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Archive for December, 2009

Well, They Were Sorta Batted In…

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 31, 2009

How 'bout this list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Season Finder - since 1901, most career RBI for those players with zero career hits:

Rk Player RBI H From To Age G PA AB R 2B 3B HR BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Roy Luebbe 3 0 1925 1925 24-24 8 18 15 1 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .118 .000 .118 /*2 NYY
2 Armando Benitez 2 0 1994 2008 21-35 762 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 *1 BAL-NYM-SEA-NYY-FLA-SFG-TOT-TOR
3 Hoge Workman 2 0 1924 1924 24-24 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 BOS
4 Henry Bostick 2 0 1915 1915 20-20 2 8 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000 .125 /*5 PHA
5 Bill McCarthy 2 0 1906 1906 24-24 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 BSN
6 Mariano Rivera 1 0 1995 2009 25-39 917 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 *1 NYY
7 Brian Sanches 1 0 2006 2009 27-30 89 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 PHI-WSN-FLA
8 R.J. Swindle 1 0 2008 2009 24-25 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 PHI-MIL
9 Dave Borkowski 1 0 1999 2008 22-31 181 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 *1 DET-BAL-HOU
10 Brady Raggio 1 0 1997 2003 24-30 29 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 STL-ARI
11 Courtney Duncan 1 0 2001 2002 26-27 38 5 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .400 .000 .400 /*1 CHC
12 Mike Gulan 1 0 1997 2001 26-30 11 18 15 3 0 0 0 3 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 /5 STL-FLA
13 Alan Mills 1 0 1990 2001 23-34 474 6 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 *1 NYY-BAL-LAD-TOT
14 Yohanny Valera 1 0 2000 2000 23-23 7 13 10 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 /*2 MON
15 Pedro Martinez 1 0 1993 1997 24-28 122 12 9 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .100 .000 .100 *1 SDP-HOU-TOT-CIN
16 Ken Ramos 1 0 1997 1997 30-30 14 15 12 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .133 .000 .133 /79 HOU
17 Al Osuna 1 0 1990 1996 24-30 218 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 *1 HOU-LAD-SDP
18 Jose Nunez 1 0 1987 1990 23-26 78 15 11 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .083 .000 .083 /*1 TOR-CHC
19 Mark Ross 1 0 1982 1990 24-32 27 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 HOU-PIT-TOR
20 Andres Santana 1 0 1990 1990 22-22 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*6 SFG
21 Manny Hernandez 1 0 1986 1989 25-28 16 12 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 HOU-NYM
22 Don Schulze 1 0 1983 1989 20-26 76 13 7 2 0 0 0 3 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .300 .000 .300 /*1 CHC-CLE-NYM-SDP-NYY
23 Dick Scott 1 0 1989 1989 26-26 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*6 OAK
24 Jeff Calhoun 1 0 1984 1988 26-30 118 8 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000 .125 *1 HOU-PHI
25 Sap Randall 1 0 1988 1988 27-27 4 15 12 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .133 .000 .133 /*3D9 CHW
26 Johnny Abrego 1 0 1985 1985 22-22 6 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 CHC
27 Stu Pederson 1 0 1985 1985 25-25 8 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /79 LAD
28 Tom Wieghaus 1 0 1981 1984 24-27 8 13 11 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .077 .000 .077 /*2 MON-HOU
29 Lee Graham 1 0 1983 1983 23-23 5 7 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*8 BOS
30 Larry Littleton 1 0 1981 1981 27-27 26 27 23 2 0 0 0 3 0 6 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .111 .000 .111 /*789 CLE
31 Steve Davis 1 0 1979 1979 25-25 3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*45 CHC
32 Mark Williams 1 0 1977 1977 23-23 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 /9 OAK
33 Willie Prall 1 0 1975 1975 25-25 3 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 CHC
34 Daryl Patterson 1 0 1968 1974 24-30 142 37 35 0 0 0 0 2 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .054 .000 .054 *1 DET-TOT-PIT
35 Otis Thornton 1 0 1973 1973 28-28 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*2 HOU
36 Danny Lazar 1 0 1968 1969 24-25 17 8 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 .000 .143 .000 .143 /*1 CHW
37 Cecil Perkins 1 0 1967 1967 26-26 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 NYY
38 Corky Withrow 1 0 1963 1963 25-25 6 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /79 STL
39 Ramon Conde 1 0 1962 1962 27-27 14 19 16 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .158 .000 .158 /*5 CHW
40 Ben Johnson 1 0 1959 1960 28-29 21 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 CHC
41 Charlie Beamon 1 0 1956 1958 21-23 28 19 17 1 0 0 0 1 0 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .056 .000 .056 /*1 BAL
42 Nellie King 1 0 1954 1957 26-29 95 28 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 5 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 PIT
43 Jim Willis 1 0 1953 1954 26-27 27 16 14 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .067 .000 .067 /*1 CHC
44 Ed Chandler 1 0 1947 1947 25-25 15 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 /*1 BRO
45 Cal Dorsett 1 0 1940 1947 27-34 8 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 CLE
46 Dick Mulligan 1 0 1941 1947 23-29 25 23 18 0 0 0 0 4 0 9 0 1 0 1 1 0 .000 .182 .000 .182 /*1 WSH-TOT-BSN
47 Chet Johnson 1 0 1946 1946 28-28 5 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 SLB
48 Paul Schreiber 1 0 1922 1945 19-42 12 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 BRO-NYY
49 Frank Kalin 1 0 1940 1943 22-25 7 9 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .222 .000 .222 /79 PIT-CHW
50 Jesse Landrum 1 0 1938 1938 25-25 4 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*4 CHW
51 Bill Phebus 1 0 1936 1938 26-28 13 18 10 1 0 0 0 7 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .412 .000 .412 /*1 WSH
52 Bill Andrus 1 0 1931 1937 23-29 6 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*5 WSH-PHI
53 Red Bullock 1 0 1936 1936 24-24 12 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 PHA
54 Les Rock 1 0 1936 1936 23-23 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*3 CHW
55 Howard Craghead 1 0 1931 1933 23-25 15 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 CLE
56 Larry Boerner 1 0 1932 1932 27-27 21 18 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 BOS
57 Jim McLaughlin 1 0 1932 1932 30-30 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*5 SLB
58 Ralph Judd 1 0 1927 1930 25-28 21 18 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 WSH-NYG
59 Milt Steengrafe 1 0 1924 1926 26-28 16 16 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 CHW
60 Sid Womack 1 0 1926 1926 29-29 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*2 BSN
61 Tom Glass 1 0 1925 1925 27-27 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 PHA
62 Pat Burke 1 0 1924 1924 23-23 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*5 SLB
63 Buddy Crump 1 0 1924 1924 22-22 1 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*8 NYG
64 Paul Castner 1 0 1923 1923 26-26 6 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 CHW
65 Walt Golvin 1 0 1922 1922 28-28 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*3 CHC
66 John Jenkins 1 0 1922 1922 25-25 5 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /64 CHW
67 Jesse Baker 1 0 1919 1919 24-24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         /*6 WSH
68 Walt Smallwood 1 0 1917 1919 24-26 8 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 NYY
69 John Sullivan 1 0 1919 1919 25-25 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .250 /*1 CHW
70 Charlie Whitehous 1 0 1914 1919 20-25 25 22 19 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .095 .000 .095 /*1 IND-NEW-WSH
71 Herb Hall 1 0 1918 1918 25-25 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 DET
72 Earl Howard 1 0 1918 1918 25-25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         /*1 STL
73 Guy Cooper 1 0 1914 1915 21-22 12 8 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 TOT-BOS
74 Desmond Beatty 1 0 1914 1914 21-21 2 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*6*5 NYG
75 Bill Lathrop 1 0 1913 1914 21-22 25 18 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .059 .000 .059 /*1 CHW
76 Fred House 1 0 1913 1913 22-22 19 11 10 1 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .091 .000 .091 /*1 DET
77 Paul Maloy 1 0 1913 1913 21-21 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         /*1 BOS
78 Ona Dodd 1 0 1912 1912 25-25 5 10 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .100 .000 .100 /*54 PIT
79 Doc Shanley 1 0 1912 1912 22-22 5 10 8 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .200 /*6 SLB
80 Harry Smith 1 0 1912 1912 22-22 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 CHW
81 Jim Duggan 1 0 1911 1911 26-26 1 5 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .200 /*3 SLB
82 Jake Smith 1 0 1911 1911 24-24 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 PHI
83 Ray Brown 1 0 1909 1909 20-20 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 CHC
84 Harry Redmond 1 0 1909 1909 21-21 6 20 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*4 BRO
85 Bill McGill 1 0 1907 1907 27-27 2 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 SLB
86 Joseph Myers 1 0 1905 1905 23-23 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*1 PHA
87 Conny McGeehan 1 0 1903 1903 20-20 5 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*17 PHA
88 Nig Fuller 1 0 1902 1902 24-24 3 10 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*2 BRO
89 Dad Hale 1 0 1902 1902 22-22 11 24 20 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 /*1 TOT
90 Lou Schiappacasse 1 0 1902 1902 21-21 2 6 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .167 /*9 DET
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Generated 12/31/2009.

 

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Yup, there's alotta pitchers on this list - but, it's not all pitchers. And, catcher Roy Luebbe stands alone at the top of the list for most career RBI (3) in the modern era (1901-forward) for any batter with zero big league hits to his credit. Speaking of position players on this list, dig Larry Littleton: 27 career PA, 0 hits and 1 RBI. Well, at least he got that ribbie...

All told, there are 35 non-pitchers on this list. Click here to see those alone.

Lastly, I would like to wish all the readers of blog a very happy and healthy new year. And, may all your resolutions for 2010 come true!

15 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

PI Tag – II

Posted by Raphy on December 30, 2009

Seems to be a slow day here in December. Lets try a little PI Tag.

Question 1:

Which player hit a triple in each of his first 2 major league plate appearances and then never again? (Can't be answered with a single PI link, but it can be found in several different ways using PI)

11 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

So, You Had A Bad Day…Or Two

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 29, 2009

Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Game Finder - since 1954, batters who have posted 2 or more games where they had 7+ PA and reached base zero times and had zero sac bunts and/or sac flies:

Rk Player #Matching   PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB TOB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1 Billy Williams 3 Ind. Games 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
2 Omar Moreno 3 Ind. Games 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
3 Jim Gilliam 3 Ind. Games 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
4 Cesar Cedeno 3 Ind. Games 21 21 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
5 Larry Bowa 3 Ind. Games 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
6 Luis Aparicio 3 Ind. Games 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
7 Ryan Zimmerman 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
8 Gregg Zaun 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
9 Eric Young 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
10 Carl Yastrzemski 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 3
11 Devon White 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
12 Del Unser 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
13 Alan Trammell 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
14 Joe Torre 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
15 Andre Thornton 2 Ind. Games 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
16 Ron Swoboda 2 Ind. Games 17 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
17 Chris Speier 2 Ind. Games 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
18 Johnny Roseboro 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
19 Pete Rose 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
20 Cookie Rojas 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
21 Brooks Robinson 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
22 Jody Reed 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
23 Ken Oberkfell 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
24 Graig Nettles 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
25 Thurman Munson 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
26 Lloyd Moseby 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
27 John Mayberry 2 Ind. Games 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 2
28 Fred Lynn 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
29 Kenny Lofton 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
30 Ron Kittle 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
31 Cliff Johnson 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
32 Keith Ginter 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
33 Rafael Furcal 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
34 Tim Foli 2 Ind. Games 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
35 Duffy Dyer 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
36 Johnny Damon 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
37 Jeff Conine 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
38 Nate Colbert 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
39 Royce Clayton 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
40 Pat Burrell 2 Ind. Games 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 2
41 Byron Browne 2 Ind. Games 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
42 Tommie Agee 2 Ind. Games 18 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 2
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Generated 12/29/2009.

 

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That's the beauty of baseball, huh? On any given day, or two, someone like Carl Yastrzemski can be as bad as someone like Byron Browne...

19 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

A Short Day’s Work

Posted by Raphy on December 28, 2009

In recent history and even throughout the annals of baseball, there have been many pitchers who have been used as specialists, brought in only to face a few batters at a time and rarely trusted with extended appearances. Even so, you would be hard pressed to find a pitcher who pitched as little in his appearances than Randy Flores did last season. In his 27 games Flores faced 52 batters for an average of 1.926 batters per appearance.  Since 1916 (when the BF stats are first available) no pitcher has pitched in more than 8 games and faced fewer batters per game.  In fact, the only other pitcher since 1916 to pitch more than 8 games and face less than 2 batters per game was Jesse Orosco who faced 69 batters in 35 innings in 2001. Here are the pitchers since 1916 with the fewest BF/G in at least 25 games.

Rk Player G BF/G Year Age Tm Lg GS GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ BF
1 Mike Myers 78 2.27 2000 31 COL NL 0 22 0 1 .000 1 45.1 24 10 10 24 41 1.99 292 177
2 Jesse Orosco 65 2.22 1999 42 BAL AL 0 12 0 2 .000 1 32.0 28 21 19 20 35 5.34 88 144
3 Mike Myers 62 2.13 2006 37 NYY AL 0 6 1 2 .333 0 30.2 29 14 11 10 22 3.23 140 132
4 Tony Fossas 60 2.15 1992 34 BOS AL 0 17 1 2 .333 2 29.2 31 9 8 14 19 2.43 174 129
5 Jesse Orosco 56 2.13 2002 45 LAD NL 0 8 1 2 .333 1 27.0 24 10 9 12 22 3.00 126 119
6 John Candelaria 50 2.16 1992 38 LAD NL 0 11 2 5 .286 5 25.1 20 9 8 13 23 2.84 122 108
7 Kelly Wunsch 46 2.28 2005 32 LAD NL 0 6 1 1 .500 0 23.2 20 12 12 14 22 4.56 90 105
8 Rich Rodriguez 36 2 2002 39 TEX AL 0 6 3 2 .600 1 16.2 14 10 10 11 12 5.40 88 72
9 Jesse Orosco 35 1.97 2001 44 LAD NL 0 7 0 1 .000 0 16.0 17 7 7 7 21 3.94 101 69
10 Randy Flores 27 1.93 2009 33 COL NL 0 2 0 1 .000 0 12.0 14 7 7 2 14 5.25 87 52
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Generated 12/27/2009.
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Not only did Flores face only a few batters, he also was also rather ineffective when he did pitch. It is therefore no surprise that Flores also staked new ground in the IP/G category. His .44 IP/G was the lowest ratio for any Major Leaguer ever with at least 20 games pitched. Here are the pitchers since 1871 with at least 25 games pitched and a IP/G ratio of less than .5.

Rk Player G IP IP/G Year Age Tm Lg GS GF W L W-L% SV H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ BF
1 Jesse Orosco 65 32.0 .492 1999 42 BAL AL 0 12 0 2 .000 1 28 21 19 20 35 5.34 88 144
2 Mike Myers 62 30.2 .487 2006 37 NYY AL 0 6 1 2 .333 0 29 14 11 10 22 3.23 140 132
3 Tony Fossas 60 29.2 .487 1992 34 BOS AL 0 17 1 2 .333 2 31 9 8 14 19 2.43 174 129
4 Jesse Orosco 56 27.0 .482 2002 45 LAD NL 0 8 1 2 .333 1 24 10 9 12 22 3.00 126 119
5 Rich Rodriguez 36 16.2 .450 2002 39 TEX AL 0 6 3 2 .600 1 14 10 10 11 12 5.40 88 72
6 Jesse Orosco 35 16.0 .457 2001 44 LAD NL 0 7 0 1 .000 0 17 7 7 7 21 3.94 101 69
7 John Franco 31 15.0 .484 2005 44 HOU NL 0 4 0 1 .000 0 23 13 12 9 16 7.20 59 77
8 Randy Flores 27 12.0 .444 2009 33 COL NL 0 2 0 1 .000 0 14 7 7 2 14 5.25 87 52
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Generated 12/27/2009.
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Dipsy Horses

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 27, 2009

A simple list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Season Finder - teams, since 1901, with four or more pitchers who had 130+ strikeouts in a given season. Here's the squads to do it...

Rk Year Lg Tm #Matching  
1 2004 NL Chicago Cubs 5 Matt Clement / Greg Maddux / Mark Prior / Kerry Wood / Carlos Zambrano
2 2003 NL Florida Marlins 5 Josh Beckett / Carl Pavano / Brad Penny / Mark Redman / Dontrelle Willis
3 2003 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 5 Kevin Brown / Eric Gagne / Kazuhisa Ishii / Hideo Nomo / Odalis Perez
4 1998 NL Atlanta Braves 5 Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / Kevin Millwood / Denny Neagle / John Smoltz
5 1988 NL New York Mets 5 David Cone / Ron Darling / Sid Fernandez / Dwight Gooden / Bob Ojeda
6 1968 NL Houston Astros 5 Mike Cuellar / Larry Dierker / Dave Giusti / Denny Lemaster / Don Wilson
7 1966 AL Cleveland Indians 5 Gary Bell / Steve Hargan / Sam McDowell / Sonny Siebert / Luis Tiant
8 2009 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Ryan Dempster / Rich Harden / Ted Lilly / Carlos Zambrano
9 2009 AL New York Yankees 4 A.J. Burnett / Joba Chamberlain / Andy Pettitte / C.C. Sabathia
10 2009 NL San Francisco Giants 4 Matt Cain / Tim Lincecum / Jonathan Sanchez / Barry Zito
11 2008 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Mark Buehrle / John Danks / Gavin Floyd / Javier Vazquez
12 2008 NL Cincinnati Reds 4 Bronson Arroyo / Johnny Cueto / Aaron Harang / Edinson Volquez
13 2004 NL St. Louis Cardinals 4 Chris Carpenter / Jason Marquis / Matt Morris / Woody Williams
14 2003 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Matt Clement / Mark Prior / Kerry Wood / Carlos Zambrano
15 2003 NL Philadelphia Phillies 4 Kevin Millwood / Brett Myers / Vicente Padilla / Randy Wolf
16 2001 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Jason Bere / Jon Lieber / Kevin Tapani / Kerry Wood
17 2001 NL New York Mets 4 Kevin Appier / Al Leiter / Glendon Rusch / Steve Trachsel
18 1999 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / Kevin Millwood / John Smoltz
19 1999 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Kevin Brown / Darren Dreifort / Chan Ho Park / Ismael Valdez
20 1999 AL New York Yankees 4 Roger Clemens / David Cone / Orlando Hernandez / Hideki Irabu
21 1999 NL San Diego Padres 4 Andy Ashby / Matt Clement / Sterling Hitchcock / Woody Williams
22 1998 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Mark Clark / Kevin Tapani / Steve Trachsel / Kerry Wood
23 1998 AL New York Yankees 4 David Cone / Orlando Hernandez / Andy Pettitte / David Wells
24 1998 NL San Diego Padres 4 Andy Ashby / Kevin Brown / Joey Hamilton / Sterling Hitchcock
25 1997 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / Denny Neagle / John Smoltz
26 1997 NL St. Louis Cardinals 4 Alan Benes / Andy Benes / Matt Morris / Todd Stottlemyre
27 1996 AL Boston Red Sox 4 Roger Clemens / Tom Gordon / Aaron Sele / Tim Wakefield
28 1996 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Pedro Astacio / Ramon Martinez / Hideo Nomo / Ismael Valdez
29 1996 NL St. Louis Cardinals 4 Alan Benes / Andy Benes / Donovan Osborne / Todd Stottlemyre
30 1995 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Tom Candiotti / Ramon Martinez / Hideo Nomo / Ismael Valdez
31 1993 NL Houston Astros 4 Doug Drabek / Pete Harnisch / Darryl Kile / Mark Portugal
32 1992 NL Montreal Expos 4 Mark Gardner / Ken Hill / Dennis Martinez / Chris Nabholz
33 1990 NL New York Mets 4 David Cone / Sid Fernandez / Dwight Gooden / Frank Viola
34 1989 NL Montreal Expos 4 Kevin Gross / Mark Langston / Dennis Martinez / Pascual Perez
35 1987 AL Kansas City Royals 4 Mark Gubicza / Danny Jackson / Charlie Leibrandt / Bret Saberhagen
36 1986 NL New York Mets 4 Ron Darling / Sid Fernandez / Dwight Gooden / Bob Ojeda
37 1984 NL Pittsburgh Pirates 4 John Candelaria / Jose DeLeon / Larry McWilliams / Rick Rhoden
38 1975 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Burt Hooton / Andy Messersmith / Doug Rau / Don Sutton
39 1971 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Tom Bradley / Bart Johnson / Tommy John / Wilbur Wood
40 1971 NL St. Louis Cardinals 4 Steve Carlton / Reggie Cleveland / Bob Gibson / Jerry Reuss
41 1970 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Pat Jarvis / Jim Nash / Phil Niekro / George Stone
42 1970 AL Boston Red Sox 4 Ken Brett / Ray Culp / Gary Peters / Sonny Siebert
43 1969 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Bill Hands / Ken Holtzman / Fergie Jenkins / Dick Selma
44 1969 NL Houston Astros 4 Larry Dierker / Tom Griffin / Denny Lemaster / Don Wilson
45 1969 NL Pittsburgh Pirates 4 Steve Blass / Dock Ellis / Bob Moose / Bob Veale
46 1968 AL Cleveland Indians 4 Sam McDowell / Sonny Siebert / Luis Tiant / Stan Williams
47 1968 AL Minnesota Twins 4 Dave Boswell / Dean Chance / Jim Kaat / Jim Merritt
48 1968 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Chuck Dobson / Catfish Hunter / Jim Nash / Blue Moon Odom
49 1967 AL Cleveland Indians 4 Steve Hargan / Sam McDowell / Sonny Siebert / Luis Tiant
50 1967 AL Detroit Tigers 4 Mickey Lolich / Denny McLain / Joe Sparma / Earl Wilson
51 1967 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Don Drysdale / Claude Osteen / Bill Singer / Don Sutton
52 1967 AL Minnesota Twins 4 Dave Boswell / Dean Chance / Jim Kaat / Jim Merritt
53 1967 NL San Francisco Giants 4 Juan Marichal / Mike McCormick / Gaylord Perry / Ray Sadecki
54 1966 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Don Drysdale / Sandy Koufax / Claude Osteen / Don Sutton
55 1965 NL San Francisco Giants 4 Bobby Bolin / Juan Marichal / Gaylord Perry / Bob Shaw
56 1964 NL Cincinnati Reds 4 Joey Jay / Jim Maloney / Jim O'Toole / John Tsitouris
57 1962 AL Boston Red Sox 4 Gene Conley / Bill Monbouquette / Dick Radatz / Earl Wilson
58 1960 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Don Drysdale / Sandy Koufax / Johnny Podres / Stan Williams
59 1959 NL San Francisco Giants 4 Johnny Antonelli / Sam Jones / Mike McCormick / Jack Sanford
60 1946 AL Detroit Tigers 4 Fred Hutchinson / Hal Newhouser / Dizzy Trout / Virgil Trucks
61 1905 AL Philadelphia Athletics 4 Chief Bender / Andy Coakley / Eddie Plank / Rube Waddell
62 1904 AL Philadelphia Athletics 4 Chief Bender / Weldon Henley / Eddie Plank / Rube Waddell
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Generated 12/27/2009.

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So, it's only been done 62 times since 1901. And, the Dodgers have done in 8 times. Note that, prior to 1946, it was only done twice - by the 1904-05 Philadelphia Athletics. And, last season, the Yankees, Giants and Cubs pulled the trick. Speaking of the Cubs, since 2001, they've done this 4 times. I wonder if all those home day-games, combined with batters being more whiff-happy these days, has anything to do with that? Either that, or, the Cubs braintrust these days likes pitchers who make batters swing and miss.

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Taking A Regular Turn These Days

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 23, 2009

I'm not really sure when big league baseball teams made the switch, for the most part, to using a 5-man rotation. I've read where some think it was a product of the early 1970's. And, I know that the Dodgers used a 5-man rotation in 1972. But, for the purpose of this study, I'm going to draw a line at 1962 - even if it means fishing with a net that's a little bigger than needed.

And, what study is this? Simple, it's the question of: Since 5-man rotations somewhat became the norm, how many teams in baseball have posted seasons were 5 pitchers on their team had 31+ games started? Or, in other words, since 1962, how many teams have finished a season with 5 pitchers making 31 or more starts. Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Season Finder, here are the teams to make this cut and those who missed by one pitcher:

Rk Year Lg Tm #Matching  
1 2005 NL St. Louis Cardinals 5 Chris Carpenter / Jason Marquis / Matt Morris / Mark Mulder / Jeff Suppan
2 2003 AL Seattle Mariners 5 Ryan Franklin / Freddy Garcia / Gil Meche / Jamie Moyer / Joel Pineiro
3 1993 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 5 Pedro Astacio / Tom Candiotti / Kevin Gross / Orel Hershiser / Ramon Martinez
4 1977 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 5 Burt Hooton / Tommy John / Doug Rau / Rick Rhoden / Don Sutton
5 2009 AL New York Yankees 4 A.J. Burnett / Joba Chamberlain / Andy Pettitte / C.C. Sabathia
6 2008 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Mark Buehrle / John Danks / Gavin Floyd / Javier Vazquez
7 2007 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Rich Hill / Ted Lilly / Jason Marquis / Carlos Zambrano
8 2006 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Mark Buehrle / Freddy Garcia / Jon Garland / Javier Vazquez
9 2006 NL Colorado Rockies 4 Aaron Cook / Josh Fogg / Jeff Francis / Jason Jennings
10 2005 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Mark Buehrle / Jose Contreras / Freddy Garcia / Jon Garland
11 2005 AL Cleveland Indians 4 Scott Elarton / Cliff Lee / C.C. Sabathia / Jake Westbrook
12 2004 AL Detroit Tigers 4 Jeremy Bonderman / Jason Johnson / Mike Maroth / Nate Robertson
13 2004 AL Minnesota Twins 4 Kyle Lohse / Brad Radke / Johan Santana / Carlos Silva
14 2004 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Rich Harden / Mark Mulder / Mark Redman / Barry Zito
15 2004 NL St. Louis Cardinals 4 Jason Marquis / Matt Morris / Jeff Suppan / Woody Williams
16 2003 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Mark Buehrle / Bartolo Colon / Jon Garland / Esteban Loaiza
17 2003 NL Philadelphia Phillies 4 Kevin Millwood / Brett Myers / Vicente Padilla / Randy Wolf
18 1999 NL San Diego Padres 4 Andy Ashby / Matt Clement / Sterling Hitchcock / Woody Williams
19 1998 AL Cleveland Indians 4 Dave Burba / Bartolo Colon / Charles Nagy / Jaret Wright
20 1997 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / Denny Neagle / John Smoltz
21 1997 NL Pittsburgh Pirates 4 Steve Cooke / Jon Lieber / Esteban Loaiza / Jason Schmidt
22 1993 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Steve Avery / Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / John Smoltz
23 1992 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Steve Avery / Tom Glavine / Charlie Leibrandt / John Smoltz
24 1991 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Steve Avery / Tom Glavine / Charlie Leibrandt / John Smoltz
25 1991 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Tim Belcher / Ramon Martinez / Mike Morgan / Bob Ojeda
26 1990 NL Houston Astros 4 Jim Deshaies / Bill Gullickson / Mark Portugal / Mike Scott
27 1990 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Mike Moore / Scott Sanderson / Dave Stewart / Bob Welch
28 1990 NL San Diego Padres 4 Andy Benes / Bruce Hurst / Dennis Rasmussen / Ed Whitson
29 1989 NL New York Mets 4 David Cone / Ron Darling / Sid Fernandez / Bob Ojeda
30 1989 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Storm Davis / Mike Moore / Dave Stewart / Bob Welch
31 1988 AL Kansas City Royals 4 Floyd Bannister / Mark Gubicza / Charlie Leibrandt / Bret Saberhagen
32 1987 AL Kansas City Royals 4 Mark Gubicza / Danny Jackson / Charlie Leibrandt / Bret Saberhagen
33 1987 NL Philadelphia Phillies 4 Don Carman / Kevin Gross / Shane Rawley / Bruce Ruffin
34 1985 NL Houston Astros 4 Bob Knepper / Joe Niekro / Nolan Ryan / Mike Scott
35 1985 AL Kansas City Royals 4 Bud Black / Danny Jackson / Charlie Leibrandt / Bret Saberhagen
36 1985 NL San Diego Padres 4 Dave Dravecky / Andy Hawkins / La Marr Hoyt / Eric Show
37 1984 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Floyd Bannister / Richard Dotson / La Marr Hoyt / Tom Seaver
38 1984 AL Toronto Blue Jays 4 Doyle Alexander / Jim Clancy / Luis Leal / Dave Stieb
39 1982 AL Baltimore Orioles 4 Mike Flanagan / Dennis Martinez / Scott McGregor / Jim Palmer
40 1982 NL Philadelphia Phillies 4 Steve Carlton / Larry Christenson / Mike Krukow / Dick Ruthven
41 1980 AL Baltimore Orioles 4 Mike Flanagan / Scott McGregor / Jim Palmer / Steve Stone
42 1980 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Matt Keough / Rick Langford / Steve McCatty / Mike Norris
43 1979 AL Kansas City Royals 4 Rich Gale / Larry Gura / Dennis Leonard / Paul Splittorff
44 1978 AL Baltimore Orioles 4 Mike Flanagan / Dennis Martinez / Scott McGregor / Jim Palmer
45 1977 AL Baltimore Orioles 4 Mike Flanagan / Ross Grimsley / Rudy May / Jim Palmer
46 1977 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Bill Bonham / Ray Burris / Mike Krukow / Rick Reuschel
47 1976 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Burt Hooton / Tommy John / Doug Rau / Don Sutton
48 1975 AL Baltimore Orioles 4 Mike Cuellar / Ross Grimsley / Jim Palmer / Mike Torrez
49 1975 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Bill Bonham / Ray Burris / Rick Reuschel / Steve Stone
50 1973 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Tommy John / Andy Messersmith / Claude Osteen / Don Sutton
51 1973 NL San Francisco Giants 4 Jim Barr / Tom Bradley / Ron Bryant / Juan Marichal
52 1972 AL Baltimore Orioles 4 Mike Cuellar / Pat Dobson / Dave McNally / Jim Palmer
53 1971 AL California Angels 4 Rudy May / Andy Messersmith / Tom Murphy / Clyde Wright
54 1971 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Al Downing / Claude Osteen / Bill Singer / Don Sutton
55 1971 NL St. Louis Cardinals 4 Steve Carlton / Reggie Cleveland / Bob Gibson / Jerry Reuss
56 1969 NL Houston Astros 4 Larry Dierker / Tom Griffin / Denny Lemaster / Don Wilson
57 1968 AL Detroit Tigers 4 Mickey Lolich / Denny McLain / Joe Sparma / Earl Wilson
58 1968 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Chuck Dobson / Catfish Hunter / Jim Nash / Blue Moon Odom
59 1966 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Don Drysdale / Sandy Koufax / Claude Osteen / Don Sutton
60 1965 AL Boston Red Sox 4 Jim Lonborg / Bill Monbouquette / Dave Morehead / Earl Wilson
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Generated 12/23/2009.

 

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As you can see, since 1962, there have only been four teams in baseball to have a year where they had 5 pitchers make 31+ starts that season. And, only one A.L. team has done it in that time: The 2003 Seattle Mariners. I wonder if we'll ever see another American League team do it again?

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Usurped From His Throne

Posted by Raphy on December 23, 2009

Yesterday, the reigning MLB sacrifice hit king was traded to a league in which he will hardly get to bat. In 2009, Vazquez had 20 SH in only 91 PA, the third highest percentage ever for anyone with at least 20 SH. Here are the leaders.

Rk Player PA SH Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SF BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Urban Shocker 84 20 1927 36 NYY AL 31 54 6 13 1 0 0 10 7 0 12 3 0 .241 .359 .259 .619 *1
2 Roy Oswalt 90 20 2006 28 HOU NL 35 66 3 10 1 0 1 8 4 0 15 0 0 .152 .200 .212 .412 *1
3 Javier Vazquez 91 20 2009 32 ATL NL 37 68 6 12 3 0 0 3 3 0 14 0 0 .176 .211 .221 .432 *1
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Generated 12/23/2009.

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Shocker played at a time when sacrifice flies were counted as SH, but given his extra-base hit total, I doubt that this was the case.

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Most times getting 1-hit in a season

Posted by Andy on December 23, 2009

The Rangers tied a post-1954 record this past season for most games getting at most 1 hit:

Rk Tm Year #Matching W L
1 TEX 2009 4 0 4 Ind. Games
2 SDP 2001 4 0 4 Ind. Games
3 STL 1991 4 1 3 Ind. Games
4 CAL 1986 4 1 3 Ind. Games
5 SFG 1986 4 1 3 Ind. Games
6 PHI 1972 4 0 4 Ind. Games
7 CHC 1965 4 0 4 Ind. Games
8 NYM 1965 4 0 4 Ind. Games
9 WSA 1965 4 0 4 Ind. Games
10 WSA 1963 4 0 4 Ind. Games
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Generated 12/22/2009.

There are some bad, bad teams in there, but that does not include the five most recent teams on the list. That's kind of surprising, since these days there's so much offense that I'd think only the really bad teams would get one-hit so often. But I guess that 4 games is too small of a sample for such general trends to apply.

Here are the post-1954 teams to get no-hit twice in a season:

Rk Tm Year #Matching W L
1 SDP 2001 2 0 2 Ind. Games
2 COL 1996 2 0 2 Ind. Games
3 CAL 1977 2 0 2 Ind. Games
4 DET 1973 2 0 2 Ind. Games
5 CIN 1971 2 0 2 Ind. Games
6 DET 1967 2 1 1 Ind. Games
7 CHC 1965 2 0 2 Ind. Games
8 PHI 1960 2 0 2 Ind. Games
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Generated 12/22/2009.

Note that the 1967 Tigers won one of those games. This was the famous game against the Orioles that we've discussed on this blog a few times. The Tigers scored 2 runs in the 9th inning on a few walks, a wild pitch, and a fielder's choice.

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Best Total Bases / Outs Made ratios

Posted by Andy on December 22, 2009

I got curious to see what players have the rest ratio of total bases in a season vs. outs made in that same season.

After playing around with the parameters, it seems that 0.8 is an exceptionally good ratio, meaning a player racks up a number of total bases that is 80% of his total outs made.

Here are the players from the last 3 seasons to achieve the 0.8 ratio in a qualified batting season:

Rk Player Year TB Out Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP GDP BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Albert Pujols 2009 374 409 STL 160 700 568 124 186 45 1 47 135 115 64 9 23 .327 .443 .658 1.101 *3/D
2 Joe Mauer 2009 307 346 MIN 138 606 523 94 191 30 1 28 96 76 63 2 13 .365 .444 .587 1.031 *2D
3 Prince Fielder 2009 356 431 MIL 162 719 591 103 177 35 3 46 141 110 138 9 14 .299 .412 .602 1.014 *3
4 Joey Votto 2009 266 327 CIN 131 544 469 82 151 38 1 25 84 70 106 4 8 .322 .414 .567 .981 *3
5 Derrek Lee 2009 308 381 CHC 141 615 532 91 163 36 2 35 111 76 109 3 12 .306 .393 .579 .972 *3/D
6 Albert Pujols 2008 342 356 STL 148 641 524 100 187 44 0 37 116 104 54 5 16 .357 .462 .653 1.114 *3/D4
7 Ryan Ludwick 2008 318 389 STL 152 617 538 104 161 40 3 37 113 62 146 8 8 .299 .375 .591 .966 *978
8 Chipper Jones 2008 252 292 ATL 128 534 439 82 160 24 1 22 75 90 61 1 13 .364 .470 .574 1.044 *5/D
9 Manny Ramirez 2008 332 386 TOT 153 654 552 102 183 36 1 37 121 87 124 11 17 .332 .430 .601 1.031 *7D
10 Carlos Pena 2007 307 359 TBD 148 612 490 99 138 29 1 46 121 103 142 10 7 .282 .411 .627 1.037 *3/D
11 Chase Utley 2007 300 362 PHI 132 613 530 104 176 48 5 22 103 50 89 25 7 .332 .410 .566 .976 *4/3
12 Alex Rodriguez 2007 376 419 NYY 158 708 583 143 183 31 0 54 156 95 120 21 15 .314 .422 .645 1.067 *5/D
13 Prince Fielder 2007 354 419 MIL 158 681 573 109 165 35 2 50 119 90 121 14 9 .288 .395 .618 1.013 *3/D
14 Magglio Ordonez 2007 354 400 DET 157 678 595 117 216 54 0 28 139 76 79 2 20 .363 .434 .595 1.029 *9D
15 Matt Holliday 2007 386 447 COL 158 713 636 120 216 50 6 36 137 63 126 10 23 .340 .405 .607 1.012 *7/D
16 David Ortiz 2007 341 384 BOS 149 667 549 116 182 52 1 35 117 111 103 4 16 .332 .445 .621 1.066 *D/3
17 Chipper Jones 2007 310 362 ATL 134 600 513 108 173 42 4 29 102 82 75 0 21 .337 .425 .604 1.029 *5/D6
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Generated 12/22/2009.

It seems that most of these guys make the list due to very high OBP as well as lots of extra-base hits. Some players were also helped by low GIDP totals, which shaves a few outs off that total. I find it interesting that the strikeout totals are all over the map.

Putting the ratio at 1.0 (meaning seasons where a player's total bases matched or exceeded his total outs) yields these 65 qualified seasons:

Rk Player Year TB Out Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP GDP BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Barry Bonds 2004 303 244 39 SFG 147 617 373 129 135 27 3 45 101 232 41 9 5 .362 .609 .812 1.422 *7/D
2 Albert Pujols 2003 394 393 23 STL 157 685 591 137 212 51 1 43 124 79 65 10 13 .359 .439 .667 1.106 *73/D
3 Barry Bonds 2003 292 264 38 SFG 130 550 390 111 133 22 1 45 90 148 58 10 7 .341 .529 .749 1.278 *7/D
4 Barry Bonds 2002 322 260 37 SFG 143 612 403 117 149 31 2 46 110 198 47 9 4 .370 .582 .799 1.381 *7/D
5 Barry Bonds 2001 411 328 36 SFG 153 664 476 129 156 32 2 73 137 177 93 9 5 .328 .515 .863 1.379 *7/D
6 Sammy Sosa 2001 425 396 32 CHC 160 711 577 146 189 34 5 64 160 116 153 6 6 .328 .437 .737 1.174 *9
7 Todd Helton 2000 405 379 26 COL 160 697 580 138 216 59 2 42 147 103 61 4 12 .372 .463 .698 1.162 *3
8 Manny Ramirez 2000 306 295 28 CLE 118 532 439 92 154 34 2 38 122 86 117 3 9 .351 .457 .697 1.154 *9D
9 Larry Walker 1999 311 288 32 COL 127 513 438 108 166 26 4 37 115 57 52 12 12 .379 .458 .710 1.168 *9/D
10 Mark McGwire 1998 383 365 34 STL 155 681 509 130 152 21 0 70 147 162 155 6 8 .299 .470 .752 1.222 *3
11 Larry Walker 1997 409 383 30 COL 153 664 568 143 208 46 4 49 130 78 90 14 15 .366 .452 .720 1.172 *9/38D
12 Mark McGwire 1996 309 305 32 OAK 130 548 423 104 132 21 0 52 113 116 112 8 14 .312 .467 .730 1.198 *3D
13 Jeff Bagwell 1994 300 269 26 HOU 110 479 400 104 147 32 2 39 116 65 65 4 12 .368 .451 .750 1.201 *3/9
14 Albert Belle 1994 294 276 27 CLE 106 480 412 90 147 35 2 36 101 58 71 5 5 .357 .438 .714 1.152 *7/D
15 Frank Thomas 1994 291 276 26 CHW 113 517 399 106 141 34 1 38 101 109 61 2 15 .353 .487 .729 1.217 *3D
16 George Brett 1980 298 291 27 KCR 117 515 449 87 175 33 9 24 118 58 22 1 11 .390 .454 .664 1.118 *5/3
17 Ted Williams 1957 307 269 38 BOS 132 546 420 96 163 28 1 38 87 119 43 5 11 .388 .526 .731 1.257 *7
18 Mickey Mantle 1957 315 309 25 NYY 144 623 474 121 173 28 6 34 94 146 75 0 5 .365 .512 .665 1.177 *8
19 Mickey Mantle 1956 376 350 24 NYY 150 652 533 132 188 22 5 52 130 112 99 2 4 .353 .464 .705 1.169 *8
20 Stan Musial 1948 429 399 27 STL 155 694 611 135 230 46 18 39 131 79 34 3 18 .376 .450 .702 1.152 987/3
21 Ted Williams 1941 335 285 22 BOS 143 606 456 135 185 33 3 37 120 147 27 3 10 .406 .553 .735 1.287 *7/9
22 Joe DiMaggio 1939 310 297 24 NYY 120 524 462 108 176 32 6 30 126 52 20 4 11 .381 .448 .671 1.119 *8
23 Jimmie Foxx 1939 324 319 31 BOS 124 563 467 130 168 31 10 35 105 89 72 2 17 .360 .464 .694 1.158 *3/1
24 Jimmie Foxx 1938 398 372 30 BOS 149 685 565 139 197 33 9 50 175 119 76 0 0 .349 .462 .704 1.166 *3
25 Hank Greenberg 1937 397 397 26 DET 154 701 594 137 200 49 14 40 183 102 101 3 0 .337 .436 .668 1.105 *3
Rk Player Year TB Out Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP GDP BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
26 Joe DiMaggio 1937 418 406 22 NYY 151 692 621 151 215 35 15 46 167 64 37 5 0 .346 .412 .673 1.085 *8
27 Lou Gehrig 1936 403 378 33 NYY 155 719 579 167 205 37 7 49 152 130 46 7 0 .354 .478 .696 1.174 *3
28 Earl Averill 1936 385 385 34 CLE 152 682 614 136 232 39 15 28 126 65 35 1 0 .378 .438 .627 1.065 *8
29 Lou Gehrig 1934 409 374 31 NYY 154 690 579 128 210 40 6 49 165 109 31 2 0 .363 .465 .706 1.172 *3/6
30 Jimmie Foxx 1933 403 371 25 PHA 149 670 573 125 204 37 9 48 163 96 93 1 0 .356 .449 .703 1.153 *3/6
31 Jimmie Foxx 1932 438 379 24 PHA 154 701 585 151 213 33 9 58 169 116 96 0 0 .364 .469 .749 1.218 *35
32 Al Simmons 1931 329 316 29 PHA 128 563 513 105 200 37 13 22 128 47 45 3 0 .390 .444 .641 1.085 *7/8
33 Babe Ruth 1931 374 339 36 NYY 145 663 534 149 199 31 3 46 163 128 51 1 0 .373 .495 .700 1.195 *97/3
34 Bill Terry 1930 392 379 31 NYG 154 710 633 139 254 39 15 23 129 57 33 1 0 .401 .452 .619 1.071 *3
35 Chuck Klein 1930 445 398 25 PHI 156 719 648 158 250 59 8 40 170 54 50 4 0 .386 .436 .687 1.123 *9
36 Al Simmons 1930 392 345 28 PHA 138 611 554 152 211 41 16 36 165 39 34 1 0 .381 .423 .708 1.130 *7/8
37 Babe Ruth 1930 379 342 35 NYY 145 676 518 150 186 28 9 49 153 136 61 1 0 .359 .493 .732 1.225 *97/1
38 Lou Gehrig 1930 419 375 27 NYY 154 703 581 143 220 42 17 41 174 101 63 3 0 .379 .473 .721 1.194 *3/7
39 Babe Herman 1930 416 373 27 BRO 153 699 614 143 241 48 11 35 130 66 56 4 0 .393 .455 .678 1.132 *9
40 Hack Wilson 1930 423 377 30 CHC 155 709 585 146 208 35 6 56 191 105 84 1 0 .356 .454 .723 1.177 *8
41 Rogers Hornsby 1929 409 373 33 CHC 156 712 602 156 229 47 8 39 149 87 65 1 0 .380 .459 .679 1.139 *4
42 Babe Ruth 1929 348 330 34 NYY 135 587 499 121 172 26 6 46 154 72 60 3 0 .345 .430 .697 1.128 *97
43 Al Simmons 1929 373 371 27 PHA 143 629 581 114 212 41 9 34 157 31 38 1 0 .365 .398 .642 1.040 *7
44 Chuck Klein 1929 405 397 24 PHI 149 679 616 126 219 45 6 43 145 54 61 0 0 .356 .407 .657 1.065 *98
45 Lefty O'Doul 1929 397 384 32 PHI 154 731 638 152 254 35 6 32 122 76 19 4 0 .398 .465 .622 1.087 *79
46 Babe Ruth 1928 380 368 33 NYY 154 684 536 163 173 29 8 54 142 137 87 3 0 .323 .463 .709 1.172 *97
47 Lou Gehrig 1928 364 363 25 NYY 154 677 562 139 210 47 13 27 142 95 69 4 0 .374 .467 .648 1.115 *3
48 Rogers Hornsby 1928 307 298 32 BSN 140 619 486 99 188 42 7 21 94 107 41 1 0 .387 .498 .632 1.130 *4
49 Harry Heilmann 1927 311 309 32 DET 141 596 505 106 201 50 9 14 120 72 16 2 0 .398 .475 .616 1.091 *9
50 Lou Gehrig 1927 447 374 24 NYY 155 717 584 149 218 52 18 47 175 109 84 3 0 .373 .474 .765 1.240 *3
Rk Player Year TB Out Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP GDP BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
51 Babe Ruth 1927 417 354 32 NYY 151 691 540 158 192 29 8 60 164 137 89 0 0 .356 .486 .772 1.258 *97
52 Al Simmons 1927 262 249 25 PHA 106 458 406 86 159 36 11 15 108 31 30 1 0 .392 .436 .645 1.081 *87/9
53 Babe Ruth 1926 365 320 31 NYY 152 652 495 139 184 30 5 47 150 144 76 3 0 .372 .516 .737 1.253 *79/3
54 Rogers Hornsby 1925 381 304 29 STL 138 605 504 133 203 41 10 39 143 83 39 2 0 .403 .489 .756 1.245 *4
55 Rogers Hornsby 1924 373 321 28 STL 143 640 536 121 227 43 14 25 94 89 32 2 0 .424 .507 .696 1.203 *4
56 Babe Ruth 1924 391 342 29 NYY 153 681 529 143 200 39 7 46 121 142 81 4 0 .378 .513 .739 1.252 *97/8
57 Harry Heilmann 1923 331 320 28 DET 144 626 524 121 211 44 11 18 115 74 40 5 0 .403 .481 .632 1.113 *93/7
58 Babe Ruth 1923 399 338 28 NYY 152 699 522 151 205 45 13 41 131 170 93 4 0 .393 .545 .764 1.309 97/83
59 Rogers Hornsby 1922 450 385 26 STL 154 704 623 141 250 46 14 42 152 65 50 1 0 .401 .459 .722 1.181 *4
60 Rogers Hornsby 1921 378 370 25 STL 154 674 592 131 235 44 18 21 126 60 48 7 0 .397 .458 .639 1.097 *4/7653
61 Babe Ruth 1921 457 349 26 NYY 152 693 540 177 204 44 16 59 171 145 81 4 0 .378 .512 .846 1.359 *78/13
62 Babe Ruth 1920 388 299 25 NYY 142 615 457 158 172 36 9 54 137 150 80 3 0 .376 .533 .849 1.382 *978/31
63 George Sisler 1920 399 391 27 SLB 154 692 631 137 257 49 18 19 122 46 19 2 0 .407 .449 .632 1.082 *3/1
64 Ty Cobb 1911 367 343 24 DET 146 654 591 147 248 47 24 8 127 44 0 8 0 .420 .467 .621 1.088 *8
65 Nap Lajoie 1901 350 312 26 PHA 131 582 544 145 232 48 14 14 125 24 0 13 0 .426 .463 .643 1.106 *46
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Generated 12/22/2009.

So these are all seasons with very high OBP and SLG. Like many searches of this type, we see very little since the 1950s except for George Brett's incredible 1980 and a bunch of seasons from the Steroids Era.

Incidentally, the best such qualified seasons since 1901 ranked by TB/outs ratio are Babe Ruth in 1921 (1.309), Barry Bonds in 2001 (1.253), Bonds in 2004 (1.242), Ruth in 1920 (1.298), Bonds in 2002 (1.238), and Rogers Hornsby in 1925 (1.253.)

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The Greatest Post-Season Road Warriors Of All-Time?

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 21, 2009

A simple but fun list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Post-Season Game Finder...

...most post-season road games won by a team in a given year. Here's the leader board:

Rk Tm Year #Matching W L  
1 NYY 1996 8 8 0 Ind. Games
2 NYY 2000 6 6 0 Ind. Games
3 FLA 2003 6 6 0 Ind. Games
4 CHW 2005 6 6 0 Ind. Games
5 BOS 2004 6 6 0 Ind. Games
6 TOR 1993 5 5 0 Ind. Games
7 STL 2006 5 5 0 Ind. Games
8 SFG 2002 5 5 0 Ind. Games
9 PIT 1979 5 5 0 Ind. Games
10 NYY 1999 5 5 0 Ind. Games
11 NYY 2003 5 5 0 Ind. Games
12 NYY 1998 5 5 0 Ind. Games
13 FLA 1997 5 5 0 Ind. Games
14 CLE 1997 5 5 0 Ind. Games
15 BAL 1983 5 5 0 Ind. Games
16 ATL 1996 5 5 0 Ind. Games
17 ATL 1995 5 5 0 Ind. Games
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Generated 12/21/2009.

 

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Yes, since the playoffs were expanded in 1995, it's hard for a pre-1995 team to have a chance here. Nonetheless, what the 1996 Yankees did in October is impressive - getting 8 of the required 11 wins needed (for a ring) on the road. And, what about those teams that won 5 post-season road games in a year and who didn't win a ring that season? Yeah, 2002 Giants, 2003 Yankees, 1997 Indians and 1996 Braves and ...I'm looking at you!

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