The Mount Rushmore of the Cincinnati Reds

Pete-RoseThe Cincinnati Reds trace their origins to an independent club formed in 1881 that became a charter member of the American Association in 1882, before transfering to the National League in 1890 (an earlier NL Cincinnati Reds club was the progenitor of the AA club, but is considered a separate franchise owing to a year’s gap in the operation of the two entities). More popularly, the Reds identify themselves with the Cincinnati Red Stockings, formed in 1866 and a member of the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) from 1867 to 1870, the latter two years operating as a fully professional club.

The Reds are the third of the original NL clubs in our Mount Rushmore series. Your task is to choose the four players who best represent this franchise. Have fun!

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Quiz – 1910 COG Companion (stumped)

Our readers may be aware that COG balloting has been temporarily suspended in the middle of the 1910 round. To tide us over until Part 2 of that round, here’s a quiz involving players born in 1910 and who also share the distinction of a certain seasonal batting accomplishment. What might that be?

Not much interest in solving this one, so I’ll cut to the chase. These are the only players born in 1910 to have a season with matching double-digit totals for walks and RBI and who also played, at some point in their careers, on the same team as another such player. More after the jump.

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Fun with PitchFX – 2014 Starting Pitcher Results

Most of our readers are probably familiar with PitchFX, the computerized measurement system used by MLB to track every pitch thrown in every major league game. The system provides a wealth of statistical data, ranging from type of pitch, pitch velocity and break (vertical and horizontal) as well as pitch location and resulting swing and contact rates.

Using PitchFX data available at, I’ve compiled a series of tables and charts highlighting the 2014 pitching leaders in a variety of statistical categories. Some of the results will make a lot of sense but others may be more surprising. Take a look after the jump.

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The Mount Rushmore of the Philadelphia Phillies

Mike-SchmidtTwo years ago, Andy did a series on choosing the top 4 players representing each major league franchise. Andy finished the American League teams and had started with some of the National League expansion franchises. Those posts and the voting results can be found here.

Since we’ve now begun a long off-season, I thought it might be fun to finish that series by running through the original NL franchises.

To start, readers are asked to choose the 4 players that best represent the Philadelphia Phillies. No rules other than that. Have fun! Continue reading