Ruth’s Chris: Best and Worst First Ball Hitters

Or maybe it’s Chris is Ruth. In fact, if your name is (or sounds like) Chris, you can put up some Ruthian OPS scores when you put the first pitch in play, as shown by this list.

Rk Player OPS ▾ OPStot Diff PA PAtot AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG TB GDP 1 Chris Davis 1.554 .923 .631 74 670 74 36 10 0 11 23 .486 .486 1.068 79 1 2 Khris Davis 1.504 .828 .676 46 440 44 18 3 0 9 23 .409 .413 1.091 48 3 3 Kris Bryant 1.466 .858 .608 75 650 72 36 7 3 7 26 .500 .493 .972 70 2 Provided by View Play Index Tool Used Generated 2/2/2016...

Circle of Greats Round 120 Balloting

This post is for voting and discussion in the 120th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This is the first of two rounds of balloting that will bring the Circle of Greats membership to a total of 121, matching the current members of the Hall of Fame elected by the Baseball Writers of America in regular (116) or run-off (3) elections, plus the two members (Lou Gehrig, Roberto Clemente) enshrined by special election...


200 Game Batteries

In the final segment of this series on long-time teammates, this post looks at the most durable battery-mates in games since 1914. With starting pitchers rarely making more than 40 starts in a season (in recent years, rarely more than 35) and with catchers generally accorded more relief during a season than players at other positions, I’ve lowered the bar from the 300 game standard for infielders and outfielders to 200 games for pitchers and catchers...


Circle of Greats Supplemental Redemption Round

This Circle of Greats (COG) vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select three players who will be restored back to the main ballot after having been previously dropped from eligibility. As with earlier redemption rounds, this is an opportunity for voters to reconsider past candidates who have previously fallen off the regular induction ballots. This “supplemental” redemption round is being conducted prior to the final two rounds of COG balloting that will consider only holdover candidates already on the COG ballot. ...


Circle of Greats 1971 Balloting Part 1

This post is for voting and discussion in the 118th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This is the first of two rounds adding to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1971. Rules and lists are after the jump.



Baseball Hall of Fame: Recreating Cooperstown with WAR Leaders

The 21st century is quickly bringing about a variety of changes that the baseball community desperately needed. We now have real consequences for performance-enhancing drug users, instant replay to ensure that “human error” doesn’t affect the most pivotal moments, and cooler stats than ever at our fingertips. Coming up next, MLB is trying to create a safer in-stadium experience and continuing to experiment with ways to improve the pace of play.

Unfortunately, there is no indication that innovation fever will carry over to the National Baseball Hall of Fame anytime soon...


Quiz – Modern Day Starting Pitchers (stumped)

2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta is one of the twelve pitchers below to record a certain single game pitching accomplishment in the past twenty seasons (since 1996). What is this unusual feat?

  1. Jake Arrieta
  2. John Danks
  3. Brian Anderson
  4. Kris Benson
  5. Jamey Wright
  6. Brian Moehler
  7. Ross Detwiler
  8. Aaron Laffey
  9. Francisco Cordova
  10. Glendon Rusch
  11. Kevin Millwood
  12. Esteban Loaiza

Hint #1: Roger Clemens is the only other Cy Young Award winner to accomplish this feat...


300 Game Outfields

As a follow-up to my earlier post on 300 game infields, this piece looks at outfield trios that have played together most often. With one less position, there are more outfield groups with 300 game starts than in the infield, but this is still a very unusual occurrence.

Three hundred games is less than two seasons worth, so it may not seem like a lot. But, with the reality that outfielders tend to be quite interchangeable...