Comments on: Greatest birthday performances from the last 20 years http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794/comment-page-1#comment-87908 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 21:41:09 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9794#comment-87908 Billy Herman . . . played in 4 World Series in a 10-year span (1932, '35, '38, '41), and came out on the losing end each time.

File this under "Life as a Cub," with a cross-reference to "Damn Yankees."

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By: Paul http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794/comment-page-1#comment-87897 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 21:30:12 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9794#comment-87897 Regarding the "Age 42" Paul Molitor at bat: As I recall, the bunt caught everyone by surprise and Molitor got to first easily. I was only 10 at the time, but I still remember it pretty clearly. One of the most exciting and memorable finishes to a game I've ever seen.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794/comment-page-1#comment-87650 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:28:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9794#comment-87650 On his 26th birthday in the 1936 All-Star Game, future Hall of Fame 2B Billy Herman went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NLS/NLS193607070.shtml

The All-Star Game was played on Herman's birthday the next year; Herman was chosen to start the game again, batted #2 in the order again, and again he had 2 hits.

P.S. Billy Herman played in 10 straight All-Star Games (1934-43) and went 13 for 30, a .433 average -- yet he never drove in a run.

He also played in 4 World Series in a 10-year span (1932, '35, '38, '41), and came out on the losing end each time.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794/comment-page-1#comment-87156 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 03:39:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9794#comment-87156 July 23, 2002: On his 28th birthday, Nomar Garciaparra hit 3 HRs and drove in 8 as the Red Sox harpooned the Devil Rays, 22-4. Boston trailed 4-0 after 2 innings, but scored 16 in the 3rd & 4th frames and held on for the win. Nomar hit all 3 HRs in those 2 innings.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BOS/BOS200207231.shtml

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By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794/comment-page-1#comment-87021 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:33:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9794#comment-87021 In case anyone is curious, here are the batters who played on a teen birthday 1950-2010. The highest WPA was .001

Rk Player Age Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS WPA ▾ RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
1 Dave Duncan 19.000 1964-09-26 KCA CHW L 2-5 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.001 -0.169 1.062 8 C
3 Frank Zupo 18.000 1957-08-29 BAL CLE L 4-13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 -0.097 .000 9 PH C
4 Tom Carroll 19.000 1955-09-17 NYY BOS W 4-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 1 PR
5 Bob Miller 19.000 1954-07-15 (1) DET BOS L 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 9 P
6 Von McDaniel 19.000 1958-04-18 STL CHC L 6-11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 9 P
7 Larry Dierker 18.000 1964-09-22 HOU SFG L 1-7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.008 -0.087 .330 9 P
8 Harmon Killebrew 19.000 1955-06-29 WSH BOS L 5-7 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.012 0.308 .830 7 3B
9 Alex Rodriguez 19.000 1994-07-27 SEA DET L 1-3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.067 -0.659 .840 9 SS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/31/2011.
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By: Brian http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794/comment-page-1#comment-86999 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:12:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9794#comment-86999 I was at the game the night after Austin Kearns' 23rd birthday (5/21/2003). Kearns went 2-5, with 2 doubles and 3 RBI and the Reds beat the Braves 9-3. Also, Fat Ray King sat on Kearns' shoulder on a play at the plate, effectively destroying his career. To that point in his career, Kearns had played 152 games, and was hitting .313/.410/.530 with 26 HR and 100 RBI.

Oh, what might have been.

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By: Gerry http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794/comment-page-1#comment-86996 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:06:05 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9794#comment-86996 Al Simmons holds the career record for most home runs hit by a player on his birthday, with 5.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794/comment-page-1#comment-86945 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:01:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9794#comment-86945 @30, Shazbot: No, the WPA for baserunner advancement on a batter out is credited to the batter. A baserunner only gets credit when the batter was not involved in the play.

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By: Shazbot http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794/comment-page-1#comment-86942 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:56:24 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9794#comment-86942 Is it crediting him for moving to third on the first out?

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9794/comment-page-1#comment-86911 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:11:45 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9794#comment-86911 Henderson receives the WPA credit for his own advancement on the wild pitch AND that of the trailing runner, who advanced from 2nd to 3rd with 1 out.

I understand that, but we know the entire play adds up to about 29% increase in win probability. Henderson gets credit for all the baserunner advancement, but we know the walk can't be worth more than a couple negative points. Plug the numbers in here: http://www.hardballtimes.com/thtstats/other/wpa_inquirer.php

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