Stat-urday, 1/18/2020


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Gerardo Parra at the White House in 2019, 10 days before he signed with the Yomiuri Giants

Keeping track of free agents during the off-season? Baseball Reference – my favorite source for all things stats – has a “Free Agent Tracker” on their website. It has a list of all the free agent signings since the end of the season last year, as well lists of those who have not yet signed with a new team. Below is the list as of Monday (sorry, I haven’t had time to update it) of Free Agent Batters (note, however, that players that have signed with non-U.S. leagues, like Adam Jones and Gerardo Parra, are still on the list).

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Name Age Last Team H HR RBI BA OBP
Jarrod Dyson 35 ARI 573 21 170 0.247 0.319
Adam Jones 34 ARI 1939 282 945 0.277 0.317
Caleb Joseph 34 ARI 280 31 125 0.223 0.270
Wilmer Flores 28 ARI 572 77 290 0.268 0.310
Abraham Almonte 31 ARI 245 18 97 0.239 0.298
Josh Donaldson 34 ATL 1048 219 645 0.273 0.369
Adeiny Hechavarria 31 ATL 763 37 271 0.253 0.290
Matthew Joyce 35 ATL 861 145 482 0.243 0.343
Charlie Culberson 31 ATL 210 23 110 0.249 0.295
Billy Hamilton 29 ATL 680 21 176 0.242 0.297
Rafael Ortega 29 ATL 94 3 33 0.229 0.287
Jesus Sucre 32 BAL 146 10 69 0.222 0.260
Mark Trumbo 34 BAL 1018 218 629 0.249 0.302
Mitch Moreland 34 BOS 932 166 559 0.251 0.319
Brock Holt 32 BOS 552 23 206 0.271 0.340
Steve Pearce 37 BOS 572 91 303 0.254 0.332
Chris Owings 28 BOS 515 34 210 0.241 0.284
Gorkys Hernandez 32 BOS 227 20 81 0.230 0.292
Juan Centeno 30 BOS 76 6 37 0.223 0.278
Nicholas Castellanos 28 CHC 930 120 460 0.277 0.326
Addison Russell 26 CHC 480 60 253 0.242 0.312
Ben Zobrist 39 CHC 1566 167 768 0.266 0.357
Jim Adduci 35 CHC 92 5 39 0.232 0.283
Taylor Davis 30 CHC 8 1 7 0.222 0.256
Jonathan Lucroy 34 CHC 1128 108 545 0.274 0.335
Yolmer Sanchez 28 CHW 543 31 214 0.244 0.299
Jon Jay 35 CHW 1074 36 336 0.285 0.350
Matt Skole 30 CHW 18 1 7 0.217 0.290
Charlie Tilson 27 CHW 62 1 23 0.246 0.310
Derek Dietrich 30 CIN 524 79 247 0.246 0.334
Christian Colon 31 CIN 91 1 26 0.256 0.321
Yasiel Puig 29 CLE 834 132 415 0.277 0.348
Jason Kipnis 33 CLE 1120 123 529 0.261 0.333
Ryan Flaherty 33 CLE 284 37 142 0.215 0.284
Yonder Alonso 33 COL 872 100 426 0.259 0.332
Drew Butera 36 COL 253 19 114 0.200 0.257
Noel Cuevas 28 COL 34 2 10 0.230 0.265
Jordy Mercer 33 DET 762 64 299 0.257 0.316
John Hicks 30 DET 191 28 90 0.235 0.280
Dustin Peterson 25 DET 10 0 6 0.217 0.265
Bobby Wilson 37 DET 189 18 102 0.203 0.258
Gordon Beckham 33 DET 807 80 351 0.237 0.300
Robinson Chirinos 36 HOU 411 85 262 0.234 0.329
Alex Gordon 36 KCR 1609 186 738 0.258 0.339
Cheslor Cuthbert 27 KCR 269 27 119 0.250 0.300
Justin Bour 32 LAA 433 92 303 0.253 0.337
Kevan Smith 32 LAA 178 12 71 0.272 0.318
Kaleb Cowart 28 LAA 65 6 34 0.176 0.238
Russell Martin 37 LAD 1416 191 771 0.248 0.349
Kristopher Negron 34 LAD 83 9 32 0.221 0.291
Curtis Granderson 39 MIA 1800 344 937 0.249 0.337
Neil Walker 34 MIA 1215 149 606 0.267 0.339
JT Riddle 28 MIA 153 18 79 0.229 0.269
Cesar Puello 29 MIA 38 4 21 0.239 0.346
Bryan Holaday 32 MIA 162 10 74 0.241 0.287
Isaac Galloway 30 MIA 22 3 8 0.186 0.244
Peter O’Brien 29 MIA 38 11 26 0.209 0.275
Wilkin Castillo 36 MIA 12 0 4 0.286 0.302
Rosell Herrera 27 MIA 86 3 31 0.225 0.286
Deven Marrero 29 MIA 62 5 37 0.194 0.246
Martin Prado 36 MIA 1542 100 609 0.287 0.335
Hernan Perez 29 MIL 434 45 180 0.252 0.282
Cory Spangenberg 29 MIL 320 29 119 0.256 0.315
Tyler Austin 28 MIL 114 33 91 0.219 0.292
Tyler Saladino 30 MIL 221 19 92 0.226 0.278
Ronald Torreyes 27 MIN 165 4 57 0.279 0.308
Ryan LaMarre 31 MIN 53 4 21 0.236 0.286
Ian Miller 28 MIN 3 0 1 0.176 0.176
Todd Frazier 34 NYM 1019 214 624 0.243 0.320
Juan Lagares 31 NYM 498 25 179 0.254 0.297
Joe Panik 29 NYM 657 38 233 0.271 0.334
Rene Rivera 36 NYM 313 41 167 0.221 0.272
Aaron Altherr 29 NYM 222 37 150 0.219 0.307
Rajai Davis 39 NYM 1111 62 387 0.262 0.311
Ruben Tejada 30 NYM 530 10 158 0.250 0.324
Cameron Maybin 33 NYY 949 71 347 0.256 0.324
Terrance Gore 29 NYY 15 0 1 0.224 0.325
Erik Kratz 40 NYY 175 31 101 0.205 0.252
Greg Bird 27 NYY 129 32 98 0.211 0.301
Josh Phegley 32 OAK 250 34 160 0.227 0.269
Chris Herrmann 32 OAK 182 25 103 0.205 0.282
Brad Miller 30 PHI 573 88 293 0.241 0.314
Jose Pirela 30 PHI 234 17 82 0.257 0.308
Rob Brantly 30 PHI 89 7 37 0.229 0.294
Mitch Walding 27 PHI 1 1 2 0.053 0.143
Sean Rodriguez 35 PHI 578 81 298 0.226 0.302
Elias Diaz 29 PIT 187 13 82 0.250 0.301
Steven Baron 29 PIT 3 0 1 0.115 0.115
Corban Joseph 31 PIT 15 1 10 0.170 0.213
JB Shuck 33 PIT 285 8 86 0.243 0.296
Melky Cabrera 35 PIT 1962 144 854 0.285 0.334
Domingo Santana 27 SEA 417 75 232 0.259 0.343
Tim Beckham 30 SEA 402 63 198 0.249 0.302
Ryan Court 32 SEA 5 1 5 0.208 0.240
Kevin Pillar 31 SFG 798 76 318 0.261 0.296
Pablo Sandoval 33 SFG 1248 148 622 0.280 0.332
Michael Reed 27 SFG 8 0 0 0.186 0.222
Mike Gerber 27 SFG 5 0 2 0.076 0.151
Marcell Ozuna 29 STL 963 148 538 0.272 0.329
Matt Wieters 34 STL 989 146 546 0.250 0.313
Joe Hudson 29 STL 2 0 1 0.154 0.154
Matt Duffy 29 TBR 456 22 169 0.282 0.338
Johnny Davis 30 TBR 1 0 0 0.250 0.250
Rocky Gale 32 TBR 4 1 2 0.108 0.108
Welington Castillo 33 TEX 626 98 339 0.254 0.313
Logan Forsythe 33 TEX 758 70 305 0.246 0.327
Hunter Pence 37 TEX 1786 242 936 0.280 0.335
Brian Dozier 33 WSN 1053 192 561 0.245 0.326
Ryan Zimmerman 35 WSN 1784 270 1015 0.279 0.343
Gerardo Parra 33 WSN 1312 88 522 0.276 0.323
Matt Adams 31 WSN 609 116 388 0.261 0.309

Stat-urday, 1/11/2020


Jermaine Allensworth. Photo Courtesy of Purdue University.

Happy Birthday to Jermaine Allensworth! Perhaps you don’t remember Allensworth; after all, he only played four season in MLB, from 1996-99, for four teams. But he was memorialized by Tracy Morgan in a 1997 episode of Saturday Night Live.

Allensworth was born on January 11, 1972, in Anderson, Indiana. In his 15-year career, he played for 12 different teams in both MLB and the minor leagues:

  • Welland Pirates, 1993
  • Carolina Mudcats, 1994-95
  • Calgary Cannons, 1995-97
  • Pittsburgh Pirates, 1996-98
  • Kansas City Royals, 1998
  • New York Mets, 1998-99
  • Norfolk Tides, 1999
  • Toledo Mudhens, 2001
  • Greenville Braves, 2002
  • Joliet Jackhammers, 2004-05
  • Gary Southshore Railcats, 2006-07
  • Schaumburg Flyers, 2008

Allensworth made his Major League debut on July 23, 1996. In his four Major League seasons, he played in 342 games with 1,031 at-bats. His lifetime batting average was .260 with 15 home runs. He played in 683 Minor League Baseball games, batting .282 with 30 homeruns. He spent the last 5 years of his career in the independent leagues, where he played in 437 games, batting .297 with 19 homeruns. Check out all of his stats on Baseball-Reference.com.

Allensworth was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 1/4/2020: Remembering Don Larsen


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Don Larsen with the Baltimore Orioles in 1954

This past week, the world lost Don Larsen. Larsen passed away at age 90 from esophageal cancer on January 1, 2020. He’d made his Major League debut for the St. Louis Browns in 1953. In his 15-year career, Larsen played for the St. Louis Browns (who became the Orioles with they moved to Baltimore in 1954), New York Yankees (1955-59), Kansas City Athletics (1960-61), Chicago White Sox (1961), San Francisco Giants (1962-64), Houston Colt .45s/Astros (1964-65), Baltimore Orioles (for a second time in 1965), and the Chicago Cubs (1967). He was with the New York Yankees when he threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series – the only no-hitter and perfect game ever pitched during the World Series.

Below are a few of Larsen’s MLB stats:

  • Lifetime won-loss record: 81-91
  • Lifetime ERA: 3.78
  • Games played: 412
  • Games started: 171
  • Games saved: 23
  • Number of strikeouts: 849
  • Teams played for: 7
  • World Series champion teams he was on: 2
  • World Series MVP awards: 1
  • Number of perfect games pitched: 1

Rest in peace, Mr. Larsen.

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 12/28/2019


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Ubaldo Jimenez with the Colorado Rockies in 2010. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League, also referred to as the Dominican Winter Baseball League, ended its regular season on December 17, and is now in the midst of its playoffs which will run through mid-January. (I couldn’t find a full post-season schedule, except for Aguilas Cibaeñas.)

So, how did some of our favorite former Major and Minor Leaguers do in winter ball? Here are just a few names you may have heard of (many of whom are former Orioles or Oriole Minor Leaguers – including one of my favorites, Ubaldo Jimenez):

Player Year of Birth Dominican League Team Position ERA
Jumbo Diaz 1984 Leones del Escogido P 0.640
Neftali Feliz 1988 Leones del Escogido P 9.000
Ubaldo Jimenez 1984 Tigres del Licey P 3.030
Alfredo Simon 1981 Tigres del Licey P 1.780
Yefry Ramirez 1993 Toros del Este P 2.350
Fernando Abad 1985 Toros del Este P 0.225

 

Player Year of Birth Dominican League Team Position Batting Average
Carlos Gomez 1985 Aguilas Cibaenas OF 0.167
Juan Lagares 1989 Aguilas Cibaenas OF 0.337
Audry Perez 1988 Leones del Escogido C 0.167
Jimmy Paredes 1988 Leones del Escogido OF 0.238
Wellington Castillo 1987 Tigres del Licey C 0.162
Hanley Ramirez 1983 Tigres del Licey 1B 0.250
Alexi Casilla 1984 Toros del Este 2B 0.125
Pedro Florimon 1986 Toros del Este 3B 0.182
Anderson Feliz 1992 Toros del Este SS 0.247
Feliz Pie 1985 Toros del Este OF 0.179
Jose Marmolejos 1993 Estrellas Orientales 1B 0.222
Moises Sierra 1988 Gigantes del Cibao OF 0.348

The top four teams qualified for the playoffs – Toros del Este, Tigres del Licey, Aguilas Cibaeñas, and Leones del Escogido. The playoffs consist of a round robin tournament where each team plays 18 games. The top two teams then play a best-of-seven final championship series. The championship team will represent the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series.

You can find more Dominican League stats at Baseball Reference or MLB.com (as I’ve noted many times before, the MLB Winter Leagues site is not usually up-to-date, at least for the Caribbean Leagues, but at least the stats seem correct).

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 12/21/2019


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Dean Kremer, shown above with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2018, played for the Norfolk Tides in 2019. He is one of eight Jewish AAA players (photo by Spanneraol via Wikipedia).

On Monday, I posted a quote by Al Schacht, a right-handed pitcher who played for the Washington Senators between 1919 and 1921. In the 53 games of his career, he posted an ERA of 4.48 and a win-loss percentage of .583. According to Wikipedia, “Schacht’s ability to mimic other players from the coaching lines, and his comedy routines with fellow Washington coach Nick Altrock, earned him the nickname of ‘The Clown Prince of Baseball.’” After his pitching career, Schacht was the Senators’ third base coach from 1924 to 1934 and then was the Boston Red Sox’ third base coach  from 1935 to 1936.

Schacht is one of 170 Jewish baseball players that have played Major League Baseball. In 2019, there were 82 baseball players in leagues around the U.S. who were Jewish:

  • 8 in Major League Baseball
  • 8 on triple-A teams
  • 12 on double-A teams
  • 5 on single-A teams
  • 5 on short season A teams
  • 21 in the rookie leagues
  • 22 in the independent leagues

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 12/14/2019


File:Buffaloeslogo.PNGIn my quest to learn more about my new favorite team, the Orix Buffaloes, I’ve checked out the stats for Nippon Professional Baseball for the past several years. Since the league realignment in 2005, the Buffaloes have mostly been in fourth, fifth, or sixth plague in the league (out of 6 teams), their won-loss record has been mostly under .500, and their batting average has, well, averaged .264. Their team ERA has averages 3.08, as well. However, for three of past 15 years, they have lead the league in ERA. Check out the summary below.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Orix Buffaloes Stats Summary

Year Place W-L% Team Batting Avg.  Team ERA
2005 4 0.470 0.260 3.84
2006 5 0.391 0.253 3.84
2007 6 0.446 0.259 3.67
2008 2 0.524 0.262 3.93
2009 6 0.394 0.274 4.58
2010 5 0.493 0.335 3.97
2011 4 0.504 0.248 3.33
2012 6 0.425 0.241 3.34
2013 5 0.475 0.256 3.31*
2014 2 0.563 0.335 3.00*
2015 5 0.433 0.249 3.59
2016 6 0.407 0.253 4.18
2017 4 0.444 0.251 3.83
2018 4 0.471 0.244 3.73*
2019 6 0.449 0.242 4.06

* League leader in ERA

Stat-urday, 12/7/2019


The Potomac Nationals in 2018 – not on the “Elimination List,” most likely because they are moving to a new stadium in 2020. Photo by Gregory Koch, via Wikipedia.

In my quest to make sense of the reasons for MLB’s recommendations for eliminating 42 Minor League Baseball teams, I’ve listed below the 42 teams slated for contraction, along with their attendance numbers for 2019. I’ve also included their rank in terms of total attendance. As you can see from the numbers, of 160 MiLB teams, nine of the ten teams with the lowest attendance are on the elimination list (ranked at number 151-159). However, the team with the worst attendance, the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays – whose attendance was just under 12,000 (an average of 450 fans per game) – are not on the list. Teams ranked in the top 50% in terms of attendance (teams ranked above 81) are also on the list.

The “Elimination List” (as I call it) does not include any triple-A teams – all but two of which are in the top 50% of the attendance rankings. So, the list below includes two numbers for rank. “Rank 1” is the rank when all 160 teams are sorted by attendance. “Rank 2” is the rank when you remove the 30 triple-A teams from the list. Note however, attendance still varies greatly across teams and leagues, especially given the fact that the lower the classification, the smaller the ballpark (generally).

I’ll keep digging into the “Elimination List” – so there will be more to come! In the meantime, enjoy the attendance stats below and Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Rank 1 Rank 2 Team 2019 Total Attendance Home Games Played Average Attendance
57 29 Frederick Keys 263,528 60 4,392
65 37 Lexington Legends 270,221 66 4,094
66 38 Ogden Raptors 146,201 37 3,951
67 39 Rocky Mountain Vibes% 137,294 35 3,923
74 46 Chattanooga Lookouts 228,662 65 3,518
80 52 Erie SeaWolves 215,444 65 3,315
84 56 State College Spikes 119,047 37 3,217
90 63 Lowell Spinners 100,687 33 3,051
91 64 Binghamton Rumble Ponies 182,990 61 3,000
98 68 Idaho Falls Chukars 102,859 37 2,780
100 70 Mahoning Valley Scrappers 98,833 36 2,745
103 73 Billings Mustangs 96,594 37 2,611
107 77 Johnson City Cardinals 80,612 32 2,519
109 79 Quad Cities River Bandits 150,905 61 2,474
110 80 Grand Junction Rockies 88,476 37 2,391
112 82 Lancaster JetHawks 161,595 69 2,342
115 85 Tri-City Dust Devils 87,021 38 2,290
116 86 Vermont Lake Monsters 83,122 37 2,247
119 89 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 80,833 38 2,127
120 90 Daytona Tortugas 137,570 65 2,116
123 93 Williamsport Crosscutters 64,148 33 1,944
125 95 Connecticut Tigers 66,532 35 1,901
128 98 Staten Island Yankees 66,520 36 1,848
129 99 Clinton LumberKings 121,325 66 1,838
130 100 Jackson Generals 107,131 61 1,756
131 101 West Virginia Power 118,444 68 1,742
133 103 Missoula Osprey 57,076 34 1,679
137 107 Greeneville Reds 43,617 33 1,322
139 109 Great Falls Voyagers 43,920 34 1,292
140 110 Orem Owlz 45,561 37 1,231
141 111 Burlington Royals 40,142 33 1,216
143 113 Batavia MuckDogs 43,118 37 1,165
144 114 Auburn Doubledays 39,381 34 1,158
147 117 Burlington Bees 67,369 64 1,053
151 121 Hagerstown Suns 59,682 65 918
152 122 Danville Braves 30,007 33 909
153 123 Kingsport Mets 29,553 33 896
155 125 Elizabethton Twins 27,569 34 811
156 126 Princeton Rays 24,133 33 731
157 127 Bluefield Blue Jays 20,909 31 674
158 128 Bristol Pirates 18,750 32 586
159 129 Florida Fire Frogs 19,615 60 327