Comments on: The Joy of Needless Baseball Details – NYTimes.com http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Troy T http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548/comment-page-1#comment-164011 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 20:42:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15548#comment-164011 "I think I have a list of current active players who have only 1 circle for over a decade.
17 years: Jeter, Rivera
15 years: Todd Helton
11 years: Ichiro, Pujols, Brian Roberts, Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Zambrano"

In these current times where teams change uniform styles more frequently to generate the all important merchandise sale, this also speaks well for these player's organizations.

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By: Jeff J. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548/comment-page-1#comment-163273 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 18:55:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15548#comment-163273 "the Internet equivalent of a statue by the main gate."

But enough about Jeter's fielding 😉

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548/comment-page-1#comment-162696 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 20:43:53 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15548#comment-162696 I was wondering that too. Park pitched for the Mets in 2007, Hernández at the beginning of 2009. They have no other teams in common. Maybe one of them would settle for 62, or 16.

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By: Richard Chester http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548/comment-page-1#comment-162661 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 19:53:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15548#comment-162661 @31

I have no answer for your questions but I was wondering what would have happened if they both ended up on the same team at the same time.

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548/comment-page-1#comment-162587 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 17:20:57 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15548#comment-162587 Richard, I just thought it was pretty interesting that Hernández and Park both have worn the same unusual number, uninterruptedly, for so many teams. Why do both players like "61" so much? Why the strong attachment to what we think of as a spring-training number?

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By: Richard Chester http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548/comment-page-1#comment-162553 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:19:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15548#comment-162553 @29

Two more teams and Hernandez will match Gossage(@15).

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548/comment-page-1#comment-162541 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:03:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15548#comment-162541 The two players I've been able to find whose longest-worn uniform number equaled their career OPS+ are Fritz Peterson (19 OPS+), who wore 19 with the Yankees from 1967 to 1974 and with the Rangers in 1976, and Billy Pierce (also 19 OPS+), who wore 19 with the White Sox from 1951 to 1961.

Others who wore a uniform number equal to career OPS+ for more than a few games include Herm Wehmeier (#22 with the 1954-56 Phillies), Harry Gumbert (#19 with the 1942-44 Cardinals), Pat Malone (#18 with the 1933-34 Cubs), and Rube Walberg (#15 with the 1934-37 Red Sox).

Also, grab a look at Liván Hernández and Chan Ho Park's player pages. Don't you think all those colored-circle "61s" would make a great wallpaper pattern for a boy's room?

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By: Richard Chester http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548/comment-page-1#comment-162523 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:25:05 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15548#comment-162523 @23

In addition to Musial there are several players who wore one number for 20 or more years with the same team but have more than one circle due to uniform changes. These players include Tony Gwynn, Willie Stargell, Cal Ripken and Robin Yount.

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548/comment-page-1#comment-162493 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:45:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15548#comment-162493 AustynKC @3: Maybe it is just me, but this article is the exact reason I can spend hours on baseball-reference if I don't pay enough attention to the time.

Dude. It is so not just you.

From the article: Dan Johnson "has also picked up three circles for three uniform numbers in Tampa . . . [—] almost as many circles as doubles (four)."

This fact is not useless. I may not remember Dan Johnson at all if I don’t have this to hang my figurative hat on. As John notes in his post #1, "It's good to have a record of everything that happened, as near as possible. You never know what might be important later on, in some small way." By all means, compile the numbers, and let us stat freaks search them for patterns after the fact.

"If you have ever visited Baseball-Reference.com, you know that it is one of the greatest inventions of human history."

There you have it. Great lead, and the unvarnished truth.

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By: Jon http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15548/comment-page-1#comment-162437 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 13:01:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15548#comment-162437 I think I have a list of current active players who have only 1 circle for over a decade.

17 years: Jeter, Rivera
15 years: Todd Helton
11 years: Ichiro, Pujols, Brian Roberts, Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Zambrano

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