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Longest streaks as PH without getting on base

Posted by Andy on February 27, 2009

Check out this very surprising result. Here are the longest streaks where a guy appeared in a game as a PH, had at least one PA, and didn't get on base:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Mickey Mantle      1964-06-01  1966-07-06    28     28    0    0   0   0   0    1   13    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 NYY

 Steve Lyons        1990-07-18  1991-08-25    26     26    0    0   0   0   0    0    8    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CHW-BOS
 Dave Campbell      1971-08-05  1974-09-24    26     24    0    0   0   0   0    1    9    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 SDP-STL-HOU

 Luis Lopez         2000-08-01  2001-07-08    24     19    1    0   0   0   0    2    5    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 MIL
 Frank Tepedino     1971-04-06  1971-09-10    24     24    1    0   0   0   0    0    6    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 NYY-MIL

 Hiram Bocachica    2001-04-11  2001-07-28    23     24    0    0   0   0   0    0    8    0    2   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 LAD
 Jamie Quirk        1983-06-26  1986-05-10    23     22    0    0   0   0   0    1    7    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 STL-CHW-KCR
 Jay Johnstone      1982-09-25  1983-07-14    23     24    0    0   0   0   0    1    6    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CHC
 Ted Uhlaender      1972-04-18  1972-07-07    23     22    0    0   0   0   0    0    2    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CIN
 Paul Popovich      1970-09-04  1971-06-23    23     21    0    0   0   0   0    2    5    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CHC

 Juan Castro        1996-05-05  2001-05-02    22     20    0    0   0   0   0    1    7    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 LAD-CIN
 Tyler Houston      1999-06-12  2000-07-22    22     26    0    0   0   0   0    0   11    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CHC-CLE-MIL
 Richie Hebner      1985-08-15  1985-10-02    22     22    0    0   0   0   0    0    5    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CHC
 Tom Hutton         1979-08-22  1980-05-16    22     21    0    0   0   0   0    1    5    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 MON

 Alan Zinter        2002-08-16  2004-09-02    21     22    0    0   0   0   0    0   10    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 HOU-ARI
 Curtis Goodwin     1997-07-23  1998-08-04    21     21    0    0   0   0   0    0   11    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CIN-COL
 Jim Tatum          1995-07-21  1998-04-21    21     21    1    0   0   0   0    0    8    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 COL-SDP-NYM
 Milt Thompson      1996-05-20  1996-07-24    21     22    0    0   0   0   0    0    6    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 LAD-COL
 Todd Benzinger     1990-08-09  1991-05-31    21     20    0    0   0   0   0    2    2    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CIN
 Phil Linz          1965-07-25  1967-05-04    21     22    0    0   0   0   0    0    6    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 NYY-PHI
 Ray Jablonski      1959-07-16  1959-09-09    21     21    0    0   0   0   0    1    6    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 STL-KCA

 Corey Patterson    2004-06-15  2008-04-21    20     22    0    0   0   0   0    0   10    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CHC-BAL-CIN
 Gary Bennett       2003-04-07  2007-04-03    20     23    0    0   0   0   0    0    2    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 SDP-WSN-STL
 Bruce Aven         2000-04-22  2000-06-14    20     20    1    0   0   0   0    1    7    0    0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000 PIT
 Ted Simmons        1987-07-07  1988-05-05    20     19    0    0   0   0   0    1    3    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 ATL
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Ivan Murrell       1973-04-13  1973-07-15    20     19    2    0   0   0   0    0    6    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 SDP
 Bob Johnson        1965-05-11  1966-05-15    20     18    0    0   0   0   0    2    1    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 BAL
 Cap Peterson       1965-07-22  1966-04-29    20     20    1    0   0   0   0    0    5    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 SFG
 Bob Hale           1956-07-27  1957-04-26    20     16    0    0   0   0   0    5    2    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 BAL            

How many guesses do you think you would have needed to come up with Mickey Mantle as first? Mind you, Mantle appeared in lots of other games in the interim and got on base plenty. This search considers only those games in which he appeared as a PH.

As a further complication, this list also includes games where the player may have stayed in the game and played another position when getting a 2nd (or more) plate appearance.

If we restrict the search to games appearing as a PH only, here's what we get:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Ivan Murrell       1973-04-13  1974-05-29    36     35    2    0   0   0   0    0   12    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 SDP-ATL                                     

 Paul Popovich      1970-06-06  1971-06-23    33     31    0    0   0   0   0    2    6    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CHC                                         

 Ted Uhlaender      1971-04-15  1972-07-07    30     29    0    0   0   0   0    0    5    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 CLE-CIN                                     

 Dale Sveum         1986-08-31  1996-09-25    28     28    0    0   0   0   0    0   16    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 MIL-PHI-CHW-OAK-SEA-PIT                     

 Quilvio Veras      1996-04-07  1999-09-29    27     26    0    0   0   0   0    1   11    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 FLA-SDP                                     
 Mickey Mantle      1964-06-01  1966-07-06    27     26    0    0   0   0   0    1   13    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 NYY                                         

 John Rabb          1984-04-29  1988-07-31    25     25    0    0   0   0   0    0   16    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 SFG-ATL-SEA                                 
 Choo Choo Coleman  1961-05-04  1963-05-04    25     24    1    0   0   0   0    1    7    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 PHI-NYM                                     

Ahh, Dale Sveum. Rhymes with shame. Or blame. Or lame.

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Short at First Base

Posted by Raphy on February 26, 2009

In 2008 Ron Belliard played 33 games at first base for the Nationals. Belliard became the first 5 ft 8 (or shorter) player since 1971 and only the sixth since 1901 to play at least 20 games at first in one season.

  Cnt Player            Year  Ht  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  Positions
+----+-----------------+----+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Ron Belliard      2008 5.08  33 WSN NL  96 337 296  37  85 22  0 11  46  37   1  58   3   1   0   6   3  2  .287  .372  .473  .845 354/6
    2 Roberto Pena      1971 5.08  34 MIL AL 113 293 274  17  65  9  3  3  28  15   3  37   1   3   0   7   2  1  .237  .279  .325  .604 356/4
    3 Paul Smith        1953 5.08  22 PIT NL 118 427 389  41 110 12  7  4  44  24   0  23   3  11   0   8   3  0  .283  .329  .380  .709 *37
    4 Heinie Mueller    1924 5.08  24 STL NL  92 320 296  39  78 12  6  2  37  19   0  16   2   3   0   0   8  7  .264  .312  .365  .677 83/97
    5 Hack Simmons      1910 5.08  25 DET AL  42 126 110  12  25  3  1  0   9  10   0   0   2   4   0   0   1  0  .227  .303  .273  .576 *3/589
    6 Charlie Dexter    1901 5.07  25 CHC NL 116 488 460  46 123  9  5  1  66  16   0   0   7   5   0   0  22  0  .267  .302  .315  .617 3549/827

In fact, in 2008, Belliard was the only player to play at least 20 games at first and admit being less than 6 feet tall. (However, the number of players at 6-0 leads one to believe that there is a lot of  liberal rounding involved.) There were however, 21 players who did see some action at 1st despite being under 6 feet.

    1 Ron Belliard        5.08   2008  33 WSN NL  96 337 296  37  85 22  0 11  46  37   1  58   3   1   0   6   3  2  .287  .372  .473  .845 354/6
    2 Luis Rodriguez      5.09   2008  28 SDP NL  64 225 202  22  58 11  1  0  12  13   0  13   0   7   3   9   1  1  .287  .326  .351  .677 *6/435
    3 Howie Clark         5.10   2008  34 MIN AL   4   8   8   0   2  2  0  0   1   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  0  .250  .250  .500  .750 /*345
    4 Marco Scutaro       5.10   2008  32 TOR AL 145 592 517  76 138 23  1  7  60  57   0  65   5   6   7   8   7  2  .267  .341  .356  .697 645/37D
    5 Javier Valentin     5.10   2008  32 CIN NL  94 144 129  10  33  8  0  4  18  14   0  27   0   0   1   2   0  0  .256  .326  .411  .737 23/5
    6 Paul Lo Duca        5.10   2008  36 TOT NL  67 193 173  16  42  9  0  0  15  15   0  11   5   0   0  10   1  0  .243  .321  .295  .616 23/7D
    7 Brian Barden        5.11   2008  27 STL NL   9  10   9   0   2  0  0  0   1   0   0   4   0   1   0   0   0  0  .222  .222  .222  .444 /543
    8 Curtis Thigpen      5.11   2008  25 TOR AL  10  21  17   2   3  0  0  1   1   1   0   8   1   2   0   0   0  0  .176  .263  .353  .616 /*23
    9 Jason LaRue         5.11   2008  34 STL NL  61 189 164  17  35  8  1  4  21  15   1  20   5   3   2   6   0  0  .213  .296  .348  .644 *2/3
   10 Damion Easley       5.11   2008  38 NYM NL 113 347 316  33  85 10  2  6  44  19   0  38   7   2   3  15   0  0  .269  .322  .370  .692 *4/673D5
   11 Marlon Anderson     5.11   2008  34 NYM NL  87 151 138  16  29  6  0  1  10   9   0  27   0   2   2   2   2  1  .210  .255  .275  .530 7/34D
   12 Pablo Sandoval      5.11   2008  21 SFG NL  41 154 145  24  50 10  1  3  24   4   1  14   1   0   4   6   0  0  .345  .357  .490  .847 352
   13 Henry Blanco        5.11   2008  36 CHC NL  58 128 120  15  35  3  0  3  12   6   1  22   0   2   0   4   0  0  .292  .325  .392  .717 *2/3
   14 Ramon Vazquez       5.11   2008  31 TEX AL 105 347 300  44  87 18  3  6  40  38   3  66   0   5   4   4   0  1  .290  .365  .430  .795 *564/3
   15 Jose Vidro          5.11   2008  33 SEA AL  85 330 308  28  72 11  0  7  45  18   2  36   0   2   2   5   2  1  .234  .274  .338  .612 *D/3
   16 Chris Burke         5.11   2008  28 ARI NL  86 199 165  20  32  5  1  2  12  27   8  33   2   2   3   2   5  0  .194  .310  .273  .583 47/3956
   17 Oscar Salazar       5.11   2008  30 BAL AL  34  94  81  13  23  3  0  5  15  12   0  13   0   0   1   1   0  1  .284  .372  .506  .878 3/5D6
   18 Brad Ausmus         5.11   2008  39 HOU NL  81 250 216  15  47  8  0  3  24  25   3  41   2   6   1   4   0  2  .218  .303  .296  .599 *2/345
   19 Yadier Molina       5.11   2008  25 STL NL 124 485 444  37 135 18  0  7  56  32   4  29   1   3   5  21   0  2  .304  .349  .392  .741 *2/3D
   20 Brian Myrow         5.11   2008  31 SDP NL  21  24  21   1   3  0  0  1   3   2   0   5   0   0   1   1   0  0  .143  .208  .286  .494 /3
   21 Max Ramirez         5.11   2008  23 TEX AL  17  55  46   8  10  1  0  2   9   6   0  15   3   0   0   0   0  0  .217  .345  .370  .715 *2/3D   

The last player who was officially listed at under 6 ft., played enough to qualify for a batting title and played at least half his games at first was Ron Coomer in 2000. Here are the qualifiers for the last 20 years.

  Cnt Player            Year  Ht  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  Positions
 ----+-----------------+----+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------
    1 Ron Coomer        2000 5.11  33 MIN AL 140 589 544  64 147 29  1 16  82  36   2  50   4   0   5  25   2  0  .270  .317  .415  .732 *3/D5
    2 Gregg Jefferies   1995 5.10  27 PHI NL 114 521 480  69 147 31  2 11  56  35   5  26   0   0   6  15   9  5  .306  .349  .448  .797 *37
    3 Orlando Merced    1994 5.11  27 PIT NL 108 431 386  48 105 21  3  9  51  42   5  58   1   0   2  17   4  1  .272  .343  .412  .755 *9*3
    4 Gregg Jefferies   1994 5.10  26 STL NL 103 447 397  52 129 27  1 12  55  45  12  26   1   0   4   9  12  5  .325  .391  .489  .880 *3
    5 John Kruk         1993 5.10  32 PHI NL 150 651 535 100 169 33  5 14  85 111  10  87   0   0   5  11   6  2  .316  .430  .475  .905 *3
    6 Gregg Jefferies   1993 5.10  25 STL NL 142 612 544  89 186 24  3 16  83  62   7  32   2   0   4  15  46  9  .342  .408  .485  .893 *3/4
    7 John Kruk         1992 5.10  31 PHI NL 144 607 507  86 164 30  4 10  70  92   8  88   1   0   7  11   3  5  .323  .423  .458  .881 *39/7
    8 John Kruk         1991 5.10  30 PHI NL 152 615 538  84 158 27  6 21  92  67  16 100   1   0   9  11   7  0  .294  .367  .483  .850 *378/9
    9 Brook Jacoby      1990 5.11  30 CLE AL 155 624 553  77 162 24  4 14  75  63   6  58   2   2   4  20   1  4  .293  .365  .427  .792 *5*3

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More HR leaders

Posted by Andy on February 26, 2009

Following up on yesterday's post, here are the all-time leaders in HR for guys who played for at least 5 franchises:

  Cnt Player             **HR**  Tms 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 Frank Robinson      586      5 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11743 10006 1829 2943 528  72 1812 1420 218 1532 198  17 102 269  204  77  .294  .389  .537  .926 97D3/85   CIN-BAL-LAD-CAL-CLE 
    2 Eddie Murray        504      5 1977 1997 21-41 3026 12817 11336 1627 3255 560  35 1917 1333 222 1516  18   2 128 316  110  43  .287  .359  .476  .835 *3D/57    BAL-LAD-NYM-CLE-BAL-ANA 
    3 Gary Sheffield      499      7 1988 2008 19-39 2476 10635  8949 1592 2615 454  25 1633 1435 127 1125 133   9 109 225  251 103  .292  .394  .516  .910 957D/63   MIL-SDP-FLA-LAD-ATL-NYY-DET 
    4 Fred McGriff        493      6 1986 2004 22-40 2460 10174  8757 1349 2490 441  24 1550 1305 171 1882  39   2  71 226   72  38  .284  .377  .509  .886 *3D       TOR-SDP-ATL-TBD-CHC-LAD 
    5 Dave Winfield       465      6 1973 1995 21-43 2971 12358 11003 1669 3110 540  88 1833 1216 172 1686  25  19  95 319  223  96  .283  .353  .475  .828 *97D8/35  SDP-NYY-CAL-TOR-MIN-CLE 
    6 Jose Canseco        462      7 1985 2001 20-36 1887  8129  7057 1186 1877 340  14 1407  906  64 1942  84   1  81 178  200  88  .266  .353  .515  .868 D97/81    OAK-TEX-BOS-OAK-TOR-TBD-NYY-CHW 
    7 Dave Kingman        442      7 1971 1986 22-37 1941  7429  6677  901 1575 240  25 1210  608  72 1816  53  16  75 139   85  49  .236  .302  .478  .780 37D59/1   SFG-NYM-SDP-NYY-CAL-CHC-OAK 
    8 Mike Piazza         427      5 1992 2007 23-38 1912  7745  6911 1048 2127 344   8 1335  759 146 1113  30   0  45 229   17  20  .308  .377  .545  .922 *2D/3     LAD-NYM-FLA-SDP-OAK 
    9 Andres Galarraga    399      7 1985 2004 24-43 2257  8916  8096 1195 2333 444  32 1425  583 106 2003 178   1  58 179  128  81  .288  .347  .499  .846 *3/D5     MON-STL-COL-ATL-TEX-SFG-MON-ANA 
   10 Joe Carter          396      6 1983 1998 23-38 2189  9154  8422 1170 2184 432  53 1445  527  86 1387  90  10 105 132  231  66  .259  .306  .464  .770 7983D/45  CHC-CLE-SDP-TOR-SFG-BAL 

You can see that Sheffield is the leader for guys playing for at least 7 franchises, so let's see about 8:

  Cnt Player             **HR**  Tms 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 Bobby Bonds         332      8 1968 1981 22-35 1849  8090  7043 1258 1886 302  66 1024  914  75 1757  53  16  64 107  461 169  .268  .353  .471  .824 *98/D7    SFG-NYY-CAL-TEX-CHW-CLE-STL-CHC 
    2 Ron Gant            321      8 1987 2003 22-38 1832  7320  6449 1080 1651 302  50 1008  770  38 1411  32  12  57  98  243 102  .256  .336  .468  .804 *784/5D9  ATL-CIN-STL-PHI-ANA-OAK-COL-SDP 
    3 Ruben Sierra        306      9 1986 2006 20-40 2186  8782  8044 1084 2152 428  59 1322  610 102 1239   7   1 120 193  142  52  .268  .315  .450  .765 *9D7/8    TEX-OAK-NYY-DET-TOR-CIN-CHW-TEX-SEA-NYY-MIN 
    4 Reggie Sanders      305      8 1991 2007 23-39 1777  7043  6241 1037 1666 341  60  983  674  49 1614  71  14  43 121  304 115  .267  .343  .487  .830 *978/D    CIN-SDP-ATL-ARI-SFG-PIT-STL-KCR 
    5 Steve Finley        304      8 1989 2007 24-42 2583 10460  9397 1443 2548 449 124 1167  844  69 1299  53  91  75 152  320 118  .271  .332  .442  .774 *89/7D1   BAL-HOU-SDP-ARI-LAD-LAA-SFG-COL 
    6 Rickey Henderson    297      9 1979 2003 20-44 3081 13346 10961 2295 3055 510  66 1115 2190  61 1694  98  30  67 172 1406 335  .279  .401  .419  .820 *78D/9    OAK-NYY-TOR-OAK-SDP-ANA-NYM-SEA-SDP-BOS-LAD 
    7 Bobby Bonilla       287      8 1986 2001 23-38 2113  8255  7213 1084 2010 408  61 1173  912 128 1204  28   5  97 169   45  57  .279  .358  .472  .830 5973/D81  PIT-CHW-PIT-NYM-BAL-FLA-LAD-ATL-STL 
    8 Matt Stairs         254     11 1992 2008 24-40 1662  5709  4937  737 1313 283  13  864  674  54 1037  54   5  39 107   28  24  .266  .358  .483  .841 9D37/84   MON-BOS-OAK-CHC-MIL-PIT-KCR-TEX-DET-TOR-PHI 
    9 Todd Zeile          253     11 1989 2004 23-38 2158  8649  7573  986 2004 397  23 1110  945  47 1279  42   8  81 223   53  51  .265  .346  .423  .769 *532/D71  STL-CHC-PHI-BAL-LAD-TEX-FLA-NYM-COL-MON-NYY 
   10 Deron Johnson       245      8 1960 1976 21-37 1765  6620  5941  706 1447 247  33  923  585  54 1318  20  13  61 164   11  18  .244  .311  .420  .731 35D7/98   NYY-KCA-CIN-ATL-PHI-OAK-MIL-BOS-CHW 

Wow, so, Matt Stairs is the leader for guys playing for at least 11 franchises. How about 12, then?

  Cnt Player             **HR**  Tms 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 Mike Morgan           0     12 1978 2002 18-42  597   573   497   13   54   3   1   15   13   0  151   1  59   3   5    0   0  .109  .132  .119  .251 *1        OAK-NYY-TOR-SEA-BAL-LAD-CHC-STL-CIN-MIN-CHC-TEX-ARI 

These searches are all from 1901 to present, and Morgan is the only guy who registers as having played with 12 franchises. Even kicking it back to 1871, Morgan is the only one. So does he count as a record holder even though he didn't hit any homers? Well, at least he is the leader for most every other offensive stat--such as career leader in RBI (15) for guys playing with 12 teams.

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Trivia time

Posted by Andy on February 25, 2009

Which player who played his entire career for only one franchise hit the most career homers? Answer is after the jump.

4 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

2008 non-hitting streaks

Posted by Andy on February 24, 2009

After yesterday's look at longest hitting streaks in 2008, here are the longest non-hitting streaks. Here are the most consecutive games without a hit (but with at least 1 plate appearance.)

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Jay Bergmann       2008-04-03  2008-09-26    20     40    0    0   0   0   0    0   20    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 WSN                                         

 Mark Sweeney       2008-06-08  2008-07-27    18     19    0    0   0   0   0    0   10    1    0   0  .000  .050  .000  .050 LAD                                         

 Robert Andino      2008-04-12  2008-06-25    17     18    1    0   0   0   0    0   13    4    0   0  .000  .182  .000  .182 FLA                                         
 Mark Sweeney       2008-04-02  2008-04-27    17     15    0    0   0   0   0    0    4    2    0   0  .000  .118  .000  .118 LAD                                         
 Marlon Anderson    2008-04-01  2008-04-23    17     15    0    0   0   0   0    0    6    1    1   0  .000  .063  .000  .063 NYM                                         

Wow, Mark Sweeney makes the list twice. That's pretty impressive given that he had only 92 AB all year. Of course, hitting .130 will do that for you.

Just at home:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Brian Moehler      2008-04-18  2008-09-26    15     26    0    0   0   0   0    0   13    1    0   0  .000  .037  .000  .037 HOU                                         
 Mark Sweeney       2008-08-01  2008-09-25    15     12    0    0   0   0   0    0    3    3    0   0  .000  .200  .000  .200 LAD                                         

 Seth Smith         2008-08-14  2008-09-20    14     12    0    0   0   0   0    0    2    4    0   0  .000  .250  .000  .250 COL                                         
 Braden Looper      2008-06-18  2008-09-11    14     16    0    0   0   0   0    0    9    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 STL                                         
 Kyle Lohse         2008-04-27  2008-09-09    14     26    0    0   0   0   0    0    7    0    0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000 STL                                         
 Johnny Cueto       2008-04-03  2008-09-06    14     21    2    0   0   0   0    0    8    1    0   0  .000  .045  .000  .045 CIN                                         

There's Sweeney again, and now we get some pitchers mixed in too, which makes sense.

And just road games:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Mark Sweeney       2008-05-13  2008-08-08    20     25    0    0   0   0   0    0    8    3    0   0  .000  .107  .000  .107 LAD                                         

 Ubaldo Jimenez     2008-04-03  2008-09-28    17     33    0    0   0   0   0    0   14    2    0   0  .000  .057  .000  .057 COL                                         

 John Lannan        2008-04-06  2008-09-27    15     28    0    0   0   0   0    0   16    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 WSN                                         

Poor Sweeney.

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Miguel Dilone – Part 2 (1978)

Posted by Raphy on February 24, 2009

On Sunday, Steve presented a record held by Miguel Dilone.  This led me to take a closer look  Dilone's numbers and, believe it or not, he actually holds another record and its not even close.

Here are the players who have been caught stealing at least 20 times in one season sorted by the number of times that they reached base.

  Cnt Player            **TOB** CS Year Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+-------+--+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Miguel Dilone        83   23 1978  23 OAK AL 135 292 258  34  59  8  0  1  14  23   0  30   1  10   0   2  50  .229  .294  .271  .565 798/5
    2 Mike Edwards        131   21 1978  25 OAK AL 142 446 414  48 113 16  2  1  23  16   0  32   2  14   0   7  27  .273  .303  .329  .632 *4/6
    3 Jimmy Walsh         140   21 1914  28 TOT AL 111 439 352  48  77 12  9  4  47  59   0  48   4  24   0   0  12  .219  .337  .338  .675 *78/9
    4 Cliff Heathcote     150   24 1924  26 CHC NL 113 433 392  66 121 19  7  0  30  28   0  28   1  12   0   0  26  .309  .356  .393  .749 *98/7
    5 Jimmy Austin        152   23 1914  34 SLB AL 130 523 466  55 111 16  4  0  30  40   0  59   1  16   0   0  20  .238  .300  .290  .590 *5
    6 Buck Weaver         158   20 1914  23 CHW AL 136 576 541  64 133 20  9  2  28  20   0  40   5  10   0   0  14  .246  .279  .327  .606 *6
    7 Hal Janvrin         158   20 1914  21 BOS AL 145 553 492  65 117 18  6  1  51  38   0  50   3  20   0   0  29  .238  .296  .305  .601 436/5
    8 Claudell Washingt   159   20 1976  21 OAK AL 134 530 490  65 126 20  6  5  53  30   1  90   3   3   4  13  37  .257  .302  .353  .655 *98/D
    9 Cecil Espy          162   20 1989  26 TEX AL 142 527 475  65 122 12  7  3  31  38   2  99   2  10   2   2  45  .257  .313  .331  .644 *8/D79
   10 Clyde Milan         163   21 1914  27 WSH AL 115 481 437  63 129 19 11  1  39  32   0  26   2  10   0   0  38  .295  .346  .396  .742 *8/7

In 1978 Miguel Dilone reached base 83 times an was caught stealing 23. No one else has ever  been caught stealing 20 or more times and reached base less than 131 times.  And while Dilone did do some pinch running , even if you add his 47 pinch runs to his times on base, he is still one less than Mike Edwards ('78),  the #2 man on the list.

On the flip side, during that season Dilone also stole 50 bases,  making him the player with the fewest times on base and 50 or more SB. Here however,  we can not ignore the pinch runs. Otis Nixon (1990), the number 2 man on this list, who reached base only 3 times more than Dilone, pinch ran 21 times less.

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2008 hitting streaks

Posted by Andy on February 23, 2009

Here are the longest hitting streaks (consecutive games with at least 1 hit) in 2008:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Ian Kinsler        2008-06-17  2008-07-13    25    106   25   45  15   2   4   16   13   17    6   0  .425  .508  .717 1.225 TEX                                         

 Garret Anderson    2008-07-23  2008-08-20    23     96   12   35   7   0   4   21   11    4    0   1  .365  .390  .563  .953 LAA                                         
 Michael Young      2008-05-14  2008-06-10    23    109   27   37   7   1   3   13   19    5    2   0  .339  .368  .505  .873 TEX                                         

 Kelly Johnson      2008-09-01  2008-09-24    22     87   17   35   9   3   3   18   14    5    1   2  .402  .435  .678 1.113 ATL                       

I thought maybe that if we limited it to just home games, there might be a longer streak, perhaps by a Red Sox player, but no:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Akinori Iwamura    2008-06-22  2008-08-19    21     83   14   28   6   2   0    8   13   11    1   2  .337  .421  .458  .879 TBR                                         
 Edgar Renteria     2008-06-11  2008-08-15    21     78   14   32   6   0   1    8    9    8    1   0  .410  .465  .526  .991 DET                                         

 Ichiro Suzuki      2008-04-14  2008-05-27    20     75   18   27   7   1   1    7    5    9   13   1  .360  .442  .520  .962 SEA                                         

 Garrett Atkins     2008-07-06  2008-08-24    19     77   13   26   8   0   1   15    7    7    1   0  .338  .388  .481  .869 COL                                         

Well how about on the road?

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Dustin Pedroia     2008-05-31  2008-08-10    29    128   27   54   9   1   6   16    6    8    4   1  .422  .457  .648 1.105 BOS                                         

 Lance Berkman      2008-04-30  2008-06-19    23     87   18   38   7   0   7   17   10   12    2   0  .437  .505  .759 1.264 HOU                                         

 Ichiro Suzuki      2008-08-16  2008-09-21    22     97   11   34   4   1   1    5    8    6    5   0  .351  .394  .443  .837 SEA                                         

 Adrian Gonzalez    2008-04-11  2008-05-13    19     77   12   28   6   1   6   16   13    4    0   0  .364  .390  .701 1.091 SDP                                         

So, laugh, a Red Sox player had the longest hit streak on the road. Go figure on that one. Also, Ichiro makes both lists--too bad he didn't have the streaks at the same time or he might have ripped off a 40-gamer.

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Most Home Runs Without a 3 Homer Game

Posted by Raphy on February 23, 2009

Recently, Andy looked at the unlikely players who hit 3 home runs in a game.  I'd like to do the opposite and find the home run hitters who have never have hit 3 in one game.  Since 1956,  35 players have  400 or more home runs. Three of those players (the ones on  this list whose career home runs are all accounted for) never hit 3 in one game*:

  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
+----+-----------------+-------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    7 Rafael Palmeiro     569   1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046 10472 1663 3020 585  38 1835 1353 171 1348  87  15 119 231   97  40  .288  .371  .515  .886 *3D7/98   CHC-TEX-BAL
   18 Gary Sheffield      499   1988 2008 19-39 2476 10635  8949 1592 2615 454  25 1633 1435 127 1125 133   9 109 225  251 103  .292  .394  .516  .910 957D/63   MIL-SDP-TOT-FLA-LAD-ATL-NYY-DET
   19 Fred McGriff        493   1986 2004 22-40 2460 10174  8757 1349 2490 441  24 1550 1305 171 1882  39   2  71 226   72  38  .284  .377  .509  .886 *3D       TOR-SDP-TOT-ATL-TBD-TOT-CHC-LAD-TBD
   

It is interesting that (before the streroid scandall) these players all sort of had the same reputation; players who no one thought of as Hall-of-Famers that all of a sudden had career numbers to warrant a discussion.

* Note: Mickey Mantle hit 415 home runs from 1956 until the end of his career without a three home run game.  However, according to this list, Mantle had a 3 home run game on May 13, 1955.

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Five Hit Games

Posted by Raphy on February 22, 2009

Here are the players (1956--2008) with at least 5 games in their career of at least 5 hits. The list surprised me a bit.

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Pete Rose            10 Ind. Games
 Tony Gwynn            9 Ind. Games
 Dave Winfield         7 Ind. Games
 Ichiro Suzuki         7 Ind. Games
 Paul Molitor          7 Ind. Games
 Johnny Damon          7 Ind. Games
 Roberto Clemente      7 Ind. Games
 Rod Carew             7 Ind. Games
 Kirby Puckett         6 Ind. Games
 Lou Brock             6 Ind. Games
 Luis Aparicio         6 Ind. Games
 Maury Wills           5 Ind. Games
 Bernie Williams       5 Ind. Games
 Alfonso Soriano       5 Ind. Games
 Rafael Palmeiro       5 Ind. Games
 Jorge Orta            5 Ind. Games
 Willie Mays           5 Ind. Games
 Kenny Lofton          5 Ind. Games
 Curt Flood            5 Ind. Games
 Andre Dawson          5 Ind. Games
 Orlando Cepeda        5 Ind. Games
 George Brett          5 Ind. Games

In addition to some great and really good players we also have some good players who didn't walk much.

As difficult as 5 in a career seem, Ichiro and Gwynn both pulled off 4 in a season and Dave Winfield had 3 in June of  '84. (Don Mattingly also had 2 such games that month giving the Yankees 5 in one month. They went 2-3 in those games)

On the opposite end of the spectrum, of the 47 players who have 2500 or more hits since 1956, only Barry Bonds and Louis Gonzalez have never had a 5 hit game.

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The Power Of Miguel Dilone

Posted by Steve Lombardi on February 22, 2009

Here's a silly and hopefully fun list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Season Finder - since "Day One" of the D.H. (1973) how many players have qualified for the batting title (502+ PA), hit zero homeruns that season and yet had a Slugging Percentage over .400?  The answer?  Just  one:

  Cnt Player             SLG  HR  PA Year Age
+----+-----------------+-----+--+---+----+---+
    1 Miguel Dilone      .432  0 566 1980  25
    2 Lance Johnson      .396  0 579 1993  29
    3 Ozzie Smith        .383  0 706 1987  32
    4 Greg Gross         .377  0 676 1974  21
    5 Dave Cash          .375  0 709 1977  29
    6 Willie Randolph    .374  0 512 1991  36
    7 Harold Reynolds    .369  0 677 1989  28
    8 Luis Castillo      .366  0 563 1999  23
    9 Greg Gross         .364  0 558 1975  22
   10 Juan Pierre        .353  0 729 2007  29
   11 Frank Taveras      .353  0 702 1978  28
   12 Omar Vizquel       .352  0 527 1992  25

For all his "work" that season, Dilone (the Charlie Hustle of Winter Ball) finished 22nd in the MVP voting.  But, in terms of the "Baseball After The Introduction of the D.H." era, he just may have a record that will never be broken.

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