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Archive for September, 2010

Bloops: Location of card numbers on the backs of baseball cards

Posted by Andy on September 30, 2010

Night Owl Cards has posted a very nice study about the locations of card numbers on the backs of baseball cards.

This is relevant to us for a couple of reasons:

1. The study was sparked by a question from me after noticing how unusual the number positioning was on the back of the 1963 Fleer Roger Craig card that I blogged about previously here.

2. I have invited Night Owl to author some of the Card of the Week posts for our blog, and hopefully we'll get that going soon. He's simply a fantastic writer (that's his day job, too) and knows a ton about baseball cards.

5 Comments | Posted in Bloops

Wins Without Homers 2010

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 30, 2010

Which teams, to date, have won the most games this season where they didn't hit a homerun?

24 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Readers research: Best Giants team ERA in any month

Posted by Andy on September 29, 2010

A reader named Stan wrote in and pointed out that the Giants currently have a 1.85 ERA for the month of September:

Split W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
April/March 13 9 .591 2.75 22 0 0 6 200.0 155 65 61 14 73 4 176 1.140 7.9 2.41
May 14 14 .500 3.80 28 2 1 9 253.1 202 110 107 21 131 16 228 1.314 8.1 1.74
June 13 14 .481 3.69 27 2 1 11 239.0 241 108 98 24 99 4 211 1.423 7.9 2.13
July 20 8 .714 3.41 28 1 1 11 256.1 239 102 97 27 112 10 240 1.369 8.4 2.14
August 13 15 .464 4.55 28 0 0 7 253.0 267 138 128 30 93 16 217 1.423 7.7 2.33
Sept/Oct 16 8 .667 1.85 24 1 0 10 214.1 136 48 44 14 51 6 208 0.872 8.7 4.08
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2010.

Does anybody know which teams (Giants or otherwise) have matched such a good ERA in any month? This is not something we can search for in the Play Index (yet).

23 Comments | Posted in Splits

Teams with the most players appearing in 150+ games

Posted by Andy on September 29, 2010

By request from BSK, here are the teams with the most players appearing in at least 150 games:

Rk Year Tm
1 2009 Philadelphia Phillies Pedro Feliz / Ryan Howard / Jimmy Rollins / Chase Utley / Shane Victorino / Jayson Werth
2 2006 Seattle Mariners Adrian Beltre / Yuniesky Betancourt / Raul Ibanez / Jose Lopez / Richie Sexson / Ichiro Suzuki
3 2001 Philadelphia Phillies Bobby Abreu / Pat Burrell / Doug Glanville / Travis Lee / Scott Rolen / Jimmy Rollins
4 2000 Anaheim Angels Garret Anderson / Darin Erstad / Troy Glaus / Adam Kennedy / Tim Salmon / Mo Vaughn
5 1990 Chicago White Sox Ivan Calderon / Scott Fletcher / Ozzie Guillen / Lance Johnson / Sammy Sosa / Robin Ventura
6 1989 St. Louis Cardinals Tom Brunansky / Pedro Guerrero / Jose Oquendo / Terry Pendleton / Ozzie Smith / Milt Thompson
7 1984 Boston Red Sox Tony Armas / Wade Boggs / Mike Easler / Dwight Evans / Jackie Gutierrez / Jim Rice
8 1978 Montreal Expos Gary Carter / Dave Cash / Warren Cromartie / Andre Dawson / Chris Speier / Ellis Valentine
9 1977 Boston Red Sox Rick Burleson / Carlton Fisk / Butch Hobson / Jim Rice / George Scott / Carl Yastrzemski
10 1977 Cincinnati Reds Dave Concepcion / Dan Driessen / George Foster / Ken Griffey / Joe Morgan / Pete Rose
11 1974 Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench / Dave Concepcion / Dan Driessen / Cesar Geronimo / Tony Perez / Pete Rose
12 1970 Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench / Tommy Helms / Lee May / Tony Perez / Pete Rose / Bobby Tolan
13 1968 Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks / Glenn Beckert / Randy Hundley / Don Kessinger / Ron Santo / Billy Williams
14 1965 Cincinnati Reds Leo Cardenas / Tommy Harper / Deron Johnson / Vada Pinson / Frank Robinson / Pete Rose
15 1904 Boston Americans Jimmy Collins / Hobe Ferris / Buck Freeman / Candy LaChance / Freddy Parent / Chick Stahl
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/29/2010.

These are mostly pretty good teams, plus a few great ones (1970 Reds for example).

36 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Card of the Week: 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites #20 Mike Schmidt

Posted by Andy on September 29, 2010

For a few years, Topps put out a series of All-Time Fan Favorite cards that featured classic player photos on classic Topps designs. Collector reaction was quite mixed. I myself absolutely love the cards because they invoke all the iconic Topps designs of the past in new cards. A good amount of effort went into designing each card and using a photo from the appropriate time period. These are high-quality cards in terms of the cardstock and printing, so they lack the look and feel of the classic cards, as compared to the Heritage series they've had, which intentionally used lower-quality printing and card stock so that the cards more closely resembled the classic examples.

This 2004 card uses the 1974 Topps set, in which Schmidt had his first solo card.

That classic photo of Schmidt is pretty cool. In the background we can see a billboard for the Pinellas County Title Company. Phillies fans will probably know that Clearwater, the longtime spring training home of the Phillies, is in Pinellas County in Florida.

The backs of the All-Time Fan Favorites cards were similarly styled after the classic card backs, except that they showed the player's career stats with the team. For a player who had more than one stint with a team these cards show the stats from the various stints with that team.

Usually I put some stats in these posts but I think we all know about the exploits of Michael Jack Schmidt.

Further reading:

I posted all of the All-Time Fan Favorites cards that used the 1988 Topps design.

10 Comments | Posted in Card of the Week

Teams with the most players appearing in 100+ games

Posted by Andy on September 28, 2010

Reader Jeff Z emailed in and asked which teams have had the most players play in at least 100 games. Here are the leaders, 1901-present, with 12 players each appearing in at least 100 games:

Rk Year Tm
1 2003 Atlanta Braves Darren Bragg / Vinny Castilla / Mark DeRosa / Robert Fick / Julio Franco / Matt Franco / Rafael Furcal / Marcus Giles / Andruw Jones / Chipper Jones / Javy Lopez / Gary Sheffield
2 1999 Minnesota Twins Chad Allen / Ron Coomer / Marty Cordova / Brent Gates / Cristian Guzman / Denny Hocking / Torii Hunter / Corey Koskie / Matt Lawton / Doug Mientkiewicz / Terry Steinbach / Todd Walker
3 1988 Minnesota Twins Randy Bush / Mark Davidson / Gary Gaetti / Greg Gagne / Dan Gladden / Kent Hrbek / Gene Larkin / Tim Laudner / Steve Lombardozzi / John Moses / Al Newman / Kirby Puckett
4 1987 Minnesota Twins Tom Brunansky / Randy Bush / Mark Davidson / Gary Gaetti / Greg Gagne / Dan Gladden / Kent Hrbek / Tim Laudner / Steve Lombardozzi / Al Newman / Kirby Puckett / Roy Smalley
5 1986 San Diego Padres Tim Flannery / Steve Garvey / Tony Gwynn / Terry Kennedy / John Kruk / Carmelo Martinez / Kevin McReynolds / Graig Nettles / Bip Roberts / Jerry Royster / Garry Templeton / Marvell Wynne
6 1984 Chicago White Sox Harold Baines / Julio Cruz / Carlton Fisk / Scott Fletcher / Jerry Hairston / Ron Kittle / Rudy Law / Vance Law / Greg Luzinski / Tom Paciorek / Mike Squires / Greg Walker
7 1984 Toronto Blue Jays Jesse Barfield / George Bell / Dave Collins / Damaso Garcia / Alfredo Griffin / Garth Iorg / Cliff Johnson / Buck Martinez / Lloyd Moseby / Rance Mulliniks / Willie Upshaw / Ernie Whitt
8 1983 Chicago White Sox Harold Baines / Jerry Dybzinski / Carlton Fisk / Scott Fletcher / Jerry Hairston / Ron Kittle / Rudy Law / Vance Law / Greg Luzinski / Tom Paciorek / Mike Squires / Greg Walker
9 1983 Toronto Blue Jays Jesse Barfield / Barry Bonnell / Dave Collins / Damaso Garcia / Alfredo Griffin / Garth Iorg / Cliff Johnson / Lloyd Moseby / Rance Mulliniks / Jorge Orta / Willie Upshaw / Ernie Whitt
10 1980 Chicago Cubs Larry Biittner / Tim Blackwell / Bill Buckner / Ivan de Jesus / Steve Dillard / Jesus Figueroa / Mick Kelleher / Jerry Martin / Lenny Randle / Scot Thompson / Mike Tyson / Mike Vail
11 1980 Texas Rangers Buddy Bell / Pepe Frias / Johnny Grubb / Jim Norris / Al Oliver / Pat Putnam / Mickey Rivers / Dave Roberts / Rusty Staub / Jim Sundberg / Bump Wills / Richie Zisk
12 1974 Chicago White Sox Dick Allen / Bucky Dent / Brian Downing / Ken Henderson / Ed Herrmann / Pat Kelly / Carlos May / Bill Melton / Tony Muser / Jorge Orta / Ron Santo / Bill Sharp
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/28/2010.

That's a pretty interesting question, actually, as it's a neat trick to get 12 different players into at least 100 games. There obviously must be a fair number of defensive and offensive substitutions to have that happen.

32 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Server Downtime – Wednesday Morning

Posted by Neil Paine on September 28, 2010

Just a quick note to let everyone know there will be a brief site downtime at 4AM EST tomorrow morning. As always, send us an e-mail if you have any questions or comments, and hopefully everything will go smoothly with minimal inconvenience to all.

5 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements

POLL: John Smoltz and the Hall of Fame

Posted by Andy on September 28, 2010

John Smoltz was a cornerstone of the dynastic Braves teams of the 1990s and 2000s. He was a top starting pitcher in the late 1990s, including winning the NL Cy Young in 1996, and then reinvented himself as a stud reliever in the 2000s after an arm injury cost him the 2000 season.

Smoltz had one season, 2003, that was arguably the greatest season by a closer. In 64.1 innings, he allowed just 48 hits and 8 walks while striking out 73 (0.870 WHIP). His ERA+ was 385 and he generated 3.2 WAR that year.

Having proven that he could dominate as both a starter and reliever, Smoltz has done things that few other pitchers have done. However, because he split time between the two roles, his counting stats (such as career wins or saves) don't measure up to typical Hall of Famers who spent their entire career in one role or the other. Will this ultimately hurt him?

Please click through to read more, vote, and comment in the debate.

109 Comments | Posted in Hall of Fame, Polls

Large HR/PA % Age 29 And Older

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 27, 2010

This one is a random and simple list: Players age 29 or older, with the most seasons where they qualified for the batting title and their HR totals was greater than 7.5% of their total Plate Appearances. (Note that 2010 is games through 09/26/10.)

16 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Impactful Midseason Managerial Changes

Posted by Andy on September 27, 2010

A reader named Brian Klaff sent me an email about the biggest turnarounds by team that change managers mid-season. I thought would be interesting to everybody. Follows is an excerpt of his email, which shows that the 2010 Orioles and Cubs could join the list of biggest turnarounds in history.

31 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

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