Comments on: Kelly Johnson, Robinson Cano, and most HR by a 2B http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/5686 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Gerry http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/5686/comment-page-1#comment-17011 Sat, 01 May 2010 01:59:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=5686#comment-17011 The Polo Grounds was ultra-deep in many directions, but had some of the shortest foul lines in baseball. Look at Mel Ott's home/road HR splits. If you're trying to avoid Home Run Derby, what you want is a reincarnation of Griffiths Stadium in DC.

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By: Phil Haberkorn http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/5686/comment-page-1#comment-16993 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 22:02:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=5686#comment-16993 Interesting that the entire "Top Ten" occurred during the steroid era, but half of them after MLB started "cracking down" on the steroid problem with drug tests and suspensions. I think it's more likely that they're just feasting on minor-league quality pitching, but you might check on how many times the wind was blowing out, and whether they are playing in more hitter-friendly newer parks. I almost wish somebody would build a modern version of the Polo Grounds, just to get to playing baseball instead of Home Run Derby. . . . .

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By: Baseball In-Depth http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/5686/comment-page-1#comment-16982 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 20:34:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=5686#comment-16982 The record for most HR in a single season by a 2nd Baseman is only 43 by Davey Johnson in 1973. Chase Utley could clearly take a run at that every year. I don't see Cano or Johnson hitting 43 home runs, but they're in a nice groove right now, so it might be possible.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/5686/comment-page-1#comment-16980 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 20:21:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=5686#comment-16980 ahh "with eight homers" makes a little difference 🙂

I don't think there is a way to search for performance in given months. Splits are available so you can look it up for any given player, but I don't think there is any way to search all players on splits.

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By: jon http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/5686/comment-page-1#comment-16976 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:17:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=5686#comment-16976 I read it on ESPN; they didn't really give their method's for selection. It's also possible I misread, as I went back and checked the exact line:
Can Robinson Cano become the first Yankee to hit .400 with eight homers in April? Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle never did it.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/5686/comment-page-1#comment-16975 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:10:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=5686#comment-16975 Joe Gordon came to mind as a guy from the missing years who might have bested Utley if he got off to a quick start one season. But from skimming his HR log, it doesn't look like he ever came close. Incidentally, I wonder if there is some way the HR log could be integrated into the PI, so you could still do HR-oriented searches during the "missing" seasons, since that data is here.

That's very surprising no other Yankee has ever hit .400 in April. The season used to start later -- Ruth or Gehrig or even some lesser light never hit .400 over the first 10-15 games? ...... aha, first guy I checked: Ruth hit .439 in April 1921 (12 games). Maybe whatever source you got that from was using some minimum G or PA which he couldn't reach.

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By: jon http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/5686/comment-page-1#comment-16974 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:01:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=5686#comment-16974 That's pretty impressive for both Johnson and Cano. On the topic of Cano, he has the chance to be the first Yankee to hit .400+ for the month of April. Is there any way to see other players with .400+ Aprils? Sort of an interesting historical comparison I guess.

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