Comments on: Who might play in all 162 games (or more) this year? http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15262 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/15262/comment-page-1#comment-157175 Sat, 24 Sep 2011 20:31:25 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15262#comment-157175 @56 - Yes, I know. But I brought it up because outside of this group, this is not the type of thing that would be well-known.

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By: Brendan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15262/comment-page-1#comment-157096 Sat, 24 Sep 2011 17:08:46 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15262#comment-157096 @55

The answer is in comment #2.

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15262/comment-page-1#comment-156873 Sat, 24 Sep 2011 03:38:38 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15262#comment-156873 Ah, yes, one of my favorite trivia questions:

Who led American League shortstops in games played in 1986? And the person who did this did not share this lead.

Casual baseball fans will possibly know that Cal Ripken played in every game for a long period of time, including 1986, and that he played shortstop, so "obviously" he is the answer to this question.

As for that 9/14/1987 game, the reason I've heard for his removal from the game is that his father, Cal Sr., who was the Orioles' manager at the time, took him out of the game so that he wouldn't feel the pressure of also having to keep a consecutive innings streak going as well as the consecutive games streak.

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By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15262/comment-page-1#comment-156813 Sat, 24 Sep 2011 00:03:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15262#comment-156813 @36.

Playing every inning of the season, by searching for teams having only one player playing a given position.

Shockingly easy using Play Index. Here they are by position, since 1901.
- C - never done, unsurprisingly
- 1B - 35 teams, 32 before 1950. Last was 2003 Brewers, Richie Sexson.
- 2B - 11 teams, 10 before 1950. Last was 1955 Cubs, Gene Baker.
- 3B - 15 teams, 10 before 1950. Last was 1995 Tigers, Travis Fryman.
- SS - 20 teams, 15 before 1950. Last was 1986 Orioles, Cal Ripken.
- LF - 9 teams, all before 1950. Last was 1949 Phillies, Del Ennis
- CF - 15 teams, 13 before 1950. Last was 2004 Marlins, Juan Pierre
- RF - 9 teams, all before 1950. Last was 1947 Giants, Willard Marshall

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15262/comment-page-1#comment-156719 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 19:04:38 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15262#comment-156719 What? The 13th was an off day and he still came out of the game early on the 14th??

The O's had just finished a three-game series in Boston. I figured Ripken might have stayed over an extra day to run the Boston Marathon, but it's always held in April.

That 9/14/87 game was the one in which O's pitchers surrendered 10 home runs, a record that still stands. If I'd stood around in cold Canadian weather to see that debacle after making it through 8,263 consecutive less-discouraging innings, I'd probably have opted to grab a little pine too.

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By: JayKibler http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15262/comment-page-1#comment-156716 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 18:52:55 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15262#comment-156716 What? The 13th was an off day and he still came out of the game early on the 14th?? What a slacker. There aren't enough superlatives to describe what Cal means to the game, and I'm not even an Orioles fan. If it weren't him and the streak, MLB would have had a MUCH tougher time winning the fans back after the '94 debacle. The fact that he's a classy individual as well just adds to the mystique.

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15262/comment-page-1#comment-156706 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 18:42:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15262#comment-156706 Cal Ripken Jr. played every inning of the first 142 games and in the team's 143rd game of the season on 9/14/87, after batting in the 8th, he was lifted (injury?) defensively, and replaced by current Rangers manager Ron Washington.

I think he came out of the 9/14/87 game because his team was trailing 18-3 in the top of the ninth, en route to its seventh straight loss.

So, from 6/5/82 to 9/13/87, Cal Ripken played every inning of 903 consecutive games.

9/13/87 was an off day for the Orioles, but your point stands, Jay. My rough calculation is that Ripken's 903-game every-inning streak, plus the first eight innings of the 9/14/87 game, covered 8,263 innings. Iron, or titanium?

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By: Jeremy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15262/comment-page-1#comment-156703 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 18:30:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15262#comment-156703 Is there anywhere to look to see who currently has the longest active games played streak? I seem to remember looking at a list years ago on players who had streaks over 500. The only person who was on there twice (I believe) was Charlie Hustle.

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By: Lawrence Azrin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15262/comment-page-1#comment-156598 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:44:12 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15262#comment-156598 @46/ Steve Says: "Only catchers and pitchers(and of course banged up players) need time off in baseball."

Steve - in other words, by the end of the year, pretty much anyone who plays regularly...

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By: JayKibler http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15262/comment-page-1#comment-156596 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:41:55 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15262#comment-156596 I know that we all know how amazing Cal Ripken was, but am I the only one that is STILL impressed by the fact that even though he only played every inning of every game four times during the streak, those four times were in consecutive years (1983-1986)?

So, I got curious and checked out '82 and '87 to see how many games on either side of those four seasons he played. On 6/4/82, he was pinch hit for in the top of the 9th inning by Jim Dwyer in a game the Orioles lost, so he played all 8 innings in the field. Before that, the last time he didn't play the field was when he sat out the second game of a doubleheader on May 29, 1982, which of course, was the last game he sat out until September of '98.

So after he was pinch hit for, he played every inning of the last 114 games in 1982. Then, 1983-162, 1984-162, 1985-161, 1986- 162. In '87, he played every inning of the first 142 games and in the team's 143rd game of the season on 9/14/87, after batting in the 8th, he was lifted (injury?) defensively, and replaced by current Rangers manager Ron Washington.

So, from 6/5/82 to 9/13/87, Cal Ripken played every inning of 903 consecutive games. I mean, I don't take sick days either, but that is just unfathomable...

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