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10 starts and 10 saves in a season

Posted by Andy on October 30, 2008

A reader on my 88 Topps Cards blog noted that Bob Stanley had 17 starts and 14 saves in 1980 and wondered how many other players have had similar seasons. Here are the most reason seasons with at least 10 starts and 10 saves:

  Cnt Player            Year  GS SV Age Tm  Lg  G  CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L%   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF   AB  2B 3B IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS Pk BK WP   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  OPS+  Pit  Str
+----+-----------------+----+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+----+----+
    1 Dustin Hermanson  2004  18 17  31 SFG NL  47  0   0 26  6  9  .400 131   132  71  66  46 102   4.53   96 15  565  504 29  4   5   3   5   7   8   5  2  1  0  4  .262  .323  .425  .748   96 2098 1296
    2 Byung-Hyun Kim    2003  12 16  24 TOT ML  56  0   0 35  9 10  .474 122.1 104  55  45  33 102   3.31  141 12  517  464 18  0   3  12   6   2   6  15  1  0  0  1  .224  .292  .341  .633   63 1950 1308
    3 Octavio Dotel     2000  16 16  26 HOU NL  50  0   0 25  3  7  .300 125   127  80  75  61 142   5.40   92 26  563  480 27  2   3   7   7   8   5  17  3  4  0  6  .265  .351  .492  .843  109 2229 1407
    4 Tim Wakefield     1999  17 15  32 BOS AL  49  0   0 28  6 11  .353 140   146  93  79  72 104   5.08   99 19  635  548 30  2   2   5   1   8   9  35  6  0  0  1  .266  .352  .432  .784   96
    5 Tom Gordon        1997  25 11  29 BOS AL  42  2   1 16  6 10  .375 182.2 155  85  76  78 159   3.74  125 10  774  686 30  2   1   3   3   4  14  20  7  1  0  5  .226  .306  .319  .625   63
    6 Anthony Young     1992  13 15  26 NYM NL  52  1   0 26  2 14  .125 121   134  66  56  31  64   4.17   83  8  517  470 23  9   5   1  11   4  10  10  6  1  1  3  .285  .328  .423  .751  118
    7 Scott Garrelts    1986  18 10  24 SFG NL  53  2   0 27 13  9  .591 173.2 144  65  60  74 125   3.11  114 17  717  624 20  2  11   2  10   7  20  28  6  1  1  9  .231  .311  .351  .662   92
    8 Bob Stanley       1980  17 14  25 BOS AL  52  5   1 25 10  8  .556 175   186  75  66  52  71   3.39  125 11  737  668 20  8   8   7   5   5  32  13  7  1  0  1  .278  .335  .382  .717   91
    9 Tom Hume          1979  12 17  26 CIN NL  57  2   0 33 10  9  .526 163   162  54  50  33  80   2.76  137 12  669  618 33  4   9   0   9   9  17   6  2  0  0  2  .262  .295  .387  .682   89
   10 Don Stanhouse     1977  16 10  26 MON NL  47  1   1 17 10 10  .500 158.1 147  72  60  84  89   3.41  111 12  689  586 28  1   9   4  10   5  19  15  6  0  0  4  .251  .346  .363  .709   98
   11 Terry Forster     1973  12 16  21 CHW AL  51  4   0 29  6 11  .353 172.2 174  69  62  78 120   3.23  124  7  744  655 21  0   6   0   7   5  22  14  5  0  1  6  .266  .341  .330  .671   86
   12 Mike Caldwell     1973  13 10  24 SDP NL  55  3   1 27  5 14  .263 149   146  77  62  53  86   3.74   92  8  632  561 25  4  10   2  14   2  18   2  5  2  0 10  .260  .325  .362  .687  103
   13 Bart Johnson      1971  16 14  21 CHW AL  53  4   0 24 12 10  .545 178   148  67  58 111 153   2.93  123  9  784  652 29  3   6   6  10   5  13  16  7  0  0 11  .227  .342  .322  .664   92
   14 Stan Williams     1969  15 12  32 CLE AL  61  3   0 26  6 14  .300 178.1 155  86  78  67 139   3.94   95 25  754  661 26  0   6  12   4  11  17   8  2  0  0  4  .234  .312  .387  .699   99
   15 Vicente Romo      1969  11 11  26 TOT AL  55  4   1 27  8 10  .444 135.1 123  54  47  53  96   3.13  123 14  569  499 23  2   7   1  12   4  12   8  5  0  1  5  .246  .318  .385  .703   95
   16 Jack Hamilton     1966  13 13  27 NYM NL  57  3   1 29  6 13  .316 148.2 138  89  65  88  93   3.93   92 13  662  555 18  3   4   5   9   4  15  11  7  1  0 18  .249  .354  .362  .716  108
   17 Bob Shaw          1963  16 13  30 MLN NL  48  3   3 27  7 11  .389 159   144  51  47  55 105   2.66  121 10  664  592 16  3  12   4   9   4  17   5  7  0  8  6  .243  .310  .331  .641   87
   18 Johnny Antonelli  1960  10 11  30 SFG NL  41  1   1 19  6  7  .462 112.1 106  51  47  47  57   3.77   93  7  480  420 21  7  10   2   4   7  10   3  3  3  0  1  .252  .326  .386  .712  106
   19 Brooks Lawrence   1959  14 10  34 CIN NL  43  3   0 22  7 12  .368 128.1 144  74  68  45  64   4.77   85 17  564  512 29  3   9   4   2   1  15   4  8  0  0  4  .281  .343  .449  .792  114
   20 Ray Narleski      1957  15 16  28 CLE AL  46  7   1 24 11  5  .688 154.1 136  65  53  70  93   3.09  121 14  662  586 13  3   6   4   5   5   9   3  2  0  0  1  .232  .316  .336  .652   85

These are, for the most part, guys converted mid-season from starter to closer or vice versa.

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Pettitte’s Had His Share Of Bad October Moments

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 29, 2008

Here's an interesting list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Post-Season Pitching Game Finder -

It's the most post-season starts in a career where the starter went 5 innings or less and allowed 5 earned runs or more in those outings.  (Guys with 3 or more games like this are shown.)

 

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Bringing Up The Rear

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 17, 2008

A fun list via B-R.com Play Index...

The only batters in history to have 4 hits in a post-season game while batting 9th in the line-up:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Jose Vizcaino         1 Ind. Games
 Spike Owen            1 Ind. Games
 Adam Kennedy          1 Ind. Games
 Derek Jeter           1 Ind. Games
 Luis Alicea           1 Ind. Games

Games found: 5.

Alicea is the only one to do it in a game that his team lost.

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Five hits in a post-season game

Posted by Andy on October 14, 2008

Carl Crawford just got his 5th hit of the game tonight and will likely finish 5-for-5.

Here are the only guys to get 5 hits in a post-season game before tonight:

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Derek Jeter       2006-10-03    ALDS   1 NYY  DET W  8-4   5  5  3  5  2  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  1 2nd SS        

    2 Hideki Matsui     2004-10-16    ALCS   3 NYY @BOS W 19-8   6  6  5  5  2  0  2   5  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th LF        

    3 Mike Stanley      1999-10-10    ALDS   4 BOS  CLE W 23-7   6  6  3  5  1  1  0   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th 1B        

    4 Marquis Grissom   1995-10-07    NLDS   4 ATL  COL W 10-4   5  5  2  5  1  0  0   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 1st CF        

    5 Paul Molitor      1982-10-12    WS     1 MIL @STL W 10-0   6  6  1  5  0  0  0   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 1st 3B        

    6 Paul Blair        1969-10-06    ALCS   3 BAL @MIN W 11-2   6  6  1  5  2  0  1   5  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd CF        

Crawford joins Jeter and Grissom as the only guys ever to go 5-for-5 in a post-season game.

He also has set the record for most total bases in a post-season game without a homer. With 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 singles, that's 9 total bases.

Here were the previous record holders, with 8 total bases:

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR **TB** RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+------+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Mike Stanley      1999-10-10    ALDS   4 BOS  CLE W 23-7   6  6  3  5  1  1  0    8     1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th 1B        
    2 Billy Hatcher     1990-10-17    WS     2 CIN  OAK W  5-4   5  4  2  4  2  1  0    8     1  1   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd CF        
    3 Frank Isbell      1906-10-13    WS     5 CHW @CHC W  8-6   5  5  3  4  4  0  0    8     2  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 2B        
    4 Tommy Leach       1903-10-01    WS     1 PIT @BOS W  7-3   5  5  1  4  0  2  0    8     1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  1 3rd 3B        

Finally, Crawford is the 3rd player this year to have 3 extra-base hits in a post-season game:

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR XB RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Evan Longoria     2008-10-11    ALCS   2 TBR  BOS W  9-8   5  5  3  3  2  0  1  3   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th 3B        
    2 Shane Victorino   2008-10-02    NLDS   2 PHI  MIL W  5-2   5  4  1  3  2  0  1  3   4  1   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  2  0 2nd CF        

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Kevin Foster

Posted by Andy on October 14, 2008

Some very sad news today about the passing of former big-league pitcher Kevin Foster at the age of just 39.

Foster's top 10 career game scores:

  Cnt Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str **GmSc** IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-------------+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--------+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 1995-07-04    CHC @NYM W  3-0  GS-8  ,W   8    6  0  0  2  9  0 115  73     77         30 28  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  1  0  0  0  0   0.00 
    2 1994-07-23    CHC  CIN L  1-3  GS-8       8    5  1  1  1 10  0 119  78     77         29 28  3  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   1.12 

    3 1997-04-25    CHC  PIT W 11-1  CG 9  ,W   9    5  1  1  2  5  1 102  65     76         33 31  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  2  0  0  0  0   1.00 

    4 1996-08-30(1) CHC  ATL W  3-2  GS-8  ,W   8    3  2  2  1  8  0  97  67     75         29 27  1  0   0   0  0  1   0  0  0  0  0  0   2.25 

    5 1996-09-09    CHC  MON W  3-1  CG 9  ,W   9    6  1  1  0  2  1  94  68     73         32 31  0  0   0   0  1  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   1.00 

    6 1995-09-22    CHC  PIT W  6-3  GS-8  ,W   8    2  3  2  2  6  0 109  68     72         28 26  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   2.25 
    7 1994-06-03    CHC  MON L  1-3  GS-7       7    3  0  0  4  5  0 107  66     72         29 24  1  0   0   1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   0.00 

    8 1997-05-21    CHC  PHI W  7-0  GS-7  ,W   7    3  0  0  3  3  0 102  59     71         27 24  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  1  0  0  0  0   0.00 

    9 1995-05-17    CHC @SFG L  1-2  GS-7  ,L   7    2  2  2  1  5  1  84  51     69         23 22  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   2.57 
   10 1994-06-25    CHC  STL W  3-1  GS-8  ,W   7.1  2  1  1  4  3  0 112  63     69         27 23  1  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   1.23 

His lowest OPS against values, minimum 10 PAs:

                    PA  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   **OPS**   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+---------+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Moises Alou        12  11   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .083  .000    .083     0   0   0   0   1                
 Midre Cummings     12  12   1  0  0  0   0   0   2  .083  .083  .083    .166     0   0   0   0   0                
 Joe Girardi        10  10   1  0  0  0   1   0   2  .100  .100  .100    .200     0   0   0   0   0                
 Archi Cianfrocco   10   9   1  0  0  0   2   1   3  .111  .200  .111    .311     0   0   0   0   0                
 Mike Lansing       12  11   1  1  0  0   0   0   1  .091  .167  .182    .349     0   0   0   1   0                
 Fred McGriff       14  13   2  0  0  0   0   1   2  .154  .214  .154    .368     0   0   0   0   0                
 Reggie Sanders     12  12   1  0  0  1   1   0   8  .083  .083  .333    .416     0   0   0   0   0                
 Greg Vaughn        10   8   1  0  0  0   2   2   2  .125  .300  .125    .425     0   0   0   0   0                
 Quilvio Veras      19  15   2  1  0  0   1   3   2  .133  .263  .200    .463     0   1   0   0   0                
 Chipper Jones      15  13   3  0  0  0   2   1   3  .231  .267  .231    .498     0   1   0   0   0                

Alou, McGriff, Sanders, Vaughn, Jones...some great players there.

And here is a game where Foster not only got the win but also hit a homer.

Of course I did not know Foster personally, but I remember when he came up with the Phillies. He smiled a lot and always seemed like a happy guy. Rest in peace.

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Oldest player to hit a pinch HR in the post-season

Posted by Andy on October 14, 2008

Way to go, Matt Stairs. For a guy who has hit very well his entire career, you just had the biggest hit of your life.

  Cnt AgeY.D                   Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+------+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 40.229 Matt Stairs       2008-10-13    NLCS   4 PHI @LAD W  7-5   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
    2 39.270 Johnny Mize       1952-10-03    WS     3 NYY  BRO L  3-5   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
    3 38.139 Eric Young        2005-10-04    NLDS   1 SDP @STL L  5-8   2  2  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 1st PH CF
    4 38.007 Ruben Sierra      2003-10-13    ALCS   4 NYY @BOS L  2-3   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 8th PH
    5 37.293 Hank Majeski      1954-10-02    WS     4 CLE  NYG L  4-7   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
    6 37.097 So Taguchi        2006-10-07    NLDS   3 STL  SDP L  1-3   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH LF
    7 37.068 Jay Buhner        2001-10-20    ALCS   3 SEA @NYY W 14-3   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd PH RF
    8 37.004 Mark McGwire      2000-10-05    NLDS   2 STL  ATL W 10-4   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
    9 35.338 Jay Johnstone     1981-10-24    WS     4 LAD  NYY W  8-7   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
   10 34.278 Jim Leyritz       1998-10-01    NLDS   2 SDP @HOU L  4-5   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th PH 1B
   11 34.180 Turner Ward       1999-10-08    NLDS   3 ARI @NYM L  2-9   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
   12 34.072 Troy O'Leary      2003-10-15    NLCS   7 CHC  FLA L  6-9   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
   13 33.083 Harry Spilman     1987-10-09    NLCS   3 SFG  STL L  5-6   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 1st PH
   14 33.029 Eduardo Perez     2002-10-10    NLCS   2 STL  SFG L  1-4   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
   15 32.288 Jason Giambi      2003-10-23    WS     5 NYY @FLA L  4-6   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
   16 32.249 John Lowenstein   1979-10-03    ALCS   1 BAL  CAL W  6-3   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd PH
   17 32.222 J.T. Snow         2000-10-05    NLDS   2 SFG  NYM L  4-5   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th PH 1B
   18 32.181 Greg Myers        1998-10-12    NLCS   5 SDP  ATL L  6-7   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 8th PH
   19 31.321 Paul Sorrento     1997-10-04    ALDS   3 SEA @BAL W  4-2   2  2  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 7th PH 1B
   20 31.278 Chili Davis       1991-10-22    WS     3 MIN @ATL L  4-5   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
   21 31.225 Elston Howard     1960-10-05    WS     1 NYY @PIT L  4-6   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
   22 31.210 Mike Pagliarulo   1991-10-11    ALCS   3 MIN @TOR W  3-2   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH 3B
   23 31.140 Kirk Gibson       1988-10-15    WS     1 LAD  OAK W  5-4   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
   24 31.084 Bobby Kielty      2007-10-28    WS     4 BOS @COL W  4-3   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH
   25 29.246 Bake McBride      1978-10-07    NLCS   4 PHI @LAD L  3-4   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH       

Hell yes, #23!

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Wade Boggs – HOF if he didn’t play for Boston?

Posted by Andy on October 13, 2008

Over on my 88 Topps Cards blog (on the Brook Jacoby card for some odd reason) a reader postulated that if Wade Boggs hadn't played for the Red Sox, he wouldn't have been a HOFer. My initial reaction was extreme incredulity, but let's look a bit into the numbers.

Taking a quick first swing, let's look at Boggs' career home/road splits:

 I Split          G   GS    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF ROE GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  BAbip tOPS+ Split
+-+------------+----+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+------------+
   Home         1242 1193  5415  4590  849 1623 362  29  70  532  757  97  387  13  12  43  60 119   11  17  .354  .443  .491  .934  .372   118 Home
   Away         1197 1131  5325  4590  664 1387 216  32  48  481  655  83  358  10  17  53  71 117   13  18  .302  .387  .395  .781  .316    82 Away

Wowsers, right away the case is looking pretty bad for Boggs. His batting average was more than 50 points higher at home, as was his OBP. His OPS+ split is 118 at home, pretty darn good, and 82 on the road, not all that good. Interesting that he was right at 100 for his career.

But those splits include his years with the Yankees and (then) Devil Rays. Let's look at his home/road splits during just his years with Boston, 1982-1992.

First home:
 I    Year        G   GS    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF ROE GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  BAbip tOPS+ Year
+-+-------+---------+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+
      1982        55   45   207   180   34   64  12   1   4   30   21   3   12   0   2   4   2   5    1   0  .356  .415  .500  .915  .357   116 1982
      1983        80   80   356   302   53  120  34   3   2   37   53   1   18   0   1   0   5   6    1   2  .397  .487  .550 1.037  .418   123 1983
      1984        79   78   371   318   58  112  17   3   5   27   48   4   22   0   4   1   7   6    1   1  .352  .436  .472  .908  .366   121 1984
      1985        80   80   367   311   60  130  24   2   6   39   51   2   38   3   1   1   6  10    1   1  .418  .503  .566 1.069  .463   130 1985
      1986        73   73   331   277   53   99  29   0   3   36   51   6   24   0   2   1   4   6    0   0  .357  .456  .495  .951  .382   102 1986
      1987        75   75   339   282   60  116  28   3  10   50   53  12   24   0   1   3   2   6    1   1  .411  .500  .638 1.138  .422   117 1987
      1988        79   79   367   285   74  109  29   3   4   35   76  11   18   3   0   3   5  12    0   2  .382  .512  .547 1.060  .395   119 1988
      1989        78   78   366   300   62  113  37   4   2   27   57   8   21   4   0   5   5  11    1   4  .377  .475  .547 1.022  .394   132 1989
      1990        80   80   363   309   51  111  30   1   3   32   52  10   42   0   0   2   3   7    0   0  .359  .449  .492  .941  .406   134 1990
      1991        69   66   301   252   50   98  28   2   6   32   47  15   12   0   0   2   3   8    0   1  .389  .482  .587 1.069  .390   142 1991
      1992        75   71   306   251   39   61  13   3   4   26   48  12   12   3   0   4   2   4    1   2  .243  .366  .367  .733  .238   106 1992


That's 823 games with 1133 hits in 3067 AB (.369 BA.)

Now his away:


 I    Year        G   GS    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF ROE GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  BAbip tOPS+ Year
+-+-------+---------+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+
      1982        49   38   174   158   17   54   2   0   1   14   14   1    9   0   2   0   0   4    0   0  .342  .395  .373  .769  .358    82 1982
      1983        73   73   329   280   47   90  10   4   3   36   39   1   18   1   2   7   4   9    2   1  .321  .398  .418  .815  .327    76 1983
      1984        79   79   355   307   51   91  14   1   1   28   41   2   22   0   4   3   2   7    2   1  .296  .376  .358  .734  .314    78 1984
      1985        81   80   391   342   47  110  18   1   2   39   45   3   23   1   2   1   6  10    1   0  .322  .401  .398  .799  .340    72 1985
      1986        76   75   362   303   54  108  18   2   5   35   54   8   20   0   2   3   6   5    0   4  .356  .450  .479  .929  .367    98 1986
      1987        72   71   328   269   48   84  12   3  14   39   52   7   24   2   0   5   0   7    0   2  .312  .421  .535  .956  .297    82 1987
      1988        76   75   352   299   54  105  16   3   1   23   49   7   16   0   0   4   3  11    2   1  .351  .438  .435  .872  .364    81 1988
      1989        78   77   376   321   51   92  14   3   1   27   50  11   30   3   0   2   9   8    1   2  .287  .386  .358  .744  .312    70 1989
      1990        75   75   350   310   38   76  14   4   3   31   35   9   26   1   0   4   4   7    0   0  .245  .320  .345  .665  .256    65 1990
      1991        75   74   340   294   43   83  14   0   2   19   42  10   20   0   0   4   8   8    1   1  .282  .368  .350  .718  .293    64 1991
      1992        68   64   292   263   23   72   9   1   3   24   26   7   19   1   0   2   5   6    0   1  .274  .339  .350  .689  .284    94 1992


That's 802 games with 965 hits in 3146 AB (.307 BA.)

Certainly Boggs was no slouch on the road, although he was primarily a singles hitter away from Fenway, as the differential between his road SLG and road BA is much smaller than the differential between his home SLG and home BA.

Let's do a quick back-of-the envelope calculation. If we apply Boggs' road BA to his home ABs, he would have had 940 hits instead of 1133, a loss of 193. That takes him down to 2817 hits in his career, and if he had a career SLG under .400 like his road numbers, he probably would not have made the HOF.

But, if we click the "neutralize stats" link on his page, he moves up to 3092 career hits, although his batting average is mainly unchanged.

It's tough to say what would have happened to Boggs if he hadn't played for Boston. There's no doubting that he was an excellent hitter, and I'm sure he would have tailored his game to wherever his home park was.

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October 11th…Big Day For Big Ed

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 11, 2008

Using Play Index to find great starts for pitchers in the post-season, I noticed that the best game pitched, on this date (October 11th), probably belongs to Big Ed Walsh - with the game being Game 3 of the 1906 World Series between the White Sox and the Cubs.  (His effort was 3 baserunners over a perfect game.)

The attendance that day?  According to the boxscore, it was 13,667.  Then again, the ballpark only held 16,000.

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3 hits in a post-season game by a pitcher

Posted by Andy on October 11, 2008

Brett Myers did it last night.

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  **H** 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+--+--+--+------+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Brett Myers       2008-10-10    NLCS   2 PHI  LAD W  8-5   3  3  2    3    0  0  0   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th P         
    2 Dontrelle Willis  2003-10-04    NLDS   4 FLA  SFG W  7-6   3  3  1    3    0  1  0   0  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th P         
    3 Orel Hershiser    1988-10-16    WS     2 LAD  OAK W  6-0   3  3  1    3    2  0  0   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th P         
    4 Art Nehf          1924-10-04    WS     1 NYG @WSH W  4-3   5  5  1    3    0  0  0   0  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th P         
    5 Dutch Ruether     1919-10-01    WS     1 CIN  CHW W  9-1   4  3  1    3    0  2  0   3  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th P         
    6 Rube Foster       1915-10-09    WS     2 BOS @PHI W  2-1   4  4  0    3    1  0  0   1  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th P         
    7 Charley Hall      1912-10-15    WS     7 BOS  NYG L  4-11  4  3  0    3    1  0  0   0  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th P         
    8 Jack Coombs       1910-10-20    WS     3 PHA @CHC W 12-5   5  5  0    3    1  0  0   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   1  0  0 9th P         

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Players Weigh Up

Posted by Raphy on October 6, 2008

I knew that this was a trend, but I didn't realize how sharp a trend it was.

Number of MLB players weighing 250 lbs. or more.

 2008     23 Prince Fielder / Jose Valverde / Tyler Walker / Bobby Jenks / Frank Thomas / J.J. Putz / Boof Bonser / Carlos Zambrano / Justin Masterson / Nick Blackburn / Adam Russell / Chris Young / C.C. Sabathia / Jason Botts / Chris Britton / Jeff Fulchino / Brad Nelson / Bartolo Colon / Chad Paronto / Jeff Niemann / Eddie Kunz / Jason Hirsh / Ryan Bukvich 
 2006     19 Prince Fielder / Frank Thomas / J.J. Putz / Bobby Jenks / Andrew Sisco / Chad Paronto / Chris Britton / Jose Valverde / Carlos Zambrano / Chris Young / C.C. Sabathia / Tyler Walker / Jason Botts / Boof Bonser / Bartolo Colon / Jason Hirsh / Joel Guzman / Colter Bean / Jeff Fulchino 
 2007     18 Prince Fielder / Frank Thomas / J.J. Putz / Bobby Jenks / Jose Valverde / Jason Botts / Ryan Bukvich / Chad Paronto / Carlos Zambrano / C.C. Sabathia / Boof Bonser / Chris Young / Andrew Sisco / Bartolo Colon / Jason Hirsh / Joel Guzman / Tyler Walker / Jonathan Albaladejo 
 2005     17 Andrew Sisco / Tyler Walker / J.J. Putz / Jose Valverde / Prince Fielder / Carlos Zambrano / Frank Thomas / Bartolo Colon / Bobby Jenks / Chris Young / C.C. Sabathia / J.J. Davis / Walter Young / Jason Botts / Calvin Pickering / Ryan Bukvich / Colter Bean 
 2004     13 Frank Thomas / J.J. Putz / Tyler Walker / Bucky Jacobsen / Calvin Pickering / Bartolo Colon / Carlos Zambrano / C.C. Sabathia / Jose Valverde / J.J. Davis / Ryan Bukvich / Chris Young / Jeff D'Amico 
 2003     10 Frank Thomas / Jose Valverde / Bartolo Colon / Carlos Zambrano / C.C. Sabathia / Jeff D'Amico / J.J. Davis / Ryan Bukvich / Chad Paronto / J.J. Putz 
 2002     10 Frank Thomas / C.C. Sabathia / Carlos Zambrano / Chad Paronto / Jeff D'Amico / Rich Garces / Ryan Bukvich / Bartolo Colon / J.J. Davis / Tyler Walker 
 2001      9 Rich Garces / Bartolo Colon / C.C. Sabathia / Chad Paronto / Frank Thomas / Calvin Pickering / Bobby Munoz / Jeff D'Amico / Carlos Zambrano 
 1999      7 Frank Thomas / Bartolo Colon / Rich Garces / Calvin Pickering / Steve Rain / Jeff Juden / Jeff D'Amico 
 1998      6 Frank Thomas / Bartolo Colon / Rich Garces / Calvin Pickering / Bobby Munoz / Jeff Juden 
 1997      6 Frank Thomas / Jeff D'Amico / Bartolo Colon / Rich Garces / Bobby Munoz / Jeff Juden 
 2000      5 Frank Thomas / Rich Garces / Steve Rain / Bartolo Colon / Jeff D'Amico 
 1996      5 Frank Thomas / Rich Garces / Jeff Juden / Jeff D'Amico / Bobby Munoz 
 1995      5 Frank Thomas / Jeff Juden / Sam Horn / Rich Garces / Bobby Munoz 
 1993      5 Frank Thomas / Bobby Munoz / Sam Horn / Rich Garces / Jeff Juden 
 1994      4 Frank Thomas / Bobby Munoz / Willie Smith / Jeff Juden 
 1990      4 Sam Horn / Frank Thomas / Chuck Malone / Rich Garces 
 1991      3 Frank Thomas / Sam Horn / Jeff Juden      
 1989      3 Joey Meyer / Sam Horn / Tim Stoddard      
 1988      3 Joey Meyer / Tim Stoddard / Sam Horn      

In every other season there were no more than 2.

Of course there are many different reasons that a player can weigh that much...

Here are the teams with the most in 2008.

 2008 NL Milwaukee Brewers                      3 Prince Fielder / C.C. Sabathia / Brad Nelson 
 2008 AL Boston Red Sox                         2 Justin Masterson / Bartolo Colon          
 2008 AL Chicago White Sox                      2 Bobby Jenks / Adam Russell                
 2008 NL Houston Astros                         2 Jose Valverde / Chad Paronto              
 2008 AL Minnesota Twins                        2 Boof Bonser / Nick Blackburn              
 2008 AL Baltimore Orioles                      1 Ryan Bukvich                              
 2008 NL Chicago Cubs                           1 Carlos Zambrano                           
 2008 AL Cleveland Indians                      1 C.C. Sabathia                             
 2008 NL Colorado Rockies                       1 Jason Hirsh                               
 2008 AL Kansas City Royals                     1 Jeff Fulchino                             
 2008 NL New York Mets                          1 Eddie Kunz                                
 2008 AL New York Yankees                       1 Chris Britton                             
 2008 AL Oakland Athletics                      1 Frank Thomas                              
 2008 NL San Diego Padres                       1 Chris Young                               
 2008 AL Seattle Mariners                       1 J.J. Putz                                 
 2008 NL San Francisco Giants                   1 Tyler Walker                              
 2008 AL Tampa Bay Rays                         1 Jeff Niemann                              
 2008 AL Texas Rangers                          1 Jason Botts                               
 2008 AL Toronto Blue Jays                      1 Frank Thomas                              

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