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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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 Morganhttps://t.co/N32mXGCmgU

— Sean Forman (@sean_forman) April 20, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 20 April 2018 17:46 (seven months ago) Permalink

happy 4/20 mookie!

Van Horn Street, Friday, 20 April 2018 18:50 (seven months 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 (seven months 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. pic.twitter.com/MHj5tCavBX

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

mookieproof, Thursday, 26 April 2018 18:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

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

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

mookieproof, Monday, 7 May 2018 15:42 (seven 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 (seven 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (five 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 pic.twitter.com/KPVHw7o8Ia

— Gary Marbry (@nuggetpalooza) June 23, 2018

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:08 (five months ago) Permalink

ralph branca!

https://i.imgur.com/ETFLNti.jpg

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

Wes Ferrell TWICE

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:50 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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. pic.twitter.com/Gw4fckCuTs

— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) June 24, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 25 June 2018 02:14 (five 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 (five months ago) Permalink

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

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

baseball is a weird game

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

the only winning move is not to play

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

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

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

(yep, there are a bunch. no spoilers in case people want to guess, but https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/17637/bp-unfiltered-mvps-who-werent-all-stars/)

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

Freakish:

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-most-consistent-hitter-in-baseball-history/

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 (four months ago) Permalink

Chuck Finley, Mark Langston, and John Lackey were three of the names I checked (Angels starters seem to have a talent for this). Candiotti seems like a reasonable answer!

Willie Hernandez likely deserved his award, as would anyone pitching 150 innings in relief with a sub-2.00 ERA (if such a thing still happened in today's game). I don't think that WAR values these types of players correctly.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 10 September 2018 20:44 (three months ago) Permalink

trivia: first player to hit a HR as a grandfather (that sounds odd, but i mean that they were a grandfather when they hit the HR)

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:46 (three months ago) Permalink

i'm gonna need hints for that

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:58 (three months ago) Permalink

one big one: I'm watching my fav team right now

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:19 (three months ago) Permalink

and it's a player that most people have heard of

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:19 (three months ago) Permalink

oic

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 02:49 (three months ago) Permalink

I found about 22 instances of a relative pinch hitting for another, s.1908.

We don't have player anniversary dates, so some of the in-laws may not have been related at the time of PHing. Big gap in our dataset.https://t.co/OMMJtamjT3

cc: @Bencjacobs @dougcutchins pic.twitter.com/J5WqL5TBV9

— Sean Forman (@sean_forman) September 12, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:00 (three months ago) Permalink

the son-in-law PH is vital trivia

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:07 (three months ago) Permalink

That it's only happened once in the last 15 years (and 9 years ago) reflects on how the game is even more competitive now and there will be fewer opportunities for this to occur in the future.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:11 (three months ago) Permalink

X-post on Musial: his grandson had been born earlier the same day, and it was his first AB as a grandfather.

http://www.mlb.com/cut4/stan-musial-once-hit-a-homer-after-becoming-a-grandfather/c-148537416

clemenza, Friday, 14 September 2018 11:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Orlando Arcia bunted for a double yesterday. it was the 23rd bunt double on record (since 1988). it was the sixth by a right-handed batter. it was the first with multiple baserunners

— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) September 15, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:24 (two months ago) Permalink

I attended the '85 matchup

When Jacob deGrom (1.71 ERA) faces Chris Sale (1.96) today, it will be MLB's first matchup of starters with sub-2.00 ERAs and at least 100 IP since Dwight Gooden (1.74) faced the Cardinals' John Tudor (1.95) at Shea Stadium in 1985, per Elias.

— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 16, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:31 (two months ago) Permalink

so sweet my god

https://www.mlb.com/brewers/video/arcias-2-run-bunt-double/c-2487986383

more of this sort of thing. PARTICULARLY against the shift and particularly if it's BAD FOR BASEBALL

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:33 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost

is this the game? turned out to be a pitcher's duel, unsurprisingly: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN198509110.shtml

Karl Malone, Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:36 (two months ago) Permalink

tudor pitched 10 innings and had a game score of 91; gooden pitched 9, game score 81

Karl Malone, Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Yep! Orosco entered in the 10th and immediately yielded a solo HR by Cesar Cedeno.

Keith Hernandez made a great play on a bunt to the third base side of the mound (looks like by Tudor in the 7th) and got an out at third. Never saw a first baseman do that before or since.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:43 (two months ago) Permalink

on that same day, pete rose passed ty cobb

Karl Malone, Sunday, 16 September 2018 17:03 (two months ago) Permalink

yes, at least until they recounted Cobb's hits

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 16 September 2018 17:07 (two months ago) Permalink

john tudor, whom the pirates famously dealt to the cardinals the previous winter for joggin' george hendrick, who hit .230/.278/.313 with two homers in 69 games before being dispatched to anaheim for a bag of balls

i mean look at this (57-104) 1985 pirates team: https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/1985.shtml

they traded *for* johnnie lemaster, who had already posted -1.1 bWAR in *23 games* with last-place san francisco and cleveland that season. there is a guy who has to be among the worst ever to play 1000 major league games

about all you can say is that rick reuschel had a great year at age 36

yes i'm still bitter

mookieproof, Sunday, 16 September 2018 21:08 (two months ago) Permalink

-1.1 bWAR in *23 games*

now that's amazing

Karl Malone, Sunday, 16 September 2018 21:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Is it? James Shields' 2016 season seems as dismal...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 17 September 2018 02:38 (two months ago) Permalink

it's pretty impressive for a utility infielder (or any non-pitcher). he only played the entire game in six of those 23, btw

he went 3-for-36 (all singles) with one walk, one run scored, one caught stealing and 11 strikeouts. also made three errors in 61 total chances at shortstop

mookieproof, Monday, 17 September 2018 02:50 (two months ago) Permalink

by fangraphs WAR johnnie lemaster is indeed the second-worst position player of all time to play 1000 games, behind former mets great doug flynn

mookieproof, Monday, 17 September 2018 02:58 (two months ago) Permalink

i would like to play major league baseball as a SS for 23 games, just so i could demolish the record for negative WAR

Karl Malone, Monday, 17 September 2018 03:09 (two months ago) Permalink

i would probably get hit by a changeup in the leg and die, though

Karl Malone, Monday, 17 September 2018 03:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Dee Gordon has eight walks and nine hit-by-pitches. the last qualified batter to have more hit-by-pitches than walks was Ollie O'Mara (1918)

— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) September 18, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Deadball Dee

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:20 (two months ago) Permalink

I need help from the Twitterverse!

Tuesday's walkoff HR in LA: Chris Taylor (No. 3 in your program) off Adam Ottavino (No. 0)

As @dakern74 mused, this is probably the lowest hitter/pitcher walkoff HR uniform total ever

If you can find the "record" I'll credit you in my column!

— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) September 20, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 20 September 2018 14:46 (two months ago) Permalink

That is one stupid thing to get paid to do, Jayson Stark. I guess that's why you're outsourcing the work.

WmC, Thursday, 20 September 2018 14:48 (two months ago) Permalink

i just responded with a couple lower ones because i have NOTHING to do at work right now

vote no on ilxit (Will M.), Thursday, 20 September 2018 15:15 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost lol embarrassing

vote no on ilxit (Will M.), Thursday, 20 September 2018 15:15 (two months ago) Permalink

oh and i missed "walkoff" double embarrassing

vote no on ilxit (Will M.), Thursday, 20 September 2018 15:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Eh don't mind me I have a permanently sour mood.

WmC, Thursday, 20 September 2018 15:27 (two months ago) Permalink

don't feel too bad, i used to give jayson stark shit (on ILX, of course, which i'm sure he reads) for appearing to land a gig where he gets paid by the word and has no limit on his word count

Karl Malone, Thursday, 20 September 2018 15:32 (two months ago) Permalink

i saw him speak once at a SABR convention and he seemed... smarter than online

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 20 September 2018 16:36 (two 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)https://t.co/8wNkqXNF7K pic.twitter.com/XE4Cz5qA7x

— 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 (two months ago) Permalink

turk wendell references are always good

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

wow

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

v. excited to see glasnow join them

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


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