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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) link

happy 4/20 mookie!

Van Horn Street, Friday, 20 April 2018 18:50 (one year ago) link

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) link

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) link

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

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

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

mookieproof, Monday, 7 May 2018 15:42 (one year ago) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

ralph branca!

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

Karl Malone, Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:41 (one year ago) link

Wes Ferrell TWICE

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:50 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 15:44 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

baseball is a weird game

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:10 (one year ago) link

the only winning move is not to play

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:13 (one year ago) link

https://goo.gl/images/WB7A3m

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:19 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

Karl Malone, Friday, 20 July 2018 22:01 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

(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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

Obviously, batting average is a rather limited way to look at this. When you look at his whole batting line, Davis's OBPs and SLGs bounce around normally.

clemenza, Sunday, 22 July 2018 23:20 (one year ago) link

Just discovered that a) Soto has a nickname already ("Childish Bambino"), and b) we share a birthday.

clemenza, Saturday, 28 July 2018 14:43 (one year ago) link

Top 10 most Home Runs as a teenager:

1. Tony Conigliaro (Boston) 24
2. Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals) 22
3. Mel Ott (NY Giants) 19
4. Ken Griffey, Jr. (Seattle) 16
5. Phil Cavarretta (Cubs) 14
6. Juan Soto (Washington Nationals) 13 <-Turns 20 October 25, 2018
6. Mickey Mantle (NY Yankees) 13
8. Ed Kranepool (NY Mets) 12
9. Robin Yount (Milwaukee) 11
10. Harmon Killebrew (Washington Senators) 9

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 28 July 2018 16:58 (one year ago) link

I'm still tied for last for Most Home Runs as a 56-year-old (but, like Juan, have till Oct. 25, 2018, to make my move).

clemenza, Saturday, 28 July 2018 17:46 (one year ago) link

catcher sal perez with an unassisted double play today

mookieproof, Saturday, 28 July 2018 19:13 (one year ago) link

what -- how?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 28 July 2018 20:28 (one year ago) link

OK I watched the replay haahahahhahhahha

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 28 July 2018 20:30 (one year ago) link

getting conflicting reports on how rare that is, but it's not *common*

only two catchers have ever done it twice in one season -- jorge posada in 2000 and frank crossin in 1914

alex avila did it in 2013, which may or may not be the previously most recent

mookieproof, Saturday, 28 July 2018 20:53 (one year ago) link

Yankees have to hit home runs as they do some dumb, dumb stuff on the base paths.

earlnash, Saturday, 28 July 2018 21:01 (one year ago) link

john gant is currently tied with 3 other players for the most career ABs (26) with an on-base percentage of .000

https://www.vivaelbirdos.com/2018/7/30/17628794/john-gants-descent-into-despair

Karl Malone, Monday, 30 July 2018 16:55 (one year ago) link

i'm assuming that other players have broken this record before, of course, and then gone on to get on base

Karl Malone, Monday, 30 July 2018 16:56 (one year ago) link

Soto has a shot to hit 60 before turning 21 (he's on pace for 56 career HR by end of season, he turns 21 in October).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:44 (one month ago) link

those dudes are so good. Acuna has got to be making a late run for MVP consideration at this point too; clearly still a tier below Belli and Yeli but the voters always like a guy on a contender who turns it on in the last couple months...

omar little, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:00 (one month ago) link

voters do like them, which is why no one needs to care about awards

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:02 (one month ago) link

speaking of which

Juan Soto hit his 25th HR of the year yesterday. He's the 11th player in MLB history to hit 25+ in a season before age-21 pic.twitter.com/MS3dm2rFAG

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) August 14, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 21:07 (one month ago) link

I'm projecting him at 34 for the year which would put him on pace for #4 on that list.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 21:32 (one month ago) link

Mat Albers just threw 11 straight balls in a one-run save situation and still somehow got the save

dunno if that's significant but it feels like it belongs here

frogbs, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 22:04 (one month ago) link

(xpost) We always talk about small sample sizes, but when linked to age, it's amazing how strong that list is. Again, it's active players (one of whom is again Trout), the special case of Conigliaro, and seven HOF'ers after that (only one of whom, Cepeda, isn't inner circle)...well, okay, there's the technicality of A-Rod. But the point stands.

clemenza, Thursday, 15 August 2019 01:15 (one month ago) link

Posnanski has spent the last month obsessing over a streak whereby at least one player in either league has a two-homer game. Last night the streak hit 31 days, an all-time record.

clemenza, Thursday, 15 August 2019 13:54 (one month ago) link

The Braves beat the Marlins 5-0 without hitting any singles or doubles, the 4th time they've done that in team history if I heard right. One triple and two homers.

The Chronicles of Ermagerd (WmC), Thursday, 22 August 2019 02:09 (one month ago) link

Saturday, the Tigers became the first team ever to strike out 24 times in a game without a walk. And they became the first team to ever have six players strike out at least three times in one game, confirmed by @EliasSports. #quirkjians

— Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) August 21, 2019

Andy K, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:12 (one month ago) link

in their last six games, the pirates have scored one run before the eighth inning

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:23 (one month ago) link

Per B-Ref, the Angels are now on pace to become the first modern-era team to have zero pitchers reach 100 IP, and the second modern-era team to not have a pitcher make 20 starts (1919 Phillies). https://t.co/GZd9b6f7w6

— Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb (@simon_shargot) August 22, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 August 2019 07:54 (four weeks ago) link

Mets have struck out 26 in the first 14 innings of tonight's game (and it may not be over) -- ties ML record it seems

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 August 2019 03:42 (four weeks ago) link

Jacob deGrom accomplished the exceptionally rare feat of hitting a home run and striking out at least 13 batters in the same game for the second time this season. He is the first player to ever accomplish the feat twice in his career.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:34 (four weeks ago) link

a few weeks ago, lake elsinore was down 13-3 with two outs in the ninth and no one on at lancaster (this is the high-a california league). they then scored 10 runs to tie it before winning in the 10th


Lake Elsinore Top of the 9th

Pitching Change: Austin Moore replaces Salvador Justo.
Jalen Washington pops out to second baseman LeeMarcus Boyd.
Allen Cordoba singles on a line drive to center fielder Matt Hearn.
Allen Cordoba advances to 2nd on defensive indifference.
Xavier Edwards flies out to left fielder Casey Golden.
Luis Campusano walks. Allen Cordoba to 3rd. Wild pitch by pitcher Austin Moore. Allen Cordoba to 3rd.
Gabriel Arias singles on a line drive to left fielder Casey Golden. Allen Cordoba scores. Luis Campusano to 2nd.
Mound Visit.
Eguy Rosario doubles (20) on a fly ball to right fielder Luke Morgan. Luis Campusano scores. Gabriel Arias scores.
Tirso Ornelas walks.
Mound Visit.
Pitching Change: Robert Tyler replaces Austin Moore.
Olivier Basabe walks. Eguy Rosario to 3rd. Tirso Ornelas to 2nd.
Jeisson Rosario walks. Eguy Rosario scores. Tirso Ornelas to 3rd. Olivier Basabe to 2nd.
Mound Visit.
Jalen Washington singles on a line drive to left fielder Casey Golden. Tirso Ornelas scores. Olivier Basabe scores. Jeisson Rosario to 2nd.
Mound Visit.
Pitching Change: Tommy Doyle replaces Robert Tyler.
Allen Cordoba singles on a ground ball to shortstop Taylor Snyder. Jeisson Rosario scores. Jalen Washington to 2nd. Throwing error by shortstop Taylor Snyder.
Xavier Edwards walks. Jalen Washington to 3rd. Allen Cordoba to 2nd.
Luis Campusano singles on a line drive to center fielder Matt Hearn. Jalen Washington scores. Allen Cordoba scores. Xavier Edwards to 3rd.
Gabriel Arias singles on a line drive to center fielder Matt Hearn. Xavier Edwards scores. Luis Campusano to 2nd.
Eguy Rosario strikes out swinging.

mookieproof, Friday, 30 August 2019 14:40 (three weeks ago) link

oh, i guess there was one on. still

mookieproof, Friday, 30 August 2019 14:45 (three weeks ago) link

fwiw Lake Elsinore is one of the best MiLB watching experiences i have had

very good burritos

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 30 August 2019 14:51 (three weeks ago) link

xp: Fuck the mercy rule.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 30 August 2019 15:43 (three weeks ago) link

In their win, the Nationals became the first National League team since the 1969 Astros to have three pitchers with at least 200 or more strikeouts each. (name the Houston trio; I know two...)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 September 2019 14:01 (two weeks ago) link

Dierker and Wilson for sure, then I draw a blank. And I should know because of Ball Four.

clemenza, Monday, 2 September 2019 14:28 (two weeks ago) link

Checked, and I have zero recollection of the third guy. I don't think he's even mentioned in Ball Four.

clemenza, Monday, 2 September 2019 14:29 (two weeks ago) link

I remember Tom Griffin bcz he pitched throughout the '70s.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 September 2019 14:43 (two weeks ago) link

Verlander/Cole are the first consecutive 14-K games ever. Surprised--thought Ryan/Tanana, Johnson/Schilling, McDowell/Tiant, etc. might have done it.

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 04:15 (two weeks ago) link

Verlander (again): that bizarre loss last week was tied for the 15th-toughest ever by Game Score:

http://www.billjamesonline.com/being_a_good_loser/

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 21:17 (two weeks ago) link

What a, uh, lively trio of games: historically tough loss, historically great no-hitter, and in between a game where he gets ejected in the 4th and breaks his 10-K streak.

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 21:19 (two weeks ago) link

Raisel Iglesias appeared in 59 games this year, mostly as the Reds' closer, and he has 11 losses.

omar little, Thursday, 5 September 2019 21:10 (two weeks ago) link

That's not a "coincidence"--that's Twilight Zone-bizarre, if only for a day.

https://www.mlb.com/news/bruce-bochy-career-managerial-record-coincidence

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:18 (one week ago) link

Astros are the first team since the Brooklyn Bridegrooms on Aug. 6-7, 1894 to have a game in which they scored at least 20 runs and a different game in which they allowed at least 20 runs within a three-game span.

— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 11, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:20 (one week ago) link

mariners have used an MLB-record 65 players this season (and will likely go to at least 66), passing the 2014 rangers' 64

#dipoto

mookieproof, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:24 (one week ago) link

I wonder where Mitch Garver's season stacks up compared to other power-hitting catchers. he has 30 HR, 29 as a catcher. it's probably a bit too obscure to find the fewest AB to 30 HR at the catcher position, but he might be about to blow past it, having appeared in only 83 games.

omar little, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:43 (one week ago) link

it looks like the Braves may very well have three players hit 40+ HR (Acuna has 39, Freeman 38, Donaldson 37), which would be only the fourth time in MLB history it's occurred. The other three times: twice by the Rockies ('96 w/Burks, Galarraga, and Castilla & '97 w/Walker, Galarraga, and Castilla), and of course the '73 Braves (Aaron, Evans, Davey Johnson).

omar little, Friday, 13 September 2019 03:51 (one week ago) link

seattle's kyle lewis is the second player to homer in each of his first three MLB games

he hit a career-high 11 over 122 games for double-a arkansas this year (which tbf is one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the minors)

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 18:02 (one week ago) link

We should start a new thread for Home Run Records Not Broken in 2019. I'll start:

1) No one will hit 74 HR this year.
2) No one will hit 763 HR this year.

After that, I get stuck.

clemenza, Friday, 13 September 2019 19:15 (one week ago) link

i'm told that 16 teams are on pace to break their single-season homer records

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 19:33 (one week ago) link

the two homered-in-their-first-three-games guys, kyle lewis and trevor story, both (at different times) played for modesto in the california league and both lived with the same host family

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 21:38 (one week ago) link

The Diamondbacks had just 1 baserunner tonight, a Nick Ahmed 3B, but won 1-0 vs the Reds.

They're the 1st team in the Modern Era (since 1900) to win a game with just 1 baserunner, in a 9+ inning game.

(Which means the Reds are the 1st team to lose such a game)

h/t @EliasSports

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) September 15, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 September 2019 13:53 (one week ago) link

At 24 years, 287 days, Pete Alonso is the third-youngest player to hit 50 in a season. Only Prince Fielder (23 years, 139 days) and Willie Mays (24, 137) were younger.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 21 September 2019 13:34 (yesterday) link


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