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Allen Craig the first with 2 go-ahead W.S. pinch-RBI

Posted by John Autin on October 21, 2011

With his 2-out go-ahead pinch-single in the 7th Thursday, Allen Craig became the 1st player with 2 go-ahead RBI as a pinch-hitter in World Series play (according to the B-R Event Finder).

Craig's RBI pinch-hits in games 1 and 2 were the 30th and 31st WS pinch-hit RBI that put the team in front. Here's the list in reverse date order, minus Craig's game-2 hit:

19 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Bloops: The Invisible Fastball

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 20, 2011

Sports Illustrated has a great story on Kelly Swift.

Click here to read it.

22 Comments | Posted in Bloops

Walking 6+ In Less Than 6 IP In Post-Season Game

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 20, 2011

C.J. Wilson walked 6 last night - in less than 6 IP of work. How often does this happen? Who else has walked 6+ batters in less than 6 innings pitched in a post-season game?

15 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Bloops: Bud’s Book In The Works

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 19, 2011

Via Madison.com with a h/t to BBTF -

As the World Series begins, the most powerful man in baseball readies a nest in Madison for retirement. It contains bubble gum, pretzels, a basket of baseballs and a cable connection to Major League Baseball's TV channel.

Allan H. "Bud" Selig has charmed the UW-Madison history department, paid a million-plus for a professor to teach the history of sports and had scholarships created in his honor. His new office in the Humanities Building is cozy and modest. The effect of his presence will be the opposite.

Selig, 77, owner of the Milwaukee Brewers from 1970 to 1992 and commissioner of Major League Baseball since, will retire in 2012. His intention to return to his alma mater to write his memoirs, and to create a legacy in his chosen-but-not-followed field of history, has been in the works for at least a few years.

"One of the favorite parts of my life was the four years I spent in Madison, and I always thought I would be coming back as a history professor," Selig said Tuesday.

"I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it, to write my book and do what I want to do in Madison," he said.

The department is getting ready to search for a professor to fill Selig's endowment wish — and preparing for sightings of the commissioner wandering the maze of halls and giving a lecture or two, said department chairwoman Florencia Mallon.

"We're not hiring (the professor) this year, but there is a very good chance, if all goes to plan and the commissioner is on board, we will be hiring next year," Mallon said.

If Bud does write a book, would you have an interest in reading it?

52 Comments | Posted in Bloops

7+ TB In World Series Game 1

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 19, 2011

How many batters had 7+ total bases in Game 1 of a World Series?

37 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

All-time Cardinals-Rangers team

Posted by Andy on October 19, 2011

Here are the top players who appeared in the majors for both the Cardinals and the Rangers:

C: Darrell Porter
1B: Will Clark, Joe Cunningham, Andres Galarraga
2B: Don Blasingame, Luis Alicea
3B: Todd Zeile, Fernando Tatis
SS: Royce Clayton
LF: Alex Johnson
CF: Curt Flood
RF: Brian Jordan, Ryan Ludwick, Bobby Bonds

Starting pitchers: Bob Tewskbury, Ken Hill, Todd Stottlemyre, Jeff Fassero, Jamie Moyer, Sonny Siebert
Relief pitchers: Tom Henke, Rick Honeycutt, Darold Knowles, Rich Rodriguez, Jeff Brantley, Hal Woodeshick

59 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

John Mayberry and great part-time seasons

Posted by Andy on October 19, 2011

Check out a limited cross-section of some great part-time seasons. Here are seasons back to 1901 where 290 to 350 plate appearances, 15 to 17 homers, and an OPS+ of 125 to 130:

Player OPS+ PA HR Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
John Mayberry 130 296 15 2011 27 PHI 104 267 37 73 17 1 49 26 55 .273 .341 .513 .854 8739
Aramis Ramirez 130 342 15 2009 31 CHC 82 306 46 97 14 1 65 28 43 .317 .389 .516 .905 *5
Ryan Raburn 130 291 16 2009 28 DET 113 261 44 76 11 2 45 26 60 .291 .359 .533 .891 *793/8D5
Greg Norton 130 335 17 2006 33 TBD 98 294 47 87 15 0 45 35 69 .296 .374 .520 .895 D93/7
Dick Allen 130 339 15 1976 34 PHI 85 298 52 80 16 1 49 37 63 .268 .346 .480 .826 *3
Jerry Lynch 129 329 16 1964 33 PIT 114 297 35 81 14 2 66 26 57 .273 .328 .495 .823 *7
Jim Leyritz 128 293 17 1994 30 NYY 75 249 47 66 12 0 58 35 61 .265 .365 .518 .883 2D3
John Mayberry 128 344 17 1981 32 TOR 94 290 34 72 6 1 43 44 45 .248 .360 .452 .812 *3D
Chris Davis 127 317 17 2008 22 TEX 80 295 51 84 23 2 55 20 88 .285 .331 .549 .880 *35
Bob Horner 126 336 15 1981 23 ATL 79 300 42 83 10 0 42 32 39 .277 .345 .460 .805 *5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/18/2011.

John Mayberry has two such seasons--only it's not the same guy. One is from John Mayberry Sr (1981) and one is from John Mayberry Jr (2011).

60 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

World Series Game 1 Pitcher’s Duels…Not!

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 18, 2011

Using Play Index, I think these are 5 of the most notable World Series Game 1 situations where both starting pitchers spit the bit:

Player Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WPA RE24 aLI
Tim Lincecum 2010-10-27 WS 1 SFG TEX W 11-7 GS-6 ,W 5.2 8 4 4 2 3 0 6.35 -0.008 -1.559 .930
Cliff Lee 2010-10-27 WS 1 TEX SFG L 7-11 GS-5 ,L 4.2 8 7 6 1 7 0 11.57 -0.349 -3.036 1.246
Woody Williams 2004-10-23 WS 1 STL BOS L 9-11 GS-3 2.1 8 7 7 3 1 1 27.00 -0.360 -4.891 .914
Tim Wakefield 2004-10-23 WS 1 BOS STL W 11-9 GS-4 3.2 3 5 5 5 2 1 12.27 -0.148 -2.888 1.016
Bob Walk 1980-10-14 WS 1 PHI KCR W 7-6 GS-7 ,W 7.0 8 6 6 3 3 3 7.71 -0.227 -2.711 .832
Dennis Leonard 1980-10-14 WS 1 KCR PHI L 6-7 GS-4 ,L 3.2 6 6 6 1 3 1 14.73 -0.480 -4.430 .851
Whitey Ford 1964-10-07 WS 1 NYY STL L 5-9 GS-6 ,L 5.1 8 5 5 1 4 1 8.44 -0.275 -1.738 1.235
Ray Sadecki 1964-10-07 WS 1 STL NYY W 9-5 GS-6 ,W 6.0 8 4 4 5 2 1 6.00 -0.170 -1.067 .900
Mule Watson 1923-10-10 WS 1 NYG NYY W 5-4 GS-2 2.0 4 3 3 1 1 0 13.50 -0.181 -1.899 1.042
Waite Hoyt 1923-10-10 WS 1 NYY NYG L 4-5 GS-3 2.1 4 4 4 1 0 0 15.43 -0.230 -2.329 1.228
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/18/2011.

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Any others that maybe I missed?

18 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

World Series Game 1 Pitcher’s Duels

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 17, 2011

Using Play Index, I think these are 3 of the greatest World Series Game 1 Pitcher's Duels -

Rk Player Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc BF ERA WPA RE24 aLI
16 Allie Reynolds 1949-10-05 WS 1 NYY BRO W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 4 9 0 88 33 0.00 0.706 4.752 1.473
17 Don Newcombe 1949-10-05 WS 1 BRO NYY L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 8.0 5 1 1 0 11 1 79 29 1.12 0.206 3.224 1.229
29 Hippo Vaughn 1918-09-05 WS 1 CHC BOS L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 9.0 5 1 1 3 6 0 76 33 1.00 0.248 2.709 .964
30 Babe Ruth 1918-09-05 WS 1 BOS CHC W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 1 4 0 78 35 0.00 0.748 3.709 1.557
35 Mordecai Brown 1906-10-09 WS 1 CHC CHW L 1-2 CG 9 ,L 9.0 4 2 1 1 7 0 79 32 1.00 0.108 1.778 .971
36 Nick Altrock 1906-10-09 WS 1 CHW CHC W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 1 3 0 77 32 1.00 0.608 2.778 1.610
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/17/2011.

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Any others that maybe I missed?

72 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Bloops: Vote on the 2011 Internet Baseball Awards

Posted by Neil Paine on October 17, 2011

Just a quick reminder to cast your vote for the 2011 Internet Baseball Awards:

BP Unfiltered: Internet Baseball Awards Are Here

This year's edition marks the 20th anniversary of the longest-running baseball awards in web history. Vote today!

3 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Awards

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