Quiz – Power Hitters (solved)

The players in this quiz include some of the great sluggers in baseball history. But, what is the career accomplishment of which only these players can boast?

Hint: an active player may join this group later this season.

Congratulations to David P and Scary Tuna! They teamed up to identify that only these players hit their 400th doubles and 400th home runs in the same season. More after the jump.

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COG Round 101 Results: Sisler’s Whistling Dixie No More

In the 101st round of COG balloting, voters gave the nod to Hall of Fame first baseman George Sisler. While lacking the power numbers expected of the prototypical first baseman, Sisler made up for it by hitting for average and with his speed, putting up 6 straight seasons (1917-22) batting .340 with 140 OPS+ and 25 steals, the longest streak of such seasons by a first baseman and tied for the second longest stretch at any position, trailing only Ty Cobb‘s incomparable 11 straight campaigns (1909-19). And, Sisler had some pop too – placing in the top 3 in extra-base hits in 3 of 4 seasons (1919-22) with 100 RBI and 125 runs scored in each of the last three of those years.

More on Sisler after the jump.

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Time to Chat

Want to talk about last night’s game, or some young phenom pitcher you just saw for the first time, or anything else baseball-related?

There is now a Chat item on the main menu. Hover over the arrow beside “Chat” on the menu bar for a list of topics to click (the newest ones will be listed first) and then start chatting!

Logan Forsythe and Breakout Seasons

You’re forgiven if the name Logan Forsythe doesn’t jump out at you. Prior to this season, he had been a journeyman infielder who, in four seasons, had never started more than 75 games, never had more than 350 PA, and had never batted .275 or slugged .400. And, there are lots of Logan Forsythes in the majors; he’s just one of 125 active players (excluding pitchers) who, prior to this season, had career totals of 500 to 1500 PA with OPS+ below 100 and less than 5 WAR.

So, why am I writing about Forsythe? You’ll find out after the break.

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COG Round 100 Results: Campy Lights COG Lamp

In the COG’s century ballot, voters took a shine to Dodger great Roy Campanella. The HOF catcher was the foundation of the Dodgers’ perennial pennant-winning teams of the 1950s, earning MVP honors 3 times in 5 seasons. Campanella was a much-heralded star in the Negro Leagues before reaching the majors at age 26, one season after Jackie Robinson‘s historic debut. Campanella’s late start and the horrific automobile accident that ended his playing days combined to limit his career statistical totals. But, for his 10 major league seasons, Campanella had no peer among NL catchers, compiling a career peak as impressive as any catcher before or since.

More on Campanella after the jump.

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Quiz – Modern Day Moundsmen (stumped)

The pitchers in this quiz share the distinction of a certain game feat that only they have achieved since 1914. What is the unusual pitching accomplishment of which only these players can boast?

  1. Felix Hernandez
  2. Jose Fernandez
  3. Jose DeLeon
  4. Jake Peavy
  5. Pedro Martinez
  6. Javier Vazquez
  7. Rick Porcello
  8. Marco Estrada

It appears I have a stumper here. Admittedly, it was a tough one. The answer is that, since 1914, in successive starts against the same opponent, only these pitchers have, in each game, pitched 8 or more innings but not a complete game, and allowed zero runs on 3 hits or less. Those mini-streaks are after the break.

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Strikeouts, Walks and Scoring: 1960s Redux?

While much attention has focused on the inexorable increase in strikeouts, the accompanying decline in walk rate seems to have slid under the radar. Half-way into this season, strikeouts remain at or near historical highs but walks continue to slide, down almost a full walk per team per game from the levels of 2000. In fact, if you look at the chart below, you’ll see that the trend of increasing strikeouts and declining walks that we’ve seen over the past 15 years is something last seen about 50 years ago.

Walks-Strikeouts 1946-2015

After the jump, more on similarities between the game today and a half century ago.

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