673#comment-120171 Johnny T -- If you must post such graphic images, for cripes' sake, put up a "viewer discretion" warning. Think of the children! That medallion is now seared into my retinas....

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673/comment-page-1#comment-120140 Sun, 12 Jun 2011 01:36:44 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11673#comment-120140 I recally during his playing days writers (Roger Angell was one) commented on his wearing flashy clothes.

Hawk? Never!
http://legendsrevealed.com/sports/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/harrelson.jpg

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By: Richard Chester http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673/comment-page-1#comment-120078 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 20:24:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11673#comment-120078 @59

I found the names of two players with 400+ PA who had fewer walks than Griffin. They were Ossee Schrecongost with 3 in 1905 and Whitey Alperman with 2 in 1909. Andy Kosco had 1 walk with 228 PA in1970. For most PA without a walk I found to be Ed Walsh with 156 PA in 1907.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673/comment-page-1#comment-120034 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:37:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11673#comment-120034 @57, Neil L. -- I have a soft spot for the Jays and the O's, given the competition in the AL East.

Regarding 4-walk games by Toronto shortstops ... would you believe, Alfredo Griffin and Rance Mulliniks? Griffin, who did it in his ROY '79 season, later had a whole season in which he drew just 4 walks, in over 400 PAs (1984).

Mulliniks, who was primarily a 3B, did it in 1983, when he played only 15 games at SS. He was a darn good hitter from '83 through '88, with a combined 124 OPS+ and .374 OBP. It helped that he had platoon-mate Garth Iorg to face the lefties.

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By: nesnhab http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673/comment-page-1#comment-119950 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:58:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11673#comment-119950 @38 Funny you should call Hawk Harrelson the "opposite of metrosexual."

I recally during his playing days writers (Roger Angell was one) commented on his wearing flashy clothes.

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By: Neil L. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673/comment-page-1#comment-119783 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 00:12:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11673#comment-119783 @30
JA, thanks for the sympathy on last night's Tor/KC result. Is there any story in baseball that you miss? 🙂

Sure couldn't be Tony Fernandez!

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673/comment-page-1#comment-119781 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 23:57:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11673#comment-119781 @55, Timmy P. -- Thanks ... and thanks!

That was a bomb by Berkman. It made me think of Heywoud Broun's famous description of a Babe Ruth WS moon shot:

"The ball started climbing from the moment it left the plate. It was a pop fly with a brand new gland and, though it flew high, it also flew far."

(That was the column that featured the classic opening, "The Ruth is mighty and shall prevail.")
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug02/yeung/baberuth/broun.html

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By: Timmy p http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673/comment-page-1#comment-119772 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 23:02:12 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11673#comment-119772 @46 John Autin - keep up the great work!
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_06_09_slnmlb_houmlb_1&mode=video

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By: Cap http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673/comment-page-1#comment-119765 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 22:22:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11673#comment-119765 Avila is a fan favorite in Detroit. He should make the ASG.

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By: BalBurgh http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11673/comment-page-1#comment-119624 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 18:20:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11673#comment-119624 @49 John / @50 JT, You may be right about the thumb but I lost track of such details as I moved away from Pgh in '02. His rate stats were career bests the year he got hurt (naturally there is no guarantee he keeps it up for the whole year), his dWAR was comparatively good for him, and even though his line looks decent the following year his stolen base % never recovered nor did his throwing out of baserunners.

IMO he was just never quite the same.

BTW he and Brian Giles were both set up with similar contracts at the same time, with some convincing from a dying Willie Stargell who let them know that if they stayed in town they would be remembered and loved forever there--which I believe would have been true if they had won anything. That, of course, wasn't going to happen given the aforementioned atrocious management. As an individual move I don't believe the contracts were a bad idea, they just weren't effective in context.

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