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Archive for June, 2009

Verklempt In A Hurry

Posted by Steve Lombardi on June 30, 2009

Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Game Finder, since 1954, RP with the most career "L" games where they faced just one batter in the game:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Mike Myers            7 Ind. Games
 Steve Kline           6 Ind. Games
 Dave Rucker           5 Ind. Games
 Ray King              4 Ind. Games
 Norm Charlton         4 Ind. Games
 Gary Wayne            3 Ind. Games
 Greg Swindell         3 Ind. Games
 Scott Schoeneweis     3 Ind. Games
 Ricardo Rincon        3 Ind. Games
 Dennis Powell         3 Ind. Games
 Dan Plesac            3 Ind. Games
 Bob McClure           3 Ind. Games
 Sparky Lyle           3 Ind. Games
 Graeme Lloyd          3 Ind. Games
 Dennis Kinney         3 Ind. Games
 Mike Jackson          3 Ind. Games
 Mike Holtz            3 Ind. Games
 Mark Guthrie          3 Ind. Games
 Rich Gossage          3 Ind. Games
 Tony Fossas           3 Ind. Games
 Eddie Fisher          3 Ind. Games
 John Candelaria       3 Ind. Games
 Jim Brewer            3 Ind. Games
 Tom Bolton            3 Ind. Games

Mike Myers has 24 career losses - and in 7 of them he faced only one batter.  Then again, Myers pitched in 314 games in the big leagues where he faced only one batter in the contest.

3 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

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

Most 10+ K games

Posted by Andy on June 30, 2009

Tim Lincecum struck out only 8 batters last night, but check out where he ranks among 10+ strikeout games among the first 74 career cames for pitchers (since 1954):

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Dwight Gooden        27 Ind. Games                
 Herb Score           22 Ind. Games                
 Kerry Wood           18 Ind. Games                
 Mark Prior           16 Ind. Games                
 Hideo Nomo           16 Ind. Games                
 Tim Lincecum         15 Ind. Games                
 Oliver Perez         14 Ind. Games                
 Roger Clemens        13 Ind. Games                
 Bobby Witt           12 Ind. Games                
 Nolan Ryan           11 Ind. Games                
 Vida Blue            11 Ind. Games                
 Bob Turley           10 Ind. Games                
 Tom Phoebus          10 Ind. Games                
 Randy Johnson        10 Ind. Games                
 Cole Hamels          10 Ind. Games                
 Dennis Eckersley     10 Ind. Games                
 Al Downing           10 Ind. Games                

In case you're wondering, 74 happens to be the number of games Lincecum has appeared in so far in his major-league career.

If we change it to most games with 8+ strikeouts, look who rises to number 1:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Tim Lincecum         39 Ind. Games                
 Dwight Gooden        38 Ind. Games                
 Kerry Wood           36 Ind. Games                
 Herb Score           36 Ind. Games                
 Mark Prior           35 Ind. Games                
 Hideo Nomo           33 Ind. Games                
 Roger Clemens        28 Ind. Games                
 Frank Tanana         26 Ind. Games                
 Oliver Perez         24 Ind. Games                
 Ron Guidry           24 Ind. Games                
 Vida Blue            24 Ind. Games                
 Bobby Witt           23 Ind. Games                
 Cole Hamels          23 Ind. Games                
 Roy Oswalt           22 Ind. Games                
 Jose DeLeon          22 Ind. Games                
 Bert Blyleven        21 Ind. Games                
 Greg Swindell        20 Ind. Games                
 Ramon Martinez       20 Ind. Games                
 Scott Kazmir         20 Ind. Games                
 Al Downing           20 Ind. Games                
 Dave Boswell         20 Ind. Games                
 Bob Turley           19 Ind. Games                
 A.J. Burnett         19 Ind. Games                

Bet you didn't see that coming, eh?

2 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

When did the all-time Saves leaders get their first RBI?

Posted by Andy on June 30, 2009

I thought it would be fun to see when each of the top 10 pitchers in career saves got their first RBI as batters. Mariano Rivera got his in the same game as his 500th career save.

Here are the saves leaders through Monday morning:

  Cnt Player             **SV** From  To   Ages   G   GS  CG SHO  GF  W   L   W-L%   IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO    ERA  ERA+  HR   BF  IBB HBP  BK  WP Teams
+----+-----------------+-------+----+----+-----+----+---+---+---+---+---+---+-----+------+----+----+----+----+----+------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+-----------+
    1 Trevor Hoffman      571   1993 2009 25-41  953   0   0   0 794  57  67  .460 1010.2  779  341  310  279 1074   2.76  146  90  4062  54   8   0  47 TOT-SDP-MIL
    2 Mariano Rivera      500   1995 2009 25-39  881  10   0   0 740  69  51  .575 1054.1  828  292  270  247  973   2.30  197  58  4218  31  37   3  11 NYY
    3 Lee Smith           478   1980 1997 22-39 1022   6   0   0 802  71  92  .436 1289.1 1133  475  434  486 1251   3.03  131  89  5387 100  10   4  47 CHC-BOS-TOT-STL-BAL-CAL-TOT-MON
    4 John Franco         424   1984 2005 23-44 1119   0   0   0 774  90  87  .508 1245.2 1166  466  400  495  975   2.89  137  81  5312  78  22   9  54 CIN-NYM-HOU
    5 Dennis Eckersley    390   1975 1998 20-43 1071 361 100  20 577 197 171  .535 3285.2 3076 1382 1278  738 2401   3.50  116 347 13534  91  75  16  28 CLE-BOS-TOT-CHC-OAK-STL
    6 Billy Wagner        385   1995 2008 23-36  765   0   0   0 637  39  37  .513  818    555  243  218  270 1066   2.40  180  76  3269  23  29   1  40 HOU-PHI-NYM
    7 Jeff Reardon        367   1979 1994 23-38  880   0   0   0 695  73  77  .487 1132.1 1000  426  397  358  877   3.16  121 109  4720  65  27   4  20 NYM-TOT-MON-MIN-BOS-CIN-NYY
    8 Troy Percival       358   1995 2009 25-39  703   1   0   0 546  35  43  .449  708.2  479  271  250  306  781   3.17  146  85  2915  25  27   2  32 CAL-ANA-DET-STL-TBR
    9 Randy Myers         347   1985 1998 22-35  728  12   1   0 548  44  63  .411  884.2  758  338  314  396  884   3.19  122  69  3744  43  12   2  32 NYM-CIN-SDP-CHC-BAL-TOT
   10 Rollie Fingers      341   1968 1985 21-38  944  37   4   2 709 114 118  .491 1701.1 1474  615  549  492 1299   2.90  119 123  6942 109  39   7  40 OAK-SDP-MIL

Trevor Hoffman's first RBI came in this game in 1995, and is typical of what I'd expect to see for closers. He came in during extra innings and stayed in the game to bat after throwing 19 pitches in the bottom of the 9th. In the top of the 10th, Hoffman his a 2-run double as part of a 9-run rally.  Hoffman pitched the bottom of the 10th, allowing a solor homer to Charlie Hayes but earning the win.

Mariano Rivera got his first RBI on Sunday night, drawing a bases-loaded walk off Francisco Rodriguez. This is particularly surprising given that Mark Teixeira was batting after Rivera. You'd think K-Rod would have gone after Mariano.

Lee Smith's first RBI came in this 1982 game where he was the starting pitcher. He hit a solo homer off Phil Niekro in the top of the 2nd.

John Franco's only career RBI came in 1985, in a very similar situation to that of Trevor Hoffman. He pitched the bottom of the 10th, hit a bases-loaded single to score 1 run as part of a 7-run rally in the top of the 11th, then retired the Braves in the bottom of the inning. 1 win and 1 RBI.

Dennis Eckersley's first RBI came in 1984 when he joined the National League. He hit a run-scoring single as the starting pitcher. Later in 1986, he had 10 RBI in one season!

Billy Wagner's only career RBI to date came in 2003, again in similar fashion to Hoffman and Franco. He finished off the 8th, was part of a 4-run rally in the 9th (getting his RBI on a bases-loaded walk like Rivera) and finished up the 9th. The only difference here was that the Astros were already leading when Wagner came in so he earned a save, not a win.

Jeff Reardon's first RBI came in the same circumstance as Wagner's in this 1982 game. He came in to pitch the 8th inning with the Expos already leading, hit an RBI double during a 2-run 9th inning, then pitched the 9th. As the Expos were already ahead 9-3 when Reardon came in, he didn't get a save or a win.

Troy Percival has never had an RBI!  He's had only 5 career plate appearances, 4 of them coming during his lone year in the NL and all of them resulting in strikeouts. He did have a runner on first 3 times.

Randy Myers spelled David Cone with one out in the 8th inning of this 1988 game and then batted in the 9th, doubling in a run. He then retired the side in the 9th for a save.

Rollie Fingers pitched much earlier than rest of these guys and  consequently had a fair number of plate appearances even when pitching as a reliever (since, back in those days, even closers often pitched 2 or 3 innings routinely.) But it was a the starting pitcher in this 1970 game that Fingers got his first RBI, coming on a solo homer in the 9th off John Gelnar that padded the score to 4-1. Fingers notched the complete-game victory.

Well that was a fun little exercise. Totally meaningless, but fun!

3 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Mariano Rivera – saves more than 1 inning

Posted by Andy on June 29, 2009

Mariano Rivera recorded his 500th career save last night so this week I'm going to look a bit at his achievement in historical perspective. Don't worry Yankee haters--these posts will not be focused on how wonderful the Yankees (and Rivera) are.

Anyway, last night was also Rivera's 110th career save of more than 1 inning. Here are the career leaders in such saves:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Rollie Fingers      201 Ind. Games                
 Rich Gossage        193 Ind. Games                
 Bruce Sutter        188 Ind. Games                
 Lee Smith           169 Ind. Games                
 Dan Quisenberry     160 Ind. Games                
 Jeff Reardon        152 Ind. Games                
 Sparky Lyle         134 Ind. Games                
 Mike Marshall       127 Ind. Games                
 Gene Garber         127 Ind. Games                
 Hoyt Wilhelm        125 Ind. Games                
 Mariano Rivera      109 Ind. Games                
 Dave Righetti       108 Ind. Games                
 Ron Perranoski      107 Ind. Games                
 Doug Jones          106 Ind. Games                
 Dennis Eckersley    106 Ind. Games                
 Steve Bedrosian     105 Ind. Games                
 Tug McGraw          104 Ind. Games                
 Stu Miller          102 Ind. Games                
 Kent Tekulve        100 Ind. Games                

(The database hasn't updated yet today which is why it shows Rivera with 109 such saves.)

It's interesting that Trevor Hoffman, despite having more saves than Rivera, doesn't make this list. This probably has a lot to do with how each player was managed and used and also perhaps the strength of the bullpens of each team. Turns out that Hoffman, despite having 571 career saves, has only 55 saves of more than 1 inning. The last came in 2004 and he has only 3 such saves since 2001. So I guess he really does not get used in such situations very much.

Notice that neither guy is anywhere close to the record for >1 IP saves, thanks in part to the way the game is played. It used to be quite commonplace for a closer like Gossage to pitch the final 2 or 3 innings of a game.

In fact, here's a quick look at the fraction of saves that were greater than 1 inning each year. Here are saves of more than 1 inning, summed by year. Here are saves of 1 inning or less. Using that data, here's a graph showing the fraction of saves each year that are more than 1 IP:

(click on graph for a larger version)

This graph should be called "The LaRussa/Eckersley effect" since that first big drop from about 60% to about 50% occurred in 1988 when LaRussa adopted the model of bringing Eck in for just the 9th inning, and baseball has never looked back. Except for a flew blips about 10 years ago, the percentage of >1 IP saves has been steadily diminishing. Last year was an all-time low of 10.5% and this year has seen just 8.4% of saves going 4 outs or more.

Rivera is certainly a rare bird these days. Since 2005, he leads all of baseball in >1 IP saves and it looks like Papelbon will take over that torch once Rivera retires.

6 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Four-hit games

Posted by Andy on June 26, 2009

Here are the leaders in four-hit games since 1954:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Pete Rose            73 Ind. Games                
 Paul Molitor         62 Ind. Games                
 Wade Boggs           62 Ind. Games                
 George Brett         61 Ind. Games                
 Rod Carew            58 Ind. Games                
 Hank Aaron           49 Ind. Games                
 Kirby Puckett        47 Ind. Games                
 Roberto Clemente     47 Ind. Games                
 Willie Mays          46 Ind. Games                
 Tony Gwynn           45 Ind. Games                
 Al Oliver            44 Ind. Games                
 Willie Davis         43 Ind. Games                
 Ivan Rodriguez       42 Ind. Games                
 Maury Wills          41 Ind. Games                
 Lou Brock            41 Ind. Games                
 Dante Bichette       41 Ind. Games                
 Carl Yastrzemski     40 Ind. Games                
 Ichiro Suzuki        40 Ind. Games                
 Luis Aparicio        40 Ind. Games                
 Eddie Murray         39 Ind. Games                

Ichiro registered his 40th such game last night to pull into a tie for 17th place. I found the 1 other active player on here, I-rod, a bit of a surprise.

If you're curious, the next active players on the list are A-rod with 37 games, Johnny Damon with 34, Todd Helton with 33, and Derek Jeter with 32.

Going back to the list above, it's interesting to compare the total number of 4-hit games to the total number of games each guy played.

I went ahead and calculated the percentage of a player's total games that ended up as 4-hit games, and ranked them by highest percentage:

Ichiro Suzuki    3.0%
Kirby Puckett    2.6%
Wade Boggs    2.5%
Dante Bichette    2.4%
Rod Carew    2.3%
Paul Molitor    2.3%
George Brett    2.3%
Maury Wills    2.1%
Pete Rose    2.0%
Roberto Clemente    1.9%
Al Oliver    1.9%
Tony Gwynn    1.8%
Ivan Rodriguez    1.8%
Willie Davis    1.8%
Lou Brock    1.6%
Luis Aparicio    1.5%
Willie Mays    1.5%
Hank Aaron    1.5%
Eddie Murray    1.3%
Carl Yastrzemski    1.2%

There are a lot of neat (if rather obvious) conclusions here:

  • Ichiro is AWESOME.
  • More recent players do better because with more offense, the number of PAs per game has gone up and therefore the ease of getting 4 hits in any particular game has also gone up
  • Guys like Yaz, Aaron, and Eddie Murray make this top 20 list because they were good but also because they played in a lot of games
  • Pete Rose, despite being way in the lead for games played compared to most of these guys still makes the middle of the pack, telling us that he was pretty damn good too.
  • This stat also favors leadoff hitters since they get a higher number of PAs per game on average than anybody else.
  • Just think for a moment about the difference between Ichiro's 3.0% and Yaz's 1.2%. Both of these guys make the top 20 for most 4-hit games since 1954 but Ichiro has done it almost 3 times as often as Yaz did it. (Of course, that's not totally fair to Yaz since Ichiro's rate is likely to slow down over the remainder of his career.)

It's amazing what you can learn when you dig just one level deeper into some of these numbers.

5 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Venezuelan Hits Leaders

Posted by Raphy on June 25, 2009

Mlb.com is reporting that with his first inning single tonight, Omar Visquel passed Luis Aparicio as the alltime hits leader among players born in Venezuela. These were the leaders before tonight's game:

  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       Birthplace
+----+-----------------+--------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+---+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+---------------+
    1 Omar Vizquel        2677   1989 2009 22-42 2707 11153  9811 1370 430  73  77  899  968  25  986  47 241  86 192  389 156  .273  .338  .355  .693 *6/549    SEA-CLE-SFG-TEX Caracas, Venezuela 
    2 Luis Aparicio       2677   1956 1973 22-39 2601 11230 10230 1335 394  92  83  791  736  22  742  27 161  76 184  506 136  .262  .311  .343  .654 *6        BAL-CHW-BOS Maracaibo, Venezuela 
    3 Andres Galarraga    2333   1985 2004 24-43 2257  8916  8096 1195 444  32 399 1425  583 106 2003 178   1  58 179  128  81  .288  .347  .499  .846 *3/D5     MON-STL-COL-ATL-TOT-MON-SFG-ANA Caracas, Venezuela 
    4 Dave Concepcion     2326   1970 1988 22-40 2488  9640  8723  993 389  48 101  950  736  93 1186  21  74  86 266  321 109  .267  .322  .357  .679 *645/381  CIN         Ocumare de la Costa, Venezuela 
    5 Bobby Abreu         2016   1996 2009 22-35 1863  8026  6725 1205 468  55 245 1124 1199 101 1448  29   6  67 124  334 105  .300  .404  .495  .899 *9/78D    HOU-PHI-TOT-NYY-LAA Maracay, Venezuela 
    6 Magglio Ordonez     1891   1997 2009 23-35 1600  6751  6083  961 384  18 270 1117  563  34  742  44   3  58 210   90  48  .311  .370  .513  .883 *9/D8     CHW-DET     Caracas, Venezuela 
    7 Ozzie Guillen       1764   1985 2000 21-36 1993  7133  6686  773 275  69  28  619  239  25  511   7 141  60 114  169 108  .264  .287  .338  .625 *6/5347   CHW-TOT-ATL-TBD Ocumare Del Tuy, Venezuela 
    8 Manny Trillo        1562   1973 1989 22-38 1780  6573  5950  598 239  33  61  571  452  35  742  34  88  49 143   56  57  .263  .316  .345  .661 *45/36    OAK-CHC-PHI-TOT-SFG-CHC-CIN Caripito, Venezuela 
    9 Cesar Tovar         1546   1965 1976 24-35 1488  6177  5569  834 253  55  46  435  413  23  410  88  73  34  58  226 108  .278  .335  .368  .703 87549/D6321 MIN-PHI-TEX-TOT Caracas, Venezuela 
   10 Edgardo Alfonzo     1532   1995 2006 21-32 1506  6108  5385  777 282  18 146  744  596  22  617  41  31  55 110   53  17  .284  .357  .425  .782 *54/6D3   NYM-SFG-TOT Santa Teresa, Venezuela 

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Hits in the All-Star game

Posted by Andy on June 25, 2009

Hey did you know that the PI has an All-Star Game Event Finder? Check it out. Here's the summary page for all hits in All-Star game history. Willie Mays leads the way with 23 hits, followed by Stan Musial with 20. These guys are way in the lead and are unlikely to ever be caught.

How about the 30 hits to lead off an All-Star game? Mays leads there too, with 4. The only active player with as many as 2 is Ichiro, and I'd say he's got a shot of tying Mays.

Here are the 8 hits to end an All-Star game:

  Car#  G# Date          Batter            Tm  Lg Pitcher           Score       Result Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
+-----+---+-------------+-----------------+---+--+-----------------+-----------+------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+
     1   1 1941-07-08    Ted Williams      BOS AL Claude Passeau    down   4-5  HR     b 9 1-3   2  -        3 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run; Gordon Scores; DiMaggio Scores 
     2   1 1955-07-12    Stan Musial       STL NL Frank Sullivan    tied   5-5  HR     b12 ---   0  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run     
     3   1 1961-07-11    Roberto Clemente  PIT NL Hoyt Wilhelm      tied   4-4  1B     b10 12-   0  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Single to RF; Mays Scores; Robinson to 2B 
     4   1 1964-07-07    Johnny Callison   PHI NL Dick Radatz       tied   4-4  HR     b 9 12-   2  -        3 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run; Flood Scores; Edwards Scores 
     5   1 1966-07-12    Maury Wills       LAD NL Pete Richert      tied   1-1  1B     b10 -2-   1  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Single to RF; McCarver Scores 
     6   1 1970-07-14    Jim Hickman       CHC NL Clyde Wright      tied   4-4  1B     b12 12-   2  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Single to CF; Rose Scores; Grabarkewitz to 2B 
     7   1 1972-07-25    Joe Morgan        CIN NL Dave McNally      tied   3-3  1B     b10 -2-   1  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Single; Colbert Scores 
     8   1 1994-07-12    Moises Alou       MON NL Jason Bere        tied   7-7  2B     b10 1--   0  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Double; Gwynn Scores 

They were all victories, which isn't always the case. (For example, sometimes a guy gets a hit and a runner is thrown out at the plate to end the game.)

Just out of curiosity, here are the 24 intentional walks in All-Star game history:

  Car#  G# Date          Batter            Tm  Lg Pitcher           Score       Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
+-----+---+-------------+-----------------+---+--+-----------------+-----------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+
     1   1 1934-07-10    Charlie Gehringer DET AL Van Mungo         ahead  6-4  t 5 -23   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
     2   1 1939-07-11    Ival Goodman      CIN NL Red Ruffing       ahead  1-0  t 3 -23   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
     3   2               George Selkirk    NYY AL Bill Lee          ahead  3-1  b 6 -2-   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
     4   1 1946-07-09    Stan Spence       WSH AL Kirby Higbe       ahead  3-0  b 5 -23   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
     5   1 1949-07-12    Roy Campanella    BRO NL Lou Brissie       down   5-6  b 5 -2-   2  -        0 Intentional Walk          
     6   1 1950-07-11    Stan Musial       STL NL Allie Reynolds    tied   3-3  t11 -2-   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
     7   1 1952-07-08    Granny Hamner     PHI NL Bob Lemon         ahead  3-2  b 4 -23   2  -        0 Intentional Walk          
     8   1 1958-07-08    Bob Cerv          KCA AL Bob Friend        tied   3-3  b 5 -23   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
     9   1 1964-07-07    Johnny Edwards    CIN NL Dick Radatz       tied   4-4  b 9 -2-   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    10   1 1966-07-12    Willie McCovey    SFG NL Mel Stottlemyre   tied   1-1  b 6 -2-   2  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    11   1 1970-07-14    Willie Horton     DET AL Claude Osteen     tied   4-4  t12 -2-   2  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    12   1 1978-07-11    George Foster     CIN NL Jim Kern          tied   3-3  b 7 -2-   2  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    13   1 1979-07-17    Roy Smalley       MIN AL Joe Sambito       ahead  6-5  b 6 -23   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    14   2               Reggie Jackson    NYY AL Bruce Sutter      tied   6-6  b 8 -2-   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    15   3               Dave Parker       PIT NL Jim Kern          tied   6-6  t 9 -2-   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    16   1 1983-07-06    Rod Carew         CAL AL Mario Soto        tied   1-1  b 2 -23   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    17   2               Robin Yount       MIL AL Atlee Hammaker    ahead  5-1  b 3 -23   2  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    18   1 1985-07-16    Tim Wallach       MON NL Willie Hernandez  ahead  6-1  t 9 -23   2  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    19   1 1990-07-10    Wade Boggs        BOS AL Ramon Martinez    tied   0-0  t 3 -2-   2  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    20   2               Ken Griffey       SEA AL Dave Smith        tied   0-0  t 6 -23   2  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    21   1 1991-07-09    Rafael Palmeiro   TEX AL Rob Dibble        ahead  3-2  b 7 -23   1  -        0 Intentional Walk          
    22   1 2008-07-15    Carlos Guillen        AL Aaron Cook        tied   3-3  b10 1-3   0 3-0   4   0 Intentional Walk; Quentin to 2B 
    23   2               Miguel Tejada         NL Joakim Soria      tied   3-3  t12 -23   1 3-0   4   0 Intentional Walk          
    24   3               Justin Morneau        AL Aaron Cook        tied   3-3  b12 --3   2 3-0   4   0 Intentional Walk      

Finally, this is a long list, but here is the last plate appearance of each game. I call your attention to #73 in particular.

  Car#  G# Date          Batter            Tm  Lg Pitcher           Score       Result Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
+-----+---+-------------+-----------------+---+--+-----------------+-----------+------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+
     1   1 1933-07-06    Tony Cuccinello   BRO NL Lefty Grove       down   2-4  SO     t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
     2   1 1934-07-10    Chuck Klein       CHC NL Mel Harder        down   7-9  Out    b 9 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: 1B-P 
     3   1 1935-07-08    Jo-Jo Moore       NYG NL Mel Harder        down   1-4  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: 2B-1B 
     4   1 1936-07-07    Joe DiMaggio      NYY AL Lon Warneke       down   3-4  Out    t 9 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: 2B  
     5   1 1937-07-07    Frank Demaree     CHC NL Mel Harder        down   3-8  Out    t 9 1-3   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: 2B-1B 
     6   1 1938-07-06    Bob Johnson       PHA AL Mace Brown        down   1-4  SO     t 9 --3   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
     7   1 1939-07-11    Stan Hack         CHC NL Bob Feller        down   1-3  SO     t 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout Looking 
     8   1 1940-07-09    Joe DiMaggio      NYY AL Carl Hubbell      down   0-4  Out    t 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: LF  
     9   1 1941-07-08    Ted Williams      BOS AL Claude Passeau    down   4-5  HR     b 9 1-3   2  -        3 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run; Gordon Scores; DiMaggio Scores 
    10   1 1942-07-06    Ernie Lombardi    BSN NL Al Benton         down   1-3  Out    b 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: RF  
    11   1 1943-07-13    Billy Herman      BRO NL Tex Hughson       down   3-5  Out    t 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: LF  
    12   1 1944-07-11    Ken Keltner       CLE AL Jim Tobin         down   1-7  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: 2B  
    13   1 1946-07-09    Emil Verban       PHI NL Jack Kramer       down   0-12 Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Foul Flyball: C 
    14   1 1947-07-08    Schoolboy Rowe    PHI NL Joe Page          down   1-2  Out    b 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: RF  
    15   1 1948-07-13    Stan Musial       STL NL Joe Coleman       down   2-5  Out    t 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: 2B-1B 
    16   1 1949-07-12    Pee Wee Reese     BRO NL Vic Raschi        down   7-11 Out    b 9 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: 2B  
    17   1 1950-07-11    Joe DiMaggio      NYY AL Ewell Blackwell   down   3-4  Out    b14 1--   1  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Ground Ball Double Play: 3B-2B-1B 
    18   1 1951-07-10    George Kell       DET AL Ewell Blackwell   down   3-8  SO     b 9 1-3   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    19   1 1952-07-08    Stan Musial       STL NL Bobby Shantz      ahead  3-2  SO     b 5 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout Looking 
    20   1 1953-07-14    Yogi Berra        NYY AL Murry Dickson     down   1-5  Out    t 9 12-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: 2B  
    21   1 1954-07-13    Randy Jackson     CHC NL Virgil Trucks     down   9-11 Out    t 9 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Foul Flyball: C 
    22   1 1955-07-12    Stan Musial       STL NL Frank Sullivan    tied   5-5  HR     b12 ---   0  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run     
    23   1 1956-07-10    Harvey Kuenn      DET AL Johnny Antonelli  down   3-7  Out    b 9 12-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: SS-2B; Kuenn to 1B 
    24   1 1957-07-09    Gil Hodges        BRO NL Bob Grim          down   5-6  Out    b 9 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Lineout: LF  
    25   1 1958-07-08    Del Crandall      MLN NL Billy O'Dell      down   3-4  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: 2B  
    26   1 1959-07-07    Harvey Kuenn      DET AL Don Elston        down   4-5  Out    t 9 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Foul Flyball: 3B 
    27   1 1959-08-03    Jim Gilliam       LAD NL Cal McLish        down   3-5  Out    b 9 -23   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: 1B unassisted 
    28   1 1960-07-11    Harvey Kuenn      CLE AL Vern Law          down   3-5  Out    b 9 12-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Lineout: RF  
    29   1 1960-07-13    Roger Maris       NYY AL Lindy McDaniel    down   0-6  Out    b 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: 1B unassisted 
    30   1 1961-07-11    Roberto Clemente  PIT NL Hoyt Wilhelm      tied   4-4  1B     b10 12-   0  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Single to RF; Mays Scores; Robinson to 2B 
    31   1 1961-07-31    Roy Sievers       CHW AL Stu Miller        tied   1-1  SO     b 9 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    32   1 1962-07-10    Luis Aparicio     CHW AL Bob Shaw          down   1-3  Out    b 9 12-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: CF  
    33   1 1962-07-30    Frank Robinson    CIN NL Milt Pappas       down   4-9  Out    b 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: LF  
    34   1 1963-07-09    Bobby Richardson  NYY AL Don Drysdale      down   3-5  Out    b 9 1--   1  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Ground Ball Double Play: 1B-SS-1B 
    35   1 1964-07-07    Johnny Callison   PHI NL Dick Radatz       tied   4-4  HR     b 9 12-   2  -        3 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run; Flood Scores; Edwards Scores 
    36   1 1965-07-13    Joe Pepitone      NYY AL Bob Gibson        down   5-6  SO     b 9 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    37   1 1966-07-12    Maury Wills       LAD NL Pete Richert      tied   1-1  1B     b10 -2-   1  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Single to RF; McCarver Scores 
    38   1 1967-07-11    Ken Berry         CHW AL Tom Seaver        down   1-2  SO     b15 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    39   1 1968-07-09    Carl Yastrzemski  BOS AL Jerry Koosman     down   0-1  SO     t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    40   1 1969-07-23    Carlos May        CHW AL Phil Niekro       down   3-9  SO     b 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    41   1 1970-07-14    Jim Hickman       CHC NL Clyde Wright      tied   4-4  1B     b12 12-   2  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Single to CF; Rose Scores; Grabarkewitz to 2B 
    42   1 1971-07-13    Johnny Bench      CIN NL Mickey Lolich     down   4-6  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: 3B  
    43   1 1972-07-25    Joe Morgan        CIN NL Dave McNally      tied   3-3  1B     b10 -2-   1  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Single; Colbert Scores 
    44   1 1973-07-24    Willie Horton     DET AL Jim Brewer        down   1-7  SO     b 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    45   1 1974-07-23    Bobby Grich       BAL AL Mike Marshall     down   2-7  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: 1B unassisted 
    46   1 1975-07-15    Rod Carew         MIN AL Randy Jones       down   3-6  Out    b 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: LF  
    47   1 1976-07-13    Amos Otis         KCR AL Ken Forsch        down   1-7  SO     t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    48   1 1977-07-19    Thurman Munson    NYY AL Rich Gossage      down   5-7  SO     b 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    49   1 1978-07-11    Darrell Porter    KCR AL Phil Niekro       down   3-7  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Foul Flyball: 3B 
    50   1 1979-07-17    Rick Burleson     BOS AL Bruce Sutter      down   6-7  SO     b 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    51   1 1980-07-08    Lance Parrish     DET AL Bruce Sutter      down   2-4  SO     t 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    52   1 1981-08-09    Dave Winfield     NYY AL Bruce Sutter      down   4-5  Out    b 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: LF  
    53   1 1982-07-13    Buddy Bell        TEX AL Tom Hume          down   1-4  Out    t 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: RF  
    54   1 1983-07-06    Dickie Thon       HOU NL Dan Quisenberry   down   3-13 Out    t 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: 3B-2B/Forceout at 2B 
    55   1 1984-07-10    Rickey Henderson  OAK AL Rich Gossage      down   1-3  SO     t 9 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout Looking 
    56   1 1985-07-16    Rich Gedman       BOS AL Rich Gossage      down   1-6  SO     b 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    57   1 1986-07-15    Chris Brown       SFG NL Don Aase          down   2-3  Out    b 9 1-3   1  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-1B 
    58   1 1987-07-14    Dave Winfield     NYY AL Sid Fernandez     down   0-2  Out    b13 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: 3B-2B/Forceout at 2B 
    59   1 1988-07-12    Lance Parrish     PHI NL Dennis Eckersley  down   1-2  Out    b 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: CF  
    60   1 1989-07-11    Tony Pena         STL NL Doug Jones        down   3-5  Out    t 9 1--   1  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Ground Ball Double Play: P-SS-1B 
    61   1 1990-07-10    Tim Wallach       MON NL Dennis Eckersley  down   0-2  Out    b 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: 1B  
    62   1 1991-07-09    Brett Butler      LAD NL Dennis Eckersley  down   2-4  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: P-1B 
    63   1 1992-07-14    Norm Charlton     CIN NL Dennis Eckersley  down   6-13 SO     b 9 12-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    64   1 1993-07-13    Mike Piazza       LAD NL Duane Ward        down   3-9  SO     t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    65   1 1994-07-12    Moises Alou       MON NL Jason Bere        tied   7-7  2B     b10 1--   0  -        1 *ENDED GAME*:Double; Gwynn Scores 
    66   1 1995-07-11    Mike Stanley      NYY AL Randy Myers       down   2-3  Out    b 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Lineout: RF  
    67   1 1996-07-09    Dan Wilson        SEA AL Al Leiter         down   0-6  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: RF  
    68   1 1997-07-08    Moises Alou       FLA NL Mariano Rivera    down   1-3  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Lineout: 2B  
    69   1 1998-07-07    Moises Alou       HOU NL Troy Percival     down   8-13 SO     b 9 1--   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    70   1 1999-07-13    Jeff Kent         SFG NL John Wetteland    down   1-4  Out    t 9 1--   1  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Ground Ball Double Play: P-SS-1B 
    71   1 2000-07-11    Edgar Renteria    STL NL Mariano Rivera    down   3-6  Out    b 9 1--   1  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Ground Ball Double Play: SS-2B-1B 
    72   1 2001-07-10    Cliff Floyd       FLA NL Kazuhiro Sasaki   down   1-4  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Groundout: 1B-P 
    73   1 2002-07-09    Benito Santiago   SFG NL Freddy Garcia     tied   7-7  SO     b11 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout Looking 
    74   1 2003-07-15    Rafael Furcal     ATL NL Keith Foulke      down   6-7  Out    t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: RF  
    75   1 2004-07-13    Jim Thome         PHI NL Mariano Rivera    down   4-9  Out    b 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: SS  
    76   1 2005-07-12    Morgan Ensberg    HOU NL Mariano Rivera    down   5-7  SO     t 9 ---   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Strikeout    
    77   1 2006-07-11    Carlos Lee        MIL NL Mariano Rivera    down   2-3  Out    b 9 -2-   2  -        0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: 2B  
    78   1 2007-07-10    Aaron Rowand      PHI NL Francisco Rodrig  down   4-5  Out    b 9 123   2 0-1   2   0 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: RF  
    79   1 2008-07-15    Michael Young         AL Brad Lidge        tied   3-3  Out    b15 123   1 0-0   1   1 *ENDED GAME*:Flyball: RF/Sacrifice Fly (Deep CF-RF); Morneau Scores 

They all ended the game, but #73 is the only one where the game was tied and no runs scored. This is because that game was the infamous tie All-Star game.

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Team Splits: Bug Fix

Posted by Sean Forman on June 24, 2009

2008 Tampa Bay Rays Pitching Splits - Baseball-Reference.com

Fixed a couple of bugs in the team splits. Tooltips for team splits do not show up for splits we don't keep for players, e.g., "May, GS". They would always be blank.

Second, I fixed the bug that was causing the tooltip for the pitching stats output (e.g., the second output for home/road stats) to fail.

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Search: “The A Rod”

Posted by Sean Forman on June 24, 2009

Search Engine Features and Capabilities - Baseball-Reference.com

I just added a mod to the search box on the site. With the addition of all of the minor league pages, getting to someone like Alex Rodriguez's page via a search "A Rod" returns like 50 people. Now, if you type in "the A Rod" it looks through our db and returns the most popular major league player who matches the search "A Rod". Adding "the " to the front of any player search will send you to the most popular player matching that search. This isn't quite perfect. For example, for strings like "the b l" you won't get whoever is the most popular player with B.L. initials. You'll get Bonds due to "b l" matching "Barry Lamar". Still I think this will cut down on the number of clicks people will have to make.

There are lots of good tips on the linked page above that shows all of the things our search box can do.

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