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Archive for January, 2011

Greatest birthday performances from the last 20 years

Posted by Andy on January 31, 2011

Following are the best birthday performances by batters for each different age. I determined "best" by highest Winning Probability Added, and the searches are among games 1990-2010.

38 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Best OPS+ Seasons By SS Age 37+ Since 1973

Posted by Steve Lombardi on January 30, 2011

What are the best offensive seasons, in terms of OPS+, for a SS age 37 or older, since 1973?

11 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

At least 3 times as many homers as doubles in a season

Posted by Andy on January 30, 2011

This came up in the comments on another thread, so here is the list. Here are reasons where the batter had at least 3 times as many homers as doubles, minimum 20 HR:

Rk Player Year HR OPS+ 2B Age Tm G PA AB R H 3B RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Frank Thomas 2006 39 140 11 38 OAK 137 559 466 77 126 0 114 81 81 .270 .381 .545 .926 *D
2 Mark McGwire 2001 29 105 4 37 STL 97 364 299 48 56 0 64 56 118 .187 .316 .492 .808 *3
3 Mark McGwire 2000 32 202 8 36 STL 89 321 236 60 72 0 73 76 78 .305 .483 .746 1.229 *3/467
4 Glenallen Hill 2000 27 133 9 35 TOT 104 321 300 45 88 1 58 19 76 .293 .336 .600 .936 7D
5 Mark McGwire 1999 65 176 21 35 STL 153 661 521 118 145 1 147 133 141 .278 .424 .697 1.120 *3
6 Sammy Sosa 1998 66 160 20 29 CHC 159 722 643 134 198 0 158 73 171 .308 .377 .647 1.024 *9/8
7 Mark McGwire 1998 70 216 21 34 STL 155 681 509 130 152 0 147 162 155 .299 .470 .752 1.222 *3
8 Mark McGwire 1995 39 200 13 31 OAK 104 422 317 75 87 0 90 88 77 .274 .441 .685 1.125 *3D
9 Lance Parrish 1986 22 122 6 30 DET 91 374 327 53 84 1 62 38 83 .257 .340 .483 .824 *2/D
10 Dave Kingman 1982 37 99 9 33 NYM 149 607 535 80 109 1 99 59 156 .204 .285 .432 .717 *3
11 Dale Murphy 1979 21 113 7 23 ATL 104 429 384 53 106 2 57 38 67 .276 .340 .469 .809 *32
12 Hank Aaron 1973 40 177 12 39 ATL 120 465 392 84 118 1 96 68 51 .301 .402 .643 1.045 *79
13 Hank Aaron 1972 34 147 10 38 ATL 129 544 449 75 119 0 77 92 55 .265 .390 .514 .904 *39
14 Norm Cash 1971 32 149 10 36 DET 135 523 452 72 128 3 91 59 86 .283 .372 .531 .903 *3
15 Art Shamsky 1966 21 121 5 24 CIN 96 271 234 41 54 0 47 32 45 .231 .321 .521 .842 79
16 Harmon Killebrew 1964 49 153 11 28 MIN 158 682 577 95 156 1 111 93 135 .270 .377 .548 .924 *7/9
17 Willie McCovey 1962 20 154 6 24 SFG 91 261 229 41 67 1 54 29 35 .293 .368 .590 .957 739
18 Roger Maris 1961 61 167 16 26 NYY 161 698 590 132 159 4 141 94 67 .269 .372 .620 .993 *98
19 Mickey Mantle 1961 54 206 16 29 NYY 153 646 514 131 163 6 128 126 112 .317 .448 .687 1.135 *8
20 Jim Lemon 1960 38 130 10 32 WSH 148 611 528 81 142 1 100 67 114 .269 .354 .508 .861 *7
21 Gus Triandos 1959 25 110 7 28 BAL 126 468 393 43 85 1 73 65 56 .216 .330 .430 .760 *2
22 Gus Triandos 1958 30 119 10 27 BAL 137 544 474 59 116 0 79 60 65 .245 .327 .456 .782 *2
23 Wes Covington 1957 21 138 4 25 MLN 96 371 328 51 93 8 65 29 44 .284 .339 .537 .875 *7
24 Roy Campanella 1956 20 88 6 34 BRO 124 461 388 39 85 1 73 66 61 .219 .333 .394 .727 *2
25 Ed Bailey 1956 28 142 8 25 CIN 118 446 383 59 115 2 75 52 50 .300 .385 .551 .936 *2
26 Gus Zernial 1955 30 116 9 32 KCA 120 454 413 62 105 3 84 30 90 .254 .304 .508 .812 *7
27 Luke Easter 1952 31 141 10 36 CLE 127 486 437 63 115 3 97 44 84 .263 .337 .513 .850 *3
28 Babe Ruth 1932 41 200 13 37 NYY 133 589 457 120 156 5 137 130 62 .341 .489 .661 1.150 *97/3
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Generated 1/30/2011.

I included OPS+ to show that most of these were sublime seasons.

28 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Most Career HR, Listed Height 5′ 6″ Or Less

Posted by Steve Lombardi on January 29, 2011

Since 1901, who has hit the most career homeruns of any player with a listed height of 5' 6" or less?

49 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Bloops: Gil Meche Retires Rather Than Being Paid Money He “Didn’t Earn”

Posted by Neil Paine on January 28, 2011

Interesting story here from Tyler Kepner of the NY Times, on Gil Meche's abrupt retirement:

Royals Pitcher Gil Meche Retires, Tossing Away $12 Million Guaranteed - NYTimes.com

In a sport dominated by guaranteed contracts, Meche felt so bad about what he believed were ill-gotten earnings that he walked away from the game.

22 Comments | Posted in Bloops

You say it’s your birthday? Well, it’s my birthday too!

Posted by Andy on January 28, 2011

A while back Sean added the new "Is birthday?" feature on Game Finder searches to find games where it's a given player's birthday. For example, here are the 55 guys since 1920 to get 4 hits in a game on their birthday. Actually, it's 52 guys since Yastrzemski, Vina, and Colavito did it twice.

Anyway, since the Game Finder searches also allow us to group for most such players in the same game, we can find games with the most different players having a birthday on the same day.

In 2010, there were 4 games where two different players had the same birthday:

Rk Tm Opp Date #Matching
1 NYM PIT 2010-09-16 2
2 CIN PIT 2010-09-10 2
3 PHI HOU 2010-08-26 2
4 WSN NYM 2010-07-02 2
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Generated 1/28/2011.

It's kind of annoying...the results don't make it easy to see which players had that birthday. But if we go to the birthday page for the given date--for example the September 16th page--we can figure it out pretty easily. In that game it was Brandon Moss and Chris Carter.

This is an intensive search and we can't do many years at once, so here are a few games of interest I found from recent years.

On May 20th of 2009, the Reds and Phillies had a 3-birthday game: Jayson Werth, Ramon Hernandez, and Adam Rosales.

In 2003, there was a 3-birthday game: Rays/Jays on August 5th (Carl Crawford, Eric Hinske, and Bobby Kielty).

In 2001, the Braves and Marlins had 3 birthdays on September 24th (Jesse Garcia, Kevin Millar, and Bernard Gilkey).

And here are some more 3-birthday games:

Giants/Astros on 9/13/2000

Indians/Jays on 10/3/1999

Braves/Pirates on 5/10/1944

Giants/Braves on 9/6/1938

I couldn't find any 4-birthday games going back to 1920.

25 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Non-World Series Post-Season Series Winning Hits

Posted by Steve Lombardi on January 27, 2011

I believe this is the list in question:

Cr# Gm# Date 5 Series Gm# Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score   Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) RBI WPA RE24 LI Play Description
6 1 1976-10-12 NLCS 3 Ken Griffey CIN PHI Tom Underwood tied 6-6 1B b9 123 1   1 0.17   5.84 *ENDED GAME*:Single to 1B; Concepcion Scores; Geronimo to 3B; Rose to 2B
7 1 1976-10-14 ALCS 5 Chris Chambliss NYY KCR Mark Littell tied 6-6 HR b9 --- 0   1 0.37   2.20 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (CF-RF)
8 1 1978-10-07 NLCS 4 Bill Russell LAD PHI Tug McGraw tied 3-3 1B b10 12- 2 2 (1-0) 1 0.39   4.28 *ENDED GAME*:Single to CF; Cey Scores/unER; Baker to 2B
10 1 1992-10-14 NLCS 7 Francisco Cabrera ATL PIT Stan Belinda down 2-1 1B b9 123 2 4 (2-1) 2 0.74   10.75 *ENDED GAME*:Single to LF (Line Drive to Short LF); Justice Scores/unER; Bream Scores/unER; Berryhill to 2B
12 1 1995-10-08 ALDS 5 Edgar Martinez SEA NYY Jack McDowell down 5-4 2B b11 1-3 0 2 (0-1) 2 0.32   4.22 *ENDED GAME*:Double to LF (Line Drive); Cora Scores; Griffey Scores
14 1 1999-10-09 NLDS 4 Todd Pratt NYM ARI Matt Mantei tied 3-3 HR b10 --- 1   1 0.41   1.87 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run
15 1 2000-10-06 ALDS 3 Carlos Guillen SEA CHW Keith Foulke tied 1-1 1B b9 1-3 1 2 (0-1) 1 0.17   4.97 *ENDED GAME*:Single (Bunt); Henderson Scores/unER; Bell to 2B
16 1 2001-10-14 NLDS 5 Tony Womack ARI STL Steve Kline tied 1-1 1B b9 -2- 2 7 (2-2) 1 0.39   3.89 *ENDED GAME*:Single to LF; Bautista Scores
18 1 2002-10-14 NLCS 5 Kenny Lofton SFG STL Steve Kline tied 1-1 1B b9 12- 2 1 (0-0) 1 0.39   4.32 *ENDED GAME*:Single to RF; Bell Scores; Dunston to 2B
19 1 2003-10-04 NLDS 4 Jeffrey Hammonds SFG @FLA Ugueth Urbina down 7-6 1B t9 12- 2 1 (0-0) 0 -0.14 -0.44 5.47 *ENDED GAME*:Single to LF (Line Drive); Snow out at Hm/LF-C; Durham to 2B
20 1 2003-10-16 ALCS 7 Aaron Boone NYY BOS Tim Wakefield tied 5-5 HR b11 --- 0 1 (0-0) 1 0.36   2.29 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball)
21 1 2004-10-08 ALDS 3 David Ortiz BOS ANA Jarrod Washburn tied 6-6 HR b10 1-- 2 1 (0-0) 2 0.43   2.44 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball); Reese Scores
22 1 2005-10-09 NLDS 4 Chris Burke HOU ATL Joey Devine tied 6-6 HR b18 --- 1 3 (2-0) 1 0.42   1.82 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball)
23 1 2006-10-14 ALCS 4 Magglio Ordonez DET OAK Huston Street tied 3-3 HR b9 12- 2 2 (1-0) 3 0.38   4.44 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball); Monroe Scores; Polanco Scores
24 1 2008-10-06 ALDS 4 Jed Lowrie BOS LAA Scot Shields tied 2-2 1B b9 -2- 2 1 (0-0) 1 0.39   3.90 *ENDED GAME*:Single to RF (Ground Ball thru 2B-1B); Bay Scores
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Generated 1/27/2011.

23 Comments | Posted in Event Finders

Et tu, U2?

Posted by Andy on January 27, 2011

Add the band U2 to the things of things more important to many than the Marlins and Mariners franchises.

40 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Most homers in a season where all hits are homers

Posted by Andy on January 27, 2011

I know we've posted this before, but I get a lot of email questions about this so I thought I'd post it again.

29 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Trivia challenge

Posted by Andy on January 27, 2011

The following players are ranked in the order shown, 1 through 20, for what since 1901?

Thanks to a reader named Brian who sent in a similar idea--seemed like a good one to pose as a trivia question.

53 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

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