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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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link


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

holy shit they did it

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

it's pretty trivial, i'd say

Karl Malone, Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:55 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

13 XBH today is a brewers franchise record

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 20:09 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

mookieproof, Saturday, 12 September 2020 20:56 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

SABR-approved percentage

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

two weeks pass...

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

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 November 2020 06:33 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

Ebbetts, the LA Coliseum, and...?

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 November 2020 19:35 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

clemenza, Friday, 7 May 2021 03:49 (one year ago) link

just wait until the diamondbacks promote the Ng quadruplets

, Friday, 7 May 2021 05:45 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

wow, grandal's current line is:


Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 9 May 2021 16:29 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

It was a tough day

Karl Malone, Thursday, 3 June 2021 15:29 (one year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Gavin Sheets with a hit off Lance McCullers, Jr., radio broadcast just said there's family history as Gavin's dad Larry had a hit off Lance McCullers, Sr.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 18:55 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Terrance Gore:

- 102 MLB career games
- 0 career Home Runs
- 1 career RBI
- 2 career Doubles
- 3 World Series rings. He has more World Series rings than Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, and Mike Trout combined (2).@LoCronitaTV

— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) November 3, 2021

na (NA), Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:42 (one year ago) link

guy's a winner

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:52 (one year ago) link


just staying (Karl Malone), Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:53 (one year ago) link

102 games, 77 PAs, 3 world series rings

just staying (Karl Malone), Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:53 (one year ago) link

0 HRs

2022 is official terrance gore HR watch imo

just staying (Karl Malone), Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:54 (one year ago) link

in 2016, with the royals, in 27 games he finished with .000/.000/.000 and 0.4 fWAR, due to his defense

just staying (Karl Malone), Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:56 (one year ago) link

Terrance Gore WS-Ring Watch.

clemenza, Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:56 (one year ago) link

extrapolated over a full 162 game season, he would be .000.000.000 and 2.0 fWAR

just staying (Karl Malone), Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:56 (one year ago) link

Amazing that teams manage to find space for a player like him in an era of 12 and 13-man pitching staffs.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 4 November 2021 12:11 (one year ago) link

ya well how else are they gonna win a WS?!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 4 November 2021 13:38 (one year ago) link

Jays tried this with Munenori Kawasaki, didn't take.

clemenza, Thursday, 4 November 2021 14:12 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Roel Ramírez has made two big-league pitching appearances, one each in 2020 and 2021 with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 26-year-old right-hander — now in the New York Mets organization — has been charged with nine earned runs in one inning of work. Ramirez’s 81.00 currently ranks as the highest in the modern era among pitchers who have recorded at least three outs.

hell yeah

Karl Malone, Monday, 10 January 2022 20:50 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

I wonder how Yu Darvish's two starts stack up historically in the schizophrenia department:

1st: 6.0 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 4 walks, 3 K, GS of 71
2nd: 1.2 IP, 9 runs, 8 hits, 2 walks, 2 K, GS of 3

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 22:22 (nine months ago) link

Bo Bichette's go-ahead grand slam tonight was his first; also the 25th anniversary of Carlos Delgado's first slam.

clemenza, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 01:39 (nine months ago) link

take that, chicago


For the first time in MLB history, all four LA and NY teams are leading their respective divisions.

— ESPN (@espn) May 4, 2022

mookieproof, Thursday, 5 May 2022 20:09 (nine months ago) link

The Orioles are now 0-6 when Anthony Santander hits multiple HR in a game -- Santander is the only player in MLB history to lose the first 6 multi-HR games of his career.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2022

mookieproof, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 18:07 (eight months ago) link

four weeks pass...

The Braves' bid to win 15 in a row falls short as the Cubs become the first club since 1999 to beat a team with a 10+ game winning streak while on a 10+ game losing streak.

mookieproof, Friday, 17 June 2022 21:45 (seven months ago) link

This is so ephemeral it's not even an occurrence, but I noticed that Machado, Devers, and Ramirez are 1-2-3 on Fangraphs' WAR list today. Those are arguably the three most underappreciated players in baseball, all at the same position.

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 18:16 (seven months ago) link

Starting next year, every team will play each other for at least one series per year. So I got to thinking who has hit a home run in every park, and came up with this list. Currently no active player has done it.

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 23 June 2022 22:20 (seven months ago) link

now this is trivial

First time in modern history (since 1900) that an MLB player has driven in the only run of a game off his brother.
Austin Nola’s RBI single off Aaron Nola in the sixth inning gives Padres a 1-0 victory over the Phillies.

— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) June 25, 2022

mookieproof, Saturday, 25 June 2022 16:14 (seven months ago) link

well that was rude. breaking one of the unwritten rules there

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Saturday, 25 June 2022 16:19 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Every team in the A.L. East is .500 or better tonight--is that the latest date ever for such a thing in the wild-card era?

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 03:43 (six months ago) link

Found this piece from June 25, 2013 (A.L. East again).

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 03:46 (six months ago) link

Not even close:

In 2005, the entire NL East actually finished at or above .500: Braves (90-72), Phillies (88-74), Marlins (83-79), Mets (83-79) and Nationals (81-81).

If they can hang on for three more days, it will mark the second-latest date for this.

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 July 2022 17:23 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

A reader on James's site:

"Over the course of his career, Vin Scully called a game involving a manager who was born in 1863 (Connie Mack), and a game involving a player born in 1996 (Julio Urias)."

clemenza, Thursday, 28 July 2022 03:20 (six months ago) link

Derek Law, making history for the Tigers in Toronto: The first pitcher to allow a homer, commit an error, hit a batter and throw a wild pitch in a single relief appearance.

— Ryan Ford (@theford) July 30, 2022

mookieproof, Saturday, 30 July 2022 23:13 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

George Kirby of the Mariners: 24 strikes to start the game.

Had to look him up--rookie, 17 starts. Doubt that anyone without exceptional control could do that, and sure enough, only 13 walks in 90 IP. He needs more innings, but he might get a few ROY votes.

clemenza, Thursday, 25 August 2022 01:40 (five months ago) link

Got me reading up on the other George Kirby, who I'm guessing most of you (mookieproof, maybe) don't know.

clemenza, Thursday, 25 August 2022 01:45 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Old, weird trivial occurrences (from something on my FB wall): "Trammell and Whitaker got their first major league hit off the same pitcher (Reggie Cleveland), and their final major league hit off the same pitcher (Mike Fetters)."

clemenza, Sunday, 11 September 2022 01:26 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

the braves have only made four bunt attempts this season, by far the fewest bunt attempts by a team since bunts have been tracked. all four bunt attempts were unsuccessful (one would have been successful but michael harris II tried to stretch a bunt single into a double and got thrown out)

na (NA), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 14:26 (four months ago) link

only four bunts! That’s kind of amazing.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 15:03 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

From The Baseball 100: on Sept. 26, 1975, both Gaylord and Jim Perry had career W-L records of 215-174.

clemenza, Friday, 14 October 2022 13:21 (three months ago) link

Still plugging away with the Posnanski book. Maybe I knew this already, but I'm not sure: George Brett (29th) and Mike Schmidt (30th) were drafted consecutively in the second round of the '71 draft.

clemenza, Friday, 21 October 2022 13:39 (three months ago) link

wrong sport but i feel like i must honor this level of triviality

on Saturday, Trent Alexander-Arnold could become the first player to play a Premier League game next to a river that shares his first name since Don Hutchinson for Everton away at Sheffield Wednesday in September 1999

— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) October 20, 2022

mookieproof, Friday, 21 October 2022 13:57 (three months ago) link

mookieproof, Saturday, 22 October 2022 16:27 (three months ago) link

From Posnanski's book: Rickey Henderson was named after Ricky Nelson. "Travelin' Man'--makes sense.

clemenza, Monday, 24 October 2022 16:12 (three months ago) link

Had no idea Whitey Herzog played alongside Satchel Paige (at least 51 at the time).

clemenza, Thursday, 27 October 2022 20:03 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I cannot verify the truth of this--turned up on my FB wall:

"In high school, Joey Gallo tossed a no-hitter and then took Greg Maddux's daughter to prom the same night."

(If true, had to have her home in fewer than 100 pitches.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:12 (two months ago) link

He definitely struck out

omar little, Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:34 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

One of those things that turn up on your FB wall: Brett Gardner vs. last year's White Sox.

Not sure which is weirder: the closeness, or that somebody out there noticed this in the first place. (Of the key categories they left out, Gardner's better: sizable leads in BB, triples, and SB.)

clemenza, Friday, 13 January 2023 23:30 (three weeks ago) link

don't know where else to put this, but it's all trivial so maybe here.

i was looking at the phillies' 2023 ZiPS projections today and saw that the #1 player comp for bryce harper this hear is Len Koenecke. (for those that don't follow zips, the comps are for historical seasons by players of that same age. so in this case, it's saying that the mean projection for 2023 bryce harper, his age 30 season, is the age 30 season of Leo Koenecke for the dodgers, in 1934).

i had never heard of Koenecke. he has an interesting MLB career! he only played 3 years in MLB: 1932, 1934, and 1935. he spent most of his career playing for the Indianopolis Indians in the American Assocation and a year with the Buffalo Bisons in the International League. john mcgraw signed him for $75,000, which seems like a huge amount of money considering the era.

anyways, in 1935 he was cut mid-season, and as people of that era seemed compelled to do, he immediately started drinking.

The Dodgers were in St. Louis preparing for a series against the Cardinals when Koenecke was informed that his season was over. Koenecke caught an American Airlines flight back to New York City via Chicago and Detroit.[6] During the flight, he drank a quart of whiskey and became very drunk. After Koenecke had harassed other passengers and struck a stewardess, the pilot had to sit on him to restrain him as he was shackled to his seat. He was removed unconscious from the flight in Detroit. After sleeping on a chair in the airport, he chartered a flight to Buffalo in the hopes of rejoining the Bisons. En route, he had a disagreement with the pilot and a passenger, and attempted to take control of the aircraft.[6][8]

In order to avoid a crash, Koenecke was hit over the head with a fire extinguisher by both the pilot, William Joseph Mulqueeney, who had left his controls, and the other passenger, Irwin Davis.[5][6][9] Now lost in Canadian airspace, Mulqueeney made an emergency landing at Long Branch Racetrack in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada where it was found that Koenecke had died of a cerebral hemorrhage.[5][6] The two men were charged with manslaughter but were found not liable by a coroner's jury soon after.[10][8][11][12]

He was buried in Mount Repose Cemetery at Friendship, Wisconsin.[13]

Karl Malone, Saturday, 14 January 2023 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

i hope to never be drunk like that, but i hope one thing we can all try to remember in such a state is that, no matter how much you think it makes sense to overrule the pilot and take over the craft, you are definitely wrong about that

Karl Malone, Saturday, 14 January 2023 21:41 (three weeks ago) link

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