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Archive for July, 2010

10 for 10: #10 MLB Contracts, MLB Agent, Player Service Time, and Historical Salaries

Posted by Sean Forman on July 30, 2010

This post is the tenth in our series of ten new features for our tenth anniversary.

Around the trading deadline, player contract info becomes a highly valued commodity, so we are very delighted to announce the addition of new financial information to the site.

23 Comments | Posted in 10 for 10, Announcements

Bloops: A-Rod objects to Rangers’ bankruptcy plan

Posted by Neil Paine on July 29, 2010

This is a bizarre story from ESPN:

"Alex Rodriguez filed an objection to the Rangers' bankruptcy plan Wednesday over concerns about whether he would receive the $24.9 million he's owed in deferred compensation.

[...]

Rodriguez isn't the only player listed as a creditor. Current Rangers third baseman Michael Young is owed nearly $4 million. Other former players among the list of creditors include Kevin Millwood ($12.9 million); Vicente Padilla ($1.7 million); Mickey Tettleton ($1.4 million); and Mark McLemore ($970,051.97)."

Gee, do you think maybe owing millions to long-gone guys like A-Rod, Millwood, Padilla, Tettleton and McLemore had anything to do with the Rangers' financial straits?

26 Comments | Posted in Bloops

Meet the new Roy, same as the old Roy

Posted by Andy on July 29, 2010

Word has it that Roy Oswalt has waived his no-trade clause, clearing the way for his trade to the Phillies. That means the Phillies are pitching two Roys at the top of their rotation, the other being Roy Halladay of course.

Has any team ever had two pitchers so good with the same first name?

53 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Bloops: Cliff Lee’s amazing streak of IP and walks

Posted by Neil Paine on July 29, 2010

B-R Blog reader David sent us this link to some research he did for the Freedom Card Board, regarding an ongoing Cliff Lee streak:

"Since 1920, there have only been 4 pitchers who have tossed at least 8 innings, while walking one or none, for 8 straight games:

Fergie Jenkins in 1974
Mort Cooper in 1942
Red Lucas in 1932

Here is Lee's current streak: http://www.baseball-reference.com/playe ... 04-211-sum

Jon Matlack did it for 8 straight STARTS in 1978, but had two relief appearances tucked in: http://www.baseball-reference.com/playe ... 20,222,sum
Similarly, Robin Roberts did it for 8 straight STARTS in 1952, but had one relief appearance during the streak: http://www.baseball-reference.com/playe ... 76,177,sum
And again, Wilbur Cooper had an 8 START streak in 1924 that was interrupted by a relief appearance: http://www.baseball-reference.com/playe ... 60,461,sum

Mort Cooper's streak was actually 10 straight starts, but like Matlack, Roberts, and Wilbur Cooper, he had a relief appearance (between the 2nd and 3rd starts)."

Good work!

15 Comments | Posted in Bloops

White Sox and Phillies each win their 10th straight home game

Posted by Andy on July 29, 2010

The White Sox and Phillies both won at home again last night, and each have done so 10 times in a row, the longest streaks this year:

Rk Strk Start End Games
1 CHW 2010-07-05 2010-07-28 10
2 PHI 2010-07-08 2010-07-28 10
3 DET 2010-06-02 2010-06-18 9
4 NYY 2010-05-30 2010-06-15 9
5 NYM 2010-05-22 2010-06-08 9
6 ATL 2010-05-18 2010-06-02 9
7 NYM 2010-04-22 2010-05-08 9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/29/2010.

For comparison, the Dodgers had the majors' longest streak last year at 13 games and the longest home losing streak this year is 8 games:

Rk Strk Start End Games
1 MIL 2010-04-27 2010-05-16 8
2 SEA 2010-04-30 2010-05-08 8
3 SEA 2010-06-24 2010-07-09 6
4 PIT 2010-06-06 2010-06-18 6
5 ARI 2010-05-07 2010-05-12 6
6 BOS 2010-04-06 2010-04-19 6
7 BAL 2010-04-09 2010-04-14 6
8 HOU 2010-04-05 2010-04-11 6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/29/2010.

2 Comments | Posted in Streak Finders

Buster Posey extends his hitting streak to 21 games

Posted by Andy on July 29, 2010

Buster Posey of the Giants has the longest active hit-streak in the majors at 21 games and is closing in on the longest streak of the season:

Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Josh Hamilton 2010-06-04 2010-06-30 23 94 20 43 9 1 9 29 15 5 .457 .490 .862 1.352 TEX
2 Buster Posey 2010-07-04 2010-07-28 21 84 16 37 5 1 6 23 10 7 .440 .479 .738 1.217 SFG
3 Jose Guillen 2010-06-04 2010-06-27 21 82 8 31 2 1 1 13 11 3 .378 .400 .463 .863 KCR
4 Miguel Cabrera 2010-06-19 2010-07-16 20 73 16 29 8 1 3 19 14 11 .397 .465 .658 1.123 DET
5 Corey Hart 2010-06-14 2010-07-05 20 86 14 31 10 0 2 19 19 4 .360 .389 .547 .935 MIL
6 Robinson Cano 2010-05-17 2010-06-03 17 71 15 33 9 0 3 20 6 2 .465 .473 .718 1.191 NYY
7 Jorge Cantu 2010-04-05 2010-04-24 17 68 12 20 6 0 4 19 14 5 .294 .338 .559 .897 FLA
8 Nelson Cruz 2010-07-08 2010-07-28 16 67 8 27 5 0 3 16 10 4 .403 .437 .612 1.049 TEX
9 Ian Kinsler 2010-07-04 2010-07-23 16 69 9 22 0 1 3 12 10 5 .319 .355 .478 .834 TEX
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Generated 7/29/2010.

Posey's not that far off from the Giants' franchise record:

Rk Strk Start End Games
1 Jack Clark 1978-06-30 1978-07-25 26
2 Al Dark 1953-09-16 1954-05-02 25
3 Willie McCovey 1963-06-25 1963-07-19 24
4 Don Mueller 1955-04-14 1955-05-15 24
5 Bill Terry 1931-09-13 1932-05-02 24
6 Freddie Lindstrom 1930-07-28 1930-08-23 24
7 Willie Mays 1959-09-19 1960-05-02 23
8 Willie McCovey 1959-08-17 1959-09-10 22
9 Al Dark 1952-07-14 1952-08-07 22
10 Buster Posey 2010-07-04 2010-07-28 21
11 Robby Thompson 1993-05-08 1993-06-01 21
12 Willie Mays 1957-05-10 1957-06-02 21
13 Don Mueller 1954-08-22 1954-09-11 21
14 Willie Mays 1954-07-27 1954-08-20 21
15 Mel Ott 1937-08-15 1937-09-06 21
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Generated 7/29/2010.

Raise your hand if you knew Jack Clark held that record. If your hand is up, you're either a liar or a serious Giants fan.

12 Comments | Posted in Streak Finders

Winning in extra innings is more luck than skill

Posted by Andy on July 29, 2010

The Mets and Cardinals played 13 innings last night after playing 20 earlier this season. As of yesterday, there have been 276 team games in extra innings this year, so an average of about 9 per team. The Cardinals have been in 9 games, going 4-5, while the Mets (visible on the same link) have played in 12, going 4-8.

Incidentally, on that detailed standings page, you can also see that the teams with the best winning percentage in extra innings are the Royals (7-2), Astros (6-2), and Orioles (7-3) despite the fact that each team is in the bottom 7 in overall W-L% this year. Weird. Neil put it best in a chat window to me just now: "Further proof that winning close games is more luck than skill".

24 Comments | Posted in Splits

Phillies’ Domonic Brown: 2 hits and 2 RBI in his first game

Posted by Andy on July 29, 2010

The Phillies' Domonic Brown became the 5th player this year to have at least 2 hits and 2 RBIs in his first major-league game:

Rk Gcar Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
1 1 Domonic Brown 2010-07-28 PHI ARI W 7-1 4 3 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 0
2 1 Daniel Nava 2010-06-12 BOS PHI W 10-2 4 4 1 2 1 0 1 4 0 1
3 1 Trevor Plouffe 2010-05-21 MIN MIL W 15-3 5 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 1
4 1 Starlin Castro 2010-05-07 CHC CIN W 14-7 5 5 1 2 0 1 1 6 0 0
5 1 Jason Heyward 2010-04-05 ATL CHC W 16-5 5 5 2 2 0 0 1 4 0 1
6 1 Ian Desmond 2009-09-10 WSN PHI W 8-7 4 4 1 2 1 0 1 4 0 0
7 1 Rick Porcello 2009-06-12 DET PIT W 3-1 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1
8 1 John Mayberry 2009-05-23 PHI NYY L 4-5 3 3 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 0
9 1 Lou Marson 2008-09-28 PHI WSN W 8-3 4 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 2
10 1 Aaron Cunningham 2008-08-31 OAK MIN L 4-12 4 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 2
11 1 Justin Christian 2008-06-24 NYY PIT L 5-12 4 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0
12 1 Jay Bruce 2008-05-27 CIN PIT W 9-6 5 3 2 3 1 0 0 2 2 0
13 1 Nick Evans 2008-05-24 NYM COL W 9-2 4 4 1 3 3 0 0 2 0 0
14 1 John Bowker 2008-04-12 SFG STL L 7-8 3 3 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0
15 1 Kosuke Fukudome 2008-03-31 CHC MIL L 3-4 4 3 1 3 1 0 1 3 1 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/29/2010.

The most surprising entry here is Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello, who also did it in his first career (batting) game.

7 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Carl Pavano & Tommy Hunter have the longest active win streaks in baseball

Posted by Andy on July 28, 2010

Here are the longest win streaks this season:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L GS IP H BB SO ERA Tm
1 CC Sabathia 2010-06-03 2010-07-22 9 9 0 9 66.0 54 22 59 2.05 NYY
2 Ubaldo Jimenez 2010-05-15 2010-07-08 9 9 0 9 67.0 44 22 52 1.75 COL
3 Carl Pavano 2010-06-09 2010-07-27 8 8 0 8 63.2 41 9 30 1.70 MIN
4 Tommy Hunter 2010-06-05 2010-07-25 8 8 0 8 54.0 44 11 24 2.00 TEX
5 Jon Lester 2010-04-28 2010-06-16 8 8 0 8 57.1 29 21 57 1.10 BOS
6 Carlos Silva 2010-04-16 2010-06-07 8 8 0 8 49.2 42 8 35 2.36 CHC
7 Joel Pineiro 2010-06-06 2010-07-15 7 7 0 7 50.1 43 13 33 2.32 LAA
8 Trevor Cahill 2010-05-21 2010-07-01 7 7 0 7 47.1 31 15 33 1.71 OAK
9 Mat Latos 2010-06-10 2010-07-24 6 6 0 6 40.2 25 7 45 1.33 SDP
10 Jason Hammel 2010-05-27 2010-07-10 6 6 0 6 40.1 36 13 29 1.56 COL
11 Freddy Garcia 2010-05-28 2010-07-07 6 6 0 6 39.2 37 9 28 3.18 CHW
12 Kris Medlen 2010-05-05 2010-07-07 6 6 0 5 35.2 32 6 24 3.28 ATL
13 R.A. Dickey 2010-05-25 2010-06-23 6 6 0 6 40.1 41 10 33 2.23 NYM
14 Johnny Cueto 2010-04-30 2010-06-12 6 6 0 6 39.0 25 10 38 2.31 CIN
15 Jeff Niemann 2010-04-19 2010-06-08 6 6 0 6 45.1 24 12 30 1.39 TBR
16 Yovani Gallardo 2010-04-21 2010-06-02 6 6 0 6 39.0 29 17 46 0.92 MIL
17 Jon Garland 2010-04-21 2010-05-25 6 6 0 6 39.0 29 15 27 1.38 SDP
18 Tyler Clippard 2010-04-08 2010-05-09 6 6 0 0 9.0 7 6 9 1.00 WSN
19 Ubaldo Jimenez 2010-04-05 2010-05-03 6 6 0 6 41.1 26 16 44 0.87 COL
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/28/2010.

These are longest win streaks among games with a decision. Pavano, for example, has a few no-decision games sandwiched into his streak and those games are not counted in the stats above. He's registered 8 wins since his last loss.

Sabathia and Jimenez both had their streaks broken fairly recently, although notice that Jimenez has had two streaks long enough to make this list. Amazing.

Notice, too, that Tyler Clippard makes it!

Mat Latos has the next-longest active streak.

13 Comments | Posted in Streak Finders

Card of the Week: 1983 Topps #451 Ted Simmons Super Veteran (plus a bonus HOF poll)

Posted by Andy on July 28, 2010

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This is our first entry from 1983 although I'm going to pretend it's not. This was a very good year for baseball cards and each of the big three sets deserves a little love. I picked this card because of its subject, Ted Simmons, and because it is a cool Super Veteran card.

Topps included a 35-card subset in their regular 792-card set featuring veteran players in a recent photo and a photo from the past. The old photo was always shown in black-and-white. The Simmons card is a great example, in particular because although he played for the Cardinals in the late 1960s, Simmons didn't get his first Topps card until 1971. Their choice to use a photo from 1968 was inspired.

You can view the entire Super Veterans subset here at 30-Year Old Cardboard.

Be sure to check out the back of the card, too, posted below. Great stuff.

I chose Simmons so I could sneak in a discussion about his Hall of Fame candidacy. He appeared on the ballot in 1994, got 3.7% of the vote, and therefore was dropped from consideration. Many folks feel that he is one of the top catchers of the last 40 years and deserves more votes.

Let's take a very quick look:

  • One of just 130 players since 1901 with at least 9,000 plate appearances
  • Of those 130, only 4 were catchers and Simmons and Carlton Fisk are tied with the best career OPS+
  • From 1975-1980, Simmons was tied for 12th in best OPS+ among players with at least 3,000 plate appearances. The guys he was tied with? Joe Morgan and Dave Winfield. Uh huh.
  • MVP votes in 7 different seasons and an 8-time All-Star
  • A bunch of career rankings in the top 100: hits (96th), doubles (67th), total bases (100th), RBI (71st),  intentional walks (18th), WPA (92nd).
  • Take a second look at his ranking in intentional walks--18th all-time. This is not a guy who batted 8th in front of pitchers--he hit in the middle of the order and was a feared hitter.

So here's a poll for hos HOF candidacy:

43 Comments | Posted in Card of the Week

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