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Loney Snaps Homerless Streak: 45 Games, 161 At-Bats

Posted by John Autin on May 28, 2011

Dodgers 1B James Loney hit his 2nd HR of the year tonight, off Javier Vazquez.

What next? -- the McCourts reconcile?

Now that he's (ahem) "out of his slump," let's have a look at the worst qualifying seasons by a 1B in the live-ball era:

OPS+ of 75 or less by a qualifying 1B, 1920-2011

Rk Player OPS+ Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Ivy Griffin 47 1920 23 PHA AL 129 508 467 46 111 15 1 0 20 17 0 49 11 13 0 0 3 3 .238 .281 .274 .555 *3/4
2 Adam LaRoche 54 2011 31 WSN NL 43 177 151 15 26 4 0 3 15 25 0 37 0 0 1 2 1 0 .172 .288 .258 .546 *3
3 Johnny Walker 54 1921 24 PHA AL 112 443 423 41 109 14 5 2 46 9 0 29 3 8 0 0 5 0 .258 .278 .329 .607 *3/2
4 Howie Schultz 56 1947 24 TOT NL 116 430 404 30 90 19 1 6 35 21 0 70 1 4 0 11 0 0 .223 .263 .319 .582 *3
5 Johnny Sturm 58 1941 25 NYY AL 124 568 524 58 125 17 3 3 36 37 0 50 3 4 0 10 3 5 .239 .293 .300 .592 *3
6 Charlie Grimm 59 1920 21 PIT NL 148 581 533 38 121 13 7 2 54 30 0 40 4 14 0 0 7 8 .227 .273 .289 .562 *3
7 Buddy Hassett 60 1940 28 BSN NL 124 485 458 59 107 19 4 0 27 25 0 16 0 2 0 14 4 0 .234 .273 .293 .566 *39
8 Phil Todt 61 1927 25 BOS AL 140 571 516 55 122 22 6 6 52 28 0 23 3 24 0 0 6 2 .236 .280 .337 .617 *3
9 James Loney 63 2011 27 LAD NL 51 196 181 9 43 6 0 1 14 12 3 20 1 0 2 3 2 0 .238 .286 .287 .573 *3
10 Aubrey Huff 67 2011 34 SFG NL 48 199 181 13 39 10 0 4 23 15 3 41 0 0 3 8 2 1 .215 .271 .337 .608 *39/7
11 Ray Schmandt 67 1922 26 BRO NL 110 429 396 54 106 17 3 2 44 21 0 28 1 11 0 0 6 6 .268 .306 .341 .647 *3
12 Daric Barton 68 2011 25 OAK AL 48 207 175 20 36 11 0 0 12 28 3 35 2 0 2 4 1 1 .206 .319 .269 .587 *3
13 Jim Bottomley 68 1935 35 CIN NL 107 423 399 44 103 21 1 1 49 18 0 24 2 4 0 11 3 0 .258 .294 .323 .617 *3
14 Walter Holke 68 1921 28 BSN NL 150 621 579 60 151 15 10 3 63 17 0 41 2 23 0 0 8 11 .261 .284 .337 .621 *3
15 Pete Rose 69 1983 42 PHI NL 151 555 493 52 121 14 3 0 45 52 5 28 2 1 7 11 7 7 .245 .316 .286 .602 *39/7
16 Pete Runnels 69 1957 29 WSH AL 134 536 473 53 109 18 4 2 35 55 5 51 2 1 5 7 2 3 .230 .310 .298 .608 *354
17 Roy Leslie 69 1922 27 PHI NL 141 567 513 44 139 23 2 6 50 37 0 49 0 17 0 0 3 7 .271 .320 .359 .679 *3
18 Harley Boss 70 1933 24 CLE AL 112 470 438 54 118 17 7 1 53 25 0 27 1 6 0 0 2 5 .269 .310 .347 .657 *3
19 Walter Holke 70 1925 32 TOT NL 104 353 318 35 86 13 4 2 37 20 0 18 0 15 0 0 1 3 .270 .314 .355 .669 *3
20 Les Scarsella 71 1937 23 CIN NL 110 354 329 35 81 11 4 3 34 17 0 26 1 7 0 10 5 0 .246 .285 .331 .617 *37/9
21 Enos Cabell 72 1981 31 SFG NL 96 413 396 41 101 20 1 2 36 10 0 47 1 4 2 6 6 7 .255 .274 .326 .600 *35
22 Whitey Lockman 72 1957 30 NYG NL 133 502 456 51 113 9 4 7 30 39 3 19 2 2 3 3 5 5 .248 .308 .331 .639 *37/98
23 Eddie Waitkus 72 1951 31 PHI NL 145 664 610 65 157 27 4 1 46 53 0 22 0 1 0 8 0 3 .257 .317 .320 .636 *3
24 Jack Burns 72 1931 23 SLB AL 144 621 570 75 148 27 7 4 70 42 0 58 1 8 0 0 19 12 .260 .312 .353 .664 *3
25 Walter Holke 72 1922 29 BSN NL 105 424 395 35 115 9 4 0 46 14 0 23 1 14 0 0 6 8 .291 .317 .334 .651 *3
26 Kevin Young 73 1993 24 PIT NL 141 508 449 38 106 24 3 6 47 36 3 82 9 5 9 10 2 2 .236 .300 .343 .643 *3/5
27 Mickey Vernon 73 1948 30 WSH AL 150 619 558 78 135 27 7 3 48 54 0 43 1 6 0 17 15 11 .242 .310 .332 .641 *3
28 Art Mahan 73 1940 27 PHI NL 146 591 544 55 133 24 5 2 39 40 0 37 1 6 0 10 4 0 .244 .297 .318 .615 *3/1
29 Earl Sheely 73 1931 38 BSN NL 147 586 538 30 147 15 2 1 77 34 0 21 2 12 0 0 0 0 .273 .319 .314 .633 *3
30 Justin Morneau 74 2011 30 MIN AL 43 178 165 12 38 11 0 2 13 11 0 27 2 0 0 5 0 0 .230 .287 .333 .620 *3/D
31 Darin Erstad 74 1999 25 ANA AL 142 638 585 84 148 22 5 13 53 47 3 101 1 2 3 16 13 7 .253 .308 .374 .683 *37/8D
32 Tony Lupien 74 1948 31 CHW AL 154 700 617 69 152 19 3 6 54 74 0 38 0 9 0 3 11 7 .246 .327 .316 .643 *3
33 Charlie Grimm 74 1933 34 CHC NL 107 413 384 38 95 15 2 3 37 23 0 15 0 6 0 16 1 0 .247 .290 .320 .610 *3
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Generated 5/28/2011.

Five current seasons on that list.  It's early yet, but it's getting pretty late for Adam LaRoche, Aubrey HuffDaric Barton, Loney and Justin Morneau.

How about that Johnny Sturm? He gets one season in the big leagues, starting at 1B for the Yankees, ending the 2-year tenure of Babe Dahlgren; sullies the sainted Lou Gehrig's position even more than Dahlgren did; and winds up a World Champion.

Sturm is the only one of the past players here whose team won it all. Pete Rose made it to the Series.

25 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Home Runs, Streak Finders

Extra Inning Home Runs

Posted by Raphy on February 17, 2011

From 1974-2010 (The era for which the batting event finder is complete.)  forty-eight players hit more home runs than Jack Clark's 340.  Yet no one hit more than Clark in extra innings.  Of his 340 home runs, 18  (5.3 %)  came in extra frames.  Here are the leaders in extra-inning home runs since 1974.

19 Comments | Posted in Event Finders, Home Runs

Mailbag: Biggest Differences Between HR Leader and Runner-Up

Posted by Neil Paine on January 11, 2011

Here's a question from Ehud:

"Jose Bautista was the AL home run king in 2010, while the second-place HR leader (Paul Konerko) had 15 homers less. Is that the biggest difference in history of HR kings?"

Not quite. While the 15-HR gap between Bautista and Konerko is impressive, it actually pales in comparison to some of the leads Babe Ruth had in his HR races.

In 1920, the same year he famously had 4 more HR by himself than any other AL team, Ruth also placed a 35-HR gap between himself and runner-up George Sisler. And the following year, Ruth repeated that feat, hitting 35 more HR than Ken Williams. All told, Ruth owns 5 of the 6 biggest differences between a league HR leader and the runner-up. Here's the full list of biggest disparities between #1 and #2:

81 Comments | Posted in History, Home Runs, Leaders, Mailbag, Stats

Bloops: Justice John Paul Stevens on Ruth’s Called Shot

Posted by Neil Paine on November 29, 2010

Via TVSquad.com - On last night's 60 Minutes, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens offered his "final ruling" on what happened during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, a game he was present at when Babe Ruth supposedly called his shot before homering in the 5th inning:


Stevens says there's "no doubt" Ruth called the shot.

Then again, that's just one man's opinion, even if he was on the Supreme Court bench. As the TV Squad post notes,

"Ruth's called shot wasn't televised, but a pair of home movies recorded by other spectators at the game suggest Ruth may have really been pointing at the pitcher, or at the opposing team's bench. Much like the Supreme Court rulings, a unanimous verdict is hard to come by."

(Hat Tip: Our own Andy K.)

13 Comments | Posted in Bloops, History, Home Runs

Bloops: Most Valuable World Series HRs

Posted by Neil Paine on November 10, 2010

Consider this a retro-bloop, since I didn't catch it the first time around, but here's a great piece at ESPN about the most valuable World Series HRs of all time by "series WPA".

What's series WPA, you ask? It's basically like regular WPA, except it also take into account the probability of winning the series (using a process similar to this). In essence, these home runs are the blasts that most swung the probability of winning the entire World Series, rather than just changing the probability of winning a given game.

As for the #1 HR? Well, it came in this famous game... but it might not be the exact homer you're thinking of.

34 Comments | Posted in Bloops, History, Home Runs, Stats, World Series

The Rocking Chair Rajah – Oldest Players With a 3 HR Game

Posted by Raphy on May 25, 2010

Seventy five years ago today, Babe Ruth hit his last home run.  In fact, he hit the last 3 home runs  of his career on  that day in 1935.  It was only the second 3-home run game of Ruth's illustrious career and it occurred when he was 40  years old. Robert W. Creamer has a nice description of the game in his biography of Ruth (h/t Rob Neyer).

Back in September of 2007, Andy wrote a nice and timely post about the oldest players to hit 3 homeruns in a game. In the intervening years, the resources available here at baseball-reference.com have greatly expanded and we can now conclusively create a complete list. First lets take a look at the  list provided  by the PI game finder (1920-1939, 1952-2010).

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 Stan Musial 41.229 1962-07-08 STL NYM W 15-1 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.122 4.045 .270 4 LF
2 Reggie Jackson 40.123 1986-09-18 CAL KCR W 18-3 6 4 4 3 0 0 3 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.175 5.664 .348 4 DH
3 Babe Ruth 40.108 1935-05-25 BSN PIT L 7-11 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 RF
4 Dave Winfield 39.192 1991-04-13 CAL MIN W 15-9 6 6 4 5 1 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.340 5.613 .538 4 RF
5 Frank Thomas 39.113 2007-09-17 TOR BOS W 6-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.228 3.841 .660 4 DH
6 Bob Thurman 39.096 1956-08-18 CIN MLN W 13-4 5 5 4 4 1 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.219 4.050 .438 3 LF
7 Steve Finley 39.047 2004-04-28 ARI CHC L 3-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.539 2.886 .930 5 CF
8 Ted Williams 38.287 1957-06-13 BOS CLE W 9-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.347 4.273 .538 3 LF
9 Ted Williams 38.251 1957-05-08 BOS CHW W 4-1 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.280 3.511 .446 3 LF
10 Ty Cobb 38.138 1925-05-05 DET SLB W 14-8 6 6 4 6 1 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 3 CF
11 Lee Lacy 38.059 1986-06-08 BAL NYY W 18-9 6 6 4 4 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.216 3.785 .333 2 RF
12 Barry Bonds 38.034 2002-08-27 SFG COL W 7-4 5 4 4 4 1 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.481 4.116 .856 3 LF
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Generated 5/24/2010.

From 1871-1919 and 1940-1951 there weren't many seasons of 3+ home runs by players 38 years or older. The HR logs for those seasons reveal that no player 38 or older recorded a 3+ HR game during that time. Therefore, the PI list above is complete.  Despite the passage of time, longer careers, better conditioning and other things*, only 2 players have been able to match the last hurrah of the famous Rajah.

12 Comments | Posted in Game Finders, Home Runs

The Steroids Era is Over

Posted by Andy on May 7, 2010

This article is not the long, detailed discussion you might expect. I've just noticed the incredibly low HR totals a few teams have:

Rk PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS TB
1 SEA 1040 213 44 5 10 86 .230 .302 .321 .623 297
2 HOU 986 211 40 4 11 77 .232 .277 .321 .598 292
3 CLE 1025 217 51 3 15 90 .242 .327 .356 .683 319
4 ATL 1067 215 46 2 18 107 .237 .334 .351 .685 319
5 OAK 1085 245 49 4 19 123 .253 .320 .371 .692 359
6 WSN 1067 239 62 11 22 118 .255 .331 .415 .746 389
7 SDP 1083 231 42 7 23 120 .245 .327 .377 .705 356
8 NYM 1080 221 41 11 23 108 .236 .316 .377 .693 353
9 DET 1141 282 76 5 24 128 .280 .357 .437 .794 440
10 FLA 1093 258 53 2 24 127 .264 .330 .395 .725 387
11 TEX 1098 247 45 5 24 125 .253 .321 .382 .703 374
12 SFG 1044 254 56 5 25 116 .276 .342 .429 .771 395
13 PIT 1068 227 46 3 25 100 .240 .314 .374 .688 354
14 LAA 1100 253 59 1 26 114 .254 .317 .394 .711 392
15 COL 1092 251 57 8 27 131 .261 .338 .422 .760 405
16 LAD 1127 276 56 7 28 138 .279 .349 .435 .783 430
17 TBR 1102 255 64 6 28 163 .264 .343 .429 .772 415
18 KCR 1122 281 48 7 28 118 .277 .332 .421 .754 427
19 MIN 1164 275 54 7 29 137 .273 .359 .427 .787 430
20 BAL 1088 244 49 3 29 94 .246 .309 .390 .699 386
21 MIL 1154 274 61 9 30 148 .273 .356 .441 .797 443
22 CIN 1057 225 35 7 30 112 .241 .314 .391 .704 364
23 STL 1135 260 59 3 31 118 .259 .336 .417 .753 418
24 PHI 1093 258 62 6 33 145 .268 .339 .448 .788 431
25 NYY 1057 252 45 10 34 141 .276 .364 .458 .822 419
26 CHC 1128 265 48 5 34 132 .270 .342 .432 .775 425
27 CHW 1070 211 40 2 38 108 .225 .310 .393 .703 369
28 BOS 1156 280 71 2 40 146 .275 .351 .467 .818 475
29 ARI 1146 278 66 5 41 158 .274 .349 .470 .819 477
30 TOR 1141 243 83 5 43 138 .239 .313 .457 .770 465
TOT 32809 7441 1608 160 812 3666 .257 .331 .408 .739 11805
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Generated 5/7/2010.

The Mariners are on pace to hit 58 HR this season and the Astros are on pace for 64. Look at the season totals from, for example, 1998. The lowly Pirates hit 107 HR while the new and terrible Rays hit 111. The low teams in 2010 are way below those benchmarks. In 2009, the awful Mets had the lowest total but still managed 95 HR.

Of course, it's likely that the Mariners and Astros will both revert to the mean a little bit and hit HR at a faster pace for the rest of the season. (Not necessarily, though. After all, the Blue Jays are leading the league and on pace for 232 HR, similar to the Yankees' league-leading total of 244 last year and the Rangers' and Phillies' second-place totals of 224.)

Here's a little more info to put in perspective just how bad the HR hitting has been for Seattle and Houston so far:

  • Paul Konerko has more HR himself than the Mariners or Astros have as a team, and 3 other guys have as many HR as the Mariners.
  • Of the Astros' 11 home runs, 4 came with the bases empty and 7 were two-runs shots. They have no 3-runs homers or grand slams so far this season.

15 Comments | Posted in Event Finders, Home Runs

More on John Buck’s 3-HR game

Posted by Andy on April 30, 2010

By now you know that John Buck hit 3 homers in a game last night. Here are a couple of things you might not have known.

Catchers don't do this all that often. For the years available with box scores, he's just the 27th guy playing at catcher to pull it off:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
2 John Buck 2010-04-29 TOR OAK W 6-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.448 4.094 1.005 8 C
3 Victor Martinez 2004-07-16 CLE SEA W 18-6 6 5 3 5 0 0 3 7 1 0 0 0.130 6.116 .403 4 C
4 Mike Lieberthal 2002-08-10 PHI LAD L 8-10 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0.397 3.867 .948 6 C
5 Jason Varitek 2001-05-20 BOS KCR W 10-3 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0.291 5.444 .660 8 C
6 Darrin Fletcher 2000-08-27 TOR TEX W 6-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0.296 2.719 .812 7 C
7 Ivan Rodriguez 1997-09-11 TEX MIN W 7-0 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.267 4.176 .702 2 C
8 Bobby Estalella 1997-09-04 PHI MON W 6-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0.498 3.710 .785 7 C
9 Benito Santiago 1996-09-15 PHI CHC W 6-1 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 6 1 0 0 0.383 5.213 1.030 4 C
10 Mike Piazza 1996-06-29 LAD COL W 13-10 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0.209 3.965 .796 3 C
11 Dan Wilson 1996-04-11 SEA DET W 9-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0.244 3.581 .590 8 C
12 Mike Stanley 1995-08-10 (1) NYY CLE L 9-10 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0.505 4.997 1.628 7 C
13 Ernie Whitt 1987-09-14 TOR BAL W 18-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.099 4.202 .240 5 C
14 Gary Carter 1985-09-03 NYM SDP W 8-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0.341 4.788 .530 4 C
15 Johnny Bench 1980-05-29 CIN SDP W 5-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0.247 3.598 .425 5 C
16 Dale Murphy 1979-05-18 ATL SFG W 6-4 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 0 0.313 4.739 .660 4 C
17 Gary Carter 1977-04-20 MON PIT L 6-8 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0.129 3.312 .737 7 C
18 George Mitterwald 1974-04-17 CHC PIT W 18-9 5 4 3 4 1 0 3 8 1 0 0 0.387 7.604 .698 7 C
19 Johnny Bench 1973-05-09 CIN PHI W 9-7 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 1 0 0 0.957 6.120 1.096 3 C
20 Bill Freehan 1971-08-09 DET BOS L 11-12 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0.459 2.960 1.016 6 C
21 Bob Tillman 1969-07-30 (1) ATL PHI W 6-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0.248 3.490 .305 7 C
22 Gene Oliver 1966-07-30 (2) ATL SFG W 15-2 5 4 4 4 0 0 3 7 1 1 0 0.265 6.659 .390 5 C
23 Don Leppert 1963-04-11 WSA BOS W 8-0 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.234 5.031 .670 6 C
24 Ed Bailey 1956-06-24 (1) CIN BRO W 10-6 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0.303 3.789 1.118 6 C
25 Smoky Burgess 1955-07-29 CIN PIT W 16-5 6 6 3 4 0 0 3 9 0 0 0 0.384 5.768 .672 2 C
26 Bill Dickey 1939-07-26 NYY SLB W 14-1 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0.000 0.000 5 C
27 Mickey Cochrane 1925-05-21 PHA SLB W 20-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 1 0.000 0.000 8 C
28 Butch Henline 1922-09-15 PHI STL W 10-9 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 1 0.000 0.000 5 C
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Generated 4/30/2010.

(When I did the sort, the rank got messed up, hence numbering from 2 to 28...)

Johnny Bench and Gary Carter are the guys to do it multiple times. For comparison, first basemen have done it 100 times, led by Mark McGwire, Carlos Delgado, and Lou Gehrig with 4 apiece.

One weird thing is that Buck i snow hitting just .194, a remarkably low batting average for a guy to hit 3 HR.   I went back more than 10 years and couldn't find anybody else with a 3-HR game and such a low BA after the game. Next closest was Steve Finley hitting .235 after his 3-HR game in 2004. Like Buck's game, Finley's came fairly early in the season. A little more digging found Dan Wilson next in this 1996 game, after which he was hitting .222. This was just the Mariners' 9th game of the season and Wilson finished the year at .285.

2 Comments | Posted in Game Finders, Home Runs

WS Home Runs by Second Baseman

Posted by Raphy on November 2, 2009

Chase Utley's World Series Career has been relatively brief. Utley's 9 career World Series games tie him for 37th among  second baseman. Yet, no second baseman has hit more World Series home runs. Utley's Game 4, 7th inning blast was his 5th, tying him with Billy Martin for most ever by a second baseman. It should be noted that it took Martin 27 games at second to reach that total. Here are the leaders:

Billy Martin 5
Chase Utley 5
Joe Gordon 4
Tony Lazzeri 4
Davey Lopes 4

If 5 home runs doesn't sound like enough to be the all-time leader in a category, check out the leaders at third base and shortstop. Here are the  World Series Home Run leaders at the other positions:

Pitcher: Dave McNally , Bob Gibson 2

Catcher: Yogi Berra 9

1st Base: Lou Gehrig 10

Shortstop: Derek Jeter 3

3rd Base: Gil McDougald , Scott Brosius 4

Left Field: Babe Ruth 9

Center Field: Mickey Mantle 15

Right Field: Frank Robinson 8

DH: Ryan Klesko 3

Pinch hitter: Chuck EssegianBernie Carbo 2

3 Comments | Posted in Event Finders, Home Runs, Leaders, Postseason

How’d They Do That?

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 23, 2009

One of the fun things to do with Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index is to just look for crazy things and see how many games or seasons or careers fit that bill.  Today, I wondered:  Has a team ever allowed 15 walks or more, in a game of 9 innings or less, and won?  Well, thanks to B-R.com PI's Team Pitching Game Finder, we can see the answer:

From 1954 to 2009, Only 9-inning games, Team Won, (requiring BB>=15), sorted by greatest BB in a game

  Cnt Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt  IP   H  R ER **BB** SO HR Pit Str IR IS  BF  AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk Ptchrs   ERA
+----+-------------+---+----+-------+----+--+--+--+------+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+------+------+
    1 1992-05-07    CHW  BOS W  7-6   9    6  6  4   15    9  0 206 105  4  1  47  32  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  2  0      5   4.00
    2 1959-07-31    BOS  DET W  6-5   9    5  5  5   15    4  3          7  0  47  29  0  0   1   0  2  1   0  0  0  1      5   5.00

Games found: 2.

So, since 1954, it's only happened twice - once in 1959 and once in 1992.  How cool is that?  And, it's interesting that both games involved the Boston Red Sox.  And, to the question "How's they do that?," the answer is simple:  Don't allow a lot of hits and get the other team to run up their LOB totals...and then maybe the walks won't kill ya...

5 Comments | Posted in Home Runs

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