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Archive for December, 2010

Andruw Jones, Carlos Pena, and OPS+ over 100 with a low batting average

Posted by Andy on December 31, 2010

Over the last 30 seasons, only 17 players have had at least two years in which they had and OPS+ of 100 or better while batting no higher than .230:

Rk Yrs From To Age
1 Rob Deer 4 1984 1996 23-35 Ind. Seasons
2 Russell Branyan 3 2002 2006 26-30 Ind. Seasons
3 Gary Roenicke 3 1984 1987 29-32 Ind. Seasons
4 Carlos Pena 2 2009 2010 31-32 Ind. Seasons
5 Andruw Jones 2 2009 2010 32-33 Ind. Seasons
6 Jay Buhner 2 1999 2001 34-36 Ind. Seasons
7 Kevin Roberson 2 1995 1996 27-28 Ind. Seasons
8 Greg Vaughn 2 1992 2003 26-37 Ind. Seasons
9 Dean Palmer 2 1992 2001 23-32 Ind. Seasons
10 Jerry Willard 2 1991 1994 31-34 Ind. Seasons
11 Mark McGwire 2 1991 2001 27-37 Ind. Seasons
12 Mickey Tettleton 2 1986 1990 25-29 Ind. Seasons
13 Ron Kittle 2 1984 1985 26-27 Ind. Seasons
14 Greg Brock 2 1983 1984 26-27 Ind. Seasons
15 Darrell Porter 2 1981 1985 29-33 Ind. Seasons
16 Jerry Manuel 2 1981 1982 27-28 Ind. Seasons
17 Tom Brunansky 2 1981 1983 20-22 Ind. Seasons
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Generated 12/31/2010.

Andruw Jones and Carlos Pena both joined the club this past year. This list is comprised of a lot of familiar names of guys who were mashers but didn't get on base a lot otherwise.

A couple of surprising names stick out, though. Jerry Willard makes it by virtue of having very few plate appearances in the seasons in question, totaling just 20 times at the plate in 1991 and 1994. One home run each season put his OPS+ over 100.

Gary Roenicke is also a surprise, and in his case it's a bunch of walks that helped him make the list. His OBP was about 120-130 points higher than his BA in his 3 seasons that make this list, pushing his OPS+ over 100.

43 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

11 One & Done Batters

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 30, 2010

Nothing earth-breaking about this list - but, it's one of my favorite sorts. Non-pitchers who appeared in exactly one game, only, in their big league career - and who got only one PA in that game, and, who got a hit in their only major league plate appearance. Here's the list:

Rk     PA H G From To Age AB R 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 George Yantz   1 1 1 1912 1912 25-25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 /*2 CHC
2 Allie Watt   1 1 1 1920 1920 20-20 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000 /*4 WSH
3 Matt Tupman   1 1 1 2008 2008 28-28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 /*2 KCR
4 Ty Pickup   1 1 1 1918 1918 20-20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 /*9 PHI
5 Bill Peterman   1 1 1 1942 1942 21-21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 /*2 PHI
6 Ralph Onis   1 1 1 1935 1935 26-26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 /*2 BRO
7 Heinie Odom   1 1 1 1925 1925 24-24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 /*5 NYY
8 Red Lutz   1 1 1 1922 1922 23-23 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000 /*2 CIN
9 Dave Liddell   1 1 1 1990 1990 24-24 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 /*2 NYM
10 Jackie Gallagher   1 1 1 1923 1923 21-21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 /*7 CLE
11 Carlos Corporan   1 1 1 2009 2009 25-25 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 /*2 MIL
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Raise your hand if you knew more than one of the names on this list.

37 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Bloops: More George Steinbrenner Memories

Posted by Neil Paine on December 28, 2010

We've linked a few times to Mary Jane Schriner's posts about George Steinbrenner, so here's another one her son sent our way:

Sixty Years Later a Wonderful Gift from an Old Friend - Mary Jane Schriner's Blog

I also found this post on her site:

George really did like Meatball Calzones!

Funny to find out that these Seinfeld scenes were rooted in some truth:

11 Comments | Posted in Bloops

28 Guys Who Never Would Have Worked For Earl Weaver

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 28, 2010

Earl Weaver believed that "On offense, your most precious possessions are your 27 outs."

48 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Intentional walk rates

Posted by Andy on December 27, 2010

We chatted about intentional walk rates on a recent thread, so I thought I'd look into the numbers a bit more.

What I've found is that the National League has always had more intentional walks than the American League, even before the advent of the designated hitter.

Click through for more.

29 Comments | Posted in Event Finders

Site Features: Added BABIP to Pitching Season Finder as Additional Criteria

Posted by Neil Paine on December 27, 2010

Last week, Adam from Lonestarball.com pointed out that while we offered Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) as a sorting option in the Pitching Season Finder, we didn't include it as an option under "Additional Criteria". We're happy to say now that Sean has fixed this, and BABIP is currently available to use in the criteria drop-downs as well as the "sort by" option, giving you potential queries like this:

For single seasons, For 2010, (requiring batting_avg_bip>=.320 and At least 100 Innings Pitched), sorted by smallest Earned Run Average

Rk Player ERA BAbip IP Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L SV H R ER BB SO ERA+ HR BF BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Francisco Liriano 3.62 .335 191.2 2010 26 MIN AL 31 31 0 0 0 14 10 0 184 77 77 58 201 115 9 806 .252 .315 .355 .670
2 Yovani Gallardo 3.84 .331 185.0 2010 24 MIL NL 31 31 2 2 0 14 7 0 178 89 79 75 200 103 12 803 .251 .324 .370 .693
3 Gavin Floyd 4.08 .327 187.1 2010 27 CHW AL 31 31 1 0 0 10 13 0 199 92 85 58 151 107 14 798 .274 .331 .388 .719
4 Jonathon Niese 4.20 .330 173.2 2010 23 NYM NL 30 30 2 1 0 9 10 0 192 97 81 62 148 93 20 770 .280 .346 .437 .783
5 Mike Leake 4.23 .320 138.1 2010 22 CIN NL 24 22 0 0 0 8 4 0 158 77 65 49 91 94 19 604 .292 .352 .452 .804
6 John Lackey 4.40 .320 215.0 2010 31 BOS AL 33 33 0 0 0 14 11 0 233 114 105 72 156 99 18 930 .277 .339 .426 .765
7 Scott Baker 4.49 .323 170.1 2010 28 MIN AL 29 29 0 0 0 12 9 0 186 87 85 43 148 92 23 725 .277 .325 .468 .793
8 Brandon Morrow 4.49 .344 146.1 2010 25 TOR AL 26 26 1 1 0 10 7 0 136 76 73 66 178 92 11 629 .248 .337 .389 .725
9 John Lannan 4.65 .322 143.1 2010 25 WSN NL 25 25 0 0 0 8 8 0 175 82 74 49 71 87 14 643 .302 .357 .441 .799
10 Justin Masterson 4.70 .327 180.0 2010 25 CLE AL 34 29 1 1 0 6 13 0 197 107 94 73 140 82 14 802 .278 .353 .385 .738
11 Jason Hammel 4.81 .335 177.2 2010 27 COL NL 30 30 0 0 0 10 9 0 201 97 95 47 141 96 18 770 .287 .335 .420 .755
12 Joe Blanton 4.82 .324 175.2 2010 29 PHI NL 29 28 0 0 0 9 6 0 206 104 94 43 134 84 27 765 .291 .332 .464 .796
13 Jeff Francis 5.00 .325 104.1 2010 29 COL NL 20 19 0 0 0 4 6 0 119 61 58 23 67 93 11 441 .293 .331 .446 .777
14 Manny Parra 5.02 .343 122.0 2010 27 MIL NL 42 16 0 0 9 3 10 0 135 76 68 63 129 79 18 560 .281 .363 .453 .816
15 Jeff Suppan 5.06 .344 101.1 2010 35 TOT NL 30 15 0 0 10 3 8 0 130 61 57 37 51 78 13 452 .324 .381 .496 .878
16 Paul Maholm 5.10 .332 185.1 2010 28 PIT NL 32 32 1 1 0 9 15 0 228 119 105 62 102 80 15 840 .303 .360 .452 .812
17 Kevin Millwood 5.10 .320 190.2 2010 35 BAL AL 31 31 1 0 0 4 16 0 223 116 108 65 132 83 30 842 .292 .352 .461 .813
18 Craig Stammen 5.13 .331 128.0 2010 26 WSN NL 35 19 0 0 3 4 4 0 151 78 73 41 85 79 13 562 .297 .346 .468 .814
19 James Shields 5.18 .344 203.1 2010 28 TBR AL 34 33 0 0 0 13 15 0 246 128 117 51 187 76 34 899 .294 .338 .490 .828
20 A.J. Burnett 5.26 .323 186.2 2010 33 NYY AL 33 33 1 0 0 10 15 0 204 118 109 78 145 81 25 829 .285 .366 .457 .824
21 Aaron Harang 5.32 .342 111.2 2010 32 CIN NL 22 20 0 0 1 6 7 0 139 71 66 38 82 75 16 504 .305 .362 .479 .841
22 Scott Feldman 5.48 .331 141.1 2010 27 TEX AL 29 22 0 0 2 7 11 0 181 98 86 45 75 79 18 641 .313 .363 .486 .849
23 Zach Duke 5.72 .343 159.0 2010 27 PIT NL 29 29 0 0 0 8 15 0 212 115 101 51 96 71 25 730 .321 .370 .511 .881
24 Josh Beckett 5.78 .341 127.2 2010 30 BOS AL 21 21 0 0 0 6 6 0 151 89 82 45 116 75 20 577 .292 .356 .492 .848
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Generated 12/27/2010.

5 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Play Index, Site Features

Snow

Posted by Andy on December 26, 2010

Snow

Storm

Blizzard

Those of you up in the northeast part of the U.S.--stay safe and warm!

21 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Injuries of the Year, by Jayson Stark

Posted by Andy on December 25, 2010

ESPN's Jayson Stark has a cool report on some of the most interesting and bizarre injuries that happened this past season, and he didn't even mention how Adrian Beltre wiped out two different Red Sox left fielders in collisions that resulted in rib injuries.

2 Comments | Posted in Bloops

Most Games With 9+ IP Age 43+

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 23, 2010

Since 1920, which pitcher threw the most games at age 43 or older where he threw at least 9 innings pitched?

15 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Chacin’s Perfect Season

Posted by Raphy on December 23, 2010

Here's a bit of trivia from the world's smallest sample size.

In 2010 Gustavo Chacin became the 5th player to go an entire season with a homer in every PA. Of course it he only had 1, but so did all the others.

Rk Player Year HR PA Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Gustavo Chacin 2010 1 1 29 HOU NL 44 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 *1
2 Eddie Rogers 2005 1 1 26 BAL AL 8 1 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 /6
3 Guillermo Mota 1999 1 1 25 MON NL 51 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 *1
4 Buster Narum 1963 1 1 22 BAL AL 7 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 /*1
5 Bill LeFebvre 1938 1 1 22 BOS AL 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 /*1
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Generated 12/23/2010.

Naturally, if you homer in every PA, you will have a high OPS+. Chacin's was #2 all time.

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 Buster Narum 1250 1963 22 BAL AL 7 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 /*1
2 Gustavo Chacin 1198 2010 29 HOU NL 44 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 *1
3 Felix Hernandez 1165 2008 22 SEA AL 31 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 *1
4 Eddie Rogers 1149 2005 26 BAL AL 8 1 1 4 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 /6
5 Guillermo Mota 1101 1999 25 MON NL 51 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 *1
6 Esteban Yan 1092 2000 25 TBD AL 43 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 *1
7 Bill LeFebvre 1071 1938 22 BOS AL 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000 /*1
8 Eduardo Rodriguez 1007 1973 21 MIL AL 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 3.000 4.000 *1
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Generated 12/23/2010.

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