Stat-urday, 8/11/2018

An interesting stat posted earlier this week by MLB Network:

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca 


Stat-urday, 8/4/2018

CbhLwDZWwAALH2jI found a cool stats tool the other day when doing research on Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop. You can get game by game stats on On the left side pull down menu, click on MLB and at the top click More and then select Players. From there you can search by player or team. For each player, you can see a variety of stats, including the “Game Log,” which gives you daily stats. There are so many fun things we can analyze with this!

This will be a longer term project, but I’d love to figure out how well Manny and Jonathan did in games there played together versus games where they did not play together. For example, as a Dodger, Manny has been batting .268 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI (in 14 games through Thursday). Prior to being traded, his batting average was .315 and he had 24 home runs and 65 RBI (in 96 games). Jonathan was batting .244 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 85 games as an Oriole. In his first two games with Milwaukee he went 0-for-8.

This may not be a sufficiently large sample size, but, so far, they were better together, than apart.

~ baseballrebecca


Stat-urday, 7/28/2018

On Thursday, the Orioles announced that pitcher Chris Tillman had declined their offer to stay with the organization in Norfolk and instead chose free agency. Just for fun, here is a snapshot of his ERA during his 10 years as an Oriole:


Whereas I was sad about Manny’s departure, this one doesn’t hurt at all…

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 7/21/2018

Cut4 posted this last week. If this doesn’t say “Stat-urday,” I don’t know what does:

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 7/14/2018

Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL, current home of the Tampa Bay Rays

On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Rays unveiled their plans for a new stadium in Tampa. While the team has settled on a proposed site in Ybor City, there are still several decisions to be made, including who will pay for it all. In the meantime, here are some stats, based on what was revealed on Tuesday:

  • Seating capacity: 28,216
  • Total capacity: 30,842
  • Stadium size: 900,000 feet
  • Parking spaces: 10,000 within a 10-minute walk; 23,000 within one mile
  • Time to build: four to five ears
  • Total cost: $892,429,823
  • Current capacity of Tropicana Field: 31,042
  • Current attendance, per game: 14,745
  • Population of the surrounding area: 350,000 in the city of Tampa; 4.3 million in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan statistical area.

Check out the ballpark renderings, posted by Ballpark Digest.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 7/7/2018

Satchel Paige baseball card from 1948. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

In honor of Satchel Paige‘s birthday, here are some Stat-urday stats and facts:

  • Born on July 7, 1906, in Mobile, Alabama
  • His first formal training in baseball was at the Alabama Reform School for Juvenile Negro Lawbreakers, where he had been sent after being arrested for shoplifting at age 13.
  • His baseball career took him to Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Canada.
  • Made his Negro Leagues debut in 1926 with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts.
  • Made his major league debut on July 9, 1948, with the Cleveland Indians at the age of 42; 72,000 fans were in attendance.
  • During his career, Paige played for nearly 20 different professional baseball teams as well as semi-pro teams.
  • Appeared in the 1959 Western film, “The Wonderful Country,” with Robert Mitchum and Julie London.
  • His last appearance in professional baseball was on June 21, 1966, for the Carolina League Peninsula Grays.
  • His won-loss record in the Negro Leagues is 100-50.
  • His won-loss record in MLB is 28-31, with a 3.29 ERA.

For more information, check out Paige’s page on Baseball Reference.

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 6/30/2018

Buck_O'NeilLast week the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center was flooded after vandals cut a water pipe in the building. That got me thinking about O’Neil’s career and legacy. O’Neil played 12 seasons in the Negro Leagues, 11 with the Kansas City Monarchs. He paused his baseball career for military service with the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945. After playing and managing with the Kansas City Monarchs, O’Neil became a scout for the Chicago Cubs and later for the Kansas City Royals. In 1962 he became the first African American coach for the Cubs and MLB.

You can check out his baseball-related stats on Baseball Reference. Here is a list of O’Neil’s other accomplishments and honors:

Buck O’Neil’s Awards:

  • 1996: Received honorary doctor of business administration degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Business
  • 1998: Named Midwest Scout of the Year for the Kansas City Royals
  • 1999: Awarded Kansas State College Lifetime Leadership Award
  • 2002: Elected to the baseball scouts Hall of Fame
  • 2006: Jersey number retired by the Kansas City T-Bones
  • 2006: Received an honorary doctorate from Missouri Western State University
  • 2006: Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in recognition of his “excellence and determination both on and off the baseball field.”
  • 2007: Awarded the first annual MLB Beacon of Life Award at the inaugural
  • 2007: The Kansas City Royals established the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat program to “to remember the impact of Buck O’Neil and to honor those who are so vital to our communities.”
  • 2008: Awarded the first-ever National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2008: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum introduces the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize individuals “whose extraordinary efforts enhanced baseball’s positive impact on society, broadened the game’s appeal, and whose character, integrity and dignity are comparable to the qualities exhibited by O’Neil.”
  • 2012: Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians

Statues, Bridges, Buildings, and Other Things Named in Honor of Buck O’Neil:

Happy Stat-urday!

 ~ baseballrebecca