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Juan Pierre played every inning of the 2004 season for the Marlins, a feat that had never been performed in the history of MLB?

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 31 March 2005 18:16 (sixteen years ago) link

i did not know that! that's a pretty cool record.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 31 March 2005 18:17 (sixteen years ago) link


I wonder who has the most balks (season & career)?

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 31 March 2005 18:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Ripken played every inning for the Orioles from 1982-1987.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 31 March 2005 18:53 (sixteen years ago) link

hmm. i am not bothering to look this up, but i thought juan pierre was just the only person to do that last year.
also, i thought ripken just appeared in every game, not played every inning, but i could be wrong.

the leglo (the leglo), Thursday, 31 March 2005 19:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Ripken appeared in every game from 1982 to 2981. I can see him playing every inning for 6 years, tho.

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 31 March 2005 19:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Ripken played in every inning for the first few years of his streak. I remember the end of his innings streak (~8200 innings) very well because they removed him in the late innings of an 18-3 thrashing by the Blue Jays, which was the game where the Jays hit ten home runs.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 31 March 2005 19:34 (sixteen years ago) link

I stand corrected, Juan Pierre was the only player to do so last year (not in the history of the game). So... Unusual records?

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 31 March 2005 19:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Who was it that struck out 4 batters in one inning?

Leeeter van den Hoogenband (Leee), Thursday, 31 March 2005 19:49 (sixteen years ago) link

I want to say Bobby Witt, wild flamethrower for the Rangers/Angels.

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Thursday, 31 March 2005 20:10 (sixteen years ago) link

This crazy start in 1959 by Pirate Harvey Haddix against the Braves definitely is unusual. Here is a link to the box score.


Thirty-six consecutive batters were retired by Harvey Haddix before the thirteenth inning — when it all ended on an error, an intentional walk of Hank Aaron, then a double.

Don Hoak, who was charged with the error in the thirteenth inning, said before the game, "That was a pretty good run down (pre-game discussion). If you pitch that way, you'll have a no hitter."

After the game, Lew Burdette told the media, "I called Harvey that night in the visiting clubhouse. I told him 'I realize I got what I wanted, a win, but I'd really give it up because you pitched the greatest game that's ever been pitched in the history of baseball. It was a damned shame you had to lose.' "

Earl Nash (earlnash), Thursday, 31 March 2005 20:11 (sixteen years ago) link

apparently Witt was one of them, but there have been many

Charlie Hough! Whiffing 'em on that 58mph knuckler.

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Thursday, 31 March 2005 20:13 (sixteen years ago) link

Even more amazing about that Haddix loss:

Length of Game: 2:54.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 31 March 2005 20:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Jayson Stark's "Useless Information" columns to thread.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 31 March 2005 22:02 (sixteen years ago) link

three months pass...
Manny hit another grand slam tonight, which gives him 20 for his career, 2nd most all-time (one more than Eddie Murray). He's only 33 and he's three away from Lou Gehrig's record.

I think Ted Williams is fourth with 16 GS's, but otherwise I don't think anyone else is close. Nobody has seriously challenged this record in 70 years.

Manny has batted 176 times with the bases loaded in 1612 games, Murray 191 times in 3026 games played (I couldn't find the batting splits for Gehrig and Williams). I have no idea what a "normal" rate of coming to the plate with the bases loaded should be, but once every ten games certainly *seems* like a lot (although when you consider the offenses Manny has played with, maybe not).

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 02:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Regardless, that is whoa-impressive. Props to Manny. Hey, where is Robin Ventura on that list ...??

Stormy Davis (diamond), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 02:31 (sixteen years ago) link

That is pretty impressive!

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 15:03 (sixteen years ago) link

w/r/t Manny's line-up:

Don't forget Boston's #8-9 batter Billy MuelLEEr who hit back to back grand-slams in consecutive at-bats... as a switch-hitter from both sides of the plate!

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 16:23 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
A lesson in switch-pitching
These pitchers had a few tricks of their own for switch-hitters
By Jerome Holtzman
MLB Historian

An MLB website producer, Bill Ruhl of Miami, Florida, has asked "if there has ever been a pitcher who pitched with both arms? Kind of a switch-pitcher."

Greg Harris of the Montreal Expos, a natural right-hander, is the only pitcher in modern baseball history (since 1900) to throw with both hands in a Major League game. It was on September 28, 1995, against Cincinnati in the final week of the season when the Expos were 24 ½ games out of the lead in the National League East.

The ambidextrous Harris worked a scoreless ninth inning in a 9-7 loss. Using a special reversible six-finger glove, which had two thumbs, Harris faced four batters, two right-handed and two left-handed. He allowed one runner, on a walk.

The play-by-play follows: Pitching right handed, Harris retired the righty-hitting Reggie Sanders who swung at the first pitch and grounded to short. The next two batters were Hal Morris and Ed Taubensee, both left-handed hitters. Throwing with his left hand, Harris walked Morris on four pitches. Taubensee carried Harris to a full count and hit a nubber in front of the plate. Harris switched back to his right hand for the righty-hitting Bret Boone, who grounded to the mound for the third out.

It was the next to last big league appearance for Harris, who was with six clubs and had a 15-year career beginning in 1981. Used mostly in middle relief, he retired with a 74-90 lifetime record, 54 saves and a 3.67 earned run average. He appeared in 703 games, 605 out of the bullpen.

Talking about it last week in a telephone interview from his home in Newport Coast, California, where he operates a weekend pitching camp, Harris said he strengthened his left arm when he was a teenager. "I did a lot of wood-working," he explained. "I sawed and hammered with my left hand."

But it wasn't until he was in his sixth big league season, in 1986 with Texas, after he got his left-handed fastball into the mid-80s, that he became confident he could throw both ways against Major League competition. But there were two strikes against him: (1) the belief he would be making a mockery of the game, and (2) there was no need for him to throw left-handed because he was consistently effective right-handed.

Bobby Valentine, then the Texas manager, told Harris he would allow him to parade his wizardry in the final series of the 1986 season. The plan was scrapped because the Rangers were in first place and fighting for the division title. Harris was traded to Philadelphia, where the management was indifferent to his desire.

His next move was to Boston prior to the 1990 season. The Boston writers, eager for a good story, each year for the next five years, pleaded with the Red Sox brass to give him a chance in a Spring Training exhibition game. General Manager Dan Duquette refused to oblige. "We pay Greg to pitch right-handed," Duquette insisted.

American League president Dr. Bobby Brown, a one-time Yankee infielder who batted .349 in 17 World Series games, was aware a two-way pitcher would have a rare advantage and would neutralize and diminish the effectiveness of every batter. Unwilling to weaken his kinship with the offense, Dr. Brown prepared for the possibility by issuing a directive to his umpires:

a) The pitcher must indicate which hand he intended to use.
b) The pitcher may change arms on the next hitter but must indicate the arm to be used.
c) There will be no warmup pitches between the change of arms.
d) If an arm is injured, the pitcher may change arms and the umpire must be notified of the injury. The injured arm can not be used again in that game.

Harris' opportunity came in his last season, in 1995, when he was in his second term with Montreal. To be certain he would be ready, manager Felipe Alou alerted Harris in late August, a month before the event:

"Felipe said he wanted to see for himself how I would do and that it would be good for the game," said Harris.

According to the on the spot reports, Harris was baseball's first ambidextrous pitcher since Elon (Ice Box) Chamberlain in 1888. Chamberlain was with Louisville in the American Association, then a major league. He gave up a ninth-inning home run and lost 9-8.

It has since been established that Tony Mullane, with Baltimore in the NL, was Harris' immediate predecessor. Mullane, in 1893, worked the ninth inning and gave up three runs in a 10-2 loss to the Cubs. He also threw with both hands in 1882 when he was with Louisville. In 1884, Larry Corcoran, in a game when the Cubs were running out of pitchers, worked four middle innings, the record for longevity.

There were probably as many as a half dozen ambidextrous pitchers in the 20th Century who threw on the sidelines but never in a game. Among them were Cal McLish, a 15-year veteran who was with six clubs; Ed Head of the old Brooklyn Dodgers; Dave (Boo) Ferris of the Red Sox; Tug McGraw of the Mets, and Jeff Schwarz, who had a brief stay with the White Sox.

The ambidextrous Paul Richards, who later had a distinguished managerial career with the White Sox and Orioles, claimed that when he was in high school, in Waxahachie, Texas, he was featured in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not," after winning a doubleheader by pitching right handed to the right-handed batters and left handed to the left-handed batters.

When he was in the Minors, with Muskogee in the Western Association, Richards was confronted with the ultimate dilemma: the switch-pitcher vs. the switch-hitter.

Summoned in ninth-inning relief, Richards was ready to pitch right handed to Charlie Wilson, a switch-hitter. Wilson countered by crossing the plate and stepping into the left-handed batters' box. The amusement continued for several minutes as Wilson jumped from one side to the other.

Exasperated, Richards threw his glove on the mound and faced Wilson with both feet square on the rubber.

"I put my hands behind my back," Richards recalled, "and shouted, "I'll wait until you choose your poison."

Jerome Holtzman is the Official Historian for Major League Baseball. He is a frequent contributor to majorleaguebaseball.com.

c('°c) (Leee), Monday, 2 October 2006 19:35 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

I guess this would go here: Baseball Reference has been tracking when the 200,000th game in major league history will be played, and it'll happen this Saturday. At the end of play yesterday, the total sat at 199,952. (Note they tack on: "If you recognize the National Association as a major league [and many do], the 200,000th game was played on July 4th, 2011 by the Reds and Cardinals [if you go by start times]." Was that a story last year? I don't remember it.)

clemenza, Thursday, 22 September 2011 12:12 (nine years ago) link

As a child I had this book, which was wonderful, and filled with stories like those detailed above -


TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 22 September 2011 12:56 (nine years ago) link

This is pretty weird--easy to explain, but weird nonetheless.


clemenza, Monday, 3 October 2011 22:34 (nine years ago) link

I was shocked to hear that the Yankees three grand slams against the Athletics this August was an MLB first.

Sure, it's tough enough to load the bases three times in one game, but not until 2011?

san lazaro, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 01:24 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Not really a record, although I'm sure no one else has ever done it (from an HHH comments thread):

In 1970, Horace Clarke spoiled three no-hitters in the 9th in a span of less than a month! (June 4, June 19, July 2).

This in a year when Clarke managed to have 731 PA out of the lead-off spot and score 81 runs.

clemenza, Saturday, 7 September 2013 15:44 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

Again, not a record, just unusual (from High Heat Stats):

The three pitchers with the most career regular season innings pitched over the last one hundred years of major league baseball are Phil Niekro, Nolan Ryan, and Gaylord Perry. These three combined for 73 seasons of pitching in the majors, 2,179 regular season starts, and 956 regular season Wins. They faced a combined 67,205 batters in the regular season and pitched a combined total of 16,140 regular season innings. Unfortunately, the three combined for zero World Series starts, zero World Series wins, two and one-third innings pitched in the World Series, and ten batters faced in the World Series.

clemenza, Saturday, 18 January 2014 23:32 (seven years ago) link

all the WS exp is Ryan's in '69?

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 19 January 2014 01:43 (seven years ago) link

Haven't checked, but must be. Which makes it even more bizarre--nothing from 1970 on, which encompasses about 50 seasons between them.

clemenza, Sunday, 19 January 2014 03:06 (seven years ago) link

Those seasons were spent with expansions teams, 13 years in both Texas team doesn't help for the WS. Actually Ryan could be the best player to ever only play in expansion teams.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:13 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Jacoby Ellsbury: 1st player with 2 leadoff catchers' interferences in a season since Pete Rose in 1969

mookieproof, Monday, 31 August 2015 23:41 (five years ago) link

First time since 1950 that two guys on the same team have had 35 RBI in a month (Edwin and Donaldson).

clemenza, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 00:39 (five years ago) link


The weirdness and difficulty of this is obvious.

clemenza, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 13:15 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

All 6 probable pitchers in the Brewers/Reds series are rookies. According to STATS, last time that happened in a 3-game series was 1924.

mookieproof, Friday, 18 September 2015 17:49 (five years ago) link

I love this thread

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 18 September 2015 18:08 (five years ago) link

rizzo now one HBP away from the second 30 HR/30 HBP season ever

i'll bet you can guess who had the first

mookieproof, Friday, 18 September 2015 21:24 (five years ago) link


clemenza, Friday, 18 September 2015 21:26 (five years ago) link


mookieproof, Friday, 18 September 2015 21:26 (five years ago) link

Yeah, just looked him up--a lot of 15-20 seasons for HBP, 41st on the career list.

clemenza, Friday, 18 September 2015 21:28 (five years ago) link


Heel of Fortune (WilliamC), Friday, 18 September 2015 21:37 (five years ago) link


mookieproof, Friday, 18 September 2015 21:40 (five years ago) link

Kendrys Morales' three HR and triple tonight the seventh time that's ever been done. I wouldn't have guessed even that many.

clemenza, Monday, 21 September 2015 02:56 (five years ago) link

When was last time fore this?

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Monday, 21 September 2015 03:48 (five years ago) link

And a walk!

1996 ball boy (Karl Malone), Monday, 21 September 2015 03:58 (five years ago) link

ryan braun, april 30, 2012

then 1975

then 1950

mookieproof, Monday, 21 September 2015 04:23 (five years ago) link

Do you have play index, mookie? I'd be interested in knowing who the other five were.

clemenza, Monday, 21 September 2015 14:29 (five years ago) link

i don't, but these are the dates it gives if you want to look them up individually


mookieproof, Monday, 21 September 2015 14:49 (five years ago) link

Thanks, I'll try to figure it out tonight if I get ambitious. Checking high-scoring games from 1975-06-18, zeroed in on Lynn's famous game: 5 for 6, triple, 3 HR, 4 runs, 10 RBI.

clemenza, Monday, 21 September 2015 15:14 (five years ago) link

Wes Westrum (C) for the NY Giants in 1950 vs. the Reds, final score 12-2

Interestingly it WASN'T in the Pirates-Dodgers game from the same day, where the score was 21-12 for Brooklyn

Bouncy Castlevania (Will M.), Monday, 21 September 2015 15:26 (five years ago) link

Started looking up the 3-HR/triple guys, but couldn't find anybody for 1945-07-13--that date might be wrong.

Came across this in the Toronto Sun yesterday, so who knows how reliable it is: Marcus Stroman is the third guy ever, and first since a couple of Pirates in 1901 and 1902, to get his first three starts of the season in September and win all three. That seems kind of amazing. I know September call-ups are generally relegated to the bullpen, but you'd think there'd be at least a few in there who would have started and managed to win their first three starts.

clemenza, Friday, 25 September 2015 11:48 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

Had some time to kill in a mall yesterday, so I bought a preseason annual off the magazine rack (Athlon's), something I haven't done in probably a decade. I've got a ton of Street & Smith and Sporting News annuals from the '70s/'80s/'90s.

The end-page has a list of "Abstruse Stuff That Never Happened Until 2015." A few, like Daniel Murphy, were well publicized, but a few that caught my eye.

-- Nolan Arenadol's 89 XBH at third was a record--don't recall hearing that
-- Evan Gattis first guy weighing at least 260 to hit 11 triples (one of those phony combination stats: probably a lot of guys weighing 259 have hit 10)
-- Pierzynski first guy to hit exactly .300 four times
-- Chris Young vs. Altuve in the playoffs: first 16-inch height differential
-- 30+ doubles first 11 seasons (Cano)

Also, first time "abstruse" has ever been used in a baseball annual.

clemenza, Saturday, 20 February 2016 14:36 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

What's the record for HR in a loss? The White Sox hit seven solo home runs today and lost to the Jays, 10-8.

clemenza, Saturday, 25 June 2016 21:32 (five years ago) link

apparently that tied the record! the Detroit Tigers had the record to themselves before today, via two separate occasions:



i don't know how up to date baseball almanac is, though.

nomar, Saturday, 25 June 2016 21:51 (five years ago) link

looks like just those two (or so it would seem; i don't actually have a b-ref subscription). looking it up led me to this insane game, in which the losing team hit six and neither starter got more than one out:


mookieproof, Saturday, 25 June 2016 22:18 (five years ago) link

Thanks. They mentioned the more recent Tigers game just after I posted.

clemenza, Saturday, 25 June 2016 22:51 (five years ago) link

Kris Bryant's three home runs and two doubles tonight is the first time that's happened since 1913? That's so weird--much rarer than even four home runs.

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 02:33 (five years ago) link


(former pirates opening day starter) oliver perez just joined this list of recent relievers with two hits in a game

mookieproof, Friday, 8 July 2016 01:37 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

the orioles have tied the major league record (set by themselves in 1998-99) by going 58 straight games without a triple

mookieproof, Friday, 5 August 2016 14:57 (four years ago) link

Jays striking out 61 times in a 4-game series (22/14/14/11) must be a record.

clemenza, Friday, 5 August 2016 20:50 (four years ago) link

AP confirms

"Houston pitchers had a major league-record 61 strikeouts in the four-game series — three more than the previous mark set by Cincinnati pitchers against San Diego in 2008. Astros pitchers also set a three-game series record with 52 against Baltimore from May 24-26."

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Friday, 5 August 2016 20:55 (four years ago) link

congrats to BCrawford, u hairy fuckin' stud, on yr 7-hit game.

The previous player to get seven hits in a game was Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rennie Stennett on Sept. 16, 1975, at the Chicago Cubs. He did it in nine innings, the only big leaguer to accomplish that feat since before 1900.

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 15:10 (four years ago) link

brewers just became (i'm told) the eighth team since 1940 to score in every inning (assuming they don't have to play the bottom of the ninth)

there have been 18 perfect games since 1940

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:23 (four years ago) link

only eight?

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 11 August 2016 22:39 (four years ago) link


It was the eighth time since 1961 a team has scored in each inning it hit during a nine-inning game, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

mookieproof, Friday, 12 August 2016 01:14 (four years ago) link

how bout my Brewers

frogbs, Friday, 12 August 2016 03:43 (four years ago) link

Jays the first team since the '54 Indians to win five straight series in Yankee Stadium.

Second one today, not as interesting: Osuna first 21-year-old to reach 47 career saves.

Bad news: Donaldson removed himself from the game with a possible hand injury.

clemenza, Wednesday, 17 August 2016 20:04 (four years ago) link

(Tyler) Naquin’s walkoff inside-the-parker was the second in club history, with the other coming in 1916 – by Braggo Roth at Dunn Field (later named League Park).


earlnash, Saturday, 20 August 2016 15:02 (four years ago) link

An e-mail to James points out that the Cubs had Rizzo, Szczur, Zastryzny, Baez, and Zobrist in their lineup at one point Friday night. I don't think Play Index will be of help here.

clemenza, Sunday, 21 August 2016 18:04 (four years ago) link

Cubs need to look into a trade for Rzepczynski

I look forward to hearing from you shortly, (Karl Malone), Sunday, 21 August 2016 18:29 (four years ago) link

lance zawadzki is waiting by the phone

mookieproof, Sunday, 21 August 2016 19:41 (four years ago) link

Just noticed who sent the e-mail: one "bobzeni"!

clemenza, Sunday, 21 August 2016 19:55 (four years ago) link

(Rest of ILB: "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...")

clemenza, Sunday, 21 August 2016 19:56 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Reds bullpen gave up it's record setting 93rd HR breaking the record of 92 from the 1964 KC A's!

They still got a shot at 100 with 16 games to go! I'm sure Kris Bryant has a couple more 4-5 games with 3HRs and 2x2Bs left in him against Reds pitching.


earlnash, Saturday, 17 September 2016 14:30 (four years ago) link

Hunter Renfroe is the first player to be intentionally walked in his first big league plate appearance since Luis Lopez in 2001.

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 September 2016 13:56 (four years ago) link

see also: https://twitter.com/johnmanuelba/status/778995833177972736

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 September 2016 16:39 (four years ago) link


Reds pitchers have a -1.2 WAR. No pitching staff has ever finished with a negative WAR.

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 September 2016 21:35 (four years ago) link

teixeira hit his 409th homer last night; it was the first (regular season) walk-off homer of his career

he had been the player to hit the most homers without a walk-off -- not sure who it is now

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:10 (four years ago) link

A true 2016 record pointed out by the Jays' broadcasters: Jays the first team to have their starters lead the league in IP without a complete game.

clemenza, Sunday, 2 October 2016 22:56 (four years ago) link

Matt Sussman, BP:

Ryan Schimpf finished the season with 20 home runs and 18 singles. Only he, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds (minimum 200 PA) can say they did that. Which means, of course, that Ryan Schimpf is not going to be a Hall of Famer.

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 03:18 (four years ago) link

the 2016 indians, plus these 14 other teams, are the only clubs to make the playoffs without hitting a grand slam

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:53 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

I thought there was another thread for general baseball weirdness...Anyway, in nine out of eleven seasons, the "most similar by age" for Alex Gonzalez of the Jays/Cubs was the other Alex Gonzalez. For their careers, they had a similarity score of 906.

Alex Gonzalez #1 (1994-2006): 5528 PA, 137 HR, .243/.302/.391, 79 OPS+
Alex Gonzalez #2 (1998-2014): 6248 PA, 157 HR, .245/.290/.395, 79 OPS+

Not sure if there was a sizable similarity bonus for their names.

clemenza, Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:11 (two years ago) link

both played for Toronto as some point too!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:36 (two years ago) link

I’m going to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure that I knew there were two different Alex Gonzalezes.

omar little, Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:41 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

I don't know where to put this...

Posnanski was writing about Luis Tiant today. Where he and Gibson stood on July 4, 1968:

Gibson: 10-5, 1.13 ERA, 151 innings, 109 Ks, 31 walks, .180 batting average against
Tiant: 13-5, 1.11 ERA, 146 innings, 150 Ks, 43 walks, .161 batting average against

Tiant, at that point, was having a better season than what is generally considered the greatest season (or at least the equal of one of Pedro's big two) by a post-war starter.

clemenza, Thursday, 4 April 2019 02:47 (two years ago) link

Put it in the record books—the Mariners have hit a home run in 1️⃣5️⃣ straight games to start the season. 💥 pic.twitter.com/tIAHp1lZNC

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 11, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:32 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Made me smile:

Today's news prompted me to look up Satchel Paige, wondering if he might be in line for any records. Not close. But I did find out that the active leader in complete games, Verlander with 26, is not in the Top 1,000 on the all-time list, but a whole bunch of guys with 1 are tied for 98th on the active list.

clemenza, Thursday, 17 December 2020 02:17 (seven months ago) link

five months pass...

Can one game have any predictive value for the HOF? Found this reader e-mail to James today fascinating.

There are 13 pitchers who have had game scores of at least 100 in a 9 inning game. Of these, 9 are either in the Hall of Fame (Spahn, Koufax, Ryan, Randy Johnson, or have a very good chance to be selected (Schilling, Kershaw, Scherzer, Verlander, Gerrit Cole). The other four were Nap Rucker, Kerry Wood, Brandon Morrow, and Matt Cain. Can you think of anything else a player can do in 3% of his season that comes close to being this predictive of his chances of making the Hall?

And Wood and Cain had potential HOF careers derailed by injury.

clemenza, Saturday, 5 June 2021 00:46 (one month ago) link

20K games have (what should be) an 75% HOF success rate:
clemens, randy johnson, kerry wood, max scherzer

k3vin k., Saturday, 5 June 2021 01:09 (one month ago) link

Can't seem to conjure one up on the internet, but I think a list of 15-plus-Ks/no-walks games also yields a high percentage of HOF'ers.

clemenza, Saturday, 5 June 2021 03:26 (one month ago) link

was wondering if 4 HR games might also be predictive but then I remember that Scooter Gennett had one

frogbs, Saturday, 5 June 2021 03:52 (one month ago) link

lol, I did the very same!

Karl Malone, Saturday, 5 June 2021 04:04 (one month ago) link

mark whiten is in *my* hall of fame

mookieproof, Saturday, 5 June 2021 05:49 (one month ago) link

a clear hall of famer, it skews the sample

Karl Malone, Saturday, 5 June 2021 05:52 (one month ago) link

anyway four-homer games have five of 18 in the hall (and gil hodges was pretty close)

mookieproof, Saturday, 5 June 2021 05:56 (one month ago) link

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