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Two Bases From Two Sides at Second Base

Posted by Raphy on September 21, 2009

Today's MLB Oriole's Game Notes has a paragraph chronicling all the doubles lists that Brian Roberts is climbing this season. Here is a closer look courtesy of the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index:

1 Comment | Posted in Leaders, Season Finders, Splits

Who Gets the Calls at Home? Part II

Posted by Sean Forman on September 17, 2009

Same columns as the earlier post, but from the pitching team's perspective.

Team	Lk_hm	Lk_rd	Bls_hm	Bls_rd	%L_hm	%L_rd	HFA	HFA_hi_lev
SFG	2136	1967	3967	4104	35.00%	32.40%	2.60%	0.80%
PHI	2093	1894	4056	3975	34.04%	32.27%	1.77%	0.39%
CIN	1972	1948	3995	4265	33.05%	31.35%	1.69%	2.26%
STL	2073	1829	3776	3581	35.44%	33.81%	1.63%	3.97%
HOU	2115	1799	4116	3767	33.94%	32.32%	1.62%	4.62%
MIN	2016	1727	4021	3705	33.39%	31.79%	1.60%	2.46%
TOR	1919	1859	4016	4136	32.33%	31.01%	1.32%	0.79%
PIT	1690	1703	3831	4107	30.61%	29.31%	1.30%	1.37%
WSN	1890	1835	4082	4206	31.65%	30.38%	1.27%	0.84%
CLE	2032	1879	4179	4063	32.72%	31.62%	1.09%	-1.75%
SDP	2135	1820	4425	3966	32.55%	31.46%	1.09%	2.13%
NYM	1895	1812	4162	4188	31.29%	30.20%	1.09%	1.65%
ATL	1973	2038	3728	4028	34.61%	33.60%	1.01%	2.28%
DET	1899	1829	4112	4140	31.59%	30.64%	0.95%	1.65%
LAD	2090	1906	4223	4007	33.11%	32.23%	0.87%	2.93%
TBR	1893	1992	3823	4133	33.12%	32.52%	0.60%	1.06%
MIL	1921	1885	4190	4215	31.44%	30.90%	0.53%	-0.47%
CHC	1981	1864	4230	4065	31.90%	31.44%	0.46%	-0.40%
LAA	1972	1995	4122	4246	32.36%	31.97%	0.39%	-0.06%
KCR	1987	1836	4414	4145	31.04%	30.70%	0.34%	0.84%
BOS	1946	2032	4010	4253	32.67%	32.33%	0.34%	-0.95%
FLA	2130	1841	4482	3919	32.21%	31.96%	0.25%	-1.86%
ARI	2001	1948	4054	3991	33.05%	32.80%	0.25%	0.90%
BAL	1975	1884	4238	4073	31.79%	31.63%	0.16%	-1.16%
NYY	2188	1920	4566	4035	32.40%	32.24%	0.15%	-1.12%
OAK	1813	2011	3919	4366	31.63%	31.54%	0.09%	1.44%
CHW	1901	1787	4144	3892	31.45%	31.47%	-0.02%	1.75%
SEA	1788	1845	4104	4224	30.35%	30.40%	-0.05%	-1.01%
TEX	2041	1831	4518	3870	31.12%	32.12%	-1.00%	1.48%
COL	1732	1841	3941	3965	30.53%	31.71%	-1.18%	-1.92%

Actually on the face of it there may be a park effect here. As the Rockies and Giants had almost the same spread in the opposite direction. Pitchers get more calls in San Fran and hitters get more calls in Colorado? Any ideas why?

4 Comments | Posted in Bloops, History, Leaders

Who Gets the Calls at Home?

Posted by Sean Forman on September 17, 2009

Given the brouhaha over the Boston/LA of Ana game last night, and spurred by a media request, I looked at the called strike percentages at home and on the road for all 30 teams. The total line is in there as well. The called strike percentage is Called Strikes / (Called Strikes + Balls (not pitchouts or intentional)). The Home-Field Advantage is then the road rate - the home rate, since a lower rate is better for the batting team. I also looked at it in high-leverage situations, though in most cases we are only talking about 700 pitches, so it probably is just noise out there.

Team	SL_hm	SL_rd	Bll_hm	Bll_rd	%Chm	%Crd	HFA	HiLevHFA
COL	1918	2173	4278	4437	30.96%	32.87%	1.92%	1.44%
ATL	1673	1913	3817	4041	30.47%	32.13%	1.66%	0.17%
HOU	1764	1795	3893	3676	31.18%	32.81%	1.63%	1.53%
KCR	1813	1778	3981	3627	31.29%	32.90%	1.60%	2.94%
CHC	1720	1810	4092	4007	29.59%	31.12%	1.52%	2.93%
MIN	1987	1980	4299	4004	31.61%	33.09%	1.48%	1.97%
DET	1679	1751	3984	3883	29.65%	31.08%	1.43%	2.18%
WSN	2023	2154	4161	4155	32.71%	34.14%	1.43%	0.57%
BOS	2095	2248	4359	4408	32.46%	33.77%	1.31%	1.47%
MIL	1976	2183	4084	4254	32.61%	33.91%	1.31%	0.73%
FLA	2095	2024	4476	4087	31.88%	33.12%	1.24%	1.21%
TOR	1902	2036	4125	4173	31.56%	32.79%	1.23%	3.51%
SEA	1724	1884	3745	3885	31.52%	32.66%	1.13%	-1.61%
PIT	1799	2059	3628	3964	33.15%	34.19%	1.04%	0.72%
TEX	1703	1635	4140	3783	29.15%	30.18%	1.03%	0.13%
BAL	1870	1884	4083	3926	31.41%	32.43%	1.01%	-1.41%
ARI	1845	2052	4001	4261	31.56%	32.50%	0.94%	1.37%
SDP	1921	1867	4225	3936	31.26%	32.17%	0.92%	0.55%
Totals	56357	59197	121630	123444	31.66%	32.41%	0.75%	0.87%
PHI	2121	2144	4256	4203	33.26%	33.78%	0.52%	1.87%
OAK	1751	2009	3839	4312	31.32%	31.78%	0.46%	5.80%
NYY	2146	2078	4687	4465	31.41%	31.76%	0.35%	-0.65%
TBR	1863	2071	4256	4714	30.45%	30.52%	0.08%	0.77%
NYM	2079	2203	3967	4204	34.39%	34.38%	0.00%	-0.46%
CIN	1763	1855	3874	4082	31.28%	31.24%	-0.03%	-1.02%
CLE	1998	2155	4185	4542	32.31%	32.18%	-0.14%	1.01%
CHW	1819	1887	3870	4093	31.97%	31.56%	-0.42%	-2.30%
STL	1616	1607	3734	3804	30.21%	29.70%	-0.51%	-1.62%
LAD	2140	2267	4135	4493	34.10%	33.54%	-0.57%	0.38%
LAA	2039	2223	4016	4508	33.67%	33.03%	-0.65%	1.40%
SFG	1515	1472	3440	3517	30.58%	29.50%	-1.07%	-0.32%

I don't see much of a pattern in this data. You've got good and bad teams sprinkled around, you've got east and west coast teams sprinkled around (passionate east coasters vs. dispassionate left coasters). Looks pretty random to me.

Comments Off | Posted in Bloops, Leaders, Uncategorized

Batting Trivia Hero Quest

Posted by Raphy on September 8, 2009

With the 00's soon ending, the race is on for players to become the decade long leader in different statistical categories. Here are how thing are shaping up in the race for trivia immortality:

21 Comments | Posted in Leaders, Season Finders

The Face of a Franchise – Most PA’s for 1 Franchise

Posted by Raphy on September 7, 2009

As Derek Jeter approaches Lou Gehrig's record for hits as a Yankee, I can't help but notice the sheer number of plate appearances that Jeter has accumulated for the team.  Jeter, who leads  all Yankees  ever in AB and is second in PA, has more PA for the Yankees than any other active player has for any other  franchise. Here are the current leaders in plate appearance for a franchise among active players:

Derek Jeter*     New York Yankees   9707
Chipper Jones*   Atlanta Braves     9185
Garret Anderson  Angels             8480
Todd Helton*     Colorado Rockies   7662
Andruw Jones     Atlanta Braves     7276
Ken Griffey Jr.* Seattle Mariners   7070

* active with the team listed

In baseball history only  22  players have had at least 10,000 PA for a franchise. Here are the top ten:

Carl Yastrzemski    Red Sox    13,991
Hank Aaron          Braves     13,089
Cal Ripken          Orioles    12,883
Stan Musial         Cardinals  12,712
Craig Biggio        Astros     12,503
Pete Rose           Reds       12,325
Robin Yount         Brewers    12,249
Ty Cobb             Tigers     12,105
Willie Mays         Giants     12,012
Brooks Robinson     Orioles    11,782

4 Comments | Posted in Leaders, Season Finders

Home Run Leaders Among Pitchers

Posted by Raphy on August 26, 2009

Elias is reporting that Carlos Zambrano has become the first pitcher since Milt Papas in 1973 to hit 20 career home runs.  Overall, among players who have played at least half their games at pitcher, Zambrano is now tied for 12th in career home runs.  (BTW Babe Ruth had 14 home runs as a pitcher.)

2 Comments | Posted in Leaders, Season Finders

Most Saves Caught

Posted by Sean Forman on July 1, 2009

Per a reader question.

| name_common     | games |
+-----------------+-------+
| Ivan Rodriguez  |   535 |
| Brad Ausmus     |   492 |
| Benito Santiago |   485 |
| Carlton Fisk    |   477 |
| Tony Pena       |   472 |
| Jason Kendall   |   463 |
| Gary Carter     |   450 |
| Bob Boone       |   440 |
| Johnny Bench    |   404 |
| Jorge Posada    |   401 |
| Lance Parrish   |   376 |
| Jason Varitek   |   359 |
| Rick Dempsey    |   335 |
| Terry Steinbach |   328 |
| Mike Piazza     |   325 |
| Joe Girardi     |   325 |
| Jim Sundberg    |   323 |
| Darrell Porter  |   308 |
| Javy Lopez      |   306 |
| Ted Simmons     |   299 |
| Bill Freehan    |   298 |
| A.J. Pierzynski |   296 |
| Dan Wilson      |   295 |
| Ramon Hernandez |   293 |
| Terry Kennedy   |   290 |

3 Comments | Posted in Leaders

Productive Gardening

Posted by Raphy on June 30, 2009

On Friday night Brett Gardner of the Yankees went 5 for 6 with a triple and a home run. It was the third game this year in which Gardner has both homered and tripled (thanks to Peter Abraham for opening my eyes to this). His third such game occurred in the Yankees' 73rd game of the season and the 106th game of Gardner's career.

5 Comments | Posted in Game Finders, Home Runs, Leaders

Eric Chavez

Posted by Andy on May 20, 2009

News has come out that Chavez may be forced to retire due to his latest injury, a herniated disk.

From 2001 to 2005, Chavez was unarguably the best third baseman in baseball, leading all in HR and RBI:

  Cnt Player             **HR** From  To   Ages   G    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+-------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 Eric Chavez         151   2001 2005 23-27  745  3182  2825  451  785 173   9  502  321  46  535  11   0  25  59   36  11  .278  .351  .506  .857 *5/D763   OAK
    2 Aramis Ramirez      146   2001 2005 23-27  727  3007  2742  380  782 160   3  484  195  20  416  35   0  35  87    9   9  .285  .337  .505  .842 *5/D      PIT-TOT-CHC
    3 Troy Glaus          142   2001 2005 24-28  615  2622  2221  377  559 119   7  408  356  20  572  23   0  22  49   33  13  .252  .358  .503  .861 *5/D6     ANA-ARI
    4 Adrian Beltre       124   2001 2005 22-26  755  3065  2822  352  765 146  12  423  193  24  476  21   4  25  69   32  14  .271  .320  .463  .783 *5/6D     LAD-SEA
    5 Scott Rolen         123   2001 2005 26-30  658  2793  2389  420  677 161  15  473  325  21  453  48   1  30  58   42  17  .283  .376  .518  .894 *5        PHI-TOT-STL
    6 Tony Batista        114   2001 2004 27-30  635  2624  2431  312  582 113  10  383  136  19  400  24   4  29  56   28  15  .239  .283  .435  .718 *5/D6     TOT-BAL-MON
    7 Mike Lowell         109   2001 2005 27-31  744  3077  2738  372  750 188   3  440  274  23  384  25   1  39  70   17   7  .274  .341  .464  .805 *5/4D     FLA
    8 Vinny Castilla      106   2001 2005 33-37  726  2934  2700  336  699 164  10  425  177  23  458  27   2  28 104   10   9  .259  .308  .445  .753 *5/6      TOT-ATL-COL-WSN
    9 Corey Koskie         91   2001 2005 28-32  639  2679  2297  364  617 147   9  348  310  31  551  44   0  28  51   61  26  .269  .362  .459  .821 *5/D      MIN-TOR
   10 Hank Blalock         89   2002 2005 21-24  512  2205  1985  292  543 113   6  309  190  10  421  11   2  17  47    5   5  .274  .338  .471  .809 *5/4D     TEX

A bit of a career oddity about Chavez: in 2004, he lead the AL with 95 walks despite playing in only 125 games, and also despite the fact that he generally walked only a moderate amount in his career, averaging 70 walks over a typical 162-game season.

In the 2004 season in which Chavez led the AL with 95 walks, Barry Bonds led the NL with (gulp) 232 walks. Chavez's total is the lowest to lead the AL since Dwight Evans' 85 in 1981, which doesn't really count since that was a shortened season. The real most recent season with a lower leading total is 1965, when Rocky Colavito led with 93 walks.

12 Comments | Posted in Leaders, Season Finders

Catchers with 2000 Hits

Posted by Raphy on May 18, 2009

Jason Kendall hit a single in the second inning of tonight's Brewers-Cardinals game for his 2000 career hit.  Here are all the players with at least half of their games at catcher and at least 2000 career hits: (Totals through yesterday)

  Cnt Player              **H**  From  To   Ages   G    PA    AB    R   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+--------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+---+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 Ivan Rodriguez      2637   1991 2009 19-37 2301  9387  8757 1268 530  50 300 1236  477  63 1314  56  27  70 293  124  61  .301  .339  .476  .815 *2/D34    TEX-FLA-DET-TOT-HOU
    2 Ted Simmons         2472   1968 1988 18-38 2456  9685  8680 1074 483  47 248 1389  855 188  694  39  11 100 287   21  33  .285  .348  .437  .785 *2D3/759  STL-MIL-ATL
    3 Carlton Fisk        2356   1969 1993 21-45 2499  9853  8756 1276 421  47 376 1330  849 105 1386 143  26  79 204  128  58  .269  .341  .457  .798 *2D/735   BOS-CHW
    4 Yogi Berra          2150   1946 1965 21-40 2120  8364  7555 1175 321  49 358 1430  704  49  414  52   9  44 146   30  26  .285  .348  .482  .830 *279/35   NYY-NYM
    5 Mike Piazza         2127   1992 2007 23-38 1912  7745  6911 1048 344   8 427 1335  759 146 1113  30   0  45 229   17  20  .308  .377  .545  .922 *2D/3     LAD-TOT-NYM-SDP-OAK
    6 Gary Carter         2092   1974 1992 20-38 2295  9019  7971 1025 371  31 324 1225  848 106  997  68  33  99 180   39  42  .262  .335  .439  .774 *29/375   MON-NYM-SFG-LAD-MON
    7 Johnny Bench        2048   1967 1983 19-35 2158  8669  7658 1091 381  24 389 1376  891 135 1278  19  11  90 201   68  43  .267  .342  .476  .818 *253/798  CIN
    8 Jason Kendall       1999   1996 2009 22-35 1867  7813  6847  957 360  34  73  677  650  46  596 236  25  55 157  170  81  .292  .370  .386  .756 *2/79D    PIT-OAK-TOT-MIL

4 Comments | Posted in History, Leaders, Season Finders

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