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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

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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

After his two-bagger on Sunday afternoon, Pete Alonso became the first rookie in MLB history to record 30 doubles and 50 home runs.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 September 2019 14:28 (five months ago) link

Nick Castellanos on the cusp of 60 doubles

https://www.mlb.com/news/nicholas-castellanos-on-historic-doubles-pace

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 September 2019 14:29 (five months ago) link

Doubles at Comerica (210 PAs): 17
Doubles at Wrigley (119 PAs): 17

Andy K, Monday, 23 September 2019 15:36 (five months ago) link

last week i was kinda hoping that one of the yankees would, in a three-game series, match castellanos' total of three homers in 49 games at comerica

mookieproof, Monday, 23 September 2019 15:46 (five months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EFPEosdW4AAwFr8?format=jpg&name=small

mookieproof, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 14:17 (five months ago) link

now we're in deep

Austin Hays of the @Orioles is the first MLB rookie to have 5+ RBI, a stolen base and an outfield assist in the same game since RBI became an official stat in 1920.#Birdland

— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) September 24, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 14:23 (five months ago) link

50 HRs and a SLG under .600:
Cecil Fielder, 1990
Greg Vaughn, 1998
Andruw Jones, 2005
Pete Alonso, 2019https://t.co/fHrRvZh1Hwhttps://t.co/MsqIeDThFl

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) September 25, 2019

Andy K, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 20:24 (five months ago) link

Eugenio Suarez on the cusp of possibly sharing that distinction

omar little, Thursday, 26 September 2019 00:11 (five months ago) link

Alonso 52 ties Judge

"When I think of baseball history, I think old-timey guys like Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds,'' Alonso said. "Geez, I mean, to think that as a rookie I hit more homers than everyone except for one guy, it's nuts. It's crazy. I'm not trying to sound any other way. It's just, wow.''

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 28 September 2019 12:33 (four months ago) link

lol

johnny crunch, Saturday, 28 September 2019 12:42 (four months ago) link

tim anderson's 15 walks are the fewest ever for a batting champion

mookieproof, Monday, 30 September 2019 00:07 (four months ago) link

15???!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 30 September 2019 07:49 (four months ago) link

lol batting champions

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 September 2019 10:54 (four months ago) link

There's a reason they're not called "walking champions"...

*grabs crotch, spits chew*

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 30 September 2019 15:46 (four months ago) link

Roberto Pérez just became one of only 9 catchers to play 100 games with 0 passed balls.

I told him that last week and I don't think he knew, and thank god he made it through the last week without my jinx taking him out.

— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) September 30, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 30 September 2019 19:52 (four months ago) link

from the Effectively Wild FB group:

If the Rays beat the Astros (107), Yankees (103) & Dodgers (106) that would have to be the most opposing team wins beaten, right? If so, was there even another year with a possible higher total when the playoffs started (WC game not counting)?

Red Sox have the top 2, 2004 with 298 and 2018 with 295.

Any AL team would take the record if they beat the Dodgers in the WS. If the AL WS team beats the Astros at some point, they’re guaranteed to take the record regardless of NL team.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 October 2019 18:21 (four months ago) link

Assuming he plays on Wednesday, Molina will pass Chipper Jones for the National League record for most postseason games with 94.

They're currently tied for 9th most all-time, with all eight players ahead of them being primarily AL players https://t.co/F4M8gP1s10 pic.twitter.com/IZZRFhJv9f

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) October 8, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 14:29 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

"The 6th player to make an error on his birthday in the World Series"

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 26 October 2019 09:29 (four months ago) link

Every single division has won a World Series in the last 6 years. No repeats. Also happened 2001-06.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 November 2019 18:31 (three months ago) link

ok, if the 6 divisions can agree to keep taking turns, and in the same order, we won't have to watch the playoffs any more. and if the teams in each division can agree on taking turns of who wins every year, we don't have to watch baseball at all!

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Friday, 1 November 2019 18:33 (three months ago) link

topic A at the winter meetings

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 November 2019 18:41 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

rando trivia:

during the 1980s and 90s, there were only two players (in two different seasons) who won the "slash-stat triple crown" (leading the league in BA, OBP, and SLG). who were they, and which years?

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Sunday, 24 November 2019 16:55 (three months ago) link

larry walker for the latter

mookieproof, Sunday, 24 November 2019 19:51 (three months ago) link

yessir

hint: the other one is on the other end of the time period in question

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Sunday, 24 November 2019 20:02 (three months ago) link

George Brett 1980?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 24 November 2019 20:14 (three months ago) link

George fucking Brett

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Sunday, 24 November 2019 21:11 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

four catchers who were with the cardinals are in the hall of fame. who are they?

(note: current hall of famer yadier molina is not one)

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:19 (two months ago) link

nor is darrell porter

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:20 (two months ago) link

nope. and not tim mccarver.

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:21 (two months ago) link

hint: only one of the four got in his for work as a cardinals catcher.

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:28 (two months ago) link

Madison Bumgarner has 19 career HR.

Since 2010, only 3 of SF's 420 draft picks have hit *more* career homers (for any team, combined) than that.

Matt Duffy -- 22 HR (16 w/SF)
Joe Panik -- 38 HR (36 w/SF)
Adam Duvall -- 97 HR (3 w/SF)

(h/t Jason Ratliff of @MLBPipeline)

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) December 16, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 16 December 2019 21:53 (two months ago) link


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