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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 Morganhttps://t.co/N32mXGCmgU

— 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. pic.twitter.com/MHj5tCavBX

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

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

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

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

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

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

ralph branca!

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

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

Wes Ferrell TWICE

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

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

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

baseball is a weird game

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

the only winning move is not to play

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

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

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

i decided to take the plunge and pay $2 to use the baseball-reference Play Index for 24 hours.

i desperately needed to know if there were any pitchers with shutouts and 2 or more home runs. turns out there were four!

https://i.imgur.com/UhZz1BL.png

of those, sonny siebert's game in sept. '71 was the only one where he plated all of the runs, with all 3 RBIs via his 2 HRs

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Sunday, 5 May 2019 23:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I didn't quite do that right (some of the pitchers on that list didn't get a complete game because other pitchers were used). but the four on top all threw a CG

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Sunday, 5 May 2019 23:34 (one month ago) Permalink

i have much to learn during my remaining 23 hours

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Sunday, 5 May 2019 23:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Jesse Winker has 23 career home runs. He has at least one in all nine spots of the batting order.

— David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA) May 6, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 6 May 2019 15:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Pablo Sandoval on Monday became the first major league player since 1905 to hit a home run, steal a base and post a scoreless outing in the same game.

Sandoval achieved the feat in the San Francisco Giants' 12-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

The only other time the feat was achieved, it was also accomplished by a Giants player in a game against the Reds. Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson threw nine shutout innings, hit a homer and stole a base in a victory on May 23, 1905, according to the Elias Sports Bureau's data.

I'm not sure which is more mind-blowing: Sandoval somehow pulling this off, or the fact that the same teams were involved the only other time it happened.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 10:19 (one month ago) Permalink

it's the stealing a base i'm finding hard to believe

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:18 (one month ago) Permalink

The first five guys in the Rays batting order today have four-letter last names.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 23:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Whit and Mondesi are both on pace for 20 homers, 20 doubles, 20 triples and 20 steals. There are four members of the 20-20-20-20 club. Ever.

— David Lesky (@DBLesky) May 8, 2019

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 01:38 (one month ago) Permalink

This sounds like a club Ricky Henderson would be in

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 03:27 (one month ago) Permalink

I think either Yount or Brett did that in the late '70s.

clemenza, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 11:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Nope. Brett came real close in '79: 42/20/23/17--three SB short. Yount was 49/10/23/20 in 1980--he covered three of them but was 10 triples short, which isn't exactly close.

clemenza, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 11:54 (one month ago) Permalink

.@JoeyGallo24 is the first player in @MLB history to hit his 100th HR before his 100th single. 👀

h/t: @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/FnwZ44vJBC

— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) May 8, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Holy shit, that’s kind of amazing

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 18:01 (one month ago) Permalink

not even close

This is my new favorite stat.

Fewest career singles at time of 100th HR
1) Joey Gallo: 93
2) Russell Branyan: 172
3) Ken Phelps: 174
4) Ryan Howard: 176
5) Chris Carter: 179
6) Dave Kingman: 180

Great breakdown from @SlangsOnSports https://t.co/TzebRczUmf

— Matt Meyers (@mtmeyers) May 8, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 18:35 (one month ago) Permalink

the blaze it club - four 20s

deus ex majima (Will M.), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 20:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Mets have now employed 3 of the 4 MLB players in history named Wilmer (only lacking Difo)

name the one who wound up in Congress

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Wilmer Cook of the Maltese Falcons.

clemenza, Thursday, 9 May 2019 01:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Wilmer (Vinegar Bend) Mizell was no gunsel

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 May 2019 03:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Tuesday: In his MLB debut as a hitter, TOR pitcher Trent Thornton gets two hits at SF.

Wednesday: In his MLB debut, SF pitcher Shaun Anderson gets two hits vs. TOR.

Previously, no pitcher had gotten multiple hits in his MLB hitting debut since Steven Matz in 2015.

— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) May 15, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:18 (one month ago) Permalink

The Royals have played 48 games. Their pitchers have recorded five saves.

— Brendan Gawlowski (@GawlowskiB) May 22, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 21:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

One for the ages:

https://i.imgur.com/2aAvLGa.jpg

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 22:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

they wdn't have that record if Johan Santana was still pitching

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Pete Alonso passed Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols tonight for most home runs in a player's first 50 games. The list:

1-t. Gary Sanchez, 19
1-t. Cody Bellinger, 19
3-t. Rhys Hoskins, 18
3-t. Wally Berger, 18
5-t. Pete Alonso, 17
5-t. Wally Joyner, 17
5-t. Jose Abreu, 17

— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 25, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 25 May 2019 13:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

wally joyner!

mookieproof, Saturday, 25 May 2019 18:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

for some reason, wally joyner is one of my very first baseball memories, one of the very first names i remember being aware of. no idea why, because his angels wouldn't have played in any cardinals games i may have saw on my grandpa's tv in 86-88

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Saturday, 25 May 2019 18:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

looks like wally only hit 5 more HRs in the other 104 games he played in 1986

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Saturday, 25 May 2019 18:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

he was touted!

he always reminded me of matthew broderick. i remember being excited that i had his rookie card. surely one day it would be worth lots of money. see also: kent hrbek

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 25 May 2019 19:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

he was good! just never thought of him as a power guy. see also: mark grace

where have you gone, first basemen who hit .300, take more walks than K's, and only hit a dozen homers

mookieproof, Saturday, 25 May 2019 20:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

paul o'neill in the mid 90s was a little like this

no it's true those guys were good. not mattingly/boggs level but very very good.

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 25 May 2019 20:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I too remember stocking up on Wally Joyner rookie cards

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 25 May 2019 20:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

1989 NLCS, Giants over the Cubs in five

Mark Grace: 11-for-17, HR, 3B, 3 2B, 8 RBI, 4 BB, K

Will Clark: 13-for-20, 2 HR, 3B, 3 2B, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K

thank god steve bedrosian didn't win MVP for saving three games

mookieproof, Saturday, 25 May 2019 20:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

A #Brewers note you may have missed yesterday -- according to the Jewish Baseball News, Ryan Braun's 332nd career home run now gives him the most of any Jewish player in MLB history, passing Hank Greenberg. https://t.co/fML4F6eHJW

— JR Radcliffe (@JRRadcliffe) June 8, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 9 June 2019 15:19 (one week ago) Permalink

truly the Manischewitz of juicing

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 9 June 2019 16:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I always think Greenberg has a higher HR total than he does. A baseball counting stat casualty of WW2

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Sunday, 9 June 2019 19:31 (one week ago) Permalink

the wilmington (delaware) blue rocks, a royals affiliate in the high-a carolina league, are 40-22 with a -11 run differential

they are 23-6 in one-run games

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:08 (six days ago) Permalink

um i believe that's called clutch hitting look it up

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 17:17 (six days ago) Permalink

Derek Law has never started a game any professional (MLB or MiLB) or collegiate level.

He'll start for the Blue Jays tonight.

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) June 12, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:51 (five days ago) Permalink

waht

WmC, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:53 (five days ago) Permalink

um dudes, this happens all the time nowadays:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opener_(baseball)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:57 (five days ago) Permalink

as an opener? xp

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:57 (five days ago) Permalink

(shitty ilx url parse code will fuck that up so add a close parenth.)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:57 (five days ago) Permalink

(...countdown til st3t chimes in with some snarky "this only happens on Firefox run on OS" BS lol...)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:59 (five days ago) Permalink

idk, i don't think there are that many big league relievers who were never starters in college/low minors

even sergio romo was a starter for a year or two

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:04 (five days ago) Permalink

meanwhile

The Mariners have homered in 59 of their 70 games this season and the opposing team has homered in the other 11 games.

The 70 straight games with a homer by at least one team is longest streak in MLB history, breaking mark of 69 by 1985 Orioles, 2017 White Sox & 2017 Rangers).

— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) June 12, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:14 (five days ago) Permalink

rangers prospect jonathan hernandez has made 11 starts for double-a frisco this season; he's given up a homer on his first pitch in four of them

he's allowed only four other homers in 59 innings

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 21:09 (five days ago) Permalink

ok that's an instant classic of the genre

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 22:14 (five days ago) Permalink

Shohei Ohtani became the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle in major league history.

And I remind you that nothing is more trivial than a cycle.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 14 June 2019 17:07 (three days ago) Permalink

You'd think that in 2005 either Ichiro or Dave Roberts would have chanced upon a cycle but no:

year/player: singles/doubles/triples/HRs
2005 Ichiro: 158/21/12/15
2005 Roberts: 76/19/10/8
2019 Otani: 23/2/1/8

Pretty wild that Otani only has 2 doubles on the year...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 14 June 2019 18:23 (three days ago) Permalink


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