Stat-urday, 7/7/2018


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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

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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

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Stat-urday, 6/22/2018


One day earlier this week I was watching the Washington Nationals on TV and not paying full attention, when I caught the end of the announcers talking about the stats on teenagers in Major League Baseball. They quickly showed some stats and made the case that Juan Soto was leading in several of those categories. Somehow, they managed to demonstrate that Soto was in the same category as players like Bryce Harper, Ty Cobb, and others.

I haven’t been able to track down those specific stats, but I did found some great sources of information on major league leaders under the age of 20:

  • Baseball Reference has several “Leader Boards,” one of which is “Batting Leaders Up to & Including Age 19.” This page includes players with a 310 plate appearances or more through the age of 19. Leaders in this category include: Mel Ott with a batting average of .318; Bryce Harper with 22 home runs (second only to Tony Conigliaro with 24); and Ty Cobb with 18 sacrifice hits.
  • MLB.com recently published an article on “MLB’s best seasons by teenagers.” This article referred to Soto as one of MLB’s “bright young talents” and highlighted the early careers of Bryce Harper; Ken Griffey, Jr.; Edgar Renteria; Ty Cobb; and several others.

If you want to compare Soto to those legends, here are just some of his stats so far – in the 28 games he’s played and his 108 plate appearances:

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
92 18 30 7 0 6 16 1 0 16 20 0.326 0.426 0.598

How many of those teenage leader boards and lists will he end up on?

Happy Stat-urday!

~baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 6/16/2018


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Five County Stadium in 2014 (photo by James Willamor, via Wikipedia)

The first half of the Carolina League season isn’t over until Sunday, but the first-half winners have already been determined. On Thursday, both the Potomac Nationals and the Winston-Salem Dash won their respective games, making them the Carolina League’s North Division and South Division first-half champions. The division winners of each half of the season qualify for the playoffs at the end of the season.

Six P-Nats players have been named to the All-Star roster: Tyler Mapes (P), Sterling Sharp (P), Wil Crowe (P), Tres Barrera (C), Carter Kieboom (SS), and Jake Noll (3B).  Kieboom, who is the brother of Spencer Kieboom (who was recently promoted to the Washington Nationals), ranks ninth in the Carolina League in batting average, hitting .296. He also ranks third in home runs (10), second in RBIs (43), third in hits (67), second in runs scored (46), and third in walks (34).

The 2018 Carolina All-Star Game will be played on June 19 at Five County Stadium (in Zebulon, NC), home of the Carolina Mudcats. You can find more Carolina League stats on the MiLB website.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Stat-urday, 6/9/2018


On Thursday, the 12th minor league no-hitter of the season was thrown by Paul Balestrieri of the Peoria Chiefs. So, just have many no-hitters have there been in minor league baseball? Well, as far as we know, there have been well over 4,200. Since 2010, 200 no-hitters have been thrown. Below are a few stats:

  • 135 MiLB no-hitters since 2010 have been in games with 9 or more innings
    • 86 had just one pitcher
    • 33 had two pitchers
    • 52 had three pitchers
    • 23 had four pitchers
    • 4 had 5 pitchers
    • 1 had 6 pitchers
    • 1 had 7 pitchers
  • 13 pitchers have been involved in two minor league no-hitters
    • 5 pitchers have pitched two no-hitters by themselves (Kyle Schepel, Victor Mateo, Travis Tingle, Tayler Mahle, and Matt Sergey)
  • 5 no-hitters have been thrown by Orioles’ minor league pitchers:
    • Chris Tillman, Norfolk Tides, 4/28/2010
    • Nathan Moreau, Frederick Keys, 6/30/2010
    • Eddie Gamboa, Bowie Baysox, 6/30/2013
    • John Means, Delmarva Shorebirds, 7/31/2015
    • Ofelky Peralta, Delmarva Shorebirds, 7/8/2016

Since the 1800s, minor league baseball has seen 183 perfect games. Of those, 49 have been 9 innings or more, although we do not have full information on about 41 games so we don’t know how many innings they were. The most recent was last September, when Connor Grey of the Kane County Cougars pitched a perfect game against the Clinton LumberKings.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Stat-urday, 6/2/2018


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Screenshot of Mac Suzuki’s stats from milb.com.

Continuing with my recent obsession with Mac Suzuki, I though I’d share some of his statistics. Suzuki’s career spanned from 1992 to 2010, beginning with one game with the class A Salinas Spurs and ending with Calgary Vipers of the independent Golden Baseball League. He played in at least five different countries: the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela.

During his career, Suzuki pitched in a total 1,638.1 innings in 571 games:

  • 117 MLB games over 6 seasons;
  • 197 minor league games in 9 seasons;
  • 53 games in the Nissan Professional Baseball League in 2 seasons;
  • 209 games in other foreign baseball leagues in a total of 7 seasons; and
  • 48 games in other leagues across 3 seasons.

His lifetime ERA across all levels of baseball is 4.92, having won 77 games and lost 118 games. His lifetime batting average is .114.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

Stat-urday, 5/26/2018


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Harry Wright in 1863 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

In keeping with this week’s theme of baseball in Europe (or the lack thereof), just how many players have come from England, France, and Spain?

A total of 48 MLB players were born in the United Kingdom, starting with Hall of Famer Harry Wright in 1871. Twenty-two of these players played during the 18th Century, 23 during the 20th Century, and 3 in the 21st Century. These 48 players played a total of 11,903 games with a combined batting average of .252 with 457 home runs. The only All-Star among them is Bobby Thomson, who hit 264 of those 457 home runs.

Since 1875, there have been seven Major Leaguers from France: Larry Ressler (1875), Claude Gouzzie (1903), Paul Krichell (1911-12), Duke Markell (1951), Bruce Bochy (1978-87), Charlie Lea (1980-88), and Steve Jeltz (1983-90). In total, they played 1,333 games, amassed 664 hits, hit 31 homeruns, appeared in one All-Star Game, and have a cumulative batting average of .210. In addition, two of these players were pitchers (Lea and Markell) and have a combined ERA of 3.60 with a win-loss percentage of .563.

Just four players MLB players have been born in Spain. The first was Al Cabrera who played one game in 1913. Next was Bryan Oelkers who pitched in 45 games over two years (1983 and 1986). Next came Al Pardo a catcher who played in 53 games in fours years (1985-86 and 1988-89). The most recent Spanish-born Major Leaguer was Danny Rios who pitched in two games in 1997 and five games in 1998.

~ baseballrebecca