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In the link to the Hansen play, the text says he was playing for Washington while the still photos show him in a Baltimore uniform.
The Rays have a fan base? Who knew?
Presumably, Hurdle was in the dugout managing the game, so how would he know how long the lines were at the concession stands?
Let me surmise: I think you meant that neither pitcher's outing could be summarized.
Lowest, not lost.
If one is described as "criminally underrated", does that mean he is underrated as a criminal or that underrating him should be a criminal offense? If it is the latter, what is the appropriate punishment?
In 1966, Larry Jaster of the Cardinals beat the NL champion Dodgers six times.
The rumbling sound in the Quackenbush video is rather ominous.
Probably because he doesn't use the phrase "hit tool".
If Argo keeps improving, maybe he'll win an Oscar.
I notice that the top five teams are all from the National League. Is this going to affect BP's annual devaluation of NL teams on the Hit List?
If Mauer's hit had been properly called a double, I think it's probable that the Yankees would have walked the next hitter to set up the double play and the inning would not have played out any differently.
Is there really someone named Rookie Davis?
What's notable is that, in most instances, deception is considered an acceptable, if not admirable, part of sports. For instance, recall Derek Jeter's phantom hit-by-pitch a few years back.
It looks like you can add Vitters and Brett Jackson to the list of Patterson, Pie, et al.
It seems to me that the real cost of high pitch counts is not so much what happens to the pitcher in his next start or his next few starts but, as happened with Santana, the increased chance that he will sustain a disabling injury.
Are foul balls considered balls in play?
What on earth is a horcrux?
Given that the penalties specified in the collective bargaining agreement are 50/100/lifetime, doesn't the imposition of a 162 game suspension (or the original 211 game ban) fall outside the acceptable guidelines?
Hellweg may have lost the game, but I doubt that he was absolutely obliterated.
To nitpick: it's impossible to play exactly 162 games and have a record of .250 because 162 is not evenly divisible by 4. The 1962 Mets, obviously the .250 team discussed in the essay, played 160 games, not 162. More importantly, it seems to me that expansion years should be omitted from the study because the new teams will have records far below .500 while the existing teams will reap the benefits of the extra wins.
Rollie Fingers should definitely be on the all corporeal All-Star team.
Which reminds me: there used to be a guy (back in the 80s) who called up sports talk shows in New York and posed this question: What do these players have in common: Rollie Fingers, Barry Foote, Bill Hands and Dick Allen?
New Jersey is the Garden State, not the Keystone State, which is Pennsylvania.
Cheating has long occupied an inglorious place in the history of baseball. The miracle comeback of the 1951 Giants may have been abetted by a confederate perched in the centerfield scoreboard relaying signs stolen from opposing catchers. Gaylord Perry is safely ensconced in the Hall of Fame despite owing much of his success to an illegal pitch. Teams routinely try to decode the signals given by third base coaches or figure out what pitches an opposing hurler is throwing.
With respect to the steroid users, and notwithstanding the difficulty of ascertaining who took what for how long, my standard would be what in the law is called the "but-for" test. If a prospective inductee into the Hall of Fame would have achieved the requisite level of success without resorting to steroids, he should be voted in; if not, he shouldn't. Using this standard, I would vote to admit Bonds, Clemens and A-Rod, while others such as Sosa, McGwire and Palmeiro may fall short. The problem with applying an amorphous term such as character is that it inevitably must include the player's life off the field. Would players get extra credit for visiting sick children in the hospital? Would they be docked for vices such as infidelity or unethical business dealings? There is no perfect way to apply a subjective standard, but determining whether the player would have qualified without PEDs seems to me to be the best we can do.
Roy Halliday? I thought it was Jerry Sandusky!
Robinson Cano is notorious for not running out ground balls, and he just signed a $240 million contract. So I don't think Baez has to worry.
1) A move by the Rays (or any other team) to New Jersey would not be a good idea. While there is a large population in the Garden State, most fans have already formed an allegiance to one of the existing teams, most likely the Yankees or Mets. It would take about 20 years for the newcomers to develop a sufficiently large fan base to make the move worthwhile. Additionally, no adequate facility presently exists, so where would the team play while a suitable facility is constructed? (I'm sure NJ taxpayers are giddy at the prospect of having to fund a new baseball stadium.)
2) With regard to the Giants/A's/San Jose situation, how about some attempt at a creative solution? Here's mine: the Giants allow the A's to move. In return, the A's agree to give the Giants 5% of their gross revenues for 15 years and first-round draft picks in their 5th, 10th and 15th years of operation in San Jose. This seems to me an arrangement that should satisfy both teams.
1) If a loss whereby a team squanders a lead is a heartbreaking loss, does the victorious team receive credit for a heartmending win?
2) If it rains the next day in Toronto, they merely close he roof.
These are all great (I watched the '85 Mets-Braves game to its conclusion) but someone should put in a word for the July 2, 1963 Braves-Giants duel between Warren Spahn and Juan Marichal. Willie Mays homered for the game's only run in the bottom of the 16th: both pitchers (Spahn was 42!) went all the way.
Who are Jim Halpert and Pam Beasley?
You know it's time to replace the hitting coach when the results of too many at-bats is "Habemus popup."
If Kazmir only pitched six innings, how could he have 19 whiffs?
The one and only time I attended a game in Montreal, they gave away aprons with the Expos' logo on them, which I still have. A sportula might go well with it.
This is a minor quibble, but one-sixth of the season is reached after 27 games, not 28. Just divide 162 by 6.
If the thesis about late games is correct, there should be many more fans, particularly young fans, on the West Coast than on the East coast. I have yet to se any evidence that that is true.
The U.S. population has increased by about 100 million in the last 50 years. I would think that accounts for much of the increase in MLB attendance.
The population has increased by about 100 million since 1960; I imagine that accounts for most of the increase in attendance.
The Space Needle is far from monumentally useless; it provides an identifying landmark for Seattle's skyline, which has probably enticed many people to actually visit the city. And on those infrequent days on which the skies are clear, it provides an excellent spot from which to view the city, the bay and the surrounding landscape.
The umpires don't have the benefit of frame-by-frame video review. They have to make split-second decisions.
I too think Jim Joyce got it right, which I was glad to see after he took so much grief for the missed call in the Armando Gallarraga would-have-been perfect game.
I can't believe no one noticed this milestone - article #20,000!
Santana threw a no-hitter, but not a perfect game.
The game in which Camp hit the homer is still the most amazing game I have ever seen.
R.I.P. Rick Camp.
Re Question 1: If the ball were travelling south, the pitcher would be throwing to first base, where it is unlikely to make contact with anything wooden. It is much more likely that the ball is travelling west and after contact heads east.
Any update on Wilson? Here it is almost July and he has yet to resurface.
This article could have used some serious editing.
Adding to this, in many instances, is the adjustment required of a foreign player who has to learn a new language and a new culture.
This is completely useless.
Regarding the acceptability of strikeouts, I think there's a big difference between a power hitter like Adam Dunn, Ryan Howard or even Mark Reynolds and Stubbs, whose game is built around speed. He's not going to hit 30-40 homers a year so he needs to put as many balls in play as possible.
With the mess the Rays' bullpen is, I think they should sign Wilson ASAP.
These are the same writers who voted Bonds MVP and Clemens Cy Young winner 7 times each.
With all the teams who have had bullpen problems, it's surprising that no one has taken a chance on Wilson.
ESPN ran a piece after the Super Bowl wherein they showed "Patriots Super Bowl Champs" shirts and hats being distributed to children in a poor Central American country (Honduras, I think) after the Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the Giants. Probably the same thing occurs with MLB nonwinners.
And to think, in 2005, BP didn't list Cano among the top 50 rookies.
A few quibbles:
3) How could the Orioles have been facing a 3-1 deficit in Game 6?
5) The Cubs made the playoffs in 1998. They didn't stay long for sure, but they were there.
6) Why was it improbable that Ortiz would get the winning hit in Game 5? He was the best hitter on the team.
Ron Washington's cocaine use was revealed in the spring of 2010, before the Rangers appeared in the World Series.
Should be Phillies at Giants.
I think the charts are reversed.
It's worth noting that in 1966 and 1967 there were only 10 teams in the league, and before that only 8. Cabrera accomplished his feat in a 14 team league. I believe that os the prior Triple Crowns, only Mickey Mantle in 1956 led both leagues.
If Selig & Co. ever want the WBC to be a truly relevant part of the sports culture, they will have to move it to June/July and suspend the regular season for two weeks as the NHL does with Olympic hockey. Having the tournament in March, when the dominant sporting event is the NCAA basketball tournament and players (especially pitchers) are working their way into shape, guarantees its irrelevance.
A similar scenario occurred in 1996 when San Diego and LA were tied going into the final game of the regular season. Both teams had already clinched playoff spots but neither could gain home field. The teams played the game like a spring training game, using reserves liberally (San Diego won). It ultimately was of no consequence as San Diego lost to St. Louis and LA lost to Atlanta.
So what you're saying is, Howard is kicking the shift out of other teams.
Get the f out of here.
I thought the difference between Torre and Stengel was that Torre spoke intelligible English.
The 1995 Braves won the 1-0 game at home.
A Poisson distribution? Sounds fishy to me!
Not being a math PhD, I found this article incomprehensible.
Maybe it's the Mike Tyson who played second base for the Cardinals and Cubs.
I think team analysis involving run differential would be more accurate if runaway scores were collapsed. Often, a team trailing by a large margin in the late innings will put in their worst reliever or even a position player to pitch. While there may be a significant difference between 3-2 and 7-2, there is not much difference between 7-2 and 12-2.
What does "edictatorial" mean?
A few years ago, the Mets playing the Nationals in DC. Runner on first, none out. The batter hits a line drive into short right field. The right fielder comes in on the ball and makes a diving catch.
The umpire, however, incorrectly rules that the ball was trapped. Good for the batting team (Mets), right? Not so.
The baserunner, who went part of the way to second and had an unobstructed view of the play, sees the catch made and goes back to first. The batter running to first sees the umpire's safe signal, thinks he has a hit and rounds first. He passes the retreating baserunner and is called out just before the runner takes of for second to eliminate the force. Upon arriving at second, the runner finds a fielder waiting with ball in glove and is tagged out. The Nationals thus get a double play because of a bad call that went against them!
My question is, how would a replay official have handled this situtation? The Mets would have been in the odd position of challenging a call that went in their favor.
Chad Ogea is the answer to the trivia question: Who is the last American League pitcher to win two games in the World Series for the losing team? He was the last pitcher overall until Cliff Lee did it in 2009.
He seems to favbor sliding head first into second, but feet first into third. It seems to me that sliding head first that many times is going to take a toll on his body.
Gallo would be wise to avoid Umberto's Clam House.
I think the reason the Angels delayed calling up Trout is because they wanted to delay the time when he would become a free agent. The Rays did the same thing with Longoria as did the Nationals with Harper. Whatever the competitive disadvantages that resulted, the teams involved may have saved millions of dollars.
What about having two teams merge? This was done some years ago in hockey (Cleveland merged with Minnesota with the combined team playing in Minnesota.) Would this be covered by the CBA?
Why not structure the deals so that the highest salary comes on the front end? Washington, for example, will be dealing with extensions for Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper at about the point when Werth's deal reaches its maximum. Obvioiusly, there would be more in the till if the Werth deal were more balanced.
Here's my solution:
1)Allow the A's to move to San Jose
2)Give the Giants 5% of the A's gross revenues for 15 years and 3 1st round draft picks, spaced five years apart.
SM T&A - sounds rather kinky!
Notre Dame turned out to be pretty good in 2012 - as did the A's.
Interesting that two of the fallers have had PED issues.
So what you're saying is, Odor doesn't stink.
Those maps lok like they were done by someone on a really bad acid trip.
I'll bet your
sentiments would be different today.
Scott Van Slyke, not Andy.
Great to hear the voice of the ageless Dick Enberg.
My first day back at college (Notre Dame) for my junior year was September 2, 1972. I got my TV out of the storage where I had kept it during the summer, plugged it in and started watching the Olympics. At one comercial break, I switched to the Cubs-Padres game on WGN. To my astonishment, Milt Pappas was pitching a perfect game in the 8th inning.
At this point, I abandoned Munich for the events unfolding at Wrigley Field. Pappas made it through the eighth unscathed; then the first batter in the ninth lifted a harmless fly to center. Center fielder Bill North took one step toward the ball and promptly fell flat on his face. It looked as though Pappas' perfect game was doomed until Billy Williams game sprinting from left field to catch the ball inches from the ground.
Pappas retired the next hitter on a grounder to short, and now only pinch hitter Larry Stahl stood between him and a perfect game. He got ahead 1-2, then missed on a close pitch for ball two, and then another to run the count full.
Forty years later, this is still the most suspense I have ever felt watching a baseball game.
Pappas threw his 3-2 pitch on the edge of the outside corner, or did he? Umpire Bruce Froemming, in the second of what would become a 37-year career, said ball four. And even though Pappas induced a popout from the 28th hitter, this was one time when a no-hitter felt like a letdown.
I'll never forget Matt Williams being called out on strikes in Game 6 of the 1997 ALCS and mouthing "no f***ing way."
Don't forgetpark effects: do the expectorations travel in the thin air of Colorado as opposed to the heavy air of San Diego, e.g.
The answer was quite a bit:24 games.
If Carpenter pans out, will you be on top of the world? Seems to me we've only just begun to explore this.
After throwing 99 pitches, I'm surprised Valentine had the energy to make it to the mound to take the pitcher out.
Cespedes should get some 3rd place MVP votes. His slugging has fueled the As second-half surge. Certainly he has had far less help than Cano.
Storied franchise? More like horror stories.
Milwaukee pretty much did that with CC Sabathia in 2008.
Is anything ever "on the charts"? Come to think of it, where exactly are those charts located?
Please - abolition, not abolishment.
Is there a Western Mennonite University?
Brosius' homer in Game 5 tied the game in the ninth inning. The Yankees won the game in the eleventh.
What's with the different font?
Selig will never force the Wilpons to sell.
Jews stick together.
The season is 182 days long, not 172.
Pittsburgh may be in the Central Division, but it's in the Eastern time zone.
Re #4; Cole Hamels would agree.
That's a clown comment, bro.
With the mustache and those sideburns, Jaffe looks like he just arrived via a time warp from the 70s. All that's missing is a leisure suit!
How long before he gets the nickname "Twirling Darvish"?
A mirror image is the opposite of something, not something that is similar or identical.
In the late 70s, the Cubs appointed a man named Saltwell as GM. What were "Salty's" (as the press inevitably dubbed him) credentials? Was he a savvy former player? Was he a veteran scout with years of experience searching for talent? Was he someone who had slowly climbed the ranks of management, demonstrating his baseball acumen along the way?
No, no and no.
Saltwell had been the team's business manager. He had done a good enough job keeping the team's books that owner Phil Wrigley gave him the top job. That's right, Wrigley hired a bookkeeper as GM! While this speaks well of Wrigley as a boss, a man who would promote a loyal employee, it explains why someone like George Steinbrenner won multiple championships while Wrigley won none.
At his first press conference as GM, Saltwell was asked what the team would do for a left-handed reliever. He replied that he thought Mike Garman could fill the role. Only one problem: Garman was a right-hander.
And so it goes.
Guillen may be verbose, but he's certainly not eloquent.
Cabrera's hit was a single, not a double. If i recall correctly, the first Brave to score on the hit was Terry Pendleton, not David Justice.
The foul territory in Oakland is immense. Even people sitting the first few rows are a long way from the field, certainly farther away than in any other ballpark. The foul out is probably the most boring play in baseball.
Here's my solution. Allow the A's to move to San Jose, but stipulate that they have to give the Giants 5% of their gross revenues for 20 years. If the Giants don't like it, tough. Selig can invoke the best interests of the game power that he possesses.
I hope he was wearing a cup during that BP session.
What is the longest losing streak by one team in a city?
Cleveland an extreme pitchers park? Not according to BP2011 (three year park factor of 99, which would make it a neutral park.)
Has anyone actually ever seen a cat on one of the catwalks? If not, why do they call them that?
1) If George Davis' career ended in 1907, I doubt he played many games at night.
2) The headline says Sam Crawford's WARP was 57.7, but the writeup gives it as 76.6. What gives?
Re the PTBNL: In the early 60's, the Mets traded a catcher named Harry Chiti to the Reds for a PTBNL, who turned out to be... Harry Chiti!
I'm glad to know the Hit List is returning. I missed it when it was abruptly removed in the middle of last season. Not only was the writing pithy and clever, it provided a window into all 30 teams that was hard to find elsewhere.
Pedro Feliciano, not Jose. Jose's connection to baseball consisted of singing the National Anthem before one of the 1968 World Series games in Detroit.
The Devil has been exorcised. They're just the Rays now.
I'd be more supportive of Cuban if he learned how to dress and stopped wearing team jerseys that make him look like an overgrown tenager.
Whatever happened to Hayden Simpson?
You say that in 1948 Philadelphia was 65-43, then went 29-27 the rest of the way. This would have given them a final record of 94-70, which comes to 164 games, ten more than they actually played.
The table lists Wellemeyer's debut as occurring in 2001. The article refers to Dusty Baker as having been the Cubs' manager.
Something is wrong here. Baker didn't become the Cubs' manager until 2003.
A dangling participle and two typos - just in the first paragraph!
Shouldn't the Wallace/Fielder analogy be reversed? Seems to me the Titanic got the worst of it.
2011 might be known as the year of the Great Red Sox collapse - how prescient!
Should the 10-5 provision be known as the Santo Clause?
Getting both Jerry and Scott in the same column - that's what I call a good Hair(ston) day.
When I was at Notre Dame in the 70s, we didn't have a film major. The closest we had was Communication Arts, which encompassed writing and visual media such as magazine layouts.
Tino Martinez did not hit a walkoff solo shot in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series. He hit a two-run homer off Kim in the ninth inning to tie the game (as did Scott Brosius in Game 5). Derek Jeter won the game with a blast in extra innings.
56 years, not 58.
What's up with the change in fonts?
Why does this article have a diffferent font than the other BP articles?
I believe the decision was 6-3, not 5-3. Or, in baseball terms, the third baseman cut in front of the shortstop and threw the man out at first.
What is kemelcy?
Ian Kennedy is a right-hander, not a left-hander.
In the interest of full disclosure, here is the Santa/Tiger Woods joke:
Q. What is the difference between Santa and Tiger Woods?
A. Santa stopped at 3 hos.
Whenever I read about these flashes in the pan, I'm reminded of Bill Rohr, whose debut for the 1967 Red Sox was an almost no-hitter at Yankee Stadium that was broken up by Elston Howard with two outs in the ninth, after Carl Yastrzemski made a spectacular catch on a ball hit by Tom Tresh leading off the ninth. I believe Rohr won two more games for the Sox before returning for good to the minors. He reappeared briefly with Detroit but never again came close to his flirtation with history. Ironically, Howard was dealt to Boston later that season and became part of their drive to the AL pennant.
Not all whites are Caucasians; in fact, very few are. Caucasians are people whose ancestry derives from the region of the Caucasus: Georgians, Armenians and the like.
Social anxiety disorder? That's SAD.
What's really interesting about those WXRL numbers is that Mariano Rivera's best season ranks no better than 24th, behind such immortals as Aurelio Lopez and Doug Corbett.
Putting a team in Connecticut would be a very bad idea. People there have already formed their allegiances, usually to either the Yankees or the Red Sox. One of the main problems the two Florida teams have had is that the state has so many transplants who continue to root for the teams they did before they came to Florida. Population alone does not consitute a fan base.
A well-conditioned professional athlete ought to be able to sprint 30 yards without falling apart.
I don't know why the idea of using Cliff Lee in relief in Game 7 would have been so outlandish. Randy Johnson did it in 2001 the day after starting, whereas Lee would have had two days rest. If there had been a Game 7, and had it been close, given the state of the Philly bullpen I would have been surprised not to see Lee used.
In all probability, Kubel would have been walked intentionally to set up a double play and the inning would have proceeded without any difference.
I don't think you can compare the current three-tiered playoff system with the days when the World Series was the only postseason series.