Quiz – Sluggers (stumped, sort of)

There have been many prolific power hitters in baseball history, but only these eight have a particular career accomplishment. What is it?

Rk Name 1 Albert Pujols 2 Lou Gehrig 3 David Ortiz 4 Todd Helton 5 Albert Belle 6 Hank Greenberg 7 Chuck Klein 8 Babe Ruth Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 10/20/2014.

Hint: the active players shown here are not in danger of dropping off this list by the time they retire...


Circle of Greats 1912 Results: Voters Say Arky Unlocks COG Door

For the second round in a row, Circle of Greats voters wasted no time inducting a player who the baseball writers voting on Hall of Fame candidates had egregiously overlooked. Following the example of Johnny Mize last round, Arky Vaughan had no problem gathering well more than enough support to become, in his first round of eligibility, the 74th inductee into the High Heat Stats Circle of Greats. More on Arkansas native Joseph Floyd Vaughan...


Whiffing more and scoring less: how big is the impact?

On Wednesday’s NLCS game, Tom Verducci remarked on this factoid.

Rk Tm Year Games W L PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SB CS 1 SFG 2014 5 4 1 Ind. Games 189 169 15 41 5 1 0 12 13 18 .243 .301 .284 .585 2 2 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 10/16/2014.

Above is a list by team of the number of 2014 post-season games with 4 or fewer batting strikeouts...


Quiz – Have Glove, Will Travel (solved)

The players in this quiz were all well traveled. But, what career accomplishment distinguishes them from all other players since 1901?

Rk Name 1 Frank O’Rourke 2 Denis Menke 3 Eric McNair 4 Barry McCormick 5 Buck Herzog 6 Tony Fernandez Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 10/14/2014.

Congratulations to Richard Chester! He knew right away that only these players were regulars for three different franchises, and had a season playing 100 games at a different position with each of those teams...


Circle of Greats Round 73 Results: COG is The Big Cat’s Cradle

Johnny Mize was not inducted into the Hall of Fame by the primary route of election by the Baseball Writers’ Association. Instead, he had to wait for induction into the Hall of Fame by the secondary method of a Veterans Committee. Mize’s case has long been recognized as one of the biggest oversights by the baseball writers’ Hall of Fame voting process. No oversight in our voting process however, as Mize easily becomes, in his first round of eligibility...