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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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

(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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

happy 4/20 mookie!

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

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) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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

WilliamC, Thursday, 26 April 2018 18:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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

mookieproof, Monday, 7 May 2018 15:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

ralph branca!

Karl Malone, Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

Wes Ferrell TWICE

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 15:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

baseball is a weird game

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

the only winning move is not to play

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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

Karl Malone, Friday, 20 July 2018 22:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

Karl Malone, Sunday, 22 July 2018 01:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink


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 (eight months ago) Permalink

b-ref dude ftw

Lowest batter/pitcher number combination for a walkoff home run. Note we don't have pbp for every home run, so this isn't definitive. (cc:@jaysonst)

— Sean Forman (@sean_forman) September 20, 2018

in the thread he also lists highest number combo plus tallest/shortest/youngest/oldest combos lol

mookieproof, Thursday, 20 September 2018 16:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

turk wendell references are always good

mookieproof, Thursday, 20 September 2018 16:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

Clevinger is likely to get 200 Ks this season, he's four away. That would give Cleveland four 200 K pitchers. does that tie a record or set a record? I'm sure it's been done before at some point.

omar little, Friday, 21 September 2018 16:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

just randomly checking, the 90s braves never got close. a few teams had *two* 200 K pitchers in '68 and '69

wouldn't be surprised at all if it's a record -- there just haven't been strikeouts on this scale before

mookieproof, Friday, 21 September 2018 16:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

the 90s braves

yeah, as dominant as maddux was, he only reached 200 strkekouts once (1998, with 204)

Karl Malone, Friday, 21 September 2018 16:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

found this from baseball roundtable, a 2014 article:

With the recent “feel-good” publicity surrounding pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, BBRT took time to reflect on some unique accomplishments involving major league batteries – specifically looking at teams that could boast 200-strikeout performances by three pitchers in the same season. It’s only happened three times in major history, and the nine hurlers involve make up a pretty diverse bunch:

Five have at least one MLB no-hitter on their resume, with two of those having fashioned multiple no-hit games;
One is on a streak of five consecutive 200+ strikeout seasons, while five notched only one (well-timed for this list) 200+ strikeout seasons in their careers;
One was only the eighth rookie to notch 200+ whiffs, and never came close to the mark again in a 14-season MLB career;
One won sixteen consecutive Gold Gloves, while another is one of only eight pitchers to capture the Cy Young Award and league MVP in the same season;
One threw 17 no-hitters in high school (while racking up a 52-1 won-lost record);
One celebrated his eighteenth birthday by making his first major league start and striking out Willie Mays to end his first major league inning;
One is one of only two pitchers to strikeout four batters in a single post-season inning;
Four, at one time, led their league in wild pitches, including one who led his league in wild pitches and hit batters two consecutive years.

1967 Minnesota Twins: Dean Chance (220 Ks), Jim Kaat (211), Dave Boswell (204).
1969 Astros: Don Wilson (235), Larry Dierker (222), Tom Griffin (200).
2013 Tigers: Max Scherzer (240), Justin Verlander (217), Anibel Sanchez (202).

omar little, Friday, 21 September 2018 17:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

Most consecutive quality starts in a season, MLB history:

1. Jacob deGrom, 23
2-t. Bob Gibson, 22
2-t. Chris Carpenter, 22

— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 22, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 September 2018 14:52 (six months ago) Permalink


illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:06 (six months ago) Permalink

re: the number of 200 K pitchers on one team, there's likely going to be another team with three 200 K guys this season: Houston w/Cole (272), Verlander (269), and Morton almost there (195.) Pittsburgh must be wondering what they were doing wrong with Gerrit and Charlie.

omar little, Saturday, 22 September 2018 20:18 (six months ago) Permalink

v. excited to see glasnow join them

mookieproof, Saturday, 22 September 2018 21:27 (six months ago) Permalink

matt carpenter, in 677 plate appearances, did not hit into a double play this season

NL player with the most PA who also did not hit into a double play is ryan mcmahon (202 PA)

mookieproof, Monday, 1 October 2018 16:27 (six months ago) Permalink

that's crazy, especially because carpenter is pretty slow and he's usually hitting into a shift

Karl Malone, Monday, 1 October 2018 16:34 (six months ago) Permalink

although i guess the shift usually isn't on with runners on base, nm

Karl Malone, Monday, 1 October 2018 16:34 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Below is one of Frank Thomas's batting splits from his 1993 MVP season.

In one case, .367 with 33 HR, for a 1.251 OPS.
In the rest, .259 with 8 HR, for a 0.796 OPS.

What's the split? New post:

— Phil Birnbaum (@PhilBirnbaum) January 16, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 18:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Ken Griffey Sr. had a bWAR of 15.8 from his age 30 season to his age 40 season (and then he played one more year and gained another 0.3 in WAR)

Ken Griffey Jr. had a bWAR of 13.1 from his age 30 season to his age 40 season (and then retired)

omar little, Thursday, 17 January 2019 07:23 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Cool stat of the day: Max Schezer and Jacob deGrom both have 10 strikeouts so far, the first time opposing starters have double-digit K's on Opening Day since 1970, when Sam McDowell and Dave McNally did it for the Indians and Orioles. (Also the only...

— David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) March 28, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 March 2019 18:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Rocco Baldelli is the first MLB manager to be born in the (19)80's.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 28 March 2019 19:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

george springer did *not* lead off the astros season with a homer for the third straight year

but he did homer in his second at-bat

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

.@tatis_jr is the youngest player to have a multi-hit game on #OpeningDay since Robin Yount in 1975.

— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) March 28, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 March 2019 21:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

meanwhile, vladimir hones his game in extended spring training

Karl Malone, Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

history wd thank u for making a nu thred

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 March 2019 00:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

mookie, it's up to you. my job here is to react to the trivia and then make really dumb jokes about it

Karl Malone, Friday, 29 March 2019 00:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Allow me to interrupt:

Today's opening day 47 HRs eclipses the previous record of 46 HRs set in 1999.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 29 March 2019 02:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

how many 'opening days' have had all the teams playing?

mookieproof, Friday, 29 March 2019 02:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Scherzer/deGrom were the first Opening Day starters since McNally/McDowell in 1970 to both strike out 10.

Home runs and strikeouts, sounds familiar.

clemenza, Friday, 29 March 2019 03:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Eight HRs by the Dodgers set a new team opening day record.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Friday, 29 March 2019 11:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

now out of date, but

Dodgers have scored 49 runs this year. Giants have 50 total bases.

— Sam Miller (@SamMillerBB) April 3, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 04:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Per @EliasSports, Chris Iannetta becomes the first Rockies player to record the game-winning RBI in 1-0 Rockies wins three different times. Has done it on a HR each time. He is the third active player to have three or more home runs in 1-0 wins (N. Walker, 4; J. Upton, 3).

— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) April 3, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 21:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The #Cubs lead the Majors in:

BA (.307) & OBP (.398)


Opponent BA (.303) & OBP (.417)

— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 5, 2019

na (NA), Friday, 5 April 2019 20:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Shane Greene becomes first player since MLB recognized the save statistic 50 years ago to record seven saves in team's first 10 games.

— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 7, 2019

Andy K, Sunday, 7 April 2019 19:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Chris Davis now holds the all time hitless record - 49 consecutive at bats going back to last year

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 18:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Chris Davis is due

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 18:59 (one week ago) Permalink

to retire

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 22:17 (one week ago) Permalink

dear Baltimore Orioles, I will CRUSH this record, hire me

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 23:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Put it in the record books—the Mariners have hit a home run in 1️⃣5️⃣ straight games to start the season. 💥

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 11, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:32 (one week ago) Permalink

if dee gordon hits a home run and nobody is in the stands to see it, does it count for runs

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boot Edge Edge" (Will M.), Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Mitch Garver is leading off tonight for the Twins. He's the first Twins catcher to bat leadoff in a game since Butch Wynegar in 1980.

— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) April 15, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 15 April 2019 20:39 (six days ago) Permalink

I'm going to go by memory here and not check this first: in my mind, Wynegar and Wockenfuss were both considered fast for catchers?

clemenza, Monday, 15 April 2019 23:07 (six days ago) Permalink

15 career SB between them, so maybe not...(They did total 26 triples).

clemenza, Monday, 15 April 2019 23:10 (six days ago) Permalink

i had a memory of Carlton Fisk having had a season w/a lot of triples and he did, he led the AL in triples with 9 in his rookie season. weirdly he also stole 17(!) bases in 1985, tying a career high. this was the same season he hit a career high 37 home runs, all at age 37. I remember him being slow, but i may also be mixing it up with how long he took to take a single AB. considering the length of his career behind the dish i suspect he was just a more elite athlete than he appeared to be.

omar little, Monday, 15 April 2019 23:27 (six days ago) Permalink

I think I was getting my '70s W-catchers mixed up: it was John Wathan who stole all the bases (seasonal high of 36, 105 in 860 career games).

clemenza, Monday, 15 April 2019 23:56 (six days ago) Permalink

i don't know where else to put these random bits of info regarding future 3,000 career hit possibilities:

there are currently four active players with over 2,000 hits:

Pujols - 3,093
Cabrera - 2,692
Cano - 2,484
Markakis - 2,256

Pujols and Cabrera look like toast, Cano is 36 and may very well be (that K rate is presently a bit worrisome for him), and the best player out of that group now appears to be Markakis. I'd be surprised if he's able to get enough playing time to reach 3k, he's in that "Mark Grace with the Arizona Diamondbacks" phase of his career.

the list of active players at least halfway there with 1,500+ career hits is this:

Ian Kinsler (14, 37) - 1,951
Melky Cabrera (15, 34) - 1,874
Yadier Molina (16, 36) - 1,865
Adam Jones (14, 33) - 1,836
Hanley Ramirez (15, 35) - 1,834
Ryan Braun (13, 35) - 1,814
Dustin Pedroia (14, 35) - 1,805
Matt Kemp (14, 34) - 1,778
Curtis Granderson (16, 38) - 1,749
Ryan Zimmerman (15, 34) - 1,749
Joey Votto (13, 35) - 1,742
Edwin Encarnacion (15, 36) - 1,723
Hunter Pence (13, 36) - 1,709
Andrew McCutchen (11, 32) - 1,625
Howie Kendrick (14, 35) - 1,617
Justin Upton (12, 31) - 1,604
Evan Longoria (12, 33) - 1,602
Nelson Cruz (15, 38) - 1,590
Elvis Andrus (11, 30) - 1,585
Asdrubal Cabrera (13, 33) - 1,543
Ben Zobrist (14, 38) - 1,540
Brian McCann (15, 35) - 1,526
Shin-Soo Choo (15, 36) - 1,515

Andrus seems like he'd have the best shot out of that group, which isn't to say it's likely.

Going down to guys with 1200+ career hits (Trout is at 1,202), it looks like only he and Altuve (1,441 hits at age 29) seem like good bets. But also Trout seems like a guy who will walk more and more as time goes on, I could see him getting Bonds'd when it comes to 3k.

Castro, Hosmer, and Freeman are all between 1200 and 1500 career hits at 29 years old but I don't know....

It's only of interest to me because of the relative frequency with which players have joined the club in recent decades.

going back there were a few major gaps:

- 17 years between Eddie Collins and Paul Waner

- 16 between Waner and Musial

- 12 between Musial and Aaron

since then the longest break was 7 years between Carew and Yount, but since Yount there have been 15 more players who have joined (in 26 years).

omar little, Thursday, 18 April 2019 18:41 (three days ago) Permalink

Miggy may suck now, but he'll make it to 3000 with ease. all he has to do is eke out 60 hits a year between now and the end of his contract

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Thursday, 18 April 2019 18:54 (three days ago) Permalink

i guess it all depends on how much he wants the 3k and how long the Tigers will run him out there regularly...

omar little, Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:01 (three days ago) Permalink

i suppose, but then he only had 40 last year. i can see him rupturing more things than his biceps in the years to come

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:02 (three days ago) Permalink

the tigers are 9-9 and shane greene has earned the save in all their wins

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 April 2019 23:44 (three days ago) Permalink

Cabrera would do well to retire, but if he gets another 100 hits this year, I'd say he makes it with relative ease.

clemenza, Friday, 19 April 2019 00:02 (two days ago) Permalink

Agree with Andrus on both counts: best bet from the middle group, but not a good one. There are so many relatively anonymous middle infielders who hit ~30 with ~1500 hits; if they haven't had star seasons by that point, they just don't last long enough. (I did mention Andrus on the underrated thread the other day, though.) I've been fooled many times.

I'd say yes to Trout and Altuve, then I think you drop down to Acuna, Albies, and Soto.

clemenza, Friday, 19 April 2019 00:08 (two days ago) Permalink

Check that, there's also another group nestled between Trout/Altuve and the three young guys: Betts, Lindor, Bogarts, etc. I'm sure at least one of those guys will make a run at 3,000.

clemenza, Friday, 19 April 2019 00:16 (two days ago) Permalink

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