Comments on: Fewest career regular-season homers for a player with at least 3 post-season homers This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Q Fri, 20 May 2011 02:22:11 +0000 @17 Art K,

Excellent point about Bake Mcbride. I've never really understood why Mcbride hasn't received credit for what he did for the 1980 Phillies. His name rarely comes up when discussing that team.

He hit: .309/.342/.453 during the season and was the second best position player after Schmidt. and then he hit .304/.360/.478 in the WS.

By: Richard Chester Thu, 19 May 2011 22:59:40 +0000 @11, @14

On Sept. 8, 1965 Campaneris played one inning at each position. The game went into extra innings but he played only the first nine.

By: Hartvig Thu, 19 May 2011 20:57:05 +0000 Thomas Court @ 16 Martin was really only a full-time regular in 2 seasons and in those seasons he was maybe the 4th or 5th best 2nd baseman in an 8 team league. In some others, he didn't rank better than 7th or even 8th. He did hit well in 3 of his 4 world series appearances and that should count for something but I don't think it's enough to put him in the top 100.

Put a 22 year old Jerry Remy (James's #100) and a 22 year old Martin in front of me & I'll pick Remy every time. Or compare Martin to a contemporary of his Billy Gardner- pretty much identical players, similar peaks & career lengths, both went on to manage the Minnesota Twins & Gardner didn't crack the top 125 either.

By: Travis Thu, 19 May 2011 20:44:48 +0000 Re: Carlos Ruiz

He seems to have a 55PA/HR career average and 154 postseason PAs. You'd expect him to have 3 postseason homers and 4 certainly shouldn't surprise anyone.

By: art kyriazis Thu, 19 May 2011 19:59:11 +0000 I neglected to mention Carlos Ruiz on the prior comment, who really has been a great post-season hitter. He always seems to get the bat on the ball and hit it up the middle or jack the ball over the short porch in left at the Bank.

I think if you check, Bob Boone, known more for his glove than his bat, also was a good hitter in the post-season, both in Philly and later for the Angels. He certainly hit some key hits down the stretch in a close division race with a very talented Montreal Expo team that had Andre Dawson and Gary Carter among others on it.

Also, all the above comments are really right on the money--guys like Billy Martin, Junior Jim Gilliam et al. could really play. All they did was win.

AK philly

By: art kyriazis Thu, 19 May 2011 19:54:28 +0000 its interesting to see that both Bake McBride and Shane Victorino, key elements of World Series champions in two different Phillies era teams (the 76-83 and 2006-11 current version) are on this list.

Bake McBride came up huge in the 1980 WS v KC with key HRs, and Victorino famously hit a grand slam v. CC Sabathia in just the 2d inning of the NLDS or NLCS to break a pitching duel wide open. These were guys known for their speed, defense and hitting for average, not their HR power, but in the playoffs and WS, they knew how to jack it into the seats when necessary.

Bill James and others have noted that guys like Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Rod Carew, George Brett or Wade Boggs, who hit for average, could hit for the seats when they wanted and it counted.

That's what you have with this list--guys who know their career isn't built on HRs, but they know how to swing for the fences when a game is on the line.

--AK, philly

By: Thomas Court Thu, 19 May 2011 17:39:21 +0000 @5

I knew that Billy Martin was good in the post-season. I didn't know that he was that good.

I have always wondered why Bill James did not include him in the top 100 second baseman in his Historical Baseball Abstract. Martin was no Craig Biggio for sure, but he had to be one of the top 100 at his position. He doesn't even get mentioned in the top 125 listed at the end of that section. I know James was/is a huge Royals fan and I wonder if that plays into his omission at all. The HBA also does not mention anything about the intense Yankees/Royals rivalry from the 70s-80s. No mention of the Pine Tar game. Am I missing something here or did Martin have a run in with Bill James family at one of those games at Royal's Stadium?

By: Hartvig Thu, 19 May 2011 17:16:56 +0000 I expected a few more players who played the majority of their careers in the dead ball era but the expanded playoffs was more than enough to offset the small number that actually ever played in a World Series game in those days.

"That might be an interesting blog topic - who are the best candidates for the Mr. Versatility award.'

My votes would go to Jackie Robinson, Gil McDougald, Cesar Tovar & Junior Gilliam, in that order. Tovar was far and away the most flexible of the bunch and regularly played all over the field but Robinson & McDougald were gold glove caliber players at multiple defensive positions.

By: Larry R. Thu, 19 May 2011 17:10:25 +0000 @11

Including every position in a single game in 1964, I believe.

By: fredsbank Thu, 19 May 2011 16:59:17 +0000 shane spencer!
how often does the Home Run Dispencer appear on a list of offensive utility, good to see him, the only member of the late 90s yankees on there, no?