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D’oh! Nuts!

Posted by Steve Lombardi on January 31, 2010

Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Game Finder -

From 1954 to 2009, players with seven or more regular season games where they had six or more ABs with zero hits or walks:

Rk Player #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1 Luis Aparicio 16 Ind. Games 103 103 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
2 Tony Taylor 11 Ind. Games 68 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
3 Pete Rose 11 Ind. Games 69 68 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 .000 .014 .000 .014 0 0 0 1 1
4 Willie Davis 11 Ind. Games 69 68 0 0 0 0 1 0 14 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 1
5 Don Kessinger 10 Ind. Games 63 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 0
6 Andre Dawson 9 Ind. Games 55 54 0 0 0 0 4 0 17 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 1
7 Maury Wills 8 Ind. Games 49 49 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
8 Billy Williams 8 Ind. Games 52 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
9 Devon White 8 Ind. Games 50 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
10 Lou Whitaker 8 Ind. Games 49 48 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 .000 .020 .000 .020 0 0 0 1 0
11 Edgar Renteria 8 Ind. Games 51 49 0 0 0 0 3 0 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 2 0 0 1
12 Lloyd Moseby 8 Ind. Games 51 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 .000 .020 .000 .020 0 0 0 1 3
13 Davey Lopes 8 Ind. Games 49 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
14 Lance Johnson 8 Ind. Games 50 49 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 2
15 Jim Gilliam 8 Ind. Games 52 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
16 Lou Brock 8 Ind. Games 49 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
17 Roberto Alomar 8 Ind. Games 48 48 0 0 0 0 1 0 10 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
18 Tim Wallach 7 Ind. Games 43 42 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0
19 Cesar Tovar 7 Ind. Games 45 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
20 Joe Torre 7 Ind. Games 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
21 Ozzie Smith 7 Ind. Games 46 45 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 1
22 Steve Sax 7 Ind. Games 43 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
23 Cookie Rojas 7 Ind. Games 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
24 Ivan Rodriguez 7 Ind. Games 42 42 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 2
25 Bobby Richardson 7 Ind. Games 44 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 0
26 Vada Pinson 7 Ind. Games 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 3
27 John Mayberry 7 Ind. Games 47 46 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 2
28 Richie Hebner 7 Ind. Games 43 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 1
29 Dave Concepcion 7 Ind. Games 44 44 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
30 Dave Cash 7 Ind. Games 43 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
31 Larry Bowa 7 Ind. Games 45 45 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
32 Mark Belanger 7 Ind. Games 43 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
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Generated 1/31/2010.

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Of course, guys like Willie Davis, Maury Wills, Don Kessinger, Luis Aparicio, Tommie Agee and Tony Taylor posted a lot of these games when pitchers ruled the earth and many batters were fitted for collars. Others like Andre Dawson, Devon White, Lou Whitaker, Edgar Renteria and Lloyd Moseby can't make that excuse.

5 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Season-Long Hitting Streaks

Posted by Raphy on January 31, 2010

In 2009, Xavier Nady had a short, but  interesting season. Due a major elbow injury, Nady only appeared in 7 games. However, Nady recorded a hit in every game he played. Here is Nady's gamelog for the season:

Rk Gtm Date Tm Opp Rslt Inngs PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO GDP
1 1 Apr 6 NYY @ BAL L,5-10 CG 5 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1
2 2 Apr 8 NYY @ BAL L,5-7 CG 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 Apr 9 NYY @ BAL W,11-2 CG 5 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
4 5 (1) Apr 11 NYY @ KCR W,6-1 GS-8 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
5 6 Apr 12 NYY @ KCR L,4-6 CG 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
6 7 Apr 13 NYY @ TBR L,5-15 CG 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
7 8 Apr 14 NYY @ TBR W,7-2 GS-8 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/30/2010.

Of course, this made me wonder about the uniqueness Nady's season. Has a player ever had a longer season-long hitting streak? Please note that I am not using the official definition of hitting streak. To qualify for this list, a player must have hit in every game that he appeared, regardless of whether or not he came to bat.

To answer this question (since 1954), we need to compare the results of two PI searches and see where they overlap. Since 1954 there have been 701 occasions in which a player started a season with a hit in his first 7 games. The longest such streak belongs to Edgar Renteria, who hit in his first 23 games in 2006. Obviously, sifting through this list would be extremely time consuming. However, if  we can figure out which of these player's streaks represent their entire season, we  would have our answer. From 1954-2009, 10,908 players played between 7 and 23 games in a season, but only 182 of those players had at least as many hits as games played.  With a little help from Excel,  we can compare the 701 streaks with the 182 seasons and find that there were  four  players whose season starting hitting streaks were as many games as their entire season. Nady was one, here are the others (with links to their gamelogs):

Glenn Williams 2005 (13 games): The only 13 games of Williams's career all included a hit. As mentioned in his BR- bullpen page and easily confirmed with PI, Williams's has the most AB of any player with career BA of at least .400.

Rafael Bournigal 1993 (8 games): Bournigal's second season as a September call-up was much more successful than his first.

John Castino 1984 (8 games): The last 8 games in the career of the 1979 AL Rookie of the Year. Castino, whose career ended prematurely due to chronic back pain, has the 8th highest OPS+ (or 7th, depending if Mike Hessman plays again) among players with at least 30 PA  in their final season.

9 Comments | Posted in Season Finders, Streak Finders

Back(stop), Corners & Out

Posted by Steve Lombardi on January 29, 2010

A wacky list from Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Season Finder. It's all players, since 1901, to qualify for a batting title in a season where they played at least one game at each of the following positions: Catcher, First Base, Third Base, and the Outfield. Here they are, ranked by OPS+ :

Rk Player OPS+ Year 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 Pos
1 Johnny Bench 166 1972 24 CIN NL 147 652 538 87 145 22 2 40 125 100 23 84 2 0 12 18 6 6 .270 .379 .541 .920 *29/35
2 Roger Bresnahan 162 1903 24 NYG NL 113 486 406 87 142 30 8 4 55 61 0 0 7 12 0 0 34 0 .350 .443 .493 .936 *832/759
3 Fred Snodgrass 154 1910 22 NYG NL 123 493 396 69 127 22 8 2 44 71 0 52 13 13 0 0 33 0 .321 .440 .432 .871 *879/325
4 Harry Rice 152 1925 23 SLB AL 103 420 354 87 127 25 8 11 47 54 0 15 5 7 0 0 8 7 .359 .450 .568 1.018 *9/837425
5 Johnny Bench 141 1970 22 CIN NL 158 671 605 97 177 35 4 45 148 54 9 102 0 1 11 12 5 2 .293 .345 .587 .932 *273/985
6 Rico Carty 136 1966 26 ATL NL 151 588 521 73 170 25 2 15 76 60 7 74 0 0 7 15 4 6 .326 .391 .468 .859 *72/395
7 Johnny Bench 133 1977 29 CIN NL 142 560 494 67 136 34 2 31 109 58 8 95 1 0 7 10 2 4 .275 .348 .540 .889 *2/7395
8 Roger Bresnahan 129 1907 28 NYG NL 110 401 328 57 83 9 7 4 38 61 0 0 6 6 0 0 15 0 .253 .380 .360 .740 *2/385
9 Thurman Munson 126 1975 28 NYY AL 157 661 597 83 190 24 3 12 102 45 8 52 6 3 10 23 3 2 .318 .366 .429 .795 *2D/3795
10 Keith Moreland 119 1985 31 CHC NL 161 667 587 74 180 30 3 14 106 68 7 58 1 2 9 14 12 3 .307 .374 .440 .814 *935/2
11 Johnny Bench 119 1973 25 CIN NL 152 651 557 83 141 17 3 25 104 83 14 83 0 1 10 22 4 1 .253 .345 .429 .774 *29/35
12 Carlton Fisk 118 1980 32 BOS AL 131 530 478 73 138 25 3 18 62 36 6 62 13 0 3 12 11 5 .289 .353 .467 .819 *2/D735
13 Ted Simmons 117 1976 26 STL NL 150 625 546 60 159 35 3 5 75 73 19 35 0 0 6 9 0 7 .291 .371 .394 .765 *23/75
14 Gary Carter 115 1986 32 NYM NL 132 573 490 81 125 14 2 24 105 62 9 63 6 0 15 21 1 0 .255 .337 .439 .776 *2/3795
15 Roger Bresnahan 113 1902 23 TOT ML 116 464 413 46 115 17 9 5 56 37 0 0 4 10 0 0 18 0 .278 .344 .400 .743 2598/63
16 Carlton Fisk 109 1981 33 CHW AL 96 394 338 44 89 12 0 7 45 38 3 37 12 1 5 9 3 2 .263 .354 .361 .715 *2/375
17 Johnny Bench 107 1971 23 CIN NL 149 613 562 80 134 19 2 27 61 49 7 83 0 0 2 20 2 1 .238 .299 .423 .722 *237/95
18 Cesar Tovar 106 1968 27 MIN AL 157 673 613 89 167 31 6 6 47 34 0 41 17 5 4 2 35 13 .272 .326 .372 .698 578649/321
19 Keith Moreland 103 1984 30 CHC NL 140 539 495 59 138 17 3 16 80 34 5 71 3 2 5 16 1 4 .279 .326 .422 .748 *93/527
20 Jose Oquendo 102 1988 24 STL NL 148 518 451 36 125 10 1 7 46 52 7 40 0 12 3 8 4 6 .277 .350 .350 .700 4563/98721
21 Bert Campaneris 102 1965 23 KCA AL 144 634 578 67 156 23 12 6 42 41 0 71 9 3 3 5 51 19 .270 .326 .382 .709 *67/8392415
22 Peaches Graham 102 1910 33 BSN NL 110 335 291 31 82 13 2 0 21 33 0 15 2 9 0 0 5 0 .282 .359 .340 .699 *2/539
23 Todd Zeile 101 1990 24 STL NL 144 570 495 62 121 25 3 15 57 67 3 77 2 0 6 11 2 4 .244 .333 .398 .731 *253/7
24 Bob Wood 100 1901 35 CLE AL 98 368 346 45 101 23 3 1 49 12 0 0 6 4 0 0 6 0 .292 .327 .384 .711 *2/596374
25 Gil Hodges 98 1958 34 LAD NL 141 532 475 68 123 15 1 22 64 52 3 87 0 2 3 15 8 2 .259 .330 .434 .764 *35/972
26 Sport McAllister 98 1901 26 DET AL 90 336 306 45 92 9 4 3 57 15 0 0 5 10 0 0 17 0 .301 .344 .386 .729 235/976
27 Sam Mertes 96 1902 29 CHW AL 129 544 497 60 140 23 7 1 79 37 0 0 2 8 0 0 46 0 .282 .334 .362 .696 *7/9623415
28 Randy Moore 94 1932 26 BSN NL 107 372 351 41 103 21 2 3 43 15 0 11 0 6 0 0 1 0 .293 .322 .390 .713 953/2
29 Jimmy Walsh 93 1911 25 PHI NL 94 324 289 29 78 20 3 1 31 21 0 30 2 12 0 0 5 0 .270 .324 .370 .694 974/652831
30 Steve Lyons 92 1988 28 CHW AL 146 526 472 59 127 28 3 5 45 32 1 59 1 15 6 6 1 2 .269 .313 .373 .686 *5/89423
31 B.J. Surhoff 91 1993 28 MIL AL 148 599 552 66 151 38 3 7 79 36 5 47 2 4 5 9 12 9 .274 .318 .391 .709 *597/32D
32 Keith Moreland 90 1986 32 CHC NL 156 652 586 72 159 30 0 12 79 53 10 48 0 2 11 15 3 6 .271 .326 .384 .710 *9523
33 Dick Billings 88 1972 29 TEX AL 133 508 469 41 119 15 1 5 58 29 5 77 2 2 6 13 1 5 .254 .296 .322 .618 *27/593
34 Red Dooin 88 1904 25 PHI NL 108 367 355 41 86 11 4 6 36 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 15 0 .242 .261 .346 .607 *2/3875
35 Art Hoelskoetter 87 1907 24 STL NL 119 434 397 21 98 6 3 2 28 27 0 0 2 8 0 0 5 0 .247 .298 .292 .590 *43/28915
36 John Stearns 85 1979 27 NYM NL 155 602 538 58 131 29 2 9 66 52 5 57 4 3 5 21 15 15 .243 .312 .355 .667 *235/7
37 Charlie Dexter 82 1901 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
38 Jack Rothrock 81 1928 23 BOS AL 117 384 344 52 92 9 4 3 22 33 0 40 1 6 0 0 12 6 .267 .333 .343 .676 795368/421
39 Pedro Feliz 80 2007 32 SFG NL 150 590 557 61 141 28 2 20 72 29 2 70 1 0 3 15 2 2 .253 .290 .418 .708 *5/3792
40 B.J. Surhoff 80 1992 27 MIL AL 139 543 480 63 121 19 1 4 62 46 8 41 2 5 10 9 14 8 .252 .314 .321 .635 *23/D7598
41 Bernie Friberg 76 1925 25 TOT NL 135 519 456 53 121 17 4 6 38 53 0 57 2 8 0 0 1 2 .265 .344 .360 .704 *457/3621
42 B.J. Surhoff 71 1988 23 MIL AL 139 541 493 47 121 21 0 5 38 31 9 49 3 11 3 12 21 6 .245 .292 .318 .611 *25/367
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Generated 1/29/2010.

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I expected to see Johnny Bench and Thurman Munson on this list - as I recall those seasons where they caught and played these other positions. And, once seeing the list, it made sense that guys like Cesar Tovar, Bert Campaneris, and Jose Oquendo were there since they pulled the "play all 9 positions in a game" stunt. Jimmy Walsh also played all nine positions - in a season. Jack Rothrock too. I learned that, about those two, today via this list.

In any event, it's interesting to see some other names on this list - like Fred Snodgrass, Rico Carty and Gil Hodges. Never would have thought of them, at first blush. And, also, there's just some "fun" names on the list - like Peaches Graham, Sport McAllister and Art Hoelskoetter.

Anyone on the list "catch" the "corner" of your eye as being "out" there too?

3 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Quick hits

Posted by Andy on January 29, 2010

A few quickies today:

  • From the "Did You Know" file--did you know that two different players with the last name McCutchen made their MLB debut for the Pirates in 2009?
  • On a recent post we talked about scoring 5+ runs and how some teams still lost often. For 2009, winning teams scored 15,486 runs in 2,430 victories (6.37 runs per win) while losing teams scored 6,933 runs in 2,430 losses (2.85 runs per loss.) I'm surprised a bit by the wide margin, but I guess it's true that winning teams never score zero runs and also sometimes score 10, 15, or 20 runs, while losing teams score as many as 10 runs pretty rarely. Both factors tend to push the winning run total up and keep the losing run total down.
  • Via Raphy, there were two sets of players this year to each get a hit where both players had the same first and last names. Can you figure out who they were? (Answer #1 and answer #2.)
  • Also via Raphy, Grady Sizemore set an interesting record in 2009. He had the fewest games played for a player qualifying for the batting title in a season with 162 games. Here's the link, but you have to ignore the strike-shortened seasons of 1981, 1994, and 1995. Sizemore's 2009 is 214th on the list but the first not from one of those 3 years. As one would expect, he batted primarily leadoff, the only way I could imagine such a thing happening. No word on where his coffee mug was during that time.
  • Finally, if you haven't already added your baseball memories to my recent post about the moment that made you a fan, please do so. We have lots of great contributions there already but I'd like to read even more.

3 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Consecutive games with 5+ runs

Posted by Andy on January 28, 2010

A commenter on yesterday's post pointed out that the Nats had two long streaks of scoring at least 5 runs per game. That's correct and here are the longest such streaks in 2009:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L R Opp
1 WSN 2009-05-10 2009-05-19 10 1 9 62 ARI,SFG,PHI,PIT
2 WSN 2009-08-01 2009-08-09 9 8 1 63 PIT,FLA,ARI
3 LAA 2009-08-10 2009-08-18 8 7 1 65 TBR,BAL,CLE
4 FLA 2009-08-08 2009-08-16 8 7 1 66 PHI,HOU,COL
5 CHC 2009-07-22 2009-07-30 8 7 1 63 PHI,CIN,HOU
6 STL 2009-04-14 2009-04-23 8 5 3 60 ARI,CHC,NYM
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/27/2010.

As was mentioned yesterday, the Nationals went an amazing 1-9 in their 10-game streak. That's really quite amazing. In the National League in 2009, run scoring averaged 4.43 per game and the Nationals were right at league average. To score more than half a run above the average for 10 straight games and lose 9 of them is pretty unlikely. One of you stats gurus out there should be able to calculate the odds--it must be less than 5%.

Here are the longest streaks with at least 5 runs per game in the 2000's:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L R Opp
1 OAK 2000-04-28 2000-05-12 14 10 4 116 MIN,KCR,TEX,ANA,SEA
2 TOR 2003-05-30 2003-06-13 13 9 4 102 BOS,STL,CIN,PIT,CHC
3 NYM 2007-08-11 2007-08-24 12 8 4 83 FLA,PIT,WSN,SDP,LAD
4 TEX 2005-08-02 2005-08-13 12 3 9 86 TBD,BAL,BOS,NYY
5 HOU 2004-08-27 2004-09-08 12 12 0 109 CHC,CIN,PIT
6 ATL 2004-08-22 2004-09-04 12 11 1 84 LAD,COL,SFG,PHI,MON
7 OAK 2002-08-17 2002-08-28 12 12 0 95 CHW,CLE,DET,KCR
8 CLE 2001-04-26 2001-05-09 12 11 1 101 ANA,TEX,KCR,TBD
9 CLE 2000-08-26 2000-09-06 12 9 3 88 ANA,TEX,BAL,TBD
10 NYY 2004-05-23 2004-06-04 11 10 1 93 TEX,BAL,TBD
11 TOR 2002-07-14 2002-07-26 11 8 3 76 BOS,NYY,BAL,TBD,MIN
12 SEA 2002-04-07 2002-04-17 11 10 1 82 OAK,ANA,TEX
13 TOR 2000-04-12 2000-04-23 11 6 5 92 ANA,SEA,NYY
14 WSN 2009-05-10 2009-05-19 10 1 9 62 ARI,SFG,PHI,PIT
15 COL 2008-07-17 2008-07-27 10 9 1 76 PIT,LAD,CIN
16 BOS 2008-05-02 2008-05-11 10 7 3 70 TBR,DET,MIN
17 BOS 2008-04-13 2008-04-22 10 9 1 72 NYY,CLE,TEX,LAA
18 NYY 2007-07-28 2007-08-07 10 8 2 93 BAL,CHW,KCR,TOR
19 SEA 2007-05-30 2007-06-09 10 7 3 68 LAA,TEX,BAL,SDP
20 KCR 2006-06-29 2006-07-08 10 6 4 69 CIN,STL,MIN,TOR
21 BOS 2006-06-17 2006-06-28 10 10 0 83 ATL,WSN,PHI,NYM
22 DET 2003-09-27 2004-04-14 10 8 2 69 MIN,TOR
23 BOS 2003-08-20 2003-08-30 10 7 3 79 OAK,SEA,TOR,NYY
24 CLE 2002-03-31 2002-04-11 10 9 1 68 ANA,DET,MIN
25 HOU 2001-06-18 2001-06-27 10 7 3 75 COL,CIN,ARI
Rk Strk Start End Games W L R Opp
26 STL 2001-05-05 2001-05-15 10 8 2 75 ATL,PIT,CHC
27 HOU 2000-08-13 2000-08-23 10 8 2 86 PHI,PIT,MIL,CHC
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/27/2010.

So last year's Nationals streak was the worst of the decade in terms of W-L record. The only other team with a non-winning record was Texas with a 3-9 mark over a 12-game streak and they at least averaged more than 7 runs per game over that streak. (Their pitching must have just been awful.)

In case you're curious here are 2009 pitching streaks where at least 5 runs were surrendered per game:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L R ER Opp
1 HOU 2009-08-10 2009-08-18 8 2 6 60 59 FLA,MIL
2 OAK 2009-07-26 2009-08-02 8 3 5 55 54 NYY,BOS,TOR
3 PHI 2009-06-12 2009-06-20 8 1 7 58 55 BOS,TOR,BAL
4 SFG 2009-05-09 2009-05-16 8 3 5 57 53 LAD,WSN,NYM
5 ARI 2009-09-16 2009-09-23 7 2 5 44 40 SDP,COL,SFG
6 SDP 2009-08-09 2009-08-16 7 2 5 51 49 NYM,MIL,STL
7 MIL 2009-06-13 2009-06-20 7 3 4 56 56 CHW,CLE,DET
8 SDP 2009-04-13 2009-04-21 7 4 3 42 39 NYM,PHI,SFG
9 WSN 2009-04-06 2009-04-13 7 0 7 54 50 FLA,ATL,PHI
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/27/2010.

As expected most of these teams had losing records.

Finally here are the longest such streaks of the 2000's:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L R ER Opp
1 COL 2001-06-18 2001-07-04 15 2 13 116 106 HOU,ARI,SDP
2 KCR 2005-07-27 2005-08-10 13 1 12 110 93 CHW,TBD,BOS,OAK,CLE
3 STL 2003-06-03 2003-06-16 13 7 6 98 97 TOR,BAL,BOS,NYY,MIL
4 PIT 2000-09-09 2000-09-21 13 3 10 110 100 CIN,STL,HOU,PHI,MIL
5 HOU 2007-06-18 2007-06-30 12 4 8 91 84 LAA,TEX,MIL,COL
6 MIL 2002-06-03 2002-06-16 12 3 9 80 72 CHC,PIT,OAK,MIN
7 COL 2000-04-22 2000-05-06 12 5 7 95 86 STL,MON,NYM,SFG
8 CLE 2008-09-23 2009-04-11 11 2 9 82 78 BOS,CHW,TEX,TOR
9 SEA 2008-08-08 2008-08-20 11 1 10 98 94 TBR,LAA,MIN,CHW
10 BAL 2007-08-22 2007-09-01 11 1 10 116 109 TEX,MIN,TBD,BOS
11 ATL 2005-09-28 2006-04-09 11 3 8 81 73 COL,FLA,LAD,SFG
12 TEX 2005-07-04 2005-07-18 11 5 6 80 74 BOS,TOR,OAK,NYY
13 CIN 2004-08-06 2004-08-17 11 3 8 88 79 COL,LAD,SDP,STL
14 DET 2003-09-13 2003-09-23 11 1 10 86 82 KCR,TOR,MIN
15 SDP 2003-05-12 2003-05-23 11 1 10 89 84 FLA,ATL,MIL,ARI
16 CHC 2000-08-31 2000-09-11 11 1 10 98 96 SDP,SFG,COL,HOU,CIN
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/27/2010.

Ah, pre-humidor Coors Field.

Check out that 2005 Royals streak. They allowed 93 earned runs over 13 games, a horrible 7.15 earned runs per game, but for good measure they allowed another 17 unearned runs, bringing the final average to 8.46 runs per game. Impressive, then, that they won even one of those games.

12 Comments | Posted in Streak Finders

The Last Of Their Kind

Posted by Steve Lombardi on January 27, 2010

Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Season Finder, we can see that there were a few non-pitchers to play last season who were born in the 1960's:

Rk Player Born PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Brad Ausmus 1969 107 2009 40 LAD NL 36 95 9 28 4 0 1 9 5 0 21 2 5 0 1 1 0 .295 .343 .368 .712 *2
2 So Taguchi 1969 12 2009 39 CHC NL 6 11 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .333 .364 .697 /*79
3 Ken Griffey 1969 454 2009 39 SEA AL 117 387 44 83 19 0 19 57 63 2 80 1 0 3 6 0 0 .214 .324 .411 .735 *D/79
4 Matt Stairs 1968 129 2009 41 PHI NL 99 103 15 20 4 0 5 17 23 3 30 3 0 0 0 0 0 .194 .357 .379 .735 /97D
5 Gary Sheffield 1968 312 2009 40 NYM NL 100 268 44 74 13 2 10 43 40 3 46 2 0 2 10 2 1 .276 .372 .451 .823 79/D
6 Omar Vizquel 1967 195 2009 42 TEX AL 62 177 17 47 7 2 1 14 13 0 27 0 5 0 0 4 0 .266 .316 .345 .660 654
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/27/2010.

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But, what about the 1950's? Who was the last non-pitcher to play in the big leagues who was born in the 1950's? The answer: Julio Franco.

And, who was the last non-pitcher to play in the big leagues who was born in the 1940's? That would be Carlton Fisk.

The 1930's? Carl Yastrzemski. The 1920's? Other than stunt-stuff like Minnie Minoso, that would be Elston Howard.

This is just one of the fun things you can do "playing" around with Play Index...just by running a few simple queries.

5 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Eating the Strikeout Elephant

Posted by Raphy on January 27, 2010

Sometimes PI can be more fun when used in conjunction with other basic programs. Here is a fun stat that I found by comparing the results of a game finder search and a season finder search. I simply converted the searches into CSV format, pasted them into Excel, and had the program compare the lists.

Most Strikeouts in a Season Without a Double-Digit Strikeout Game 1954-2009 (Rk is rank in seasonal strikeouts since '54)

Rk Player Year SO SO/G Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB ERA ERA+
204 Juan Marichal 1968 218 5.736842 30 SFG NL 38 38 30 5 0 26 9 0.743 0 326 295 106 88 46 2.43 123
291 Roy Halladay 2008 206 6.058824 31 TOR AL 34 33 9 2 0 20 11 0.645 0 246 220 88 76 39 2.78 152
382 Steve Busby 1974 198 5.210526 24 KCR AL 38 38 20 3 0 22 14 0.611 0 292.1 284 118 110 92 3.39 112
419 Sterling Hitchcock 1999 194 5.878788 28 SDP NL 33 33 1 0 0 12 14 0.462 0 205.2 202 99 94 76 4.11 102
438 Wilbur Wood 1972 193 3.938776 30 CHW AL 49 49 20 8 0 24 17 0.585 0 376.2 325 119 105 74 2.51 126
516 Livan Hernandez 2004 186 5.314286 29 MON NL 35 35 9 2 0 11 15 0.423 0 255 234 105 102 83 3.6 126
545 Bronson Arroyo 2006 184 5.257143 29 CIN NL 35 35 3 1 0 14 11 0.56 0 240.2 222 98 88 64 3.29 142
549 Freddy Garcia 2004 184 5.935484 29 TOT AL 31 31 1 0 0 13 11 0.542 0 210 192 92 89 64 3.81 122
565 Brandon Webb 2008 183 5.382353 29 ARI NL 34 34 3 1 0 22 7 0.759 0 226.2 206 95 83 65 3.3 141
576 Dennis Leonard 1978 183 4.575 27 KCR AL 40 40 20 4 0 21 17 0.553 0 294.2 283 125 109 78 3.33 116
597 Hideo Nomo 2000 181 5.65625 31 DET AL 32 31 1 0 0 8 12 0.4 0 190 191 102 100 89 4.74 99
604 Gary Nolan 1970 181 4.891892 22 CIN NL 37 37 4 2 0 18 7 0.72 0 250.2 226 102 91 96 3.27 128
605 Bill Hands 1969 181 4.414634 29 CHC NL 41 41 18 3 0 20 14 0.588 0 300 268 102 83 73 2.49 162
610 Dick Radatz 1964 181 2.291139 27 BOS AL 79 0 0 0 67 16 9 0.64 29 157 103 44 40 58 2.29 168
619 Greg Swindell 1988 180 5.454545 23 CLE AL 33 33 12 4 0 18 14 0.563 0 242 234 97 86 45 3.2 128

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2009 scoring streaks

Posted by Andy on January 27, 2010

Here are some streaks for the 2009 season using the team streak finders on the Play Index.

Longest consecutive game streaks without being shut out by the opposition:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L OPS Opp
1 MIN 2009-05-06 2009-08-28 101 51 50 .781 BAL,SEA,DET,NYY,CHW,MIL,BOS,TBR,CLE,OAK,CHC,PIT,HOU,STL,KCR,TEX,LAA
2 DET 2009-05-08 2009-08-07 81 44 37 .747 CLE,MIN,OAK,TEX,COL,KCR,BAL,BOS,LAA,CHW,PIT,STL,MIL,CHC,HOU,NYY,SEA
3 PHI 2009-05-07 2009-07-28 73 44 29 .791 NYM,ATL,LAD,WSN,CIN,NYY,FLA,SDP,BOS,TOR,BAL,TBR,PIT,CHC,STL,ARI
4 LAA 2009-05-21 2009-08-08 69 45 24 .831 SEA,LAD,CHW,TOR,DET,TBR,SDP,SFG,COL,ARI,TEX,BAL,NYY,OAK,KCR,MIN,CLE
5 TBR 2009-04-24 2009-06-30 63 38 25 .836 OAK,MIN,BOS,BAL,NYY,CLE,FLA,KCR,LAA,WSN,COL,NYM,PHI,TOR
6 MIL 2009-04-19 2009-06-27 63 37 26 .765 NYM,PHI,HOU,PIT,ARI,CIN,CHC,FLA,STL,MIN,ATL,COL,CHW,CLE,DET,SFG
7 FLA 2009-07-20 2009-09-26 62 37 25 .813 SDP,LAD,ATL,CHC,WSN,PHI,HOU,COL,NYM,STL,CIN
8 CHW 2009-06-06 2009-08-11 60 33 27 .797 CLE,DET,MIL,CHC,CIN,LAD,KCR,MIN,BAL,TBR,NYY,LAA,SEA
9 ATL 2009-08-01 2009-10-04 59 34 25 .742 LAD,SDP,WSN,PHI,ARI,NYM,FLA,CIN,HOU,STL
10 BOS 2009-05-01 2009-07-05 59 35 24 .788 TBR,NYY,CLE,LAA,SEA,TOR,NYM,MIN,DET,TEX,PHI,FLA,ATL,WSN,BAL
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Generated 1/26/2010.

Minnesota's 101 game streak sounds pretty impressive until you see that they went just 51-50 over that span. Obviously, getting shut out means necessarily a loss (or I guess a tie is possible, eh Commissioner Selig?) so I would have thought that such a long streak with no shutouts would put a decent team at at least a few games above .500. The Phillies and Angels streaks really jump out as those teams went .603 and .652 respectively.

Now here are the most times in a row in 2009 that a team got shut out:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L Opp
1 CLE 2009-09-30 2009-10-01 2 0 2 CHW,BOS
2 FLA 2009-09-27 2009-09-28 2 0 2 NYM,ATL
3 TEX 2009-09-16 2009-09-18 2 0 2 OAK,LAA
4 NYM 2009-09-13 2009-09-15 2 0 2 PHI,ATL
5 TEX 2009-09-13 2009-09-14 2 0 2 SEA,OAK
6 SEA 2009-08-30 2009-08-31 2 0 2 KCR,LAA
7 BOS 2009-08-07 2009-08-08 2 0 2 NYY
8 COL 2009-07-28 2009-07-30 2 0 2 NYM
9 PIT 2009-07-25 2009-07-26 2 0 2 ARI
10 NYM 2009-07-05 2009-07-07 2 0 2 PHI,LAD
11 HOU 2009-07-03 2009-07-04 2 0 2 SFG
12 SDP 2009-06-14 2009-06-16 2 0 2 LAA,SEA
13 ATL 2009-06-05 2009-06-06 2 0 2 MIL
14 CHW 2009-06-04 2009-06-05 2 0 2 OAK,CLE
15 KCR 2009-05-22 2009-05-23 2 0 2 STL
16 PIT 2009-05-22 2009-05-23 2 0 2 CHW
17 CLE 2009-05-08 2009-05-09 2 0 2 DET
18 PIT 2009-04-29 2009-05-01 2 0 2 MIL,CIN
19 ATL 2009-04-17 2009-04-18 2 0 2 PIT
20 HOU 2009-04-12 2009-04-13 2 0 2 STL,PIT
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Generated 1/26/2010.

So on twenty occasions a team suffered consecutive shutouts. Cleveland appears twice on the list, as do the New York Mets, the Astros, and the Braves. The Pirates pulled off the hat trick. Seriously, can you imagine your team getting shutout twice in a row three different times in the same season? I guess Pirates fans don't have to imagine it. Entry #7 on the list is memorable for both Red Sox and Yankees fans as the back-t0-back shutouts of Boston were a big help for the Yankees winning the division. As you can see from coolstandings.com, the Yankees odds of winning the division went from 60.3% before those two games to 72.2% in the immediate aftermath. Those are pretty meaningful games for early August.

In 2009, it happened only 18 times that a given team pitched a shutout in two consecutive games. Some of those occurrences are shown on the table above but here is the full list:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L Opp
1 CHW 2009-09-30 2009-10-02 2 2 0 CLE,DET
2 PHI 2009-09-13 2009-09-15 2 2 0 NYM,WSN
3 SDP 2009-09-02 2009-09-04 2 2 0 WSN,LAD
4 DET 2009-08-13 2009-08-14 2 2 0 BOS,KCR
5 NYY 2009-08-07 2009-08-08 2 2 0 BOS
6 NYM 2009-07-28 2009-07-30 2 2 0 COL
7 ARI 2009-07-25 2009-07-26 2 2 0 PIT
8 HOU 2009-07-12 2009-07-16 2 2 0 WSN,LAD
9 SFG 2009-07-03 2009-07-04 2 2 0 HOU
10 SFG 2009-06-28 2009-06-29 2 2 0 MIL,STL
11 ATL 2009-06-22 2009-06-23 2 2 0 CHC,NYY
12 TEX 2009-06-11 2009-06-12 2 2 0 TOR,LAD
13 MIL 2009-06-05 2009-06-06 2 2 0 ATL
14 CHW 2009-05-22 2009-05-23 2 2 0 PIT
15 STL 2009-05-22 2009-05-23 2 2 0 KCR
16 DET 2009-05-08 2009-05-09 2 2 0 CLE
17 CIN 2009-04-29 2009-05-01 2 2 0 HOU,PIT
18 PIT 2009-04-17 2009-04-18 2 2 0 ATL
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Generated 1/26/2010.

The White Sox did it twice, as did the Tigers. The Giants also managed the trick, pitching back-to-back shutouts twice in a week. Very impressive.

Finally, here are the longest streaks in 2009 where a team failed to pitch a shutout:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L Opp
1 BAL 2009-06-02 2009-09-05 84 31 53 SEA,OAK,ATL,NYM,PHI,FLA,WSN,BOS,LAA,TOR,CHW,NYY,KCR,DET,TBR,MIN,CLE,TEX
2 PIT 2009-07-19 2009-09-29 66 19 47 SFG,MIL,ARI,WSN,STL,COL,CHC,CIN,PHI,HOU,LAD,SDP
3 KCR 2009-06-17 2009-08-29 66 20 46 ARI,STL,HOU,PIT,MIN,CHW,DET,BOS,TBR,LAA,TEX,BAL,SEA,OAK,CLE
4 DET 2009-06-02 2009-08-12 64 31 33 BOS,LAA,CHW,PIT,STL,MIL,CHC,HOU,OAK,MIN,KCR,CLE,NYY,SEA,TEX,BAL
5 WSN 2009-04-06 2009-06-17 64 18 46 FLA,ATL,PHI,NYM,STL,HOU,LAD,ARI,SFG,PIT,BAL,CIN,TBR,NYY
6 PIT 2009-04-21 2009-06-29 63 28 35 FLA,SDP,MIL,CIN,STL,NYM,COL,WSN,CHW,CHC,HOU,ATL,DET,MIN,CLE,KCR
7 TBR 2009-07-11 2009-09-16 59 25 34 OAK,KCR,CHW,TOR,NYY,BOS,SEA,LAA,BAL,TEX,DET
8 FLA 2009-04-06 2009-06-07 58 27 31 WSN,NYM,ATL,PIT,PHI,CHC,CIN,COL,MIL,LAD,ARI,TBR,SFG
9 BOS 2009-04-07 2009-06-07 57 33 24 TBR,LAA,OAK,BAL,MIN,NYY,CLE,SEA,TOR,NYM,DET,TEX
10 FLA 2009-07-24 2009-09-22 55 31 24 LAD,ATL,CHC,WSN,PHI,HOU,COL,NYM,SDP,STL,CIN
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Generated 1/26/2010.

This list is kind of interesting. At first it's not surprising to see teams like Baltimore, KC, and Pittsburgh on there. They weren't very good teams and they had bad records over the length of these games (although keep in mind they must have won the games right before and right after the streak, so you can add two more wins.) But then we see a good team like Boston here as well, going a good 33-24 over their own 57-game streak. Add in their two more bookend wins and that's +11 record-wise over a little more than a third of the season, good for a record of about 96-66 if over en entire year.

I guess this goes to show that shutouts aren't all that important. Certainly they are an indicator of the strength of a team's offense or pitching but not a particularly good indicator.

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Baseball

Posted by Andy on January 26, 2010
Pardon me as I make one of my rare non-stat posts.

This country, and probably the world, is clearly divided into two group: fans of the game of baseball and those who think that baseball is the most boring thing on the planet. For non-fans of the game, watching it is like torture. Even for most fans, especially those like me who never played the game, watching every single pitch can sometimes be dull. I can't differentiate all that well between pitch types and I know nothing more about pitching or hitting than one can learn from watching a lot of baseball (which I think isn't all that much.)

But why, then, do I love the game so much? Like most fans, there was a point in baseball history that turned me on to the game. It made me fascinated by the complex beauty of the game and ever since, I have loved every moment of Major League Baseball.

For me, the point in time at which my love for the game ignited was Kirk Gibson's home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. It was an incredible moment. I wrote about it previously here and here. The things that made that moment special for me were, in no particular order: 1) the underdog Dodgers beating the seemingly unbeatable Eckersley, 2) Gibson hitting a homer on such an ugly looking swing and in such obvious pain, 3) Jack Buck's simple and organic call of not believing what he just saw, and 4) Gibson's very cool and spur-of-the-moment fist-pump as he rounded the bases.

As time has gone on and I've watched baseball with many other folks, I've seen the love take hold of other new fans. One time was during the 1993 National League Championship Series. In Game 1, the Phillies beat the heavily-favored Braves (as they would eventually do in the series as a whole.) When Kim Batiste got a hit in the bottom of the 10th inning, the TV feed got a wonderful shot of John Kruk motoring around 3rd base when, even in the days before high definition, he could clearly be seen chewing like mad (not sure if it was gum or tobacco.) The friends I was with, who were all new to baseball, were giddy at the thought of somebody chewing while running home on such an important play. With much screaming as Kruk scored, these folks were absolutely hooked on the game.

Another case of new love for baseball occurred in 1997. I was sitting in the living room with a friend's family as we watched this game between the Pirates and the Astros. After the top of the 9th inning, the Pirates' Francisco Cordova had not yielded a hit or a run, but the Pirates hadn't scored either and the game continued. I explained to the family that no-hitters were rare but pitching 9 no-hit innings without the game ending was even rarer. I explained that if the Pirates could score in the bottom of the 9th, we would see an exceptionally rare feat--a no-hitter that ended without the winning team's pitcher on the mound. However, a young Billy Wagner blew away the Pirates 1-2-3 and the game went to extra innings. Ricardo Rincon retired the Astros in the top of the 10th without yielding a hit, and the Pirates got another shot at the rare event in the bottom of the inning.

After a couple of runners reached on walks, Mark Smith pinch hit for Rincon. I believe the announcer was Gary Thorne and that I watched this game on Saturday Night Baseball on ESPN. He mentioned how Smith was batting to try to give the Pirates the shutout, the no-hitter, and the win. Just as those words came out of his mouth, the pitch was delivered, and Smith absolutely crushed it for a very deep and very obvious homer and Thorne continued his sentence by adding, "...and he got them all!!!!"

Shivers went down my spine and those of everyone else in the room. It was an incredibly cool ending to a game and one of the most fun baseball moments I've ever witnessed. For people who had never witnessed baseball for, these people became real fans. I can even say that one of the people in the room that night went on to marry a major-league player who is still playing today. How about that?

Anyway, tell me your story of when you became a baseball fan.

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When OPS Has Two Equal Halves

Posted by Steve Lombardi on January 24, 2010

One of the fun things you can do with Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Season Finder is to look for a stat in relation to another stat. For example, this query is batters, since 1901 with at least 502 PA in a season, where their On Base Average equals their Slugging Percentage:

Rk OBP SLG PA Year 5 Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OPS Pos
1 Bill Dahlen .337 .337 601 1905 35 NYG NL 148 520 67 126 20 4 7 81 62 0 0 12 7 0 0 37 0 .242 .673 *6/7
2 Solly Hofman .351 .351 613 1909 26 CHC NL 153 527 60 150 21 4 2 58 53 0 0 1 32 0 0 20 0 .285 .702 *89
3 Dick Egan .329 .329 549 1909 25 CIN NL 127 480 59 132 14 3 2 53 37 0 0 2 30 0 0 39 0 .275 .659 *46
4 Jim Delahanty .316 .316 528 1909 30 TOT AL 136 452 47 105 23 6 1 41 40 0 0 15 21 0 0 13 0 .232 .632 *4
5 Al Burch .329 .329 661 1909 25 BRO NL 152 601 80 163 20 6 1 30 51 0 0 1 8 0 0 38 0 .271 .659 *87/93
6 Honus Wagner .317 .317 616 1914 40 PIT NL 150 552 60 139 15 9 1 50 51 0 51 2 11 0 0 23 0 .252 .634 *65/3
7 Eddie Collins .452 .452 657 1914 27 PHA AL 152 526 122 181 23 14 2 85 97 0 31 6 28 0 0 58 30 .344 .904 *4
8 Max Flack .320 .320 546 1916 26 CHC NL 141 465 65 120 14 3 3 20 42 0 43 0 39 0 0 24 19 .258 .640 *9
9 Greasy Neale .316 .316 585 1919 27 CIN NL 139 500 57 121 10 12 1 54 47 0 51 7 31 0 0 28 0 .242 .632 *97/8
10 Charlie Hollocher .347 .347 502 1919 23 CHC NL 115 430 51 116 14 5 3 26 44 0 19 7 21 0 0 16 0 .270 .694 *6
11 Earl Sheely .392 .392 585 1929 36 PIT NL 139 485 63 142 22 4 6 88 75 0 24 4 21 0 0 6 0 .293 .784 *3
12 Roy Spencer .327 .327 528 1931 31 WSH AL 145 483 48 133 16 3 1 60 35 0 21 2 8 0 0 0 0 .275 .654 *2
13 Ed Morgan .402 .402 637 1932 28 CLE AL 144 532 96 156 32 7 4 68 94 0 44 3 8 0 0 7 6 .293 .804 *3/5
14 Jackie Hayes .331 .331 603 1933 26 CHW AL 138 535 65 138 23 5 2 47 55 0 36 3 10 0 0 2 3 .258 .661 *4
15 Billy Urbanski .286 .286 566 1935 32 BSN NL 132 514 53 118 17 0 4 30 40 0 32 1 11 0 16 3 0 .230 .572 *6
16 Jack Rothrock .347 .347 579 1935 30 STL NL 129 502 76 137 18 5 3 56 57 0 29 0 20 0 6 7 0 .273 .694 *9/87
17 Lyn Lary .371 .371 562 1935 29 TOT AL 132 474 86 127 29 7 2 42 76 0 53 2 10 0 0 28 4 .268 .743 *6
18 Elbie Fletcher .395 .395 647 1943 27 PIT NL 154 544 91 154 24 5 9 70 95 0 49 6 2 0 12 1 0 .283 .791 *3
19 Lou Boudreau .388 .388 649 1943 25 CLE AL 152 539 69 154 32 7 3 67 90 0 31 0 20 0 12 4 7 .286 .776 *6/2
20 Nellie Fox .304 .304 504 1950 22 CHW AL 130 457 45 113 12 7 0 30 35 0 17 2 10 0 6 4 3 .247 .608 *4
21 Earl Torgeson .396 .396 553 1955 31 TOT ML 136 450 87 125 15 4 10 67 93 3 49 0 2 8 11 11 3 .278 .791 *3
22 Chico Carrasquel .323 .323 544 1956 28 CLE AL 141 474 60 115 15 1 7 48 52 0 61 6 9 3 9 0 4 .243 .646 *6/5
23 Richie Ashburn .384 .384 719 1956 29 PHI NL 154 628 94 190 26 8 3 50 79 3 45 5 6 1 4 10 1 .303 .768 *8
24 Norm Siebern .379 .379 596 1964 30 BAL AL 150 478 92 117 24 2 12 56 106 3 87 2 3 7 5 2 3 .245 .758 *3
25 Wayne Garrett .337 .337 619 1974 26 NYM NL 151 522 55 117 14 3 13 53 89 7 96 2 2 4 6 4 6 .224 .674 *5/6
26 Jerry Remy .311 .311 629 1975 22 CAL AL 147 569 82 147 17 5 1 46 45 1 55 0 12 3 15 34 21 .258 .622 *4
27 Chris Speier .329 .329 570 1978 28 MON NL 150 501 47 126 18 3 5 51 60 10 75 1 2 6 14 1 0 .251 .659 *6
28 Marty Barrett .351 .351 638 1987 29 BOS AL 137 559 72 164 23 0 3 43 51 0 38 1 22 5 11 15 2 .293 .701 *4
29 Jose Oquendo .350 .350 518 1988 24 STL NL 148 451 36 125 10 1 7 46 52 7 40 0 12 3 8 4 6 .277 .700 4563/98721
30 Kenny Lofton .408 .408 657 1993 26 CLE AL 148 569 116 185 28 8 1 42 81 6 83 1 2 4 8 70 14 .325 .815 *8
31 Wade Boggs .389 .389 574 1996 38 NYY AL 132 501 80 156 29 2 2 41 67 7 32 0 1 5 10 1 2 .311 .778 *5/D
32 Chris Gomez .326 .326 586 1997 26 SDP NL 150 522 62 132 19 2 5 54 53 1 114 5 3 3 16 5 8 .253 .652 *6
33 David Eckstein .325 .325 517 2003 28 ANA AL 120 452 59 114 22 1 3 31 36 0 45 15 10 4 9 16 5 .252 .651 *6/D
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Generated 1/24/2010.

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So, this weird thing has happened 33 times in modern baseball history.

I'm not shocked to see it happen 10 times before 1920. After all, that was the Dead Ball Era. But, it's fun to see 6 Hall of Famers on this list: Honus Wagner, Nellie Fox, Eddie Collins, Lou Boudreau, Wade Boggs and Richie Ashburn.

And, it's interesting to see 17 RH-batters on the list, with 14 LH-batters, and just two switch-hitters (Jack Rothrock and Jose Oquendo).

Lastly, Jerry Remy and Nellie Fox were the youngest to do this (at age 22) and Honus Wagner was the oldest (at age 40).

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