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With four straight home runs, the White Sox tied a major league record in their game yesterday against the Cardinals. Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, and Jose Abreu were also the first three Cuban-born players to go back-to-back-to-back in MLB history.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Monday, 17 August 2020 14:50 (one year ago) link

washington's luis garcia is the first player born in the 2000s to homer in the major leagues

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 01:49 (one year ago) link

and apparently he was starting in place of starlin catro...the first player born in the 1990s to hit a home run


The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 02:01 (one year ago) link


The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 02:01 (one year ago) link

The @Padres are the first team EVER to hit a grand slam in four consecutive games.

— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) August 21, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 21 August 2020 02:13 (one year ago) link

holy shit they did it

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Friday, 21 August 2020 02:28 (one year ago) link

before yesterday

We have a winner.

Last time there were multiple MLB games played on a day, and none of them lasted 9 innings: Jun 21 1943. American League off-day.

— Doug Kern (@dakern74) August 28, 2020

mookieproof, Friday, 28 August 2020 14:26 (one year ago) link

Padres and Rockies combined for 14 runs and 28 hits at Coors tonight with only 1 Home Run. Got me looking for the highest scoring games with no extra base hits and it led me to this wild 2005 Phillies vs Marlins game:

D-train takes a complete game shutout into the 9th with a 2 run lead and ends up losing 10-2, on a ton of hits, errors, and hit batsmen.

sous les paves, Saturday, 29 August 2020 04:39 (one year ago) link

Jacob deGrom just became the first pitcher to induce at least 31 swings and misses in a game and LOSE since Pedro Martinez had 37 misses (and 17 K's) in a 1-0 loss to Steve Trachsel on May 6, 2000.

— David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) August 31, 2020

mookieproof, Monday, 31 August 2020 20:31 (one year ago) link

because of the marlins' earlier covid-related schedule issues, new outfielder starling marte could possibly play 65 games in a 60-game season

mookieproof, Monday, 31 August 2020 21:25 (one year ago) link

MILWAUKEE -- Josh Hader and the Brewers closed their homestand with a Major League record.

Hader finished the Brewers’ 8-5 win over the Tigers on Wednesday night at Miller Park with a record-setting 12th consecutive hitless appearance to begin the season, snapping a tie he had shared with three others and capping a winning homestand that kept Milwaukee in the thick of the postseason chase -- losing record and all.

Nobody’s perfect, and Hader certainly hasn’t been. His velocity is a tick down this season and his walks were up even before an outing Saturday against the Pirates when he blew a save by walking five of the six batters he faced, forcing home the tying and go-ahead runs. The Brewers bailed him out that night with Eric Sogard’s walk-off home run, and the next day, Hader threw a rare bullpen session to, in his words, “make sure I was able to throw it over the plate, at least.”

Back on the mound on Monday, Hader struck out the side in a win over Pittsburgh. On Wednesday against Detroit, he hit the first man he faced before retiring the next three.

With that, Hader had 12 straight hitless games spanning 11 2/3 innings to begin 2020. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the longest season-opening streak of appearances without allowing a hit in history, snapping a tie he had shared with 2017 Tiger Justin Wilson, 1999 Phillie Scott Aldred and 1987 Red John Franco.

...“He's good at baseball,” Christian Yelich said.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 3 September 2020 14:58 (one year ago) link

Do people even care about hitless streaks anymore if you're walking 5 straight batters in the thick of it?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:51 (one year ago) link

it's pretty trivial, i'd say

Karl Malone, Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:55 (one year ago) link

Today is just the 23rd day in MLB history with 20+ games. First time since 1974

— Dan Hirsch (@DanHirsch) September 4, 2020

mookieproof, Friday, 4 September 2020 15:00 (one year ago) link

13 XBH today is a brewers franchise record

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 20:09 (one year ago) link

19 runs, of which yelich got 1, which feels representative of his season so far

na (NA), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 20:15 (one year ago) link

Luke Voit hit a game-ending sacrifice fly leading off the 10th inning

mookieproof, Saturday, 12 September 2020 20:56 (one year ago) link

Cavan Biggio is the 7th player (since stolen bases became an official stat) to steal 20 bases without being caught to begin a career.#BlueJays

— Rodney Hiemstra (@therodbot) September 18, 2020

mookieproof, Friday, 18 September 2020 21:18 (one year ago) link

SABR-approved percentage

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 September 2020 22:36 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

From Jon Couture:

Jon Lester, regular season with Red Sox: .636 winning pct. (110-63), 3.64 ERA
Jon Lester, regular season with Cubs: .636 winning pct. (77-44), 3.64 ERA

clemenza, Sunday, 1 November 2020 01:27 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

who led MLB in HR, RBI, and Runs from 1950-1959?

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 November 2020 06:33 (nine months ago) link

ugh, a hint: not MLB, but just one of the leagues. this player was 1st in MLB in 2 of the categories, and 2nd in MLB in the other

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 November 2020 06:37 (nine months ago) link

I know this because this player played in 3* different HOME stadiums during this stretch. He would have had even better numbers if his team had stayed put.

*Kind of a trick question but I'm shameless: Name all 3

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 19 November 2020 19:30 (nine months ago) link

Ebbetts, the LA Coliseum, and...?

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 November 2020 19:35 (nine months ago) link

For some reason I watched his HOF speech last night (maybe the first one I’ve ever sat all the way through?)

He spent the entire speech telling stories about teammates and family, it was great

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 November 2020 19:36 (nine months ago) link

It was used for 15 "home" games by the Brooklyn Dodgers during their last two seasons in Brooklyn – seven in 1956 and eight in 1957.[7] The games were played partly as a negotiating tactic with the Borough of Brooklyn, in pursuit of a new stadium to replace Ebbets Field.[8] While it had just 24,000 seats as opposed to Ebbets Field's 31,497, Roosevelt Stadium had 10,000 parking spaces compared to Ebbets Field's 700. The Dodgers' negotiation came to naught, and the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958.[9]

Incredible to think back at how much power BigAuto used to have.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 19 November 2020 19:41 (nine months ago) link

(Dodger Stadium has 16k parking spaces... if you've ever gone to a game there you'll never forget the hour plus spent coming in & out Chavez Ravine).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 19 November 2020 19:44 (nine months ago) link

three months pass...

Don't know where to put this--it's not an occurrence, it is trivial.

Posnanski mentioned Alex Gordon today, so I was looking at the 2005 draft (Gordon was drafted second). Within the first 11 picks, there were three guys who seemed like a very good bet for the HOF at one point midway through their careers, then all three, for one reason or another, fell off a cliff: Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, and Andrew McCutchen. (Two are still active, and McCutchen's playing reasonably well at 33, but he'd have to stage some kind of a comeback to make up for time wasted.) Justin Upton, and Ryan Zimmerman were also in the top 11--add Gordon, and that's six guys between 30-50 WAR. I would think that counts as a strong draft, I don't know--the value is spread around, at least, rather than one or two imposing players.

clemenza, Monday, 8 March 2021 19:29 (six months ago) link

6 of top 11 with 30/50 WARs is extremely impressive, i would think! tough to comprehensively compare that draft year until all the players from it are retired, but that's gotta be up there for a top 10 cumulative WAR

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 8 March 2021 19:46 (six months ago) link

Found this piece, which counts 2005 as the best ("sickest," actually, but I'm up on my lingo, so I know that means good) first-round ever, and the fifth-best overall. It was written in 2012, though, when the three headed-for-the-Hall guys were all at their peak--might get a bit of a downgrade today. But it does seem to be one of the best ever.

clemenza, Monday, 8 March 2021 22:07 (six months ago) link

Looking at their rankings today, think I'd go with the '85 class as the best (third on their list). Bonds, Randy Johnson, Larkin, Smoltz, Palmeiro--wow. And Will Clark still may make the HOF one day via the Veteran's Committee.

clemenza, Monday, 8 March 2021 22:10 (six months ago) link

i knew that pitchers sucked at hitting. i didn't realize they suck a little more each year!

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 16 March 2021 04:08 (six months ago) link

(xposts) The first round of the 2011 draft is looking pretty great right now. All mid-career, among the first 11 picks: Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor, George Springer.

clemenza, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 14:08 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I love to get excited about Opening Day starters, especially when they have outings that could be mistaken for bad openers. 1.1 IP, 6 R for Brad Keller (KC), 0.1 IP, 5 R for Kyle Gibson (TEX)

— Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) April 1, 2021

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:42 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

This is the Giants' first 10-run FIRST INNING since June 29, 1967 at the Cardinals, when they scored 11 in the 1st

Scoring summary from that inning ⬇️

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) May 4, 2021

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 23:16 (four months ago) link

Is this what they mean by a "counting stat"?

clemenza, Friday, 7 May 2021 03:49 (four months ago) link

just wait until the diamondbacks promote the Ng quadruplets

, Friday, 7 May 2021 05:45 (four months ago) link

How do you hit .000 and match Babe Ruth in the record books?

You do what White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal just did -- go 0-for-3 with 13 walks in four games. With the strange stat line, Grandal joined the Bambino (1930) as the only players in American League history to walk 13 or more times in a four-game span.

If you add in the National League, you're only going to add one more player to the list -- Bryce Harper, who accomplished the feat in 2016.

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 9 May 2021 16:28 (four months ago) link

wow, grandal's current line is:


Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 9 May 2021 16:29 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Carlos Martínez, a nine-year veteran, raised his career ERA from 3.55 to 3.64 in less than an inning.

— Foolish Baseball (@FoolishBB) June 3, 2021

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 June 2021 09:48 (three months ago) link

It was a tough day

Karl Malone, Thursday, 3 June 2021 15:29 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

yankees (taillon) vs red sox (eovaldi) today is the first MLB game in which both starters have had multiple tommy johns

mookieproof, Saturday, 24 July 2021 20:43 (one month ago) link

Since 1901, the Twins are just the 4th team to hit 7 HR in a 9-inning game and lose.

White Sox (6/25/16 vs Blue Jays)
Tigers (8/8/04 vs Red Sox)
Tigers (5/28/95 vs White Sox)

— Stathead (@Stathead) July 28, 2021

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 July 2021 02:44 (one month ago) link

OK I’m interrupting my vacation one more time for this incredible tidbit.

2 teams in the last 100 years had scored in the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th innings of any game. And then last night 2 teams did it in the same game! #Royals #Yankees


Now back to the beach

— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) August 10, 2021

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 14:36 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

HISTORY at Dodger Stadium: Austin Adams ties the all-time record for hit batters in a season in the modern era (21) by plunking Will Smith in the ninth inning. He's done it in 47 2/3 innings. Most recent guy to hit 21 (Kerry Wood in '03) needed 211

— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) September 12, 2021

mookieproof, Sunday, 12 September 2021 22:59 (six days ago) link

Paul Goldschmidt is now the all-time leader in hits for a player born in Delaware with 1,549. He surpassed Delino DeShields with that double.

That makes him first in hits for the First State.#Cardinals #stlcards #MLB

— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) September 15, 2021

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 04:18 (three days ago) link

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