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Joe Panik is the first player in major league history to hit a home run in consecutive 1-0 victories by his team.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 31 March 2018 07:31 (one year ago) link

today's cubs-reds tilt will, weather permitting, feature the first-ever tyler vs tyler matchup (chatwood and mahle)

there have been 451 total starts by tylers; the first was by tyler greene in 1993

mookieproof, Monday, 2 April 2018 15:56 (one year ago) link

I would like to unsubscribe from Tyler facts

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 2 April 2018 17:44 (one year ago) link

Cardinals/Brewers tonight was the first game in MLB history to start and end with back-to-back homers

frogbs, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 04:06 (one year ago) link

Didi Gregorious set the Yankee record for RBI in a game with 8 - 6 had been done 4 times before.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 17:21 (one year ago) link

Christian Villanueva hit 3 homeruns in his 14th career game. Jarrett Parker did the same in 2015 and only the immortal Bobby Estalella did it earlier, in his 10th game in 1997.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 17:24 (one year ago) link

From the Washington Post:
Ohtani is the first player to win as a starting pitcher, then start and homer as a non-pitcher in his next game in the same season since Babe Ruth in 1921, according to STATS LLC. He is also the first player with four hits, a home run and a win in his first six games since Boston’s Wes Ferrell in 1937, and the first rookie with at least three hits and a win in his first six games since Dutch Stryker of the 1924 Boston Braves.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 17:25 (one year ago) link

Mets pitchers have struck out 82, an all-time MLB record for the first 7 games of a season.

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 April 2018 00:43 (one year ago) link

(for clemenza, that'd be 1898 over a full year)

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 April 2018 00:46 (one year ago) link

Along with his 0-for-7, five-strikeout performance in Sunday's loss, Stanton went hitless and posted five strikeouts in his Yankees home debut on Tuesday.

That marked the first time in the live-ball era that a player went hitless with five strikeouts in two games in the same season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Stanton also became the third player in the past 100 seasons to post multiple five-strikeout games in a season.

mookieproof, Monday, 9 April 2018 00:53 (one year ago) link

the san jose giants' previous cycle was in 2009; last night two of them did it

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:48 (one year ago) link

that has never happened in the majors and doesn't *seem* to have previously happened in the minors

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:08 (one year ago) link

Noticed at lunch that the Royals had four players with matching 1st & 2nd initials. All-time record in our db (s.1908) is the 1998 Cubs with 6 in this game.

Brant Brown,Sammy Sosa,Gary Gaetti,Scott Servais,Mickey Morandini,Mike Morgan

— Sean Forman (@sean_forman) April 20, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 20 April 2018 17:46 (one year ago) link

happy 4/20 mookie!

Van Horn Street, Friday, 20 April 2018 18:50 (one year ago) link

the red sox have more grand slams (five) than the white sox, royals or reds have wins

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:26 (one year ago) link

Ronald Acuña Jr. and @albiesozzie97 are the youngest teammates to homer in the same game since 1978 when Glenn Hubbard and Bob Horner also did it for the @Braves … against the #Reds.

— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 26, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 26 April 2018 18:02 (one year ago) link

Damn, just when I managed to quit liking the barves.

WilliamC, Thursday, 26 April 2018 18:11 (one year ago) link

dan plesac's nephew threw a 74-pitch shutout in the minors yesterday

mookieproof, Monday, 7 May 2018 15:42 (one year ago) link

kris bryant hit his 100th mlb home run exactly three years to the day after hitting his first mlb home run

na (NA), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 18:39 (one year ago) link

orioles had 13 hits and were shut out in a nine-inning game today

- that had never happened before in orioles team history (they did have 13 hits in a 1-0, 15-inning loss at cleveland on 5/14/1961)

- red sox had never (since at least 1908) allowed that many hits in a shutout

- last time it happened: the dodgers had 13 hits in a 5-0 loss to the phillies on 8/25/2008. no word on how many times it's happened, but i suspect not very many

mookieproof, Monday, 21 May 2018 01:55 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Kole Calhoun is the first 'qualified' hitter to have an all-sub-.200 slash line this late in the season since 1963.

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 02:57 (one year ago) link

Since Corey Kluber last walked a batter, there have been 3,067 walks issued in the big leagues.

mookieproof, Friday, 15 June 2018 13:57 (one year ago) link

austin bibens-dirkx and isiah kiner-falefa of the rangers will reportedly form major league baseball's first-ever hyphenated battery tonight

mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 21:36 (one year ago) link

All the starters who allowed 10+ ER but did not get a loss (add #RedSox Steven Wright to this list after tonight):@bradfo @ChrisCotillo

— Gary Marbry (@nuggetpalooza) June 23, 2018

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:08 (one year ago) link

ralph branca!

Karl Malone, Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:41 (one year ago) link

Wes Ferrell TWICE

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:50 (one year ago) link

From @EliasSports via @SlangsOnSports: Jerry Blevins is the 2nd pitcher in the Modern Era (Since 1900) to allow HR to the 1st 2 batters he faced in his 1st career MLB start. The other was Don Hendrickson on July 6, 1945 for the the Boston Braves against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 24, 2018

mookieproof, Sunday, 24 June 2018 20:12 (one year ago) link

I don’t know anything about him,but Jerry Blevins is exactly the kind of name of someone who gives up 2 HRs to start their career

Karl Malone, Sunday, 24 June 2018 20:19 (one year ago) link

he's 34 years old and had already pitched in 532 games, just never before as a starter

and apparently they only told him about it last night, because mets

mookieproof, Sunday, 24 June 2018 21:56 (one year ago) link

well, in fairness they only disabled Vargas last night and had... no one.

On April 13, the Mets had the best record in baseball (11-1) and the Reds had the worst (2-11). Today, the Reds passed the Mets in winning percentage.

— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) June 24, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 25 June 2018 02:14 (one year ago) link

last night the dodgers' caleb ferguson entered the game with a 16-run lead and earned his first career save

the record, however, is for a 27-run differential.

mookieproof, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 15:36 (one year ago) link

In Toronto, we call a 16-run save a "Biagini."

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 15:44 (one year ago) link

I'm watching the Netflix romantic comedy Set It Up with my wife. At one point, the characters go to a Red Sox/Yankees game, and the announcer says that Andrew Benintendi is at bat, but it is clearly not Andrew Benintendi (the batter is not white). But then later they announce Aaron Hicks and it is Aaron Hicks. A trivial occurrence in 2018.

na (NA), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 02:57 (one year ago) link

this was discussed on the Effectively Wild podcast, as are most baseball in movies/TV fuckups.

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 05:57 (one year ago) link

today the twins won a game without making any plays at first base on defense (no assists or putouts)
6th time since 2000

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 06:06 (one year ago) link

via BP's Stacey Gotsulias:

The Pirates swept a doubleheader Saturday. Perhaps the biggest key to the sweep: Starling Marte and Polanco hit back-to-back home runs in both games.

They are only the third pair of teammates in MLB history—and second pair of Pirates—to accomplish this feat, and it has been over 50 years since it last happened. The other Pirates were Frank Thomas (not that one) and Dick Groat in 1957. Eleven years later, teammates Sal Bando and Reggie Jackson did it for the Athletics.

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 July 2018 13:57 (one year ago) link

today in the dominican summer league:

the pirates 1 (they have two teams) out-hit their opponents 21-8, drew nine walks, went 13-for-33 with runners in scoring position . . . and lost, in nine innings, 14-13. the other team had only 36 at-bats in total

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:08 (one year ago) link

baseball is a weird game

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:10 (one year ago) link

the only winning move is not to play

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:13 (one year ago) link

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:19 (one year ago) link

matt carpenter +

The only other player in Major League history to hit 3 home runs and 2 doubles in a game is Kris Bryant (June 27, 2016). #stlcards

— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 20, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 20 July 2018 21:07 (one year ago) link

nerds are unhappy that it won't continue

Yes, the Cardinals have this game well in hand (it's 15-1), but in the history of Major League Baseball no one has ever had 20 total bases in a game. Matt Carpenter had 16 with at least one (and maybe two) more ABs. And he was pulled.

— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) July 20, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 20 July 2018 21:19 (one year ago) link

his spot in the order came up while victor caratini was pitching, too!

Karl Malone, Friday, 20 July 2018 22:01 (one year ago) link

of course, this enables matt carpenter to end the story with "and i have to say...if i would have had one more chance, i'm pretty sure i would have broken the record that day"

Karl Malone, Friday, 20 July 2018 22:02 (one year ago) link

just dreaming about matt carpenter continuing to be amazing and winning the mvp, and realizing he didn't make the all-star team! are there examples of MVPs who didn't make the all-star team? probably there are more than i realize.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 22 July 2018 01:58 (one year ago) link

(yep, there are a bunch. no spoilers in case people want to guess, but

Karl Malone, Sunday, 22 July 2018 01:59 (one year ago) link

a hint: several of the examples are also prominent examples of players who shouldn't have won an MVP award

Karl Malone, Sunday, 22 July 2018 02:00 (one year ago) link

another trivial thing that i can't immediately find: who leads the league in getting picked off? (guessing tommy pham)

Karl Malone, Sunday, 22 July 2018 02:08 (one year ago) link


Harper is the anti-Davis, "tied as the third most volatile hitter ever over a five-year period."

clemenza, Sunday, 22 July 2018 23:17 (one year ago) link

#Orioles' Hanser Alberto entered today with the fourth-best batting average in the American League, but he was outslugging only one of the league's other top 50 hitters. Guess which one? Miguel Cabrera. (h/t @JoeTrezz)

— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) June 26, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 19:37 (one month ago) link

From @EliasSports: Over his last 10 games, DJ LeMahieu is batting .537 (22 for 41) with 16 runs scored and 18 RBIs. LeMahieu is the first Yankees player since Mickey Mantle in May 1955 to have at least a .500 batting average, 15 runs and 15 RBIs over a 10-game span.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 30, 2019

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Sunday, 30 June 2019 06:18 (one month ago) link

Per SNY, since 1935, only Wade Boggs and Joe DiMaggio had more hits in their first 500 official MLB at-bats than Jeff McNeil.
And he would have tied Joe D. if not for that Urshela play.

— Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) July 4, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 July 2019 18:05 (one month ago) link

Has a team ever batted around twice or more in one inning? If so, has anyone ever made all three outs in one inning? (I'm watching the CHC-PIT game on too little sleep and these things come to me.)

Manfred Hemming-Hawing (WmC), Saturday, 13 July 2019 19:00 (one month ago) link

it never even occurred to me that it might be the pirates who were doing the batting around

speaking of which, jordan lyles' teams are about to fall to 0-16 in games he has started in july

mookieproof, Saturday, 13 July 2019 19:23 (one month ago) link

the Gurriel bros have put on quite a show over the last 30 days, 22 HR in something like 190 at bats.

omar little, Sunday, 14 July 2019 23:12 (one month ago) link

Brandon Crawford: 4-for-5, 3 R, 6 RBI

Mike Yastrzemski: 4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI

The last Giants teammates to have at least 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 RBI in the same game:

Barry Bonds and Matt Williams on April 18, 1993, vs. the Braves at Candlestick Park.

— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) July 15, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 15 July 2019 20:54 (one month ago) link

Travis D'Arnaud is the first catcher in MLB history to have a 3-HR game out of the leadoff spot in the batting order

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) July 16, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 15:21 (one month ago) link

This is the second time in franchise history the Rays have hit back-to-back HR to start a game.

The other time was June 15, 1998, when Quinton McCracken and Wade Boggs went deep off the Blue Jays' Woody Williams to start a game in Tampa.

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) July 18, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 July 2019 20:34 (one month ago) link

crazy to think boggs was playing in 98!!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 18 July 2019 20:50 (one month ago) link

keston hiura is the first brewers rookie to win a player of the week award

mookieproof, Monday, 22 July 2019 19:24 (one month ago) link

The #SFGiants are now the first MLB team in the live-ball era to win six extra-inning games in a 10-game span (via @StatsBySTATS).

— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) July 27, 2019

mookieproof, Saturday, 27 July 2019 07:45 (four weeks ago) link

appalachian league pitcher struck out five in one inning last night

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 August 2019 18:18 (three weeks ago) link

haha whut? dropped third strikes i guess?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 1 August 2019 18:26 (three weeks ago) link

i think it was more guys swinging at wild pitches, but yeah. last happened in the minors in 2014

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 August 2019 18:51 (three weeks ago) link

Nelson Cruz has three home runs today for the second time in his past eight games or something. Is that a record?

he won't make the HOF but he's a beast.

omar little, Sunday, 4 August 2019 03:07 (three weeks ago) link

I'd argue 6 games as he was benched during the NL-rules Marlins series.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 4 August 2019 05:37 (three weeks ago) link

the juiced ball is starting to give me some sympathy for the PED-era HR champs. if MLB itself is going to shatter the record books by juicing, that kind of makes mark mcgwire a.... pioneer?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 4 August 2019 09:45 (three weeks ago) link

Bo Bichette is already past 10% of the way to his dad's career bWAR total!

omar little, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 21:03 (two weeks ago) link

wow his dad's 1999 season is stunning

.298/.354/.541, 34 homers, 133 RBI, -2.3 bWAR, -2.1 fWAR

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

Bichette and Cruz both on this chart (highest % of HR hit after 30):

clemenza, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 23:14 (two weeks ago) link

This is the 4th time this season that Lourdes and Yuli Gurriel have homered on the same day.

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) August 7, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 18:37 (two weeks ago) link

Bo Bichette has an extra-base hit in nine consecutive games, which hasn’t been accomplished by a rookie since 1939.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 August 2019 18:27 (two weeks ago) link

...esp if you read the Toronto thread

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 August 2019 18:29 (two weeks ago) link

we literally won't shut up about it!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 9 August 2019 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

Rafael Devers is the only player since 1908 to have a 6-hit, 4-double game

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) August 14, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 14:36 (one week ago) link

nolan ryan's career total: 5,417

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:41 (one week ago) link

there was some stat the other night about how Sale is like 9th on the all-time list of pitchers with 10-strikeout games. something like 75 games. the leader was Ryan with 200+

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:43 (one week ago) link

he was not a good pitcher til he was around 35

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:45 (one week ago) link

i mean *really* good

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:46 (one week ago) link

Sale does have a chance to be the fifth guy to 4,000--he'd need eight more seasons of 250. Not a great chance, but a decent one. Scherzer, less of a chance I'd say (2,638, age 34); Kershaw, no chance (2,406, age 31--but he just barely cracked 200 once since 2015).

clemenza, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:53 (one week ago) link

ronald acuña is the eighth player to hit 60 homers before turning 22

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:02 (one week ago) link

What a list--3 x 500+, 2 x 600+, Trout, Acuna, and a guy with really bad luck (who undoubtedly would have hit 500 otherwise heading out of the pitcher-dominated '60s).

clemenza, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:37 (one week ago) link

Soto has a shot to hit 60 before turning 21 (he's on pace for 56 career HR by end of season, he turns 21 in October).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:44 (one week ago) link

those dudes are so good. Acuna has got to be making a late run for MVP consideration at this point too; clearly still a tier below Belli and Yeli but the voters always like a guy on a contender who turns it on in the last couple months...

omar little, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:00 (one week ago) link

voters do like them, which is why no one needs to care about awards

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:02 (one week ago) link

speaking of which

Juan Soto hit his 25th HR of the year yesterday. He's the 11th player in MLB history to hit 25+ in a season before age-21

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) August 14, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 21:07 (one week ago) link

I'm projecting him at 34 for the year which would put him on pace for #4 on that list.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 21:32 (one week ago) link

Mat Albers just threw 11 straight balls in a one-run save situation and still somehow got the save

dunno if that's significant but it feels like it belongs here

frogbs, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 22:04 (one week ago) link

(xpost) We always talk about small sample sizes, but when linked to age, it's amazing how strong that list is. Again, it's active players (one of whom is again Trout), the special case of Conigliaro, and seven HOF'ers after that (only one of whom, Cepeda, isn't inner circle)...well, okay, there's the technicality of A-Rod. But the point stands.

clemenza, Thursday, 15 August 2019 01:15 (one week ago) link

Posnanski has spent the last month obsessing over a streak whereby at least one player in either league has a two-homer game. Last night the streak hit 31 days, an all-time record.

clemenza, Thursday, 15 August 2019 13:54 (one week ago) link

The Braves beat the Marlins 5-0 without hitting any singles or doubles, the 4th time they've done that in team history if I heard right. One triple and two homers.

The Chronicles of Ermagerd (WmC), Thursday, 22 August 2019 02:09 (three days ago) link

Saturday, the Tigers became the first team ever to strike out 24 times in a game without a walk. And they became the first team to ever have six players strike out at least three times in one game, confirmed by @EliasSports. #quirkjians

— Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) August 21, 2019

Andy K, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:12 (three days ago) link

in their last six games, the pirates have scored one run before the eighth inning

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:23 (three days ago) link

Per B-Ref, the Angels are now on pace to become the first modern-era team to have zero pitchers reach 100 IP, and the second modern-era team to not have a pitcher make 20 starts (1919 Phillies).

— Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb (@simon_shargot) August 22, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 August 2019 07:54 (two days ago) link

Mets have struck out 26 in the first 14 innings of tonight's game (and it may not be over) -- ties ML record it seems

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 August 2019 03:42 (yesterday) link

Jacob deGrom accomplished the exceptionally rare feat of hitting a home run and striking out at least 13 batters in the same game for the second time this season. He is the first player to ever accomplish the feat twice in his career.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:34 (yesterday) link

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