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Archive for October, 2011

Tony LaRussa retires

Posted by Andy on October 31, 2011

I hope we can all be half as successful as Tony LaRussa, who just announced his intent to retire.

He won 3 World Series championships and 3 more pennants and he managed in every single season from 1979 to 2011.

It's certainly interesting--LaRussa got a lot of heat this post-season for some gaffes (most notably having the wrong guy warming in the bullpen)--and I suppose it makes a lot of sense for him to go out on top.

Congrats, Tony, to a wonderful career!

Now here's an interesting thought--if you are a prime managerial candidate, are you more interested in Boston, St. Louis, or Chicago Cubs (if they replace Quade)?

92 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Happy Halloween!

Posted by Andy on October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween to those of you celebrating today.

Some associations:

Orange and black

Candy

Ghost

Trick or treat

Witch

Broom

Cat

Mask

Fog

Fear

Boo!

and, of course, everybody's favorite:

Young, Frank, and Stynes (Reds' starting outfield)

I'm sure you can come up with some more, right?

70 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Pitching In 5+ Games Within Single World Series

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 30, 2011

We had five guys join the club in this past World Series -

Rk Player Year #Matching   W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 Darold Knowles 1973 7 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 0 2 6.1 4 0 0 5 5 1.42
2 Tim Worrell 2002 6 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 3.18 0 0 0 0 5.2 4 2 1 1 4 0.88
3 Felix Rodriguez 2002 6 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.76 0 0 0 0 5.2 4 3 2 1 3 0.88
4 Dan Quisenberry 1980 6 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 5.23 0 0 0 1 10.1 10 6 0 3 0 1.26
5 Alexi Ogando 2011 6 Ind. Games 0 0   10.12 0 0 0 0 2.2 7 3 1 7 3 5.25
6 Rollie Fingers 1972 6 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 1.74 0 0 0 2 10.1 4 2 0 4 11 0.77
7 Rollie Fingers 1973 6 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 0.66 0 0 0 2 13.2 13 1 0 4 8 1.24
8 Hugh Casey 1947 6 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.87 0 0 0 1 10.1 5 1 0 1 3 0.58
9 Pedro Borbon 1972 6 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 3.86 0 0 0 0 7.0 7 3 0 2 4 1.29
10 John Wetteland 1996 5 Ind. Games 0 0   2.08 0 0 0 4 4.1 4 1 0 1 6 1.15
11 Kent Tekulve 1979 5 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 2.89 0 0 0 3 9.1 4 3 0 3 10 0.75
12 Julian Tavarez 1995 5 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 0 0 4.1 3 0 0 2 1 1.15
13 Mike Stanton 1991 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 0 0 0 0 7.1 5 0 0 2 7 0.95
14 Mike Stanton 2001 5 Ind. Games 0 0   3.18 0 0 0 0 5.2 3 2 0 1 3 0.71
15 Bob Stanley 1986 5 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 0 1 6.1 5 0 0 1 4 0.95
16 Deacon Phillippe 1903 5 Ind. Games 3 2 .600 3.07 5 5 0 0 44.0 38 15 0 3 22 0.93
17 Jason Motte 2011 5 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 6.23 0 0 0 1 4.1 4 3 1 1 1 1.15
18 Jose Mesa 1997 5 Ind. Games 0 0   5.40 0 0 0 1 5.0 10 3 0 1 5 2.20
19 Tug McGraw 1973 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 2.63 0 0 0 1 13.2 8 4 0 9 14 1.24
20 Will McEnaney 1975 5 Ind. Games 0 0   2.70 0 0 0 1 6.2 3 2 0 2 5 0.75
21 Roger McDowell 1986 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 4.91 0 0 0 0 7.1 10 4 0 6 2 2.18
22 Bob McClure 1982 5 Ind. Games 0 2 .000 4.15 0 0 0 2 4.1 5 2 0 3 5 1.85
23 Mike Marshall 1974 5 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 1.00 0 0 0 1 9.0 6 1 1 1 10 0.78
24 Ryan Madson 2009 5 Ind. Games 0 0   2.08 0 0 0 1 4.1 6 1 0 2 6 1.85
25 Lance Lynn 2011 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 6.35 0 0 0 0 5.2 7 4 2 3 4 1.76
26 Scott Feldman 2011 5 Ind. Games 0 0   9.00 0 0 0 0 5.0 5 5 0 6 2 2.20
27 Rawly Eastwick 1975 5 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 2.25 0 0 0 1 8.0 6 2 2 3 4 1.13
28 Octavio Dotel 2011 5 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.91 0 0 0 0 3.2 3 2 0 1 5 1.09
29 Brendan Donnelly 2002 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 0 0 0 0 7.2 1 0 0 4 6 0.65
30 Clay Carroll 1972 5 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 1.59 0 0 0 1 5.2 6 1 0 4 3 1.76
31 Clay Carroll 1975 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 3.18 0 0 0 0 5.2 4 2 1 2 3 1.06
32 Hank Behrman 1947 5 Ind. Games 0 0   7.11 0 0 0 0 6.1 9 5 0 5 3 2.21
33 Paul Assenmacher 1997 5 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 0 0 4.0 5 0 0 0 6 1.25
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Generated 10/30/2011.

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Amazing we haven't seen someone do all seven games since 1973 - given the way relief pitchers, especially LOOGY's, are used today.

44 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Most Rings Since American “I’ll Never Forget Where I Was When” Moments

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 29, 2011

How many teams have won 4+ World Series rings since the assassination of John F. Kennedy? That would be just the Yankees (7), Cardinals (5) and the A's (4). Honorable Mention to the Dodgers, Orioles and Reds who won 3 each since 1964.

How many teams have won 2+ World Series rings since the September 11 Attacks (in 2001)?  That would be just the Cardinals (2) and the Red Sox (2).

When it comes to the last half-century or so, Cardinals fans have a right to tell the rest of the world "Count the rings!," don't they?

82 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Most anticipated off-season issues

Posted by Andy on October 29, 2011

Well, well, well....another season has come and gone. Congrats to the Cardinals, the one team I said we couldn't make an excellent argument for winning the World Series. Right again.

As we head into the off-season, I'm curious to hear what issues you are most interested in.

Here are a few possibilities:

  • Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder: two big first basemen who may be switching teams. There were a lot of rumors about Pujols going to the Cubs, and with all the changes in that organization, I wouldn't be surprised to see them make a big splash of that type. It's hard to imagine Phat Albert wearing blue, though.
  • Playoffs: it seems likely that a second wild-card playoff spot will be added, and perhaps the leagues will be re-aligned (although the re-alignment part definitely cannot happen for 2012 since there's not enough time to re-work the schedule.)
  • Jamie Moyer: he turns 49 next month and is rehabbing to attempt to return to the majors. Will he do it, with the Phillies or at all?
  • Who might retire this off-season? Newly-crowned champion Arthur Rhodes? Other possibilities include Jason Giambi, Ivan Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Tim Wakefield, Omar Vizquel, and Jim Thome if he can't find a team.
  • What will happen with the Red Sox? Right now they seem like a team in turmoil, but in truth they were a team with high expectations in 2011 that missed the playoffs by one game. I'm not sure that all the rumored stuff--beer & chicken in the clubhouse, a manager with marital and substance abuse issues, some players that aren't gamers, a back-stabbing ownership--aren't quite common with most teams. With John Lackey out of the picture for 2012, it may just be a quiet winter for this team once they hire a new manager.
  • CC Sabathia: he'll almost certainly opt out of his contract. If he leaves, the Yankees' rotation is in shambles. Last year they got huge surprise contributions from Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon--that cannot be expected again. That leaves them with Ivan Nova, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, and...? I hear the Red Sox are in the market for a starter, and CC didn't look slim in those pinstripes.

What else is going on this off-season? Which big issues are most interesting to you? If you are a fan of a particular team, I'd like to hear about your particular concerns for that team.

76 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Bloops: #11 In ’11 For The Cardinals!

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 28, 2011

Congrats to the St. Louis Cardinals for winning the 2011 World Series.

On September 24th, per CoolStandings.com, the Cards had a 6.8% chance of just making the post-season.  Just over a month later, they were the kings of baseball.

The story of the '11 Cardinals should go down in baseball history as one of the best comeback stories of all-time, no?

49 Comments | Posted in Bloops

David Freese breaks the all-time single-season post-season RBI record

Posted by Andy on October 28, 2011

With his 2-run double in the 1st inning of Game 7 tonight, David Freese now has 21 RBI this post-season, an all-time record. This particular stat of course favors players on good teams from the wild card era, who tend to have more games each post-season.

Before tonight's games, here were the all-time leaders:

Rk Player Year RBI ▾
1 Scott Spiezio 2002 19
2 David Freese 2011 19
3 Sandy Alomar 1997 19
4 David Ortiz 2004 19
5 Alex Rodriguez 2009 18
6 Ivan Rodriguez 2003 17
7 Ryan Howard 2009 17
8 Rich Aurilia 2002 17
9 John Valentin 1999 17
10 Barry Bonds 2002 16
11 Manny Ramirez 2007 16
12 B.J. Upton 2008 16
13 Fred McGriff 1996 16
14 Benito Santiago 2002 16
15 Nelson Cruz 2011 16
16 Albert Pujols 2011 16
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Generated 10/28/2011.

23 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Live Tweeting the World Series

Posted by Sean Forman on October 28, 2011

Baseball Reference (baseball_ref) on Twitter.

We've been live tweeting the World Series games this year and will be wrapping up our coverage tonight.  See our timeline (linked above) for some of the notes we pulled from our databases for last night's game.

5 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

World Series Game #7s – Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by Sean Forman on October 28, 2011

World Series Game #7s - Baseball-Reference.com.

Complete list of World Series Game #7's.  Where do you expect tonight's game to rate?

17 Comments | Posted in Postseason

David Freese: now THAT was the best World Series performance in history

Posted by Andy on October 28, 2011

Forget Pujols' 3 homers already. Last night, David Freese put together the greatest single-game offensive performance in World Series (and all post-season) history:

Rk Player Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
1 David Freese 2011-10-27 WS 6 STL TEX W 10-9 6 5 1 2 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 0.969 3.117 2.306 6 3B
2 Kirk Gibson 1988-10-15 WS 1 LAD OAK W 5-4 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0.870 1.796 4.830 9 PH
3 Steve Garvey 1984-10-06 NLCS 4 SDP CHC W 7-5 5 5 1 4 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0.854 4.682 1.814 3 1B
4 Lance Berkman 2011-10-27 WS 6 STL TEX W 10-9 6 5 4 3 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 0.832 3.655 2.546 4 RF
5 Charlie Keller 1941-10-05 WS 4 NYY BRO W 7-4 5 5 1 4 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0.826 3.545 2.234 5 LF
6 Cookie Lavagetto 1947-10-03 WS 4 BRO NYY W 3-2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.822 1.881 6.750 1 PH
7 Michael Tucker 1998-10-12 NLCS 5 ATL SDP W 7-6 5 5 1 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 0.812 4.119 1.760 8 RF
8 Brian Jordan 1999-10-08 NLDS 3 ATL HOU W 5-3 6 5 1 3 1 0 1 5 1 0 0 0.806 4.271 2.742 4 RF
9 Stan Hack 1945-10-08 WS 6 CHC DET W 8-7 7 5 1 4 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0.806 3.905 1.551 1 3B
10 Jimmy Rollins 2009-10-19 NLCS 4 PHI LAD W 5-4 5 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.754 1.635 2.368 1 SS
11 Francisco Cabrera 1992-10-14 NLCS 7 ATL PIT W 3-2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.737 1.674 10.750 9 PH
12 Gary Carter 1988-10-04 NLCS 1 NYM LAD W 3-2 4 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0.724 2.042 2.020 7 C
13 Devon White 1993-10-20 WS 4 TOR PHI W 15-14 6 5 2 3 1 1 0 4 1 0 1 0.719 4.189 1.767 2 CF
14 Thurman Munson 1978-10-06 ALCS 3 NYY KCR W 6-5 4 4 2 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0.718 2.719 1.582 3 C
15 Ivan Rodriguez 2003-10-03 NLDS 3 FLA SFG W 4-3 6 5 1 2 0 0 1 4 1 0 1 0.717 2.463 3.302 3 C
16 Gonzalo Marquez 1972-10-07 ALCS 1 OAK DET W 3-2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.710 1.646 6.990 8 PH
17 Dave Henderson 1986-10-12 ALCS 5 BOS CAL W 7-6 3 2 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 0.703 1.208 2.480 8 CF
18 Erubiel Durazo 2003-10-01 ALDS 1 OAK BOS W 5-4 6 4 1 2 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0.701 2.659 2.837 2 DH
19 Lenny Dykstra 1986-10-11 NLCS 3 NYM HOU W 6-5 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0.685 1.382 3.380 9 PH CF
20 Alex Rodriguez 2004-10-06 ALDS 2 NYY MIN W 7-6 6 6 2 4 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0.684 3.182 2.105 2 3B
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Generated 10/28/2011.

Move over, Kirk Gibson. Freese now has the highest single-game Win Probability Added in any post-season game.

By the way, Lance Berkman himself made #4 on that list, also from last night's game.

I don't know what will happen in the rest of Freese's career, but he has etched himself quite a place in the baseball history books. His totals so far this post-season: 17 games, 5 homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.235 OPS. Simply incredible.

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