Admist the allegations about Derek Jeter this morning, I thought I’d check just how unusual his late-career resurgence is. Read the rest of this entry
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, including a wicked awesome 1996 in which he batted .347 with a 143 OPS+.
Read below to find out how a front-office blunder cost the Reds his rights, which player on the stacked early 1990′s Indians he thinks is the best, and why he gave up switch-hitting.
Jefferson (virtually) sat down with us to answer a few questions about his career.
@Rays 5, Royals 1: In his last outing, Jeremy Hellickson ran into a buzzsaw named Felix and took a 1-0 loss. This time, his mates rapped out 11 hits, including 6 knocks by the bottom third of the order, a HR by cleanup man Jeff Keppinger (stop smirking!), and a couple of extra-baggers by Desmond Jennings, who’s scored 19 Runs in his last 20 games.
- In their last 30 starts, Tampa’s rotation has an 18-6 record, 2.42 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 8.4 SO/9, and 4.3 SO/BB. The team is 21-9 in that stretch, trimming their division deficit from 10.5 games down to 4.
In 2011, Blue Jays’ starter Ricky Romero had a breakout season with 6.2 WAR and an All-Star selection, but this year … not so much. Perhaps, another in baseball’s rich history of players who suddenly shine brightly on the biggest stage, then just as quickly fade away, never again to approach that brief flirtation with stardom?
You’ve probably heard that sentiment expressed in various ways and, perhaps, without thinking a great deal about it, presumed there was some measure of truth to it. Well, I’m here to tell you – it ain’t necessarily so. In fact, the true one-year wonder may indeed be about as likely as catching lightning in a bottle.
After the jump, I’ll look more closely at the one-year wonder phenomenon (or non-phenomenon). If you’re like me, I suspect you may be surprised.
It’s no secret that the 2012 Rockies have had a ton of bad luck (and bad everything else) in their pitching staff; some would say they’ve already capsized. Here’s a look at some historic aspects of their struggle.
Rays 8, @Angels 3: For the first time in their 52-year history, the Angels were swept in a 4-game series while allowing 7+ runs each game. Their record for 7+ runs is 5 straight games in 1999, all losses, but split among 2 series. The last time they allowed 7+ in 4 straight games was 2006; the last time in one series was 2000 to Toronto, but only 3 were losses.
As has already been remarked upon, the rookie seasons of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are reminding a lot of people of earlier rookie seasons way back in 1951 by two players who would become first ballot HOFers. The similarities include the players being the same ages, playing the same positions, and being in different leagues. Potentially, Trout and Harper could face each other in the post season, as happened with the earlier pair in 1951.
After the jump, I’ll look more at the similarities, and differences, in these pairs of players 61 seasons removed from each other.
Posters and commenters have frequently noted here at HHS that major league hitters are striking out at an unprecedentedly high rate this season. But it is also true that in 2012 no single team is threatening to break the all-time record for most strikeouts per game by a team.
Here are the 2012 teams whose hitters are currently striking out most frequently, along with their K per game rates:
A’s 8.43 Ks per Game
You can compare those numbers to the all-time highest team season strikeout rates, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry