High Heat Stats is looking for a few good men and women (a call for new baseball writers)

UPDATE: We have found 5 new writers, to be announced shortly.

High High Stats is looking to add some new writers. I have a few people in mind, but haven’t approached anybody yet, so if you’re interested, please drop me an email.

Here are some of the details:

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How did Bob Gibson’s career end?

On this date in 1975, according to the Baseball-Reference.com Bullpen entry for today:

On the final pitch of his Hall of Fame career, Cardinals great Bob Gibson gives up a grand slam to Pete LaCock. It will be LaCock’s only bases-loaded homer of his career.

I have heard this fact many times–it’s a sad thing.

But a fellow on Twitter named Al Yellon (@bleedcubbieblue) pointed out to me that this “fact”...

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Politics

If you blog about politics, or administer a website about politics, let me know. I am working with a fantastic new group that is running a fantasy competition (like fantasy baseball) all about politics, and they are looking to pay people to refer new users. Email me andy@ (this blog address) or just post a comment below and I’lll email you.

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Remembering Albert: Pujols hit #400 2 years ago today

Today in 2010, Albert Pujols hit career homer run #400. He was the 3rd youngest player to reach that plateau, behind just Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr.

At the time, Pujols seemed unstoppable. Over the first 10 full years of his career (2001-2010) he averaged 40.8 HR and 123.0 RBI per season. Thanks to injuries and a slip in his performance, though, he hasn’t been quite the same guy since.

That day 2 years ago was the 1,523rd game of Pujols’...

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Reggie Jefferson: the High Heat Stats interview @ReggieJefferson

Reggie Jefferson played 9 seasons in the majors and is the closest to a .300 hitter you’ll ever see. With 637 hits in 2,123 career at-bats, his final MLB batting average is 0.300047.  Jefferson also had a lot of power, posting a career .474 SLG and 112 OPS+.

Jefferson played for 4 teams in the big leagues plus 1 year in Japan. In 320 games for Boston from 1996 to 1998, he hit .327/.372/.524 with a 127 OPS...

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How do some players maintain such high BAbips?

Some players seem to be able to maintain really high BAbips (batting average on balls in play.) It’s one thing for a guy like Ichiro to do it…he has a .347 career BAbip, which is really high, but not so much higher than his career BA of .322.

Here are active players (minimum 2000 plate appearances) with BAbips at least 20% higher than their batting averages, minimum .296 BAbip, which is league average for 2012 only...

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It’s been 5 years since Barry became king

My how time flies. It was 5 years ago today that Barry Bonds passed Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader among MLB players.

I’ve got two questions–how did you feel then and how do you feel now?

Then–I didn’t care. Even more than that, I went out of my way to avoid news of it and acted like it was even happening. I hated Bonds as a person, hated Selig as commissioner...

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Out with a bang, out with a whimper

Out with a bang

Here are retired players since 1901 with the highest OPS+ values in their final season (minimum 200 plate appearances):

Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG Pos 1 Ted Williams 190 390 1960 41 BOS 113 310 56 98 15 0 29 72 .316 .451 .645 *7 2 Shoeless Joe Jackson 172 649 1920 32 CHW 146 570 105 218 42 20 12 121 .382 .444 .589 *7/9 3 Barry Bonds 169 477 2007 42 SFG 126 340 75 94 14 0 28 66 .276 .480 .565 *7/D 4 Joe Adcock 167 265 1966 38 CAL 83 231 33 63 10 3 18 48 .273 .355 .576 *3 5 Will Clark 145 507 2000 36 TOT 130 427 78 136 30 2 21 70 .319 .418 .546 *3/D 6 Mickey Mantle 143 547 1968 36 NYY 144 435 57 103 14 1 18 54 .237 .385 .398 *3 7 Happy Felsch 143 615 1920 28 CHW 142 556 88 188 40 15 14 115 .338 .384 .540 *8 8 Dave Nilsson 141 404 1999 29 MIL 115 343 56 106 19 1 21 62 .309 .400 .554 *2/D 9 Brian Downing 138 391 1992 41 TEX 107 320 53 89 18 0 10 39 .278 .407 .428 *D/4 10 Roberto Clemente 138 413 1972 37 PIT 102 378 68 118 19 7 10 60 .312 .356 .479 *9 11 Buzz Arlett 138 469 1931 32 PHI 121 418 65 131 26 7 18 72 .313 .387 .538 *93 12 Steve Evans 138 638 1915 30 TOT 151 556 94 171 34 10 4 67 .308 .392 .426 *9/3 13 Joe Riggert 135 270 1919 32 BSN 63 240 34 68 8 5 4 17 .283 .356 .408 *8 14 Frank Huelsman 135 465 1905 31 WSH 121 421 48 114 28 8 3 62 .271 .333 .397 *7/9 15 Reggie Smith 134 398 1982 37 SFG 106 349 51 99 11 0 18 56 .284 .364 .470 *3 16 Frank Schulte 134 328 1918 35 WSH 93 267 35 77 14 3 0 44 .288 .406 .363 *97/8 17 Bill Keister 133 429 1903 31 PHI 100 400 53 128 27 7 3 63 .320 .352 .445 *9 18 Butch Nieman 132 291 1945 27 BSN 97 247 43 61 15 0 14 56 .247 .361 .478 79 19 John Titus 132 317 1913 37 BSN 87 269 33 80 14 2 5 38 .297 .392 .420 *9 20 Hank Greenberg 131 510 1947 36 PIT 125 402 71 100 13 2 25 74 .249 .408 .478 *3 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 8/4/2012...
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