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Players reaching base in the most games in 2010

31st March 2011

We had a little discussion on a previous post about Derek Jeter reaching base in 87% of his games in 2010.

I went ahead and calculated this same percentage for every single player, excluding pitchers.

Here are the leaders in highest percentage of games reaching base in 2010, minimum 50 games played:

Logan Morrison	0.919   21
Prince Fielder	0.894   11
Evan Longoria	0.894   47
Miguel Cabrera	0.893    3
Robinson Cano	0.881   32
Joey Votto	0.880    2
Justin Morneau	0.877    1
Shin-Soo Choo	0.875   12
Ian Kinsler	0.874   31
Nick Markakis	0.869   49
Billy Butler	0.867   25
Derek Jeter	0.866  143
Josh Hamilton	0.865    7
Joe Mauer	0.861   10
Chase Utley	0.861   27
Matt Holliday	0.861   22
A McCutchen	0.857   60
Bobby Abreu	0.857   94
Albert Pujols	0.855    4
Mark Teixeira	0.854   58

Logan Morrison's agent should be reading this for when he becomes arbitration eligible.

The 3rd column is the rank in OBP for the season for each guy (again among players appearing in a minimum of 50 games as non-pitchers.)

Amazing that Derek Jeter is so low!

Now here are the 20 worst players in terms of fraction of games reaching base, minimum 50 games played:

Delwyn Young	0.409  187
N Schierholtz	0.409  108
Nick Stavinoha	0.405   52
Joaquin Arias	0.403   30
Brooks Conrad	0.398  198
Matt Stairs	0.397  110
Jason Bourgeois	0.391   70
Ramiro Pena	0.388   11
Greg Dobbs	0.386   14
Dewayne Wise	0.385   46
Augie Ojeda	0.373   17
Brandon Wood	0.370    1
Jesus Feliciano	0.370   35
Garret Anderson	0.363    2
Ross Gload	0.362  218
Travis Ishikawa	0.353  175
Alb Gonzalez	0.342   37
B Lillibridge	0.328   13
Cory Sullivan	0.246   16
Chris Carter	0.200  161

The third column here is the ranking among the worst OBP values for 2010, again for the same criteria.

These two tables show that there's quite a bit of variation in terms of how guys spread out their times on base. It's also true some of the guys on the second list are hurt by being pinch-hitters. Ross Gload, for example, had 79 games with just one appearance, and even though he had a .328 OBP, that means he had a ton of games with no times on base despite not being an awful hitter. That's how he gets on this "worst" list despite having only the 218th worst OBP.

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Bloops: Get Your Last-Minute Sabermetric Predictions Here

31st March 2011

Before you take in the Opening Day action, here are some last-minute sabermetric predictions to chew on:

I hope you're as excited about this season as I am!

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Happy 2011 Opening Day!

30th March 2011

It's been a long cold winter here in Philadelphia. In honor of Thursday and Friday, the greatest days of the year, here are some Opening Day features we have here at B-R:

Give them a try, and enjoy baseball's return.

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On Base 4+ Times In Game 1 – Three Times Or More

30th March 2011

Since 1919, how many batters have reached base 4+ times in his team's first game of the season, three times or more in his career?

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Fantasy Tips (3/30/2011)

30th March 2011

What follows are two pieces of sample fantasy advice from Baseball HQ, just like readers would receive during the course of their BHQ subscription. Get a competitive advantage in your league by subscribing today!

Nick Richards: Esmil Rogers was named the Rockies' 5th starter, and you might think 'who cares?' given that he had a 6.13 ERA and 1.667 WHIP last year.  But look deeper and you see part of the cause of those terrible numbers was a batting average on balls in play (BAbip) of .390 (!).  That's such an outlier of a number, you can expect it to return to normal levels.  Given that Rogers had a SO/9 of 8.3 (excellent) and a BB/9 of 3.3 (fine), Rogers has skill.  Take away some of that bad luck from last year where hits that should have been outs became part of his damaging WHIP instead, and you might have a halfway serviceable 5th starter in 2011.  It helps to look deeper than the surface stats to see where those surface stats came from.

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Game Review: MLB 11 The Show vs. MLB 2K11 (PS3)

30th March 2011

Just in time for Opening Day, here's my head-to-head review of the two major baseball games on the console market this year, MLB 11: The Show and Major League Baseball 2k11.

Graphics: Ballpark-wise, I think 2K11 stands up very well to The Show, but overall I have to give the visual nod to MLB 11. Its player faces and body types are much more accurate-looking, the animations are smoother, and The Show has none of the occasional framerate hiccups you'll find in 2K11. I like how both games offer progressive lighting effects -- i.e., the shadows in the park change as the game goes on -- though I think MLB 11 pulls this off a bit better than 2K11. One positive about 2K11 is that its in-game colors are much more vibrant, while The Show generally features more muted visuals, but that doesn't make up for MLB 11's overall advantages. The Show wins the graphical category.

Presentation: In-game, 2K11 offers a slightly superior presentation with bells & whistles like the integration of Inside Edge scouting reports and a neat win probability graph in the pause menu. The Show is more traditional, trying to mimic an actual TV broadcast, so its presentation is solid but largely unspectacular, aside from a decent array of situational player cutscenes. On the front end, 2K Sports games typically have a counterintuitive menu system and MLB 2K11 is no different, using the same setup we've seen from the company's sports games for the past few years. MLB 11's frontend is much better, with simpler navigation and a cool dynamic ballpark feature that displays your favorite team's park in the background (or shuffles through all parks if you don't pick a favorite). So who wins on balance depends on whether you enjoy a flashy in-game presentation or not, and for the record I like 2K11 here.

Sound: I have to give 2K11 a big edge here. The in-game commentary by Gary Thorne, Steve Phillips, and John Kruk is impressive as always, replicating the chatter of a real baseball broadcast as well as any game I've ever played. All sports games will have some repetition in their commentary from time to time, but 2K11 mostly does a great job of having the 3 guys in the booth sound like they're having a real conversation about the game. The Show's crew of Matt Vasgersian, Dave Campbell, & Eric Karros, on the other hand, lacks any such enthusiasm or chemistry: sure, they get the job done, but you would never confuse their commentary with that of an actual game. Crowd-wise, The Show is a little better -- the fans have more awareness about the on-field action -- and in the menus, the music is typical sports game fare (though credit goes to both games for including older artists like the Edgar Winter group and Joan Jett). All in all, MLB 2K11 has a leg up in the sound department.

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Will Bud Selig step down as commissioner?

30th March 2011

Jon Heyman has tweeted that Bud Selig is non-committal as far as stepping down as commissioner when his current contract expires at the end of 2012.

I have very mixed feelings on Selig. I think he's done a lot of good things for the game but is also certainly complicit in the non-action surrounding steroids and other substances.

My big question is--assuming I wanted him to go at the end of 2012, who would I want to replace him? The only people that come to mind would be even worse.

Who would you like to see as commissioner in 2013--Selig, or someone else?

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Subscribe to the Play Index!

30th March 2011

The 2011 season opens tomorrow, so now is a great time to tell you about Baseball-Reference's Play Index . In case you don't already know about the PI, it's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. Using the PI, you can:

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Franchises with the most pitchers with 120 ERA+ (minimum 1000 IP)

30th March 2011

Here is the full list (1901-present, Gerry) of players with a career ERA+ of 120 or better (minimum 1000 IP):

Tm #Matching
Boston Red Sox 13 Roger Clemens / Lefty Grove / Tex Hughson / Ellis Kinder / Dutch Leonard / Derek Lowe / Pedro Martinez / Carl Mays / Mel Parnell / Babe Ruth / Frank Sullivan / Smoky Joe Wood / Cy Young
Chicago Cubs 10 Pete Alexander / Mordecai Brown / Bill Hands / Orval Overall / Jack Pfiester / Ed Reulbach / Jack Taylor / Hippo Vaughn / Lon Warneke / Carlos Zambrano
New York Yankees 9 Tiny Bonham / Spud Chandler / Russ Ford / Whitey Ford / Lefty Gomez / Eddie Lopat / Carl Mays / Dave Righetti / Mariano Rivera
St. Louis Cardinals 9 Al Brazle / Harry Brecheen / Chris Carpenter / Mort Cooper / Dizzy Dean / Bob Gibson / Max Lanier / Howie Pollet / Curt Simmons
Chicago White Sox 8 Mark Buehrle / Eddie Cicotte / Thornton Lee / Billy Pierce / Johnny Rigney / Reb Russell / Jim Scott / Ed Walsh
Detroit Tigers 8 Al Benton / Tommy Bridges / Harry Coveleski / John Hiller / Hal Newhouser / Dave Rozema / Ed Siever / Dizzy Trout
San Francisco Giants 7 Johnny Antonelli / Matt Cain / Carl Hubbell / Sal Maglie / Juan Marichal / Christy Mathewson / Jason Schmidt
Cincinnati Reds 6 Ewell Blackwell / Bob Ewing / Noodles Hahn / Dolf Luque / Jose Rijo / Bucky Walters
Cleveland Indians 6 Bartolo Colon / Stan Coveleski / Bob Feller / Wes Ferrell / Addie Joss / Gaylord Perry
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 Don Drysdale / Sandy Koufax / Jeff Pfeffer / Preacher Roe / Dazzy Vance / Whit Wyatt
Oakland Athletics 6 Lefty Grove / Tim Hudson / Eddie Plank / Eddie Rommel / Rube Waddell / Barry Zito
Baltimore Orioles 5 Ned Garver / Harry Howell / Mike Mussina / Jim Palmer / Urban Shocker
Atlanta Braves 4 Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / John Smoltz / Warren Spahn
Philadelphia Phillies 4 Pete Alexander / Jim Bunning / Steve Carlton / Curt Schilling
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Sam Leever / Kent Tekulve / Vic Willis
Toronto Blue Jays 3 Roy Halladay / Jimmy Key / Dave Stieb
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 Randy Johnson / Brandon Webb
Kansas City Royals 2 Kevin Appier / Bret Saberhagen
Minnesota Twins 2 Walter Johnson / Johan Santana
New York Mets 2 Al Leiter / Tom Seaver
Seattle Mariners 2 Felix Hernandez / Randy Johnson
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 Dean Chance
Houston Astros 1 Roy Oswalt
Washington Nationals 1 Dennis Martinez
Colorado Rockies 0
Florida Marlins 0
Milwaukee Brewers 0
San Diego Padres 0
Tampa Bay Rays 0
Texas Rangers 0
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Generated 3/30/2011.

Among the teams with nobody:

  • The Padres got screwed by my arbitrary criteria, as Trevor Hoffman finished with 952.1 IP and Jake Peavy finished his Padres career with a 119 ERA+. They have nobody else close to qualifying (and active).
  • The Rockies seem fairly likely to add Ubaldo Jimenez to this list in 2012, as he's currently at 133 ERA+ over 728 IP.
  • For the Marlins, Josh Johnson is well on his way. He's currently at 138 ERA+ and 665 IP. Two more solid, healthy seasons would do it.
  • Dan Plesac is the only Brewer with at least 500 IP and an ERA+ of 120, and he only had 524.1 IP with the team. Teddy Higuera was a near miss at 117 ERA+. Nobody else is active and close.
  • The Rays have nobody close at all.  In fact there are only two pitchers (James Shields and Andy Sonnanstine) with at least 500 IP and still with the team.
  • The Rangers don't have a single pitcher with at least 500 IP and an ERA+ of 120.  They don't even have any active pitchers with 500 IP and an ERA+ of 100.

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2+ Seasons Of 180+ Hits With OPS+ Less Than 100

29th March 2011

How many players since 1901 have had two or more seasons with 180+ hits while fashioning an OPS+ under 100?

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