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June 16, 2014

Pebble Hunting

The 16 Hottest Teams in Baseball

by Sam Miller


Kyle: “I was listening to today's podcast and it was mentioned that the Astros have the best record since ‘some arbitrary date.’ It got me wondering how many teams that statement could apply to if we just vary that endpoint. My blind guess is six.”

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We had Rob McQuown check, and it turns out that, as of Saturday night, there were no fewer than 16 teams that had the best record in baseball since 'some arbitrary date.' The teams with a claim on some title:

The Tampa Bay Rays are the hottest team in baseball since June 15, 2014

Hot performer: Yunel Escobar (1.000/1.000/1.000, one game played)

Hot quote: “We’re just trying to take it one game at a time, as our recent success is literally just one game, and if we took it two or more games at a time then we’d be pretty disappointed in ourselves.”

(Note: We updated the query for this one. The teams below were "hottest" as of Saturday night.)

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nschneider

Except the first ten endpoints should be in 2014, not 2013.

Jun 16, 2014 03:57 AM
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Greg Ioannou

Oopsie. I was trying to make sense of the 2013 dates.

Jun 16, 2014 04:41 AM
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touchstoneQu
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Ugh, just brutal. "Basebal" in the title. Ten examples with the wrong date. Ninety percent of the copy invented and meaningless. And the concept had so much potential. What were the records of the teams during each stretch? Are any of these time periods meaningful? Are all "hottest team since" arbitrary and useless? How long does a team have to be "hot" before the media sees fit to mention it, and how long before it becomes a meme? Can we get a second shot at this from Sam? I'd gladly pretend this piece never existed...

Jun 16, 2014 05:23 AM
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Bryan Cole

Also, ending with a Blink 182 quote. What, couldn't find any Smash Mouth lyrics that fit?

Jun 16, 2014 05:58 AM
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BROTHERZIP

Lighten up, fellas. He screwed up the dates, yes, but this stuff is meant to be fun. The point is -- as any scoreboard operator knows -- you can make almost anyone look good if you look hard enough. I found this highly entertaining.

Jun 16, 2014 07:03 AM
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touchstoneQu

Sorry for being blunt. I agree "fun" is cool, and I love 95% of the pieces (which is why I subscribe). I'm also a big fan of Sam's, and his style. (Avid podcast listener.) Sometimes, tho', the quality of writing/editing dips...as a writer/editor myself, I get frustrated with that. Probably didn't express that diplomatically enough -- and I realize the 'Tubes are filled with more than enough negativity, my own small-spirited comments aren't really needed.

Jun 16, 2014 08:08 AM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

No problem, it was sloppy, the writing and the editing, and I both apologize for that and thank you for pointing out the problems so they could be fixed.

Jun 16, 2014 11:00 AM
 
caminante1

The Red Sox are 4-5 since June 8, how is that the best in baseball during that time?

Jun 16, 2014 10:37 AM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

I should have noted this, but the query was run Saturday night (except regarding the Rays), so the Red Sox were 4-3 since June 8 at the time, tied for best.

Jun 16, 2014 10:42 AM
 
BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

Or at least tied for most wins.

Jun 16, 2014 11:14 AM
 
faithdies

You shouldn't have fixed that title. It was totally fitting based on the point of the article, haha.

Jun 16, 2014 13:58 PM
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BP staff member Russell A. Carleton
BP staff

Glenallen Hill!

Jun 17, 2014 07:39 AM
 
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