Comments on: Insert #1 & #2 Joke Here This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: JDV Tue, 23 Mar 2010 22:04:23 +0000 In the Neifi Perez game, it looks like C Jeff Reed was injured when he tagged out Hollins who had tried to score on the Edmonds double. That forced the Rockies to make several defensive adjustments including Perez to C and Walker to 2B. After Salmon walked, they played musical chairs again, apparently adjusting fielders toward or away from the likely action based on whether the hitter was LH or RH. Next came the game-ending WP, so it may not have been Perez' mistake...or still might have been. Sounds like great at its best.

By: Thomas Tue, 23 Mar 2010 21:18:19 +0000 Take a look at the Nefi Perez game.. (

It appears to me that he was moved to catcher with 1 out in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game. The first batter was intentionally walked to make the bases loaded... on the next batter he had a passed ball and lost the game 5-4. Also of note in that game, Larry Walker played 3B and 2B for the only time in his career.

What in the heck is the story behind that game?!

By: JDV Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:24:31 +0000 I'm curious about how that list might change with PA>=3.

By: Andy Tue, 23 Mar 2010 16:21:45 +0000 Jeff J...laugh!!!

By: tmckelv Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:26:47 +0000 Actually it was 17(!!!) games for Oates. All of them came in 1973 for the Braves (the year Hank Aaron, Darrell Evans and Davey Johnson all had > 40 HR).

Manager Eddie Mathews sporadically used Johnny Oates as the lead-off hitter until early June when he inserted him as the "full-time" #1 hitter (for 9 of 10 games). This was possibly because Ralph Garr was in a slump (batting in the low .240's at the time)? The problem is that Oates was batting .230 with no steals. But Oates rewarded his manager with a 2 for 5 effort that included his only SB of the year (also got caught trying to steal - he was running at will that day). Here is the Braves lineup for that game:
Johnny Oates C
Ralph Garr RF
Darrell Evans 3B
Hank Aaron LF
Mike Lum 1B
Dusty Baker CF
Davey Johnson 2B
Marty Perez SS
Ron Reed P

Not really a lot of other great options at lead-off (if you don't want to use Garr, of course). Also of note: I guess Matthews liked to break up the righties but using Mike Lum in the 5 hole.

By: tmckelv Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:02:26 +0000 I have to see the 12(!!!) lineups in which Johnny Oates batted lead-off.

By: Jeff J. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:13:23 +0000 You're-in even more trouble if your #2 hitter is crappy

By: DoubleDiamond Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:15:34 +0000 Mike Squires also played some 3B in his career.

By: Zachary Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:13:04 +0000 Choo Choo Coleman is a great name.

I've always liked Kendall. Over his first eleven years in the league, he was a .300 hitter, and he's a very unique catcher - probably the best speedy one for a long time. Sure, he's been pretty lousy for a while now, but he's had a good career.

By: Thomas Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:00:31 +0000 I love that has played almost 10 times as many games as anyone on this list but still doesn't lead in HRs...