Comments on: Chacin’s Perfect Season This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Spartan Bill Fri, 24 Dec 2010 17:46:05 +0000 Is Jim Riggleman the only manager in history to have a guy with an 1165 OPS+ lay down a sacrifice?

By: Bob Hulsey Fri, 24 Dec 2010 16:35:11 +0000 For one at bat, Chacin looked like Babe Ruth. For the rest of his career, he just *looked* like Babe Ruth.

By: John Autin Fri, 24 Dec 2010 01:35:44 +0000 @11, Kahuna -- Wow, Chen even has a 3-game hitting streak -- dating to 2006!

Bruce Chen as a hitter:
-- 1998-2001: 8 for 95, 1 walk, 49 Ks, 1 run, no extra-base hits.
-- 2002-2010: 9 for 22, 2 walks, 4 Ks, 3 runs, 1 double.

Add in his minor-league career and he was 9 for 131 through 2001, a .069 BA.

'Tis a crazy world....

By: Lawrence Azrin Thu, 23 Dec 2010 21:38:52 +0000 #9/Noodle Says: "Hoyt Wilhelm! HR in first ML at bat, and did not hit another one in his next 1,000+ games! I think he is the only HOFer who hit a HR in his first at bat; ..."

other HOFers:
EARL AVERILL, 4-16-1929.

Bill White and Will Clark are probably the next best players to do this. The 2010 Red Sox had TWO players on their roster who did this, Jeremy Hermida and Daniel Nava (Nava on the 1st pitch).

By: Kahuna Tuna Thu, 23 Dec 2010 20:08:30 +0000 Only one player has ever had three seasons with a 1.000 batting average: Bruce Chen.

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By: Noodle Thu, 23 Dec 2010 16:43:37 +0000 Hoyt Wilhelm!

HR in first ML at bat, adn did nto hit another one in hi snext 1,000+ games! (Ok, only 493 plate appearances).

I think he is the only HOFer who hit a HR in his first at bat; you can probably win a bet with that piece of trivia.

By: John Autin Thu, 23 Dec 2010 16:20:16 +0000 Bill LeFebvre also homered in his first PA, then never went deep again in 101 more trips.

However, LeFebvre did wind up with a healthy .276 BA, .384 OBP (15 walks against 11 Ks in 102 PAs!), .414 SLG (including 2 triples), .796 OPS and 128 OPS+.

That 128 OPS+ is the highest of any modern hitter with 100+ PAs and at least 40% of his games as a pitcher. LeFebvre was used many times as a pinch-hitter.

Unfortunately for his career prospects, whereas LeFebvre's adjusted OPS was 28% above league average, his adjusted ERA was 28% below league average, and he lasted just 136 innings, mostly as a WWII replacement.

P.S. I guess it's most likely that a 1-PA, 1-HR season would be a player's first season, so I shouldn't be surprised that so many of these came in a player's first career PA.

By: Tmckelv Thu, 23 Dec 2010 16:17:16 +0000 Another interesting (to me) Buster Narum tidbit from his Transaction list:

March 31, 1964: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Washington Senators for a player to be named later. The Washington Senators sent Lou Piniella (August 4, 1964) to the Baltimore Orioles to complete the trade. Man it took a long time for Lou to get going.

I am sure Washington thought they got the "better" of the deal. Even though the WAR values tell another story as Buster posted a -0.6 Pitching/-1.3 Batting(!) WAR for Washington from 1964 thru 1967...whereas Lou only had 1 PA over the same timeframe (0.0 WAR) before he was traded again in 1966.

By: John Autin Thu, 23 Dec 2010 15:57:02 +0000 Guillermo Mota also did it in his first career PA. On June 9, 1999, he hit a 3-run HR off Mark Guthrie during an 8-run 8th, as Montreal routed the Red Sox 13-1 in a game started by Pedro Martinez.

Pedro was 11-2 after that loss, en route to 23-4, 2.07, 313 Ks and his 2nd Cy Young Award. It was the 2nd time he had faced his former team. The previous year, he tossed 6 scoreless innings as the Red Sox romped, 15-0, against starter Carl Pavano -- one of the players he'd been traded for. Pedro was 11-2 after that game, too.

Mota homered again in 2003, giving him 2 HRs, 5 hits and 5 RBI in 15 career PAs to that point. He's cooled off a bit since, with 3 hits (no HRs) and 14 Ks in his last 25 PAs.